An Icy Blast from the Past

by Ryan on December 6, 2009

in Media Bias,Nature,Politics,science

Scanning through the Internet this morning I bumped into this Forbes article regarding the “Coming Ice Age” hysteria of the 1970s, relating it to today’s global warming hysteria.  The author, Gary Sutton, brings up a point I’ve been saying for a while — scientists live on funding, while politicians live on panic.  It’s the perfect marriage of science and state:  scientists claim a crisis to continue to get funding from politicians who want to be seen as tackling that crisis.  Sutton goes as far as to refer to today’s politicians as modern day “witch doctors,” drumming up scary portends to keep the masses frightened and acquiescent.

We know that the ancient Romans grew wine grapes near Scotland; something that can’t be done today because it’s too cold.  We know that Greenland was named as such because it was once green and friendly with no reported ice drifts until the 1300s.  Sutton makes a solid point that if there were no industrial engines during the Medieval Warm Period, then it must have been some other “engine” at work raising worldwide temperatures.  Logical, but (as we know) logic doesn’t always generate government funding.

We also know that scientists in the 1970s were all about Global Cooling and the dangers it posed to our crops, our cities, our species.  The media picked up on the cooling news and some tried to make a panic out of it to sell newspapers and seem hip by embracing cutting-edge science.  If it weren’t for the Fall of Saigon and the Oil Crisis dominating the news then maybe the hysteria would have matched today’s dizzying heights.  Sutton also points out that the armadillo was the 1970s version of the polar bear — an animal who noticeably changed its migration patterns because of weather. We have short memories.

At the end of the day, I have a feeling that the armadillos will find a way to make it and so will the polar bears.

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James Douglass December 6, 2009 at 9:56 pm

LOGIC, TRUTH AND INTEGRITY HAVE BEEN IN SHORT SUPPLY FOR SOME TIME NOW. PERHAPS IT IS RETURNING FASTER THAN WE THINK. PEOPLE ARE NOT A STUPID AS MANY IN THE POLITICAL POWER SPHERE THINK THEY ARE. I THINK 2010 WILL BE A WATERSHED YEAR FOR COMMON SENSE AND AND REJECTION OF THE ATTEMPTED COUP HERE IN THE USA.

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