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Claim: Global cooling, not warming, is Earth's coming threat

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The war between former Vice President Al Gore and his critics over global warming is about to hit the boiling point with a new claim that Sun-influenced climate change is shifting into reverse, with the Earth poised to head into a period of cooling that will end the rise of the oceans.

A global warming critic on Monday announced plans to release new data showing that the threat of rising global sea levels has peaked and that the Sun is entering a "hibernation" period that could bring colder weather.

"Like most major climate events, the past sea level rise was caused by the Sun and had little or nothing to do with mankind's industrial greenhouse gas emissions," said John Casey, a former White House and NASA advisor and climate author. "Now that the Sun has entered a state of 'solar hibernation' and is cutting back on the energy by which it warms the Earth, a new and potentially dangerous decades-long drop in global temperatures has begun," he warned.

Casey is the president of the Space and Science Research Corporation and author "Cold Sun," which predicts the coming cooling period. Because his predictions go against the mainstream, he has been ridiculed by supporters of global warming. Media Matters called him a "scam artist."

Gore and other global warming proponents believe that pollution from carbon dioxide is causing climate change. Others like Casey believe that the Earth's weather is simply going through a cyclical period of warmth. President Obama sides with Gore.

Casey said that he will unveil his information in three weeks in Miami, a city global warming proponents have warned will be under water due to the melting polar ice cap.

In a statement, Casey said:

"One of the myths of manmade climate change caused by human CO2 emissions has been the threat to the world's largest cities caused by global sea level rise. Two years ago we issued a preliminary finding that within two or three years the data to make a final assessment on the future of global sea level rise would be available. That data is in. It is time to provide a formal statement on the end of global sea level rise, the latest phase of which began roughly two hundred years ago.

"Like most major climate events, the past sea level rise was caused by the Sun and had little or nothing to do with mankind's industrial greenhouse gas emissions. Now that the Sun has entered a state of 'solar hibernation' and is cutting back on the energy by which it warms the Earth, a new and potentially dangerous decades-long drop in global temperatures has begun. The atmosphere and the oceans are cooling rapidly. Along with this next climate change to one of extreme global cooling, the oceans will contract, and sea levels will begin to drop as they always do during extended cold climates."

He has scheduled his news conference in Miami for August 21.

Paul Bedard, The Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at pbedard@washingtonexaminer.com.