Global Cooling — Revisionist History

Global Cooling -- Revisionist History

A few years ago, I casually mentioned that I remembered back in elementary school in the 70’s how our textbooks had pictures of woolly mammoths and terrifying descriptions of the coming ice age — which was caused by man-made pollution.  The lesson was clear, unless humans stopped living so well, we were going to make the planet uninhabitable due to global cooling.

This set off some sort of hot button with one of the more left-wing people at the party.  He’s normally a fine fellow, but he flew into a rant about how I was making this up, how it never happened, and how Rush Limbaugh implanted this memory into my head.  His accusations seemed more  than a bit strange, but I’ve become accustomed to just letting people wear themselves out talking. I have no access to 1970’s elementary school textbooks, so I let the issue drop — but I never quite forgot the surreal quality of the experience.

A few days ago, I was very pleasantly surprised to read The Fiction of Climate Science on Forbes.com.  In this article, Gary Sutton documents some wonderful details from leftist climate “science” of the 70’s.

Many of you are too young to remember, but in 1975 our government pushed “the coming ice age.”

Random House dutifully printed “THE WEATHER CONSPIRACY … coming of the New Ice Age.” This may be the only book ever written by 18 authors. All 18 lived just a short sled ride from Washington, D.C. Newsweek fell in line and did a cover issue warning us of global cooling on April 28, 1975. And The New York Times, Aug. 14, 1976, reported “many signs that Earth may be headed for another ice age.”

In 1974, the National Science Board announced: “During the last 20 to 30 years, world temperature has fallen, irregularly at first but more sharply over the last decade. Judging from the record of the past interglacial ages, the present time of high temperatures should be drawing to an end…leading into the next ice age.”

The article goes into a lot more detail, and I recommend that you read it in it’s entirety.  I’d like to thank Gary for helping to set the record straight.

I believe that it’s important for us to be able to look back at the last set of lies these people were attempting to force feed us, as that helps to inoculate us against their current set of lies.

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DBC
DBC

Yep, I remember the 1970s protesting on campuses around the country. As usual, the great wisdom of the academia crowd led the charge as the gullible amongst us jumped in line like sheep being lead to slaughter. Yes, we were entering a man-made ice age. I have to laugh when I read that today's scientist are blessed with so much more wisdom than those poor slugs from the past. In a time when I have sincere doubts that America could re-produce the accomplishments of a moon landing in only 8 years, excuse me if I am not overwhelmed by the enlightened knowledge of todays "experts". Heck, it has taken 9 years (and running) to figure out what to build on the site of the fallen Twin Towers in NYC. And our space program has essentially died. Take your carbon credits and sell them to today's enlightened flock of sheep. We'll be laughing about it once more in about 30 years.

John wayne gacy
John wayne gacy

Revisionist history is everywhere. The two examples that annoy me the most begin with the one pointed out here. I was in advanced science classes during this time frame and we were forced to do quarter-long projects on the coming ice age (scaaary). The warmenists first response every time I bring this subject up is to deny it occurred, call me a liar, demand links to my class curriculum. Their second response is that of Mr. Wayne, "we've matured so much in our knowledge of climate, so, shut up." He says. Yet, meteorologists this very day, will not predict the current cold front duration past 5 days. Maybe they should consult Mr. Wayne. The second example is the 5.56 caliber fan boys who shout from the roof tops that there never existed the theory that the 5.56 round was designed to wound instead of kill. Yet, during the cold war, standard U.S. Army training theory was, in fact, that the 5.56 round was designed to wound and we trained thusly. Oddly, all of the hysterical "it never happened"-"5.56 most lethal round eva FTW" guys were not around for that training period. Both sides of the ideological spectrum, both playing revisionism. I was not aware of the theory that the longer a person lives, the more they become liars. Apparantly, I'm going to be committed before this is over, for the longer I live, the more insane I become in the eyes of the true believers of whatever is important to them that decade...

Wrangler Wayne
Wrangler Wayne

Don't rush to judgement. In the 70's, the climate knowledge was incomplete. Man made global warming appears to be insignificant but not to be confused with man made global environmental degradation in other ways. We are presently in a repeat Dalton minimum due to the shift of the gravitational center of the solar system outside the sphere of the Sun. This now routes the Oort Cloud and Kioper Belt debris away from the Sun, hence reduced sunspots. This minimum will persist until 2020 and if longer, may morph into a new Maunder minimum. We now know that CO2 is not a major atmospheric warmer as claimed by the global cooling deniers. See referenced article below. The opening conclusions of the paper speak for themselves. Carbon Cycle Modelling and the Residence Time of Natural and Anthropogenic Atmospheric CO2: on the Construction of the"Greenhouse Effect Global Warming" Dogma. Tom V. Segalstad Mineralogical-Geological Museum University of Oslo Sars' Gate 1, N-0562 Oslo Norway Abstract The three evidences of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), that the apparent contemporary atmospheric CO2 increase is anthropogenic, is discussed and rejected: CO2 measurements from ice cores; CO2 measurements in air; and carbon isotope data in conjunction with carbon cycle modelling. It is shown why the ice core method and its results must be rejected; and that current air CO2 measurements are not validated and their results subjectively "edited". Further it is shown that carbon cycle modelling based on non-equilibrium models, remote from observed reality and chemical laws, made to fit non-representative data through the use of non-linear ocean evasion "buffer" correction factors constructed from a pre-conceived idea, constitute a circular argument and with no scientific validity. Both radioactive and stable carbon isotopes show that the real atmospheric CO2 residence time (lifetime) is only about 5 years, and that the amount of fossil-fuel CO2 in the atmosphere is maximum 4%. Any CO2 level rise beyond this can only come from a much larger, but natural, carbon reservoir with much higher 13-C/12-C isotope ratio than that of the fossil fuel pool, namely from the ocean, and/or the lithosphere, and/or the Earth's interior. The apparent annual atmospheric CO2 level increase, postulated to be anthropogenic, would constitute only some 0.2% of the total annual amount of CO2 exchanged naturally between the atmosphere and the ocean plus other natural sources and sinks. It is more probable that such a small ripple in the annual natural flow of CO2 would be caused by natural fluctuations of geophysical processes. 13-C/12-C isotope mass balance calculations show that IPCC's atmospheric residence time of 50-200 years make the atmosphere too light (50% of its current CO2 mass) to fit its measured 13-C/12-C isotope ratio. This proves why IPCC's wrong model creates its artificial 50% "missing sink". IPCC's 50% inexplicable "missing sink" of about 3 giga-tonnes carbon annually should have led all governments to reject IPCC's model. When such rejection has not yet occurred, it beautifully shows the result of the "scare-them-to-death" influence principle. IPCC's "Greenhouse Effect Global Warming" dogma rests on invalid presumptions and a rejectable non-realistic carbon cycle modelling which simply refutes reality, like the existence of carbonated beer or soda "pop" as we know it.

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