by: the Common Constitutionalist
Every Year, on or around Earth Day, I reissue this article I wrote a while ago. Enjoy!
Global warming. No, let us call it Climate Change. That way no matter what happens, we’re covered. Brilliant! Let us not lend any credence to all the experts that are debunking the man-made warming myths. No. They are all just deniers in the back pocket of “Big Oil” or some such nonsense. Shut them up; don’t listen to them.
Global Warming advocates always point to 1998 as the warmest year in recorded history. 1934 was actually the warmest. According to NASA, 3 of the 5 warmest years were before 1940. Where was Big Oil at that time? Where was the SUV, the incandescent light bulb? (Yes, I know we had light bulbs, but not nearly the number as today). Take note of this era. I will return to it.
It seems no matter which era we’re in; there is always impending doom right around the corner. We, as humans, have to have something to worry about. Four times in just the past 100 or so years we have been warned of catastrophic climate change.
So let’s hop into the way-back machine or maybe that cool DeLorean. Let us take a journey in time via the irrefutable written record. Remember, if it’s in print (or a slide show) it must be true. I’ll punch in the turn of the century, last century.
From the late 1800’s through the 1920’s Americans were convinced, via the print media, that we were heading for the next Ice Age. Yes, Global Cooling! In 1895 the New York Times (the paper of record) wrote, “Geologists think the world may be frozen up again”. In 1912 the L.A. Times reported, “The fifth Ice Age is on the way”. Chicago Tribune, 1923, “Scientists say Arctic Ice will wipe out Canada all the way down to the Great Lakes”. 1924, New York Times, “Signs of a new Ice Age”. This reporting continued through the balance of the ’20’s.
A funny thing happened though; there was no Ice Age. After decades of dire warnings; nothing. Actually something did happen. Starting at the very end of the ’20’s there was no more talk of cooling. In just a few short years the nation’s print media switched from Global Cooling to Global Warming.
The warming fear started when in 1929 the L.A. Times exclaimed, “Geologists believe the world is growing warmer and will keep getting warmer”. Really?! Are these the same geologists that said the world would be frozen? This is the same paper that reported just 17 years earlier that we were heading into an Ice Age. You may be thinking that 17 years is a long time. Well, if you’re 18, maybe it is. The earth, however, is 4.5 billion years old. Doesn’t feel very long now, does it?
The other papers were a little slower to come around to this new global threat. In 1932 the A.P. reported, “The earth is growing steadily warmer”. Now the 1930’s were the warmest decade in recent history. Maybe that’s all it takes is a few years of hot weather. In ’33 the New York Times reported, “The longest warm spell since 1776”. (We’re not going back that far).
There was even an Al Gore back then. His name was G.S. Callendar. He was English. He said the earth was heating up due to Carbon Dioxide emissions. Sounds eerily familiar. The year was 1938. The difference between him and our pal Al is that he thought it might be beneficial to man, not catastrophic. What a dope! Maybe they didn’t have slide shows or carbon credits back then. He could have made millions & had a private plane (no jets at the time). Just shows the progress that has been made in the field of propaganda.
Back to history: The warming reports continued all the way through the 1960’s. But again, nothing!
Murmurs of the next shift back to Global Cooling started in the ’50’s but didn’t get legs until the 1970’s.
In 1970 the Washington Post wrote, “Dawn of a new Ice Age”. Time Magazine, the Post, even Fortune Magazine was warning of a new Ice Age.
These day’s everyone hails Earth Day once a year as an anti-warming recognition affair. The truth is that in 1970 Earth Day began in the throws of a Global Cooling scare. 1974 &’75 were big for the media cooling alarmists. A Science News cover proclaimed, “The Ice Age Cometh”. Newsweek’s big 1975 article about the next Ice Age gave everyone a scare. Some scientists, it was reported, wanted to spread black soot on the Artic Ice to melt (yes, I said melt) it. Time Magazine in 1974 wrote, “Another Ice Age?”
Brilliant scientists like Dr. Stephen Schneider penned articles of the dire consequences of Global Cooling. In 1972 he claimed, “A cooling trend has set in, perhaps akin to the Little Ice Age”. (Remember this guy; he’ll show up again). 1975, New York Times, “Major cooling may be ahead”.
Well, that’s enough of that. Time to switch gears or maybe do another 180.
In the 1980’s the shift back to Global Warming began again. In 1981 the New York Times proclaimed, “That scientists are predicting global warming of an unprecedented magnitude”. Just like the other scares, it took the pro-warming folks a while to ramp up the hysteria.
Remember the eminent climate scientist Dr. Stephen Schneider from the last Ice Age that didn’t happen in the 1970’s? Well, in 1989 he was quoted saying, “Global Warming is a scientific phenomenon beyond doubt”.
In 1991 Newsweek published a ridiculous report by the National Academy of Sciences on ways to fight Global Warming. Everything from Sun reflecting balloons to mirrors & lasers. 1992 was when the warming movement really took flight. Al Gore’s first book was published. And so it began.
We all know what came next. Over the past decade or so the alarmists have become much more media savvy. They have many more venues than just newspapers & magazines. They now have radio, television & the Internet to spew their propaganda. They’ve all but wrapped up world governments demonstrated by the Kyoto Treaty scam.
I have a prediction in the midst of all this current day nonsense. Within the next couple of decades the media will again announce a cooling trend.
In closing, let’s have a GET REAL moment. As I stated earlier, the earth is about 4.5 billion (with a B) years old. I wonder how many times the earth has gone through these warming & cooling periods? How has man been responsible for all of them, or any of them? We’ve only been on the planet for a short period of time & we’ve been “trashing” it for a fraction of that. The earth doesn’t need to be saved by us because we have done it no harm.
Oh, by the way: In the winter of 2009 something remarkable did happen in Greenland. We all know Greenland: the poster nation for Global Warming. The island of toppling Glaciers & melting ice had record sustained cold temperatures. Disko Bay was completely frozen over for the first time in a decade. Not just a little layer of ice but up to 20″ thick. That’s man-made Global Warming for you.