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OPINION

From Global Warming to Global Cooling to Global Warming

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Here is an interesting quote: 

“Snows are less frequent and less deep.  They often do not lie below the mountains more than one, two, or three days and very rarely a week.  They are remembered to be formerly frequent, deep, and of long continuance.  The elderly inform me that the earth used to be covered with snow about three months every year.  The rivers, which then seldom failed to freeze over in the course of the winter, scarcely ever do now.  [This] change…in the spring of the year is very fatal to fruits…I remember that when I was a small boy, say 60 years ago, snows were frequent and deep in every winter.” 

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That was written by Thomas Jefferson in 1799, before fossil fuels dominated the energy industry, and when the earth’s population was far smaller than it is today.  From all indications, there was indeed notable warming in the 18th century from the previous “Little Ice Age” period.  

But let’s move ahead to the 20th century.  The weather changes, of course, and Paul Ehrlich, who was always wrong about everything he ever said, told us in 1969, “We must realize that unless we are extremely lucky, everybody will disappear in a cloud of blue steam in 20 years.”   Twenty years passed, no blue steam, people were still on the earth.  I guess we were lucky.  And Ehrlich was rich.

Global cooling was the craze then.  Here are a few representative quotes from the 1970s:

Boston Globe (1970): “Air pollution may obliterate the sun and cause a new ice age in the first third of the next century”

LA Times (Oct. 24, 1971): “New Ice Age Coming—It’s Already Getting Colder” 

Brown Science Dept. to the White House (1972): “Deep concern with the future of the world...falls within the rank of processes which produced the last ice age.”

The Guardian (1974): “Spy Satellites Show New Ice Age is Coming Fast”

Time Magazine (April 8, 1977) front cover: “How to Survive the Coming Ice Age”

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That is just a sampling and could be multiplied exponentially.  But then, the 1980s arrived.  The Marxist Soviet Union began teetering, and by the end of the decade, was in full-scale collapse.  Marxism was proven wrong, their globalist ideology in ashes, and all orthodox Marxists gave up their religion.  Right?

Not so much.  Actually, all they did was change colors—from red to green.

In the 1980s, the shift to man-made global warming began.  Evidence was accruing that the planet, as a whole, was warming.  That had happened many times throughout history and shouldn’t have been big news or alarming.  Earth has been gradually warming since the Ice Age 10-15,000 years ago (land bridge between Russia and Alaska?).

The key, however, in the 1980s, was the addition of “man-made” to “global warming.”  This time, (unlike in Jefferson’s day), it was humanity’s fault.  We were making the climate warm up and it was up to us (world governments) to stop it. And we only had a few years to do it.  Evidence:

AP (1989): “A senior U.N. environmental official says entire nations could be wiped off the face of the earth by rising sea levels if the global warming trend is not reversed by the year 2000.”

Salon (quoting NASA’s Jim Hanson, 1989): “The West Side Highway [along the Hudson River] will be under water [within 20 to 30 years].”

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The Independent (2000):  “Snow is starting to disappear from our lives...Children just aren’t going to know what snow is.” Like Thomas Jefferson hardly ever saw it anymore, either.

The Guardian (2004): “Major European cities will be sunk beneath rising seas as Britain is plunged into a ‘Siberian’ climate by 2020.”  I’m a little confused about this one.  I thought Siberia was cold.

The Great Genius Al Gore (2007): “The North Pole will be ice-free in the summer by 2013 because of man-made global warming.”  Has anyone swam by the North Pole lately?

NBC News (2006): “Leading U.S. climate researcher says the world has a 10-year window of opportunity to take decisive action on global warming and avert catastrophe.” I guess it’s too late now.

AP (2008): “In five to ten years, the Arctic will be free of sea ice in the summer.”  Still waiting 15 years later.

These rather inaccurate predictions could also be multiplied.  But we can see that the earth has gone from global warming (1700s) to global cooling (mid-20th century) and back to global warming (since the 1980s)—this time caused by humans.  And, of course, the only solution is the one world government that Marxists have dreamed of all along.

Having spent many years working in American academia, I learned that the “publish or perish” mentality (especially among “major” universities) is real.  Government grant money is lusted for and is in no way insignificant.  The problem is, politically correct articles are essential. There exists no chance of publication if orthodoxy is challenged; tenure might be denied and jobs might be lost. The pressure to conform is enormous.

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Hence, the “consensus” is established, is always right, and no one (in America) challenges it.  For example, Darwinism (though any anti-Christian screed is acceptable).  Or the Covid-19 vaccine and mask “science." And, of course, climate change.  I suspect most climatologists know that, at best, the evidence for “man-made climate change” is tenuous.  But scientists are human, too, and they love their cushy jobs and rising influence.  And the universities want the money.  So don’t challenge canon doctrine.

It also doesn’t hurt that industry is now pouring billions into the climate change hoax.  It matters not if climate change is actually happening.  Money is money is money, and if money can be made, any lie, swindle, or fraud will do.  Covid proved that. Climate change is here to stay for awhile, folks.

 The Left totally controls the global propaganda machine now.  Turning that around will be a monumental task.

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