I was just outside. The night sky was never clearer, colder or crisper in all of the time I have been in Australia. It was like outer space was reaching down without the mediation of an atmosphere, to lick the surface where I stood.
Temperatures records smashed all over the continent last night, all-time lows recorded all over Oz with ten degree spreads in some places. It would be snowing here in Queensland if there was any moisture in the air, but it's dry as a bone. I tried to cover up the SparkGap construction site out back. The wind has been howling at night and gusting up incredibly, blowing off the tarpaulin. I've never seen weather like this in 16 years in Australia. Never.
It's obvious why the religion of globowarmthing appeals so much to the generation raised on Oprah. It's because it is the safest form of denial. There is a Lovecraftian horror in global cooling that cannot be expressed, it has to be experienced. The inexorable indifference of an Ice Age approaching, implacable and completely dismissive of man's existence, is the ultimate humbling in biological terms. Nature doesn't care. She doesn't care about your Starbucks or setting foot on the moon or all the little accomplishments of us little hairless apes during the brief warmth of the interglacial interim for the past 11,500 years.
Nature doesn't care. She can shrug and flick our entire species off the planet like any insect that flourishes during some indian summer and then dies as winter approaches. She's seen all types come and go. It doesn't matter if we go kicking and screaming, amidst a nuclear war over resources or some other such loud fracas as the climate changes back to it's natural condition. She doesn't have any particular disdain for us, it's just that she is indifferent and lacks even the passion to hate us. That's not nature. The Earth abides. It's life that comes and goes in a myriad of everchanging forms. If we adapt, we will live, if we spend our days trading carbon credits to fight imaginary crises that don't exist, then the overwhelming majority of us will die.
I expect the human species will survive this Ice Age. Western civilization probably will not.