Thursday, August 16, 2007

Newsweek: "The Cooling World"

Back in 1975, global cooling was going to lead to massive starvation due to crop failures, and so on, and so on. Do click through to Extreme Mortman for this scan of the article from Newsweek. Note particularly the conclusion: "The longer the planners delay, the more difficult will they find it to cope with climatic change once the results become grim reality." Sounds oddly familiar. Planners need tax money, though, and plenty of power. (Not electrical power, so much, but political power.) They did not get those things in '75, and now we have warming. Oh, darn! If only we had melted the polar icecaps back then, as the scientists were calling for!

Update. Jan 24, 2009: I see that Mortman is shuttering his blog. So I'll put the scan here, in case something happens to his archives:
Newsweek: The Cooling World image
You'll probably need to click that to make it legible.

Update: Thanks to Jerry Pournelle, I see that Dennis Dutton has typed out the text and posted it.

Another update: More evidence of a consensus for cooling. From Maurizio Morabito: World Exclusive: CIA 1974 Document Reveals Emptiness of AGW Scares, Closes Debate On Global Cooling Consensus (And More…)

There was a global cooling consensus among scientists, at least up to 1974. And it went on to appear in Newsweek, The Washington Post, The New York Times and many more media outlets around the world, at least up to 1976.

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