Climate Change: Global warming advocates like to pretend they are open-minded, all about science. But let someone else's science get in the way of their "consensus," and you find out how little they really believe in science. Just ask Professor Valentina Zharkova of Britain's Northumbria University. She and a team of researchers conducted a study on sunspots, which are known to have a strong effect on solar radiation and thus on the Earth's climate.

What they found was remarkable: solar activity, based on models that closely fit past trends, looks to be headed for a sharp downward turn. Indeed, activity could decline to levels not seen since the so-called "Little Ice Age," an unusually cold period that stretched across the Northern Hemisphere and lasted from roughly 1650 to 1850.

As such, a study of this kind, you might think, would be incredibly important. But instead of being greeted with scientific questions or open curiosity about her group's study, Zharkova's team was met with a most unscientific hostility.

"Some of them were welcoming and discussing," she said in an interview with The Global Warming Policy Forum. "But some of them were quite — I would say — pushy."

And some went well beyond just "pushy."
"They were trying to actually silence us," said Zharkova. "Some of them contacted the Royal Astronomical Society, demanding, behind our back, that they withdraw our news release."

Global warming scientists, among whom are some real fanatics, often style themselves as latter-day Galileos, standing strong against superstition and religion and bravely taking a stand for scientific truth, just as Galileo did by saying that the Earth revolved around the Sun, and not vice versa.

But they are nothing of the sort. Indeed, many of these so-called scientists have more in common with Galileo's persecutors than with those who have bravely pushed scientific understanding of our universe and all its workings forward.

For the record, Zharkova isn't alone in her conclusions. Other recent studies, including ones found here and here, suggest the Sun is headed for a period of extremely low activity — which means, all other things being equal, lower temperatures for much of the Earth.

No, the problem isn't the science. The problem is such research is an uncomfortable impediment of the global warming complex's unholy alliance of green interest groups, clueless movie stars, bought-and-paid-for scientists, big government politicians, and even some major corporations that see new global warming regulations as an easy way to crush their smaller competitors.

With global governments spending billions of dollars a year on climate change, almost all of it on those who believe the global warming dogma, there's too much at stake to allow a heretic to question the orthodoxy. That's why Zharkova and others are greeted with unscientific hostility.

Anyone who thinks this type of behavior is "science" is wrong. It's not even right to call it "religion," as some have, using that term as a pejorative. In fact, truly religious people actually question their faith. Only global warming's legions of true believers don't.