Climategate in Review
It's an old story. It wasn't that long ago that the same sort of people who currently tell us that we are on the verge of worldwide destruction due to "global-warming", were proclaiming that we were on the verge of worldwide destruction due to "global-cooling" and over-population. If you are old enough, you might remember some of these memorable quotes:
And finally, here is a current prediction from yet another world figure. Mark your calendars!
For example, here is a nice one page article titled The Cooling World, that appeared in the April 28, 1975 issue of Newsweek. It states that the evidence for widespread planetary cooling is "ominous" and "has now begun to accumulate so massively that meterologists are hard-pressed to keep up with it." Famine is imminent.
Is there scientific consensus? Of course! "[Meterologists] are almost unanimous in the view that the trend will reduce agricultural productivity for the rest of the century."
And the proposed solution? More government intervention of course. "Climatologists are pessimistic that political leaders will take any positive action to compensate for the climate change, or even to allay its effects." You know, like the proposal to melt the polar ice cap by covering it with black soot, and other similar measures to save the planet!
Whoops, whoops, and whoops again! With over forty years to see these predictions realized, there was no runaway climate disaster, no worldwide famine. No end to civilization. No ice age. No mass species extinction. No American dust bowl. Britain is still intact. The North Pole still has a 3.82 million square mile ice mass. If New York sucks, its not due to its mimicing Florida. And there is still enough sunlight to require SPF 45. Yet, I don't remember getting an apology from any of these people, their sponsoring universities, or a retraction published in any of the major magazines.
And despite their utter failure at accurate predictions, every one of these purveyors of doom was being funded from the same government trough, and consequently, demanding exactly the same "solution" as is being proposed today: complete regulation over the behavior of every individual and businesses by government overseerers. If the true goal of these policies was human salvation, then the lessons of history and the Climategate facts should give one pause. But if the actual goal is gaining control as a means to increased power, then ignoring all these bothersome facts, as is being done, begins to make a perverted sort of sense.
Now, take a look at this table put together by a blogger known as Kaz, titled: Climate Change Timeline — 1895-2009. This documents the histrionics reported in the media over the past hundred years regarding our imminent death by cooling or heating. The only consistent thing is that none of the end-of-the-world scenarios has ever come to pass. One particularly interesting item from this list is the 1923 prediction from Professor Gregory of Yale University, as reported in the Chicago Tribune, that states: "Scientist says Arctic ice will wipe out Canada". This follows on the heals of a 1922 report titled, The Changing Arctic, which reads in part:
"The Arctic seems to be warming up. Reports from fishermen, seal hunters, and explorers who sail the seas about Spitzbergen and the eastern Arctic, all point to a radical change in climatic conditions, and hitherto un-heard-of high temperatures in that part of the earth's surface."
"The oceanographic observations have, however, been even more interesting. Ice conditions were exceptional. In fact, so little ice has never before been noted. The expedition all but established a record, sailing as far north as 81° 29' in ice-free water. This is the farthest north ever reached with modern oceanographic apparatus."
"[F]ormerly the waters about Spitzbergen held an even summer temperature of about 3° Celsius; this year recorded temperatures up to 15°, and last winter the ocean did not freeze over even on the north coast of Spitzbergen."
Could it possibly be that the restoration of normal temperatures and ice flow in 1923 was the source of Professor Gregory's dire predictions rather than a looming global catastrophe? I guess we'll never know. Oh, wait, then there was 1924. All of this just reinforces the obvious point that the natural climate is always changing, from year to year, decade to decade, and on larger scales.
On March 1st, 2013, Anthony Watts published a nice summary of Global Cooling articles from the 1970s, along with this fun little video clip narrated by Leonard Nimoy:
This cartoon summarizes things nicely.
The real climate to be worried about is the manufactured climate of fear that is the staple of manipulative political indoctrination and control. Every government has used it, including the probable false flag Reichstag fire, used to garner German support for World War II and the Gulf of Tonkin incident which was used to deceive Americans into supporting an escalation of U.S. participation in the Vietnam War. This trend continues today with a media-manufactured fear of "terrorism" being used to justify the abridgement of liberty and rights in the name of safety and the "fight on terror."
In recent times, government-funded science has become the handmaiden of many political agendas. Governments commission studies in order to get the desired data or results that can then be publicize in order to generate unfounded fears in the public, allowing them to advance further regulations and control over the populace that would not otherwise be supported. As mentioned in the introduction, the cancer scare of the early 1970s was one example. Others include the non-materializing 2009 H1N1 flu pandemic, the Y2K global meltdown, the non-catastrophe of acid rain scare, the peak oil predictions and the ozone hole supposedly caused by chlorofluorocarbons. What is occurring today regarding the earth's climate is just a continuation of these age old propaganda techniques.
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