Climate Experts To The Rescue In 1974

In 1974, climate experts at the National Academy of Sciences wanted to evacuate six million people, to save them from global cooling

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28 Responses to Climate Experts To The Rescue In 1974

  1. NancyG says:

    I like the last line of that article.

  2. gator69 says:

    I guess the NYT knew there was no money, or world grabbing, in global cooling.

    • Steve Case says:

      In a word, no. It got warmer after 1974 and they merely changed the sign. I’m sure they’ll have no trouble doing it again should cool down manifest itself.

  3. morgan says:

    Scientists seeking to avoid the search for a new title each time the climate trend varies might opt for the more precise term – Global Conning.

  4. B.A. Stockwell says:

    I wonder what happened to Alan Anderson, Jr. He probably didn’t have a long career as a journalist: too much common sense, no addiction to fear mongering.

  5. au1corsair says:

    To me, that “humanitarian relocation” sounded like a land grab. Take a look at the Sahel region and its strategic location. Removing six million people who might contest control over resources or whatever would run afoul of United Nations edicts unless those people were “rescued for their own good.” Can’t simply pull a Trail of Tears on people today. The world watches!

    • Gail Combs says:

      Geopolitical Actors in the Maghreb-Sahel: First, Second and Third Tier Actors and Fragmentary Actors

      Powers like Italy, Germany, the United Kingdom and the rest would be Second Tier actors (see below) were they forced to relate to the region as whole on their own. What sets the actors apart from others is the magnitude of their humanitarian, economic and military aid and relationships with the Maghreb-Sahel states and that they attach questions of governance and human rights to the rhetoric and conduct of their policy in the region. Their main interests are in energy and mineral resources, natural gas, uranium and the security of these resources

      Who knows what those actual mineral resources are….

  6. Tonino says:

    Changing the Global Warming Metaphor by PETER BELMONT
    “…To make the problems as small as possible, we should reduce the size of mankind–reduce the global human population–by as much as we can, say to 50% of today’s population. Because the process of neutralizing GHGs is likely to require the use of natural lands–unbuilt and presently non-agricultural lands–to serve as “engines” for neutralization, through the growth of new forests for example. And at present. our over-the-top human population is carrying us in the other direction, the direction of clearing the Amazonian forests and other forests in the pursuit of land for cattle raising and building-products, and both of these and other similar reasons all arise from over-population.”

  7. Nick Bushong says:

    Thank you so much tom. My dad is very sick with Lyme disease and may have the flu which could be very dangerous for him. After what I’ve seen this year, Lyme disease is more scary than global warming.

    • Nick,

      I can see that your father simply made an honest mistake in his original comment I was responding to. Please go take care of him.

    • Gail Combs says:

      Tick disease are bad news. I almost lost my husband to Rocky Mountain Spotted fever and he was ill from it for years.

      Best wishes to your father for a speedy recovery.

    • gator69 says:

      So sorry to hear about you dad’s illness, my wish is for a full recovery and many happy years ahead. Dad’s are awesome, I miss mine every day, and think of him more. I have disagreements with my brother, and have for decades, but we still care about one another.

    • rah says:

      It’s tough man! Both my parents are on 24 hour home care and I could lose either one at any time. I sincerely hope your father wins this one. That disease can be far more debilitating than most realize and is just one of several good reasons for keeping deer populations under control.

  8. lonnyeachus says:

    Hey, Steve.

    I have been one of your biggest advocates on Twitter. I am honestly wondering why you blocked me. Was it perhaps a misunderstanding, or a mistake? Just curious. It seems strange that you would block one of your strongest supporters.


  9. sfx2020 says:

    Have you seen this?
    From FEBRUARY 28, 2009 a blog that uses that same story but in a very different way

    Isn’t that interesting?

    • Gail Combs says:

      Not really. Think Progress is a propaganda site of the Fabian Progressives.

      • sfx2020 says:

        I thought the mention of the Dec 29 story, with out mentioning the important parts, shows their bias very clearly.

        • Gail Combs says:

          Also note the comments are closed. Otherwise they would have been blasted off the internet.

          Of interest is Nigel Calder’s page. He was trained as a physicist and was an editor for New Scientist back when New Scientist was worth reading. He was there and reporting it as the science was happening.

          A more definitive confirmation of Milankovitch came in 1976, in a paper by Hays, Imbrie and Shackleton, using Shackleton’s data in the figure above. But long before either that paper or my own, there was widespread behind-the-scenes acceptance of Milankovitch, and Kukla, for one, was concerned about the implications.

          Kukla warned President Nixon

          Those who rewrite the history of climate science to suit the man-made global warming hypothesis hate to be reminded that global cooling and the threat of a new ice age rang alarm bells in the 1960s and 1970s. In the Orwellian manner they try to airbrush out the distinguished experts involved, and to say it was just a scare story dreamed up by stupid reporters like me.

          The result of that warning to Nixon was the 1974 CIA report: “A Study of Climatological Research as it Pertains to Intelligence Problems”

          … Since 1972 the grain crisis has intensified…. Since 1969 the storage of grain has decreased from 600 million metric tons to less than 100 million metric tons – a 30 day supply… many governments have gone to great lengths to hide their agricultural predicaments from other countries as well as from their own people…

          pg 9
          The archaeologists and climatotologists document a rather grim history… There is considerable evidence that these empires may not have been undone by barbarian invaders but by climatic change…. has tied several of these declines to specific global cool periods, major and minor, that affected global atmospheric circulation and brought wave upon wave of drought to formerly rich agricultural lands.

          Refugees from these collapsing civilizations were often able to migrate to better lands… This would be of little comfort however,… The world is too densely populated and politically divided to accommodate mass migration.

          Page 18 [talks of coming glaciation]
          Scientists are confident that unless man is able to effectively modify the climate, the northern regions… will again be covered with 100 to 200 feet of ice and snow. That this will occur within the nexy 2,500 years they are quite positive; that it may occur sooner is open to speculation.

          page 22
          The climate of the 1800s was far less favorable for agriculture in most areas of the world. In the United States during that century, the midwest grain-producing areas were cooler and wetter and snow lines of the Russian steppes lasted for longer periods of time. More extended periods of drought were noted in the areas of the Soviet Union now known as the new lands. More extensive monsoon failures were common around the world, affecting in particular China, the Philippines and the Indian Subcontinent.


          Nigel Calder died about six months ago and the world is a poorer place as a result. RIP

          The Bishop Hill blog honors Nigel link

      • Gail Combs says:

        Some background on the Milankovitch cycle and the 1950s – 1970s discoveries

        As I said the Fabian Progressives can try re-writing history but there are too many of us who remember.

        • sfx2020 says:

          Since I lived at the time, it’s very hard to convince me that “there was no scare”, much less that it was the media behind it. OK it’s actually impossible to convince me.

        • Gail Combs says:

          I lived at that time and had to battle the snow drifts and freezing temperatures of Up-state New York walking to the bus stop and back. Funny how almost freezing to death and a case of frozen fingers and toes serve as reminders.

        • rah says:

          Gail your forgot to insert “uphill both ways” in your statement about walking to the bus stop in snow. =)

  10. Arthur "Two Sheds" Jackson says:

    A little scrap of an article with some extremely vague references by some completely unknown times writer for the NYT magazine is your proof? With some highly misleading highlighting to make it seem even more substantial. Right at the start ‘a number of climatologists’ should have been the highlighted part. Then the proper question would have been, ‘how many?’ Turns out not so many. A survey of peer-reviewed scientific papers published between 1965 and 1979 shows that the large majority of research at the time predicted that the earth would warm.

    Then the part about ‘some’ recent warnings again no names, ‘so worried’ (again unnamed) policy makers that ‘certain scientists’ (yet again no names) at a meeting of the National Academy of Sciences (finally a name and a prestigious one at that) proposed evacuting Africa. YES a fringe minority thought there might be some global cooling. Nobody in the government did anything. The thing is there is no balance between sense and nonsense and trying to claim the global cooling theories of a few in what is the stone age for climate science is just that – nonsense.

    • gator69 says:

      There was no money in global cooling, so it went away. The opposite is true of global warming, a trillion dollar industry with massive fringe benefits for governments.

      And this was not the only article regarding the global cooling scare. When I lived in Germany in the 70’s, even the Alpine villagers had heard of the cooling scare. It was a big story, and maybe you are too young to remember.

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