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.