Friday, February 3, 2012

Climate alarmism: cold or hot = same solution?

Zombie at PJMedia  asks "The Coming of the New Ice Age: End of the Global Warming Era?" and has "just finished reading a terrifying new book about climate change. (Zombie) learned:

• Climate change is happening faster than we realize and it will have catastrophic consequences for mankind.
• There’s very little we can do to stop it at this late stage, but we might be able to save ourselves if we immediately take these necessary and drastic steps:

- Increase our reliance on alternative energy sources and stop using so much oil and other carbon-based fuels;
- Adopt energy-efficient practices in all aspects of our lives, however inconvenient;
- Impose punitive taxes on inefficient or polluting activities to discourage them;
- Funnel large sums of money from developed nations like the U.S. to Third World nations;
- In general embrace all environmental causes.

You of course recognize these as the solutions most often recommended to ameliorate the looming crisis of Global Warming. But there’s a little glitch in my narrative. Because although the book I read was indeed about climate change, it wasn’t about Global Warming at all; it was instead about “The Coming of the New Ice Age,” and it isn’t exactly “new” — it was published in 1977.

The Solution Remains the Same

As many other pundits and analysts have pointed out, in the mid-to-late 1970s we endured a massive “climate change scare” that was the exact opposite of the one we’re enduring now. Back then, the media and activists trumpeted the arrival of a new ice age, with the specter of ice sheets and glaciers covering half the northern hemisphere, and brutal winters in the remaining ice-free zones.

The fact that the media and popular culture and academia have veered from one panic-inducing disaster scenario to another one which completely contradicts the first one is funny enough in its own right. But reading The Weather Conspiracy: The Coming of the New Ice Age opened my eyes to an even more significant aspect of this serial crisis-mongering:

The “solutions” prescribed to solve both Global Warming and the looming Ice Age are exactly the same."

Good points Zombie... funny that...


  1. Lisa,

    It's deja vu all over again. In the early 70's it was the "Population Bomb" and then there was the impending Ice Age. Then came Global Warming which morphed into "climate change."

    Now we have come full circle back to the impending Ice Age. These lunatics never, ever give up.

  2. Lisa,

    S.O.S., different day.

    Stupidity is not curable.

  3. doomed doomed... we're all doooooooomed!

    now give ME ALL YOUR MONEY