Recently I received a book by John L. Casey, "Cold Sun: A Dangerous 'Hibernation' of the Sun Has Begun" ($14.50, Trafford Publishing, softcover), the president of the Space and Science Research Corporation (SPSC).
It is essentially a one-man operation and Casey's book is an effort to warn the public about the fact that the sun has entered a cycle of very low sunspot activity.
More sunspots mean warming weather and fewer mean cold weather.
has the support of a number of scientists who concur that the planet has entered a cooling cycle, something well known to meteorologists, climatologists, and solar scientists, even if it remains generally unknown to the public.
has been issuing press releases since 2007 warning of a decades-long period of cooling that will likely have some extremely serious effects on the planet that include droughts, increased volcanic activity, earthquakes, and the death of millions as the history of such events in the past demonstrates.
is candid about his
credentials and the lack of response he
has gotten from the media and those in the government he
has tried to inform.
Of one release, he
says that "In fact, it was seen with even less credulity since it was proposed by someone essentially unknown in the professional climate science community, a person without any past record of university research and not one published paper in any scientific journal.
It would be easy to dismiss Casey, but he has been a consultant to NASA, "performing space shuttle and space station analysis" and done studies for the Department of Defense "performing rocket launch studies.
One of the leading authorities on ice ages, Robert W. Felix, author of "Not By Fire, But By Ice", like Casey
, became fascinated with ice age cycles and spent eight years studying them before publishing his book in 2005.
"This particular solar cycle (#24) peak is one of the lowest since cycle #14 in 1906 which had approximately 64 sunspots," Casey
told me. "We measure each solar maximum every eleven years to determine the average of solar activity by sunspot count.
We have had solar maximums in the past there were over 200 sunspots and some as low as 50.
The relevance of information about the number of sunspots is that when the count goes below 50 we enter a much colder climate era."
Some will dismiss Casey
for not having the credentials of climatologists and meteorologists.
It is very likely that as the current cooling cycle-now over 16 years old-wlll increase, Robert W. Felix's, Casey's
, and others with traditional credentials in meteorology, climatology, geology and physics will eventually be heeded and the Big Chill will have become self-evident.