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Posted on 02/03/2012 2:03:16 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach
Normally I dont go for anonymous guest posters, but this one is from the famous zombie of zombietime.com whose identity remains hidden so that he/she may continue to record the anarchy and socially bereft behavior that permeates the McKibbenesque protestor culture of America. Zombie wrote to me yesterday asking that I bring attention to the post, and Im happy to do so. The text is below, but please follow the link to the evidence (dozens of scanned pages) presented.
Guest post by Zombie
I just finished reading a terrifying new book about climate change. I learned this:
Climate change is happening faster than we realize and it will have catastrophic consequences for mankind.
Theres very little we can do to stop it at this late stage, but we might be able to save ourselves if we immediately take these necessary and drastic steps:
- Increase our reliance on alternative energy sources and stop using so much oil and other carbon-based fuels;
- Adopt energy-efficient practices in all aspects of our lives, however inconvenient;
- Impose punitive taxes on inefficient or polluting activities to discourage them;
- Funnel large sums of money from developed nations like the U.S. to Third World nations;
- In general embrace all environmental causes.
You of course recognize these as the solutions most often recommended to ameliorate the looming crisis of Global Warming. But theres a little glitch in my narrative. Because although the book I read was indeed about climate change, it wasnt about Global Warming at all; it was instead about The Coming of the New Ice Age, and it isnt exactly new it was published in 1977.
The Solution Remains the Same
As many other pundits and analysts have pointed out, in the mid-to-late 1970s we endured a massive climate change scare that was the exact opposite of the one were enduring now. Back then, the media and activists trumpeted the arrival of a new ice age, with the specter of ice sheets and glaciers covering half the northern hemisphere, and brutal winters in the remaining ice-free zones.
The fact that the media and popular culture and academia have veered from one panic-inducing disaster scenario to another one which completely contradicts the first one is funny enough in its own right. But reading The Weather Conspiracy: The Coming of the New Ice Age opened my eyes to an even more significant aspect of this serial crisis-mongering:
The solutions prescribed to solve both Global Warming and the looming Ice Age are exactly the same.
In both cases, proponents of the theory-du-jour say that in order to stave off disaster, we must reverse the march of civilization, stop our profligate use of carbon-based fuels, cede power and money from the First World to the Third World, and wherever possible revert to a Luddite pre-industrial lifestyle.
I realized: The solution (commit civilizational suicide) always remains the same; all that differs are the wildly divergent purported crises proffered up to justify the imposition of the solution.
Seen from this angle, the entire Climate Change field should be more properly reframed thus:
In order to weaken and eventually destroy the existing industrialized nations, we must devise an ecological crisis so severe that only voluntary economic suicide can solve it; and if this first crisis doesnt materialize as planned, then devise another, and another, even if they flatly contradict our previous claims.
I had long suspected that this is the most accurate characterization of Climate Changeology; but reading The New Ice Age clinched it for me. The true purpose of climate change disaster-mongering is to permanently cripple the First World, and to elevate the Third World, in order to create a planet with no economic inequality. The goal remains constant; the supposed imminent catastrophes justifying it come and go as needed.
Below, Ill present scanned pages from the book so you can see for yourself.
The scenario were in reminds me of the classic Twilight Zone episode called The Midnight Sun: At first we see the characters sweltering in increasingly unbearable heat as the Earth, knocked out of its orbit, slowly plummets into the sun. Just as they are all about to burn to death, in typical Twilight Zone fashion, the lead character wakes up she had in fact merely been having a fever dream about the world getting hotter; in reality, the Earth had been knocked away from the sun, and theyre all going to freeze to death. Ha ha gotcha! Just as in the narratives spun by the climate change catastrophists, the Earth is doomed either way, even though the disaster scenario flips from one extreme to its exact opposite. Hot, cold, whatever; one way or the other, Mother Nature will wreak revenge on us for our hubris!
Ice Ages Are Making a Comeback
Turns out my choice of reading material (discovered recently at a rummage sale for 25¢, in case youre curious) was fortuitous, as climate change and ice ages are suddenly back in the headlines this past week. And the news is not good for the crisis-mongers.
First we learned that the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide is actually helping us stave off the next inevitable ice age by a few years. Yes, you read that right: the runaway global warming scenario is now off the table; a new ice age is coming for sure, and whatever human warming effects there may be will only make our descent into the deep freeze a little more comfy.
Then, in a different breakthrough, leading scientists announced the discovery of a heretofore undetected type of molecule in the atmosphere which spurs cloud formation and negates global warming effects. Thanks to something called Criegee biradicals, the more we pollute, the more clouds form, and the cooler the planet becomes. Thus, the cumulative effect on the climate due to mankinds activity: zilch. So for the second time in a week, the entire Anthropogenic Global Warming theory was fatally undermined.
But wait! Were not done. Next up: A study out of Harvard proving that warming and cooling cycles are caused by orbital wobble and precession of the poles; and that the only reason the next ice age hasnt arrived quite on schedule yet is due to our beneficial increase in carbon dioxide. Yes, thats right: more data showing that another ice age is inevitable sooner or later.
A third nail in AGWs coffin in less than a week? Why wasnt this front page news?
But brace yourself because those nails in the coffin were just the opening act. The next bit of news was the real blockbuster, a stake through AGWs heart:
Now we learn that the world has not warmed at all for the last 15 years, and that the entire recent global warming hubbub was totally imaginary. Furthermore, the recent cooling is so significant that we may be headed for you guessed it a mini ice age.
Still not enough for you? The coup de grace came from our own USDA, which released a new Plant Hardiness Zone Map indicating that the mild global warming spike of a few years ago was actually good for plant growth and biodiversity. In other words: Even if we do experience warming, it makes the world a nicer place.
And that was just one weeks news. I wonder what next week will bring?
Now, youd think that this devastating barrage of body blows would basically bring an end to the whole Global Warming controversy.
But no. Because, you see, true believers are nearly impervious to facts. In the midst of all this, the AGW activists and bullies continued their relentless quest to reshape the worlds economic landscape, as if they still had the upper hand. They even launched a witch hunt against denier weathermen, threatening to get any TV meteorologists fired unless they present global warming propaganda during their forecasts. Meanwhile, Al Gore continued on his decade-long tirade, declaring that civilization is at risk if the presidential candidates dont cave into his demands immediately. And if you check the Web sites of any number of climate change nonprofits and organizations, theyre all still in hysterical crisis mode about the coming calamity. To them, you see, news stories like the ones we saw this week may come and go, but Global Warming is forever!
Somethings Gotta Give
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold, as William Butler Yeats once wrote. This disconnect between reality and hysteria cant last forever. As impervious as Global Warmists may be to facts, theyre highly sensitive to their social environment. Eventually, as the general public loses interest in humoring the hysterics, whose status is rapidly dropping from cutting-edge hipsters to embarrassing kooks, the Alarmists will go into a huddle and emerge with a new crisis scenario so horrifying and immediate that something must be done NOW! And that something, as we learned above, will be the exact same something prescribed to solve the previous crisis.
We already saw the first half of this transition just a short time ago. For years, the crisis peddlers threw all their weight behind the phrase Global Warming to describe the looming disaster. But in recent years as data crept in casting some doubt on their prognostications, the phrase Global Warming was inconspicuously discarded and replaced with the more flexible Climate Change. Voilà! No matter what the weather did, it could be chalked up to climate change, because hey, change could go either way, right?
Needless to say, however innocuous climate change may have sounded, the activists said Trust us, its way worse than mere global warming, so the drastic solutions we proposed earlier are still required.
But the ever-growing mountain of evidence pointing to an eventual (naturally occurring) ice age phase in the distant future may trigger yet another huddle among the climate change crowd. Perhaps after a suitable wait, banking on everyones short memory, theyll re-emerge from the huddle this time dropping Climate Change for something ice-age themed, like Accelerated Glaciation, or perhaps Man-Made Chill Factor.
And you can guarantee that theyll have a solution for this new crisis; and it will be the exact same solution they announced for climate change, and for global warming before that, and yes, for the looming ice age they worried about the previous time back in the 70s: De-industrialize the First World, end civilization as we know it, and cede power to the global south, i.e. the Third World.
To prepare you for this eventuality, I hereby present scans from The Weather Conspiracy: The Coming of the New Ice Age, published in 1977 and written by The Impact Team, a coalition of authors from various fields.
Each scan below is taken from a page in The Weather Conspiracy: The Coming of the New Ice Age; click on any image to see the passage in context on the full page.
Under each passage Ill make a few comments; but in general, the text speaks for itself.
Think of this as a warning from the past. Not a warning about looming ice ages, but rather a warning to ignore politically motivated disaster-mongers.
See the rest of the post and all the scanned pages here
"using used foil is a crime,it irts,do it again and I empty it"
Because although the book I read was indeed about climate change, it wasnt about Global Warming at all; it was instead about The Coming of the New Ice Age, and it isnt exactly new it was
Thanx for the ping Ernest_at_the_Beach !
Although George Carlin was as lib as it gets, he sometimes got conservative and his rant on the enviro-nazis is classic...
Got to run out for awhile now!
Good. Bring it on. It can’t be any worse than another four years of Soros and the continued destruction of the US.
The Cooling World
Newsweek, April 28, 1975
Here is the text of Newsweeks 1975 story on the trend toward global cooling. It may look foolish today, but in fact world temperatures had been falling since about 1940. It was around 1979 that they reversed direction and resumed the general rise that had begun in the 1880s, bringing us today back to around 1940 levels. A PDF of the original is available here.
We invite readers interested in finding out about both sides of the debate over global warming to visit our website: Climate Debate Daily Denis Dutton
There are ominous signs that the Earths weather patterns have begun to change dramatically and that these changes may portend a drastic decline in food production with serious political implications for just about every nation on Earth. The drop in food output could begin quite soon, perhaps only 10 years from now. The regions destined to feel its impact are the great wheat-producing lands of Canada and the U.S.S.R. in the North, along with a number of marginally self-sufficient tropical areas parts of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Indochina and Indonesia where the growing season is dependent upon the rains brought by the monsoon.
The evidence in support of these predictions has now begun to accumulate so massively that meteorologists are hard-pressed to keep up with it. In England, farmers have seen their growing season decline by about two weeks since 1950, with a resultant overall loss in grain production estimated at up to 100,000 tons annually. During the same time, the average temperature around the equator has risen by a fraction of a degree a fraction that in some areas can mean drought and desolation. Last April, in the most devastating outbreak of tornadoes ever recorded, 148 twisters killed more than 300 people and caused half a billion dollars worth of damage in 13 U.S. states.
To scientists, these seemingly disparate incidents represent the advance signs of fundamental changes in the worlds weather. The central fact is that after three quarters of a century of extraordinarily mild conditions, the earths climate seems to be cooling down. Meteorologists disagree about the cause and extent of the cooling trend, as well as over its specific impact on local weather conditions. But they are almost unanimous in the view that the trend will reduce agricultural productivity for the rest of the century. If the climatic change is as profound as some of the pessimists fear, the resulting famines could be catastrophic. A major climatic change would force economic and social adjustments on a worldwide scale, warns a recent report by the National Academy of Sciences, because the global patterns of food production and population that have evolved are implicitly dependent on the climate of the present century.
A survey completed last year by Dr. Murray Mitchell of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reveals a drop of half a degree in average ground temperatures in the Northern Hemisphere between 1945 and 1968. According to George Kukla of Columbia University, satellite photos indicated a sudden, large increase in Northern Hemisphere snow cover in the winter of 1971-72. And a study released last month by two NOAA scientists notes that the amount of sunshine reaching the ground in the continental U.S. diminished by 1.3% between 1964 and 1972.
To the layman, the relatively small changes in temperature and sunshine can be highly misleading. Reid Bryson of the University of Wisconsin points out that the Earths average temperature during the great Ice Ages was only about seven degrees lower than during its warmest eras and that the present decline has taken the planet about a sixth of the way toward the Ice Age average. Others regard the cooling as a reversion to the little ice age conditions that brought bitter winters to much of Europe and northern America between 1600 and 1900 years when the Thames used to freeze so solidly that Londoners roasted oxen on the ice and when iceboats sailed the Hudson River almost as far south as New York City.
Just what causes the onset of major and minor ice ages remains a mystery. Our knowledge of the mechanisms of climatic change is at least as fragmentary as our data, concedes the National Academy of Sciences report. Not only are the basic scientific questions largely unanswered, but in many cases we do not yet know enough to pose the key questions.
Meteorologists think that they can forecast the short-term results of the return to the norm of the last century. They begin by noting the slight drop in overall temperature that produces large numbers of pressure centers in the upper atmosphere. These break up the smooth flow of westerly winds over temperate areas. The stagnant air produced in this way causes an increase in extremes of local weather such as droughts, floods, extended dry spells, long freezes, delayed monsoons and even local temperature increases all of which have a direct impact on food supplies.
The worlds food-producing system, warns Dr. James D. McQuigg of NOAAs Center for Climatic and Environmental Assessment, is much more sensitive to the weather variable than it was even five years ago. Furthermore, the growth of world population and creation of new national boundaries make it impossible for starving peoples to migrate from their devastated fields, as they did during past famines.
Climatologists are pessimistic that political leaders will take any positive action to compensate for the climatic change, or even to allay its effects. They concede that some of the more spectacular solutions proposed, such as melting the Arctic ice cap by covering it with black soot or diverting arctic rivers, might create problems far greater than those they solve. But the scientists see few signs that government leaders anywhere are even prepared to take the simple measures of stockpiling food or of introducing the variables of climatic uncertainty into economic projections of future food supplies. The longer the planners delay, the more difficult will they find it to cope with climatic change once the results become grim reality.
PETER GWYNNE with bureau reports
About the time that James Hansen was trying to sell the coming ice age (of course, he got worried about AGW a few years later).
Hansen failed as an astronomer so he found a much more lucrative field - scare mongering!
No matter what the crisis, the solution is always the same -- we must deindustrialize and impoverish ourselves.
Thanks E.. Yea. I remember reading all about the coming ice age back in that time frame.