This is the second in a series of posts about ‘Climate Change.’ In my first post, I addressed the science behind ‘Climate Change.’ In this post, we are going to examine the history of ‘Climate Change.’ For most of us, history only goes back as far as we can remember; say, sometime in our early adolescence. Before the time we became aware of the world, we tend to think of history in abstract terms. We know there was a past, but we don’t really see any connection between it and the present. But the world existed before we became consciously aware of it, and the things that happened in the past are actually very relevant to us today. You see, events of the past drive the events of the present. Unfortunately, too few of us care to bother learning about or trying to understand the past, so we do not see or understand how the past is still influencing current events. This makes it very easy for people with hidden agendas to fool or deceive us, as I will soon demonstrate.
If you are under the age of forty, you probably do not remember that there was a ‘Climate Change’ scare in the 1970’s, only it was called by a different name. In the 1970’s, ‘science’ was convinced that we were entering into another ice age. There were catastrophic predictions about shrinking environments where agriculture would be possible due to encroaching ice fields, and predictions of mass extinctions and death on a wide scale. It was in all the media outlets: magazines, broadcast news and televisions shows. Many of the same personalities who would warn us about global warming in the 1990’s first started by trying to raise awareness about global cooling in the 1970’s.
But the predictions of global cooling failed to materialize and, soon, they turned to warnings about global warming. The warnings about global warming reached a fevered peak in the 1990’s. They were accompanied by the same magazine, news paper, broadcast news and television show coverage. The media celebrities that had pushed global cooling in the 1970’s suddenly switched over and started pushing the idea of global warming. The only problem was, the warnings never materialized. Instead, the earth started cooling again. This is when they switched to the term we have today: “Climate Change.”
However, this cycle of hysteria over the environment goes back much further than 1970. In fact, it goes back at least 115 years. But this is only the history of the modern ‘climate scare.’ You can find stories that sound very similar to those of today warning about ice caps melting and impending catastrophe as a result of warming or cooling as far back as 1855!
So, why doesn’t our media tell us about the history of these predictions of doom due to climate changes only to see those predictions fail to materialize? If the media is about reporting facts, why wouldn’t they tell you that before ‘Climate Change,’ there was ‘Global Warming,’ and before that, ‘Global Cooling,’ and before that, more ‘Global Warming,’ and more ‘Global Cooling’ before that? Why do the media and our political and even economic leaders continue to push an idea that has never proven to actually happen? And how could a ‘scientist’ make any claim to there being evidence for anything other than the fact that the earth has a natural cycle of slight warming and cooling?
Well, there is an answer to that question. I answered it in my first post on this subject, and I’ll answer it again here. The people pushing the idea of ‘Climate Change’ are using it to hide their true agenda. I’ll explain why they use ‘Climate Change’ to disguise their agenda in my next post. For now, it is enough to know that the majority of people pushing for action to prevent warming or cooling do not really care about warming or cooling. They care about money and/or power — period! As I said, I’ll explain and defend this claim in my next post. Until then, please read a short list of some of the stories about global cooling/warming that have been printed over the last century or so. And, please, pay close attention to the dates, and to the period of time between when they switch from cooling to warming and back again. You’ll find there is a roughly 30 year cycle in play here — sort of like all ‘science’ has done is discover a natural trend in the earth’s normal climatic cycle.
Climate Change Timeline – 1895-2009
For at least 114 years, climate “scientists” have been claiming that the climate was going to kill us…but they have kept switching whether it was a coming ice age, or global warming.
- 1895 – Geologists Think the World May Be Frozen Up Again – New York Times, February 1895
- 1902 – “Disappearing Glaciers…deteriorating slowly, with a persistency that means their final annihilation…scientific fact…surely disappearing.” – Los Angeles Times
- 1912 – Prof. Schmidt Warns Us of an Encroaching Ice Age – New York Times, October 1912
- 1923 – “Scientist says Arctic ice will wipe out Canada” – Professor Gregory of Yale University, American representative to the Pan-Pacific Science Congress, – Chicago Tribune
- 1923 – “The discoveries of changes in the sun’s heat and the southward advance of glaciers in recent years have given rise to conjectures of the possible advent of a new ice age” – Washington Post
- 1924 – MacMillan Reports Signs of New Ice Age – New York Times, Sept 18, 1924
- 1929 – “Most geologists think the world is growing warmer, and that it will continue to get warmer” – Los Angeles Times, in Is another ice age coming?
- 1932 – “If these things be true, it is evident, therefore that we must be just teetering on an ice age” – The Atlantic magazine, This Cold, Cold World
- 1933 – America in Longest Warm Spell Since 1776; Temperature Line Records a 25-Year Rise – New York Times, March 27th, 1933
- 1933 – “…wide-spread and persistent tendency toward warmer weather…Is our climate changing?” – Federal Weather Bureau “Monthly Weather Review.”
- 1938 – Global warming, caused by man heating the planet with carbon dioxide, “is likely to prove beneficial to mankind in several ways, besides the provision of heat and power.”– Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society
- 1938 – “Experts puzzle over 20 year mercury rise…Chicago is in the front rank of thousands of cities thuout the world which have been affected by a mysterious trend toward warmer climate in the last two decades” – Chicago Tribune
- 1939 – “Gaffers who claim that winters were harder when they were boys are quite right… weather men have no doubt that the world at least for the time being is growing warmer” – Washington Post
- 1952 – “…we have learned that the world has been getting warmer in the last half century” – New York Times, August 10th, 1962
- 1954 – “…winters are getting milder, summers drier. Glaciers are receding, deserts growing” – U.S. News and World Report
- 1954 – Climate – the Heat May Be Off – Fortune Magazine
- 1959 – “Arctic Findings in Particular Support Theory of Rising Global Temperatures” – New York Times
- 1969 – “…the Arctic pack ice is thinning and that the ocean at the North Pole may become an open sea within a decade or two” – New York Times, February 20th, 1969
- 1969 – “If I were a gambler, I would take even money that England will not exist in the year 2000” — Paul Ehrlich (while he now predicts doom from global warming, this quote only gets honorable mention, as he was talking about his crazy fear of overpopulation)
- 1970 – “…get a good grip on your long johns, cold weather haters – the worst may be yet to come…there’s no relief in sight” – Washington Post
- 1974 – Global cooling for the past forty years – Time Magazine
- 1974 – “Climatological Cassandras are becoming increasingly apprehensive, for the weather aberrations they are studying may be the harbinger of another ice age” – Washington Post
- 1974 – “As for the present cooling trend a number of leading climatologists have concluded that it is very bad news indeed” – Fortune magazine, who won a Science Writing Award from the American Institute of Physics for its analysis of the danger
- 1974 – “…the facts of the present climate change are such that the most optimistic experts would assign near certainty to major crop failure…mass deaths by starvation, and probably anarchy and violence” – New York Times
- 1975 – Scientists Ponder Why World’s Climate is Changing; A Major Cooling Widely Considered to Be Inevitable – New York Times, May 21st, 1975
- 1975 – “The threat of a new ice age must now stand alongside nuclear war as a likely source of wholesale death and misery for mankind” Nigel Calder, editor, New Scientist magazine, in an article in International Wildlife Magazine
- 1976 – “Even U.S. farms may be hit by cooling trend” – U.S. News and World Report
- 1981 – Global Warming – “of an almost unprecedented magnitude” – New York Times
- 1988 – I would like to draw three main conclusions. Number one, the earth is warmer in 1988 than at any time in the history of instrumental measurements. Number two, the global warming is now large enough that we can ascribe with a high degree of confidence a cause and effect relationship to the greenhouse effect. And number three, our computer climate simulations indicate that thegreenhouse effect is already large enough to begin to effect the probability of extreme events such as summer heat waves. – Jim Hansen, June 1988 testimony before Congress, see His later quote and His superior’s objection for context
- 1989 -“On the one hand, as scientists we are ethically bound to the scientific method, in effect promising to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but – which means that we must include all doubts, the caveats, the ifs, ands and buts. On the other hand, we are not just scientists but human beings as well. And like most people we’d like to see the world a better place, which in this context translates into our working to reduce the risk of potentially disastrous climate change. To do that we need to get some broad based support, to capture the public’s imagination. That, of course, means getting loads of media coverage. So we have to offer up scary scenarios, make simplified, dramatic statements, and make little mention of any doubts we might have. This “double ethical bind” we frequently find ourselves in cannot be solved by any formula. Each of us has to decide what the right balance is between being effective and being honest. I hope that means being both.” – Stephen Schneider, lead author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Discover magazine, October 1989
- 1990 – “We’ve got to ride the global warming issue. Even if the theory of global warming is wrong, we will be doing the right thing – in terms of economic policy and environmental policy” – Senator Timothy Wirth
- 1993 – “Global climate change may alter temperature and rainfall patterns, many scientists fear, with uncertain consequences for agriculture.” – U.S. News and World Report
- 1998 – No matter if the science [of global warming] is all phony . . . climate change [provides] the greatest opportunity to bring about justice and equality in the world.” —Christine Stewart, Canadian Minister of the Environment, Calgary Herald, 1998
- 2001 – “Scientists no longer doubt that global warming is happening, and almost nobody questions the fact that humans are at least partly responsible.” – Time Magazine, Monday, Apr. 09, 2001
- 2003 – Emphasis on extreme scenarios may have been appropriate at one time, when the public and decision-makers were relatively unaware of the global warming issue, and energy sources such as “synfuels,” shale oil and tar sands were receiving strong consideration” – Jim Hansen, NASA Global Warming activist, Can we defuse The Global Warming Time Bomb?, 2003
- 2006 – “I believe it is appropriate to have an over-representation of factual presentations on how dangerous it is, as a predicate for opening up the audience to listen to what the solutions are, and how hopeful it is that we are going to solve this crisis.” — Al Gore, Grist magazine, May 2006
- Now: The global mean temperature has fallen for four years in a row, which is why you stopped hearing details about the actual global temperature, even while they carry on about taxing you to deal with it…how long before they start predicting an ice age?
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