First, is it "Global Warming" or is it "Climate Change"? The Church of Global Warming seems to be unable to make up its mind. That is to be expected when record cold hits during a time of "Global Warming!" The best part of the fine print is where it says that climate change isn't some vague future problem. Time Magazine has experience in that department - that is, reporting about future changes in the weather and the climate. The problem for Time Magazine is that the last time they wrung their hands about the future end of the world, they were wrong. Read some of these choice excerpts from an article that appeared in the June 24, 1974 edition of Time:
In Africa, drought continues for the sixth consecutive year, adding terribly to the toll of famine victims. During 1972 record rains in parts of the U.S., Pakistan and Japan caused some of the worst flooding in centuries. In Canada's wheat belt, a particularly chilly and rainy spring has delayed planting and may well bring a disappointingly small harvest. Rainy Britain, on the other hand, has suffered from uncharacteristic dry spells the past few springs. A series of unusually cold winters has gripped the American Far West, while New England and northern Europe have recently experienced the mildest winters within anyone's recollection.Oh no! Bad weather!
As they review the bizarre and unpredictable weather pattern of the past several years, a growing number of scientists are beginning to suspect that many seemingly contradictory meteorological fluctuations are actually part of a global climatic upheaval. However widely the weather varies from place to place and time to time, when meteorologists take an average of temperatures around the globe they find that the atmosphere has been growing gradually cooler for the past three decades. The trend shows no indication of reversing. Climatological Cassandras are becoming increasingly apprehensive, for the weather aberrations they are studying may be the harbinger of another ice age.Oh no! The bad weather is being caused by Global Cooling!
Sunspot Cycle. The changing weather is apparently connected with differences in the amount of energy that the earth's surface receives from the sun. Changes in the earth's tilt and distance from the sun could, for instance, significantly increase or decrease the amount of solar radiation falling on either hemisphere—thereby altering the earth's climate. Some observers have tried to connect the eleven-year sunspot cycle with climate patterns, but have so far been unable to provide a satisfactory explanation of how the cycle might be involved.No way! You mean the sun might have some role in affecting the fluctuating temperature of the earth?
Man, too, may be somewhat responsible for the cooling trend. The University of Wisconsin's Reid A. Bryson and other climatologists suggest that dust and other particles released into the atmosphere as a result of farming and fuel burning may be blocking more and more sunlight from reaching and heating the surface of the earth.EEEEK! You mean we parasitic people might be helping to cause this cooling trend? We better change our behavior and radically alter our economy and industry if we are going to stop this climatological cooling nightmare from happening! Who knows how cold this planet could be by, say, the year 2008, if we don't act now!
Whatever the cause of the cooling trend, its effects could be extremely serious, if not catastrophic. Scientists figure that only a 1% decrease in the amount of sunlight hitting the earth's surface could tip the climatic balance, and cool the planet enough to send it sliding down the road to another ice age within only a few hundred years.Oh my! I guess it's a good thing that the temperature has warmed up. After all, 34 years ago, they were talking about an onset of another Ice Age.
If the scientists and experts got it so wrong then, why should we listen to them anymore today? Face reality, all you members of the Church of Global Warming: The climate is going to change no matter what we puny humans do. So get over yourselves, and stop giving us humans so much credit.
Be skeptical. Be very skeptical.
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