1970s Global Cooling Scare

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Every major climate organization endorsed  the ice age scare, including NCAR, CRU, NAS, NASA – as did the CIA.

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Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide and Aerosols: Effects of Large Increases on Global Climate

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International Team of Specialists Finds No End in Sight to 30-Year Cooling Trend in Northern Hemisphere – View Article – NYTimes.com

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Climate Changes Endanger World’s Food Output  NYTimes.com

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Climatologists Forecast Stormy Economic Future – Climatologists Forecasting Dire Effects of Weather on World Economy and Social Order – View Article – NYTimes.com

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The Bryan Times

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Problems From Climate Changes Foreseen in a 1974 C.I.A Report – View Article – NYTimes.com

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The Genesis Strategy – A chilling prospect – View Article – NYTimes.com

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FORECAST FOR – FORECASTING – CLOUDY In the long term, climate is cooling off-or is it warming up? As for tomorrow’s weather, even the world’s biggest computer can’t sayfor sure what it will be. Forecasting ‘ A really accurate three-day weather forecast would result in savings of $86-million a year just for growersof wheat in the state of Wisconsin.’ – View Article – NYTimes.com

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ICE AGES ATTRIBUTED TO EARTH ORBIT SHIFT – Scientists Find Periodic Changes in Path Around Sun ‘Positive Test’ of Climatic Theory – View Article – NYTimes.com


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Science – Worrying About a New Ice Age – View Article – NYTimes.com

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In the last decade, the Arctic ice and snow cap has expanded 12 per cent, and for the first time in this century. ships making for Iceland ports have been impeded by drifting ice.

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Monday, Jan. 31, 1977
WEATHER: The Big Freeze
Why had the rain turned white? Startled millionaires wintering in their baronial mansions in West Palm Beach, Fla., peered closer last week at the miracle that was falling from the skies and discovered—could it be?—yes, the substance was snow, the first ever reported there. Since mid-November, pedestrians in Dallas, unaccustomed to such hazards, have been slipping on sleet-slicked sidewalks. Meanwhile, a series of blizzards has smothered Buffalo this winter with an astonishing 126.6 in. of snow.

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Climate Change and its Effect on  World Food

by Walter Orr Roberts  Aspen Institute for Humanistic Studies, andNational Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, Colorado

In February of 1972 earth-orbiting artificial satellites revealed the existence of a greatly increased area of the snow and ice cover of the north polar cap as compared to all previous years of space age observations. Some scientists believe that this may have presaged the onset of the dramatic climate anomalies of 1972 that brought far-reaching adversities to the world’s peoples. Moreover, there is mounting evidence that the bad climate of 1972 may be the forerunner of a long series of less favorable agricultural crop years that lie ahead for most world societies. Thus widespread food shortages threaten just at the same time that world populations are growing to new highs. Indeed, less favorable climate may be the new global norm. The Earth may have entered a new “little ice age”

There are strong signs that these recent climate disasters were not random deviations from the usual weather, but instead signals of the emergence of a new normal for world climates.

If we are, indeed, experiencing a worsening  of world climates it is, perhaps, equal in  severity to any within the last millenium.  The arguments for this view were developed  by several of the climatologists who attended  an international workshop on climate and  its effects on human life convened in  May 1974 in Bonn, Germany.

At this meeting Profs. H. Flohn of Germany,  H.H. Lamb of the United Kingdom and  Reid Bryson of the United States developed  a highly persuasive demonstration that there  has been a steady cooling of northern  hemisphere temperatures during the last  30 years, with the strongest cooling at the  higher latitudes.


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The Canberra Times   Thursday 16 May 1974

NEW YORK, Wednesday (AAP). — Weather satellites sweeping across the northern hemisphere have come up with a surprise: the permanent snow and ice  cap has increased sharply, Associated Press reported. The finding is cited as one more indication of what some climatologists believe to be a basic change in the world’s climate, a cooling


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125 Responses to 1970s Global Cooling Scare

  1. Kyle Towers says:

    Cooling was never even close to a majority position. It got some play in popular press, but the concensus for warming was already building. This is just one of MANY Big Lies that deniers will never cease telling, no matter how many times it is refuted.

  2. Bill Cox says:

    What a bunch of hooey! The “new ice age” was just media hype?!?! I’m 48 years old and a coming “man made ice age” was in my SCIENCE BOOK and taught to school children in the late 70s. This wasn’t just a couple of whacko news articles. There was enough consensus to b̶r̶a̶i̶n̶w̶a̶s̶h̶ educate school children.

    It described the necessity of the green house effect to maintain the warmth of our planet and how man made pollutants were interfering with that process, eventually ending in an ice age if changes were not made. Basically, the same man made climate change arguments, just with a minus sign instead of a plus sign.

    So, Kyle Towers, who are the real deniers of science? That would be the ones who use ad hominem attacks instead of science facts.

    • michael says:

      Good comment. In fact back in the 1970s the emissions that most concerned scientists were industrial in nature: airborne soot and oxides like sulfates and nitrates. And those emissions had mostly a cooling effect on climate, reflecting the sun’s radiation back into space. So it was an obvious concern.

      • DaveGinOly says:

        So if there has been real warming in the last few decades, maybe it was due not to the increase in CO2 in the atmosphere, but the success of anti-pollution measures to remove particulates and chemicals that were making the climate cooler. Sort of an isostatic rebound effect, that has since leveled out (the ongoing flat-lining of the former temperature increase).

    • Publius says:

      Faulty Towers.

    • > was in my SCIENCE BOOK

      Name the book.

    • Cal says:

      No, liar, it was NOT in your science book. It was NEVER in ANYONE’S science textbooks.

  3. TD says:

    Awesome collection. I wonder what’s the over-under time on global warming/climate change/global weirding/Chicken Little going back to cooling?

  4. TLMango says:

    Its amazing that those who are too young to remember the cold of the 50’s-70’s are the most susceptible to the new carbon religion. How evil is it, to deliberately lie to children about normal climate cycles just for political gain. What does this say about our future as a nation.

  5. Phil G says:

    If you look at what actually occurred, there is no smoking gun. Several scientists produced articles predicting a cooling trend in peer reviewed journals. News organizations picked up on the few articles and that is where all of the headlines came from. Other scientists read the scientific articles, did their own research, and as a result the cooling hypothesis was never generally accepted. Of course, that never made it into the papers. Notice how little of posted articles are from peer reviewed journals. Think of all of the new “health advice” we see in the main stream media that is never accepted by the medical community because follow up studies refute it.

    • Kyle says:

      Oh Phil, don’t bother these anti-science ideologues with the obvious facts. They’re only interested in conspiracy theories and science bashing that support their ideology.

      • Another group which attempts to rewrite history are commonly known as “Holocaust Deniers”

        The Directors of NCAR and CRU as well as the CIA are all quoted above, not to mention the NCAR and National Academy of Sciences graphs.

        Are you two mentally deficient, or just evil?

        • michael says:

          “Are you two mentally deficient, or just evil?”

          Now Steve… just this morning I was reading an article called “Can we tone down the rhetoric?” Maybe we could agree to lighten up on the ad hominem attacks?

          Just a thought. I know, I know. “He started it first.”

        • Rathnakumar says:

          I would bet that the climate lunatics are mentally deficient!

        • vonzorch says:

          You do know that the two are not mutually exclusive?

        • Menicholas says:

          Hoax Deniers!

      • It’s not about being “Anti-Science”. It’s about looking at who is pushing an agenda, and figuring out why. The current Global Warming/Climate Change debate, well it’s not really even a debate is it? Supporters of it refuse to debate anyone with a differing opinion. Anyone that questions it is called a “denier” and anti-science. But look at who is promoting this. Al Gore has become a BILLIONAIRE selling “Carbon Credits”, a product that doesn’t even exist! Climate Change isn’t about the weather. Climate Change is about control! They want to control what you drive. They want to control how you live. They want to control what you eat. The fact is, climate on this planet has been “changing” for the last 4 billion years or so. It has never been static. There is no set standard of what the Earth’s temperature is supposed to be. So, until science can difinitively prove (and it hasn’t, by any stretch of the imagination) that man is having any noticable effect on the climate, I’m not buying.

        • DaveGinOly says:

          The “no set standard” comment is interesting. Why have we determined that our climate is “just right” now, when during some periods of history the climate has been more suitable for agriculture (specifically, I’m thinking of the Medieval Warming Period)? At any climate set point, there will be “winners” and “losers.” Some will experience more hardship at some set points (drought, powerful storm events, etc.) while others will benefit (longer growing seasons, moderate rainfall, reduction in the severity or frequency of major storm events, etc.). And who is authorized to determine for the world what the “best” climate set point is? If one group of countries takes action to fix a set point, and that set point injures the interests of other countries, is an monetary offset owed by the former group to the latter? Obviously so, because that’s the concept behind carbon credits – the people who are (allegedly) making the climate worse owe money to the people who are being affected.

        • Menicholas says:

          Now we seem to have the Hoax Deniers implying that if the current interglacial is scheduled to end, or is in fact ending, it would be wrong to prevent it!

        • Kevin says:

          Exactly…. when you look at the graphs, how do we know where “the standard” or “Average” is. 134 yrs of collection isn’t going to create the “Average”… Who knows, Average might be “hotter” than what we are experiencing. I’m sure there’s technology that can calculate what we “believe” is average but the data you feed those equations can be manipulated to either direction…. I’m optimistic that Mother Nature will adapt and overcome to anything we throw at her and mankind will adapt and overcome to any changes mother nature throws our way. If I remember correctly from science, all ecosystem change over time, they are not “constant”. Something in the ecosystem will create change… it just doesn’t go on an on in a perfect circle, it cycles randomly.

    • Phil – It was widely accepted even in the early 80’s that the climate was cooling. As widely accepted as global warming is today. Not only was it in all the science magazines, but in the text books. I’d like to see if we can better nail down exactly when it flipped.

      • Menicholas says:

        I was in college studying Chemistry and Physical Geography at the time. It was sometime around 1986 as I recall, and it seemed to happen overnight and come out of nowhere.

  6. Arnold says:

    Michael, I think Steve’s question is legitimate. Unfortunately, those who are evil or mentally deficient usually don’t possess the capacity for critical self-observation, so their issues are usually projected onto others. Judge people much?

  7. gregole says:

    I was born in 1955 and know all about the failed predictions of Man Made Global Cooling Climate Catastrophe – it was allegedly caused by Man-Made air pollution; particulate would block out the sun, cooling earth and destroying agriculture; pesticides would destroy habitat (oh and the birds; the pesticide was killing all the birds ala Silent Spring). We. Were. Doomed.

    This rubbish started some years before – actually just after WWII with a school of thought sometimes referred to as the neo-Malthusians:

    “There was a general “neo-Malthusian” revival in the 1950s, 60s and 70s after the publication of two influential books in 1948 (Fairfield Osborn’s “Our Plundered Planet” and William Vogt’s “Road to Survival”). During that time the population of the world rose dramatically. Many in environmental movements began to sound the alarm regarding the potential dangers of population growth. The Club of Rome published a famous book entitled “The Limits to Growth” in 1972. The report and the organisation soon became central to the neo-Malthusian revival. Paul R. Ehrlich has been one of the most prominent neo-Malthusians since the publication of “The Population Bomb” in 1968. Other prominent Malthusians include the Paddock brothers, authors of “Famine 1975! America’s Decision: Who Will Survive?”

    William Vogt was an ornithologist
    Paddock Brothers were agronomists
    Fairfield Osborn “Born into the wealthy and influential Osborn family, he was the son of Henry Fairfield Osborn, a prominent paleontologist, eugenicist and “distinguished Aryan enthusiast”. After obtaining his Bachelor of Arts from Princeton University, he went on to study biology at Cambridge University
    Paul Erlich Biologist

    All of them trained in sciences of one sort or another. All yapping incessantly to an adoring media. And there were others – and all of this blabbering nonsense dove-tailed directly into the Man-Made-Global-Cooling scare in the 1970s. According to these esteemed experts, our only salvation would be through massive social engineering directed by equally massive invasion of human rights and freedoms by government. (And yes, John Holdren, Obama’s personal science “czar” did, in writing, suggest poisoning drinking water with human reproductive sterility drugs.)

    I was there; I read the books; I watched all the horrors of their predictions fail to unfold.

    And now it’s Man-Made-Global-Warming. Same bozos spouting pseudo-scientific nonsense. Same “solutions”.

  8. Ivan says:

    Check out Popular Science, October 1977, an article under the heading “Our Changing Weather – Colder Winters Ahead?” (pg. 100-) Also, a preliminary article in the issue of the previous month.

  9. Ivan says:

    National Geographic – November 1976:
    “What’s Happening to Our Cliimate?
    Cooling in the Northern Hemisphere, thawing in the Antarctic…shifting rain, snow, and storm patterns…ice caps, volcanic dust, air pollution, sunspots-the myriad forces that change earth’s basic environment are still far from understood.”

  10. Ivan says:

    The “Compleat 1970s Global Cooling Rollcall”

  11. JMitch says:

    The man-made-global warming crowd continues to make us believe that humans and their activities are the only cause of rising CO2 levels in the atmosphere when in reality less than 4% of the total CO2 in the atmosphere is the result of people.

  12. suyts says:

    Kyle, you have no idea what the atmospheric CO2 levels were in the past. Ground levels do no equate to atmospheric levels. It is utter sophistry to believe so. And, yes, in that sense, I’m smarter than any Phd who thought of that bit of idiocy.

  13. Quannabe says:

    Just another comment to those that are too young to have first-hand knowledge of “The Next Ice Age” scare: ignore the few fools lying to you here (either through ignorance or malice, not sure which). This was being taught in science classes in the 70’s in the same way that AGW is being taught today. It was far more than a couple of articles blown out of proportion by the media.

  14. Gene H says:

    It’s obvious Kyle Towers has no background in science what-so-ever! Better for him to have said nothing than to have “removed all doubt” regarding his ignorance.

  15. Crock Hunter says:

    Here is an excellent piece that utterly destroys ANY claim that scientists of the 60s and 70s as a group were predicting an imminent “Ice Age”..


    This “Coming Ice Age” myth has been so often and so completely debunked that it’s completely laughable for anyone to still stand by it…. so is it with this site’s disinformation campaign…

  16. I was around in the 70’s and remember all the hype about global cooling, but I thought all that talk about cooling meant kids in my high school were getting cooler.

  17. misanthrope says:

    The really interesting thing about the 70’s Ice Age scare (it was taught as a fact to me in high school, Kyle, you clown) is that all the measures necessary to stop the glaciers from crushing us back then were exactly the same as those we’re now told are necessary to stop global warming: Government “investment” in alternative energy sources; reducing fossil fuel use; developed world transferring enormous amounts of money to the third world as “compensation;” more government-funded “research;” reduced economic output and living standards, etc. etc.

    Global warming’s the same old scam with a different name.

  18. TLMango says:

    Thank you Steven for posting this video. I never get tired of watching it, though they could have done a little better with the music. I won’t be looking for this sound track at the music store.
    Maybe you could post some video from “The Day After Tomorrow”. Some of the lines from this movie are classic.
    “If you go outside you aren’t going to make it.”
    “It’s going to get bad…..really really bad.”
    “My father is a climatologist….he works for the government.”

  19. M Peters says:

    My dear Kyle, I taught high school science in Florida in the late 70’s, and yes, it was being taught and in the text. I was forced to teach that global cooling was coming. You are not dealing with reality, only your religion of false science you have willingly absorbed.

  20. Gene H says:

    Warren’s article does however, give great credence to the scientific point of view… the earth has been warming as it comes out of the Little Ice Age.

  21. tomwys says:

    C’mon, Steve, lighten up on these dimmer bulbs! The “RealClimate” piece that “utterly destroys ANY claim…” is drivel spinning out of control, and those parroting it must have been unable to read the articles you adroitly posted. “Crock Hunter” obviously found himself. Leave him looking into his mirror and wallowing in foolishness.

    • Brian says:

      I’m astonished that Billy Cannoli and his ilk believe that they can rewrite history – in the face of Steven’s nearly photographic reproduction of actual articles. I suppose I shouldn’t be shocked, but I am. Billy isn’t arguing that those who wrote the articles were wrong, or ignorant, he’s actually advocating the idea that those articles were never written! … wait, his writing isn’t ‘advocacy’ – it is intimidation. Billy Cannoli is a bully. His wreckord in wikipedia illustrates his oppressive tactics.

  22. Gene H says:

    Has anyone mentioned that warming has never been the so-called consensus throughout the AGW debate attempts? I say attempts because, although Al Gore claimed the “consensus” supported his claims, he refuses to debate anyone with an IQ over 30. His initial “consensus” was 77 of 79 climate scientists out of 10,257 polled. On the “denier’s” side is something much closer to a scientific consensus… if there truly is such a thing… 31,400 plus U.S. scientists that have signed the Oregon Petition Project. So, to claim there was no consensus global cooling was on the way, is a fools argument.

  23. Gene H says:

    Andy Oz, or is this the “obvious stuff”? (Quite a list of articles and media coverage)


  24. TK says:

    Perhaps I missed them but is there a link to the peer reviewed scientific studies that all of the newspaper articles were based on?

  25. Great to have a resource like this in place when the watermelons try yet another attack on reality .

  26. What I love about this climn ate “science” is how it appears they rushed to judgment without even considering the very basics. In their rush burn the CO2 witch, and collect all the cash that comes with it, they forgot to ask the most basic of questions. They tied CO2 to the green house gas effect, claiming that it is the major GGH contributing to global warming, climate change and now I guess cooling though its formation of polar vortexes. Problem is, the mechanism they defined that CAUSES the AGW effect is CO2 absorbing IR radiation. The only mechanism they defined for CO2 to do anything is through its absorption of heat. If it isn’t absorbing heat, by what mechanism is it causing climate change? The GHG effect or AGW is the result of trapping heat, ie warming is needed if you are going to blame CO2. Problem is, CO2 absorbs at 15 microns. 15 microns is consistent with a black body of temp -80 degree C, that isn’t a typo, -80 degree C. The average earth temp is around 18 degree C, and the earth emits at 10 microns, far away from the 15 CO2 absorbs. The only area of the earth CO2 would impact the temp would be over the polar regions, and they certainly aren’t going to be warmed 80 degrees due to the CO2. To make matters worse, as the earth warms it moves further away from 15 microns, reducing the impact of CO2. One has to marvel at how the ecosystem has built in mechanisms to prevent what the climate experts fail to grasp. CO2 is 400 PPM, man is only responsible for maybe 20 of those PPMs. Do these people really think 20 PPM of a very weak GGH can cause climate change? Anyway, watch the documentary The Changing Climate of Global Warming and you will see why climate experts don’t want to debate this topic.

    • Brian says:

      While I agree with the general direction of your comments, may I point out that blackbody radiation is not at one single wavelength, but a continuous, broad swath of wavelengths with a peculiar, peaked, strongly skewed curve of amplitude vs wavelength. Using your wavelength and temperature numbers: 15 microns does not equal -80C, in the sense that a blackbody at warmer temperatures, such as 18C, still emits strongly at 15 microns…. and at 20 microns, and, with diminishing amplitude, at all longer wavelengths. You are correct, though, that CO2’s absorption spectra is not as significant in reality as it may seem to be in laboratory isolation. Water vapor dominates CO2, in the real world, in terms of radiation absorption and re-emission, both in quantity, and in overlapping absorption spectra… and as you point out, mankind’s 20 PPM of a global 400 PPM is truly insignificant. If all of mankind’s 20 PPM were instantly removed, we’d have 380 PPM (your numbers, not mine) and the world would be the same.

  27. BTW, did anyone catch the comment in the Climate Change Chilling Possibilities graphic above?

    It is highlighting how the recent warming was “unusually beneficial,” and they feared the cooling. That BTW is what society should be doing. Things grow and thrive in warm periods, they die in cold periods. How in the world have we allowed a group of climate “experts” convince us that warming is a bad thing? We should cherish every day of warmth we have left. Interglacial periods are relatively short, and the current one is getting long in the tooth.

  28. julie says:

    Let us not forget these creepy liars and frauds are now advocating and spraying aluminum oxide and dangerous Barium as chemtrails poisoning all of us . This is the agenda 21 treaty and the iron mountain report which describes how they intend to con the public . http://youtu.be/_gZG6LTgBi8 http://youtu.be/X3lW-TGGlk0 enjoy

  29. daveburton says:

    Andrew over at PopularTechnology.net has accumulated a large collection of these articles from the 1970s about the threat of a renewed ice age:

    • Poptech says:

      My website is not Wikipedia where you can rewrite history. You are permanently banned for your crimes and Goddard should ban you as well. You are a disgrace to the Internet.

      Wikipedia’s climate doctor

      “All told, Connolley created or rewrote 5,428 unique Wikipedia articles. His control over Wikipedia was greater still, however, through the role he obtained at Wikipedia as a website administrator, which allowed him to act with virtual impunity. When Connolley didn’t like the subject of a certain article, he removed it — more than 500 articles of various descriptions disappeared at his hand. When he disapproved of the arguments that others were making, he often had them barred — over 2,000 Wikipedia contributors who ran afoul of him found themselves blocked from making further contributions. Acolytes whose writing conformed to Connolley’s global warming views, in contrast, were rewarded with Wikipedia’s blessings. In these ways, Connolley turned Wikipedia into the missionary wing of the global warming movement.”

  30. So many romantics – all of us want to live in a time of ‘special change’ given our immense individual worth – for that nano-time we exist – there are actual man-made concerns – do not be deflected by the carbonazis chasing tax revenues or our wooly-headed academics who also want recognition.
    Focus on the Fuku Flu – we got lots of guilty parties – engineering companies – governments – multinationals – and there is a wee bit of harm agoing down in the Pacific. Wake the F up people – don’t fall for this AGW – – think!!! Follow the money!!

  31. Larry Fields says:

    Hi Steven,
    You may want to add one more name to the list: the late Stephen Schneider. Here’s some revealing info about the patron saint of scientific dishonesty.

    “Just as with Global Warming, we find Schneider in the vanguard of the Global Cooling doomsayers during the 1970s.

    “It was only when global temperatures took an upward turn around 1980 that Schneider and others quickly made a career change and became passionate advocates of impending catastrophe, only this time from warming, not cooling. But then, opportunism is a trait of politicians rather than scientists.

    “During the Ice Age Scare of the 1970s, Schneider was one of it’s foremost advocates. He published a book titled “The Genesis Strategy” at this time, warning of the coming glaciation, and wrote glowing a testimonial on the back cover of a popular `Ice Age’ book of the time – (Ponte, Lowell. “The Cooling”, Prentice Hall, N.J., USA, 1976), in which the author claimed that the climatic cooling from 1940 to the 1970s was but the precursor to the main event – the coming Ice Age.

    “Schneider was one of the first in the scientific community to warn of the impending Ice Age with this paper –

    “Schneider S. & Rasool S., “Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide and Aerosols – Effects of Large Increases on Global Climate”, Science, vol.173, 9 July 1971, p.138-141″

    The source is http://www.john-daly.com/schneidr.htm.

    Interestingly, Schneider’s role as a leading ‘Coolist’ in the 1970s is severely downplayed in the Wikipedia article about him. Perhaps we should ask Connolley about that.

    • “Schneider clearly intended the public to get the impression that the carbon dioxide was the villain, but closer examination of this graph shows that changes in temperature occurred before the associated change in carbon dioxide. In other words, it was the changes in temperature which caused the changes in carbon dioxide, not the other way round as hinted at by Schneider. ”

      Once again I want to highlight the rush to judgement. If they are claiming that CO2 leads the increase in temperatures, what is causing the increase in CO2? Goes CO2 suddenly just bubble up from the frozen oceans? Where does all this CO2 come from? It makes absolutely no sense what so ever that CO2 should lead temperature. It also leads to the question than, why does temperature fall into an ice age when CO2 is so high? By what mechanism does nature have to pull CO2 out of the atmosphere to start the cooling? There are none. It is shocking that these very basic questions are never asked.

      • G Horner says:

        Response to “The Changing Climate of Global Warming”

        There has never been any evidence that CO2 leads temperature… in spite of Al Gore’s insinuations in “An Inconvenient Truth.” The best “evidence” climate science has, comes from the Vostok ic core samples. All the studies of these samples indicate a 400 to as much as a 5,000 year lag time (depending on the study) before CO2 begins to rise. Oh how inconvenient for those who kneel at the alter of AGW!

  32. > Every major science and news organization

    I’m not quite sure what that’s supposed to be an answer to. If you’re interested in what the balance of the scientific opinion was at that point, then http://scienceblogs.com/stoat/2013/03/01/1970s-cooling-again/ provides a helpful graph. If you prefer to look at the peer-reviewed science directly, then you want http://journals.ametsoc.org/doi/abs/10.1175/2008BAMS2370.1. Which is “The Myth of the 1970s Global Cooling Scientific Consensus” by Thomas C. Peterson, William M. Connolley and John Fleck. That paper is so solid that no “skeptic” has even attempted to touch it. You certainly haven’t.

    • This blog post has original documents showing that all of those organizations endorsed global cooling. The exact same argument that is now used in support of global warming.

      • I don’t think so.

        You first post is a temperature graph from NCAR. Which is fine, but it doesn’t “endorse” anything. Your second is from the 1975 NAS report, but you’ve misunderstood the report: see http://www.wmconnolley.org.uk/sci/iceage/nas-1975.html for all the details you’ve missed.

        So I think your claims to have the “endorsement” of NCAR, NAS etc are spurious.

        More, all your stuff is anecdotal: you don’t know the balance between warming and cooling, because you’re only looking at things that support you viewpoint. So what you need is a properly done, peer-reviewed survey of the scientific literature. Happily, that’s already been done for you. All you need to do now is read it.

        • So apparently you didn’t actually read any of the news articles I posted above,quoting Schneider, Firor, Lamb, CIA, NSF, NAS, NASA. etc ..

        • Jack thompson says:

          “because you’re only looking at things that support you viewpoint. ” That is exactly what the IPCC does.
          “So what you need is a properly done, peer-reviewed survey of the scientific literature. Happily, that’s already been done for you. All you need to do now is read it.” I like how those that believe in warming suggest that others don’t need to do any investigation for themselves. I wish I could have gotten away with that with some of my professors in college. “Don’t worry prof, I got an A so you don’t even need to grade my test at all. Just put the grade down in the book.”
          I allow very few people to make any of my decisions for me.

      • Poptech says:

        Don’t waste you time arguing with this idiot Steve, just ban him. The damage he did on Wikipedia is more than enough to earn him a life long ban.

  33. Gene Horner says:

    In response to William Connolley.

    As is often the case, here is a scientific rebuttal to your attempt, to deny there is a valid “other side” to this debate.


  34. Gene H says:

    In response to Cal”s calling Bill Cox a “liar”;
    I looked for references to school text books teaching global cooling in the 1970’s… so far haven’t found any. A number of science articles, yes … but! I do remember how the magazine articles espousing gloom and doom were everywhere, and were used by both the media, and those of us who wanted to show how much we knew about the “coming ice age”. Could be Mr Cox is remembering, not a text book per-say, but the Life Magazine article presented by one of his teachers?

  35. Don Morris says:

    Thanks for posting this page. I pulled the graph from 1975, and did a little data processing – inspired by this page and some of the comments. I learned a lot. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B5feOFMYkz0 .

    • Brian says:

      I recommend that y’all watch the video that Don Morris put up. The way he analyzes the temperature graph is quite revealing, and the slick video presentation shows it in a way that just doesn’t come across as well in non-video graphics or writings.

  36. Brian says:

    I just noticed, in that 1975 Science News article, that the author directly stated that melting the arctic ice cap would raise sea levels. (The author was discussing the possible effects of the Soviets’ diversion of rivers for irrigation of Siberia, which, supposedly, would result in increased salinity of the Arctic Ocean, and hence, melting of the ice cap). I subscribed to the weekly Science News publication for decades… I finally let it lapse; the persistent, shrill cries of “wolf”, and “the sky is falling” wore me out. Wait a moment… are any of you warmistas old enough to remember the story of Chicken Little? Or, “the boy who cried wolf”? … I suppose I should not assume that all y’all greenies will even recognize the fallacy that melting the arctic ice cap will raise sea levels… If I reminded y’all that the arctic ice is FLOATING, would that register as an important distinction, say, compared to the ice sitting on top of Greenland, melting? …wait, I’m drifting into Ad Hominems…

  37. Mary Brown says:

    Love the Dr. Lamb comment on blocking. He was forecasting a coming ice age but they had a record warm summer. He blamed it on blocking. Sound familiar? These days, cold weather is blamed on “blocking” or “polar vortex” and just part of the extremes expected with a warmer world.

    Thanks for the comprehensive collection here. When people bring up the global cooling scare of the 70s, I generally discount this as a very small, non-scientific phenomena. Your research shows me that it was much more widespread and science-based than I thought.

  38. talldave2 says:

    Here are some text extracts, as I’ve noticed Panickers are increasingly unable to read the articles posted here, and are tending to claim they don’t say what they say.

    Hubert Lamb, Director of CRU: “We are past the best of the inter-glacial period which happened between 7,000 and 3,000 ears ago… we are on a definite downhill course for the next 200 years.”

    Joh Firor, Excecutive Director of NCAR: “Temperatures have been high and steady, and steady has been more than high. Now it appears we’re going into a period where temperature will be low and variable, and variable will be more important than low.”

    The 46 scientists who gathered at Brown Univeristy, Providence R.I., for a symposium on “The End of the Present Interglacial” agreed that there is evidence of an ominous world-wide cooling of temperatures in the past two decades.

    CIA — “Leaders in climatology and economics are in agreement that a climatic change is taking place and that it has already caused economic problems throughout the world.”

  39. Wally Lind says:

    The “science” and “scientists”. if there were ever any it the warming or cooling scares, have lost their ability to scare anyone. No one believes any of them anymore. They are the barack Obama’s of science. Their “consensus” is the “you can keep your doctor or plan” of the whole discussion.

  40. Nickels says:

    Nice collection. History really is a great way to put this climate BS in perspective.

  41. Sam says:

    I know for an absolute fact that kids were taught global cooling because of industrial particles blocking out the Sun. I was there. I was taught this in elementary school in the 60’s. I remember it vividly. They showed a poster of New York city covered by a mile thick sheet of ice. It frightened me. I remember thinking,”how can we possibly live on ice?” Any one who says they didn’t teach this lying or uninformed.

  42. Dbohm says:

    Case closed. AGW is fraud. Show me ONE simple physical experiment that indicates that CO2 is a greenhouse gas. It should be easy. Why would an absorber of a specific infrared frequency preferentially re-emit radiation back to where it came from? Gasses aren’t mirrors, they tend to re-emit radiation along the same vector they received it from, minus some braking radiation lost to the acceleration of the molecules, which results in redshift. AGW belies a very blatant lack of understanding of simple physics.

  43. dave_ice says:

    If AWG proponents of the 70’s were correct about the devastation, and ozone was depleted over countries that didn’t regulate cfc’s, then China and a large part of Asia would be vaporized.

  44. Shayn Roby says:

    #NOAA #NotTrustWorthy in #BPoilSpill , not on #GlobalWarming either.
    http://shaynroby.blogspot.com/2015/02/the-spill-scandal-and-president-rolling.html … …

  45. You lead with a well-known but badly-researched Newsweek article (the author cited meteorologists (weather forecasters), took a NOAA scientist’s comments out of context, and concluded with a vague, unsourced reference to “climate scientists” and you follow with a quote from “Science Digest,” a defunct publication that, in it’s day, was known for articles on spontaneous human combustion, UFOs and other pseudoscience. A very few scientists in the 1970s speculated the world was cooling. It made grist for newspaper articles, but very few in the scientific community bought into any of this. You guys (deniers) Never have anything valid to contribute to this discussion. A lone Newsweek article written by some journalist who clearly didn’t understand his subject, a science fiction rag, and newspaper articles with quotes from TV weather personalities. What do you have against actual science?

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  47. A treasure trove of facts to counter the obsessive argument that we are at the cusp of climatic disaster…. Many thanks again as this helps reinforce what i already believe and provides some links to back up my observations and findings…

  48. Spam from a moron who is incapable of reading or understanding simple concepts. I’m guessing your IQ is about 60?

  49. Davo says:

    It’s pretty obvious that you don’t have much to go on, considering that you’re having to rely on ad hominem attacks.

  50. Jean-Paul says:

    It’s pretty obvious that you didn’t read any of the texts Steven put at the beginning of this section.

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