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Fifty years of farcically-wrong climate predictions

Once we get out of the Chinese WuFlu disaster, you can be certain that the climate disaster lunatics will emerge screaming and howling about imminent climate catastrophe and demanding new controls on our lives. After all, they’ve seen with the WuFlu how easy it is to browbeat whole populations into craven submission to loss of their freedoms.

So, before the crazies once again try to crush us into living poorer and more regulated lives, let’s remember the last 50 years of farcically-wrong climate change predictions by supposed ‘scientists’ and leading politicians:

  1. 1967 Salt Lake Tribune: Dire Famine Forecast by 1975, Already Too Late
  2. 1969 NYT: “Unless we are extremely lucky, everyone will disappear in a cloud of blue steam in 20 years. The situation will get worse unless we change our behavior.
  3. 1970 Boston Globe: Scientist Predicts New Ice Age by 21st Century said James P. Lodge, a scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research.
  4. 1971 Washington Post: Disastrous New Ice Age Coming says S.I. Rasool at NASA.
  5. 1972 Brown University Letter to President Nixon: Warning on Global Cooling
  6. 1974 The Guardian: Space Satellites Show Ice Age Coming Fast
  7. 1974 Time Magazine: Another Ice Age “Telling signs everywhere.  Since the 1940s mean global temperatures have dropped 2.7 degrees F.”
  8. 1974 “Ozone Depletion a Great Peril to Life” University of Michigan Scientist
  9. 1976 NYT The Cooling: University of Wisconsin climatologist Stephen Schneider laments about the “deaf ear his warnings received.”
  10. 1988 Agence France Press: Maldives will be Completely Under Water in 30 Years.
  11. 1989 Associated Press: UN Official Says Rising Seas to ‘Obliterate Nations’ by 2000.
  12. 1989 Salon: New York City’s West Side Highway underwater by 2019 said Jim Hansen the scientist who lectured Congress in 1988 about the greenhouse effect.
  13. 2000 The Independent: “Snowfalls are a thing of the past. Our children will not know what snow is,” says senior climate researcher.
  14. 2004 The Guardian:  The Pentagon Tells Bush Climate Change Will Destroy Us. “Britain will be Siberian in less than 20 years,” the Pentagon told Bush.
  15. 2008 Associate Press: NASA Scientist says “We’re Toast. In 5-10 years the Arctic will be Ice Free”
  16. 2008 Al Gore: Al Gore warns of ice-free Arctic by 2013.
  17. 2009 The Independent: Prince Charles says Just 96 Months to Save the World. “The price of capitalism is too high.”
  18. 2009 The Independent: Gordon Brown says “We have fewer than 50 days  to save our planet from catastrophe.”
  19.  2013 The Guardian: The Arctic will be Ice Free in Two Years. “The release of a 50 gigaton of methane pulse” will destabilize the planet.
  20. 2013 The Guardian: US Navy Predicts Ice Free Arctic by 2016. “The US Navy’s department of Oceanography uses complex modeling to makes its forecast more accurate than others.
  21. 2014 John Kerry: “We have 500 days to Avoid Climate Chaos” discussed Sec of State John Kerry and French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius at a joint meeting

3 comments to Fifty years of farcically-wrong climate predictions

  • twi5ted

    It does not matter if they are wrong in a totalitarian state. Officially they are right and all dissenters are either too small like a fly on an elephant i.e. this blog and readers or they are disposed of firstly by cancellation and if that does not work by other means.

  • A Thorpe

    We are really looking at thousands of years of human stupidity. Einstein said: “Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, but I’m not sure about the universe.”

    We made human sacrifices to appease the gods, and continued to kill for heresy. Kings killed when it pleased them. We killed witches for weather cooking. We held seances in the belief that we could contact the dead. We consulted oracles and examined the entrails from ritual killings to predict the future. The list of items above shows that we have no skills in that area, even with mathematical models, as predictions of both climate change and spread of viruses prove.

    This is because we have a fundamental problem with accepting risk and reality. We want to know what will happen tomorrow and if we don’t like it we expect to be able to control it. It will never change, we have had enough time to learn that it is not possible. Our early ancestors could not have behaved like this. Risk of starvation and death from wild animals was a constant threat and they had to deal with risk to survive.

    I can allow some of the past stupidity because of lack of knowledge and education. However, we are now ignoring science and creating alternative, incorrect versions of physics to explain our supposed ability to change the climate in catastrophic ways. Stupidity does not even begin to describe humanity today. I suspect that most of the policies related to the covid panic also fall into the same category but I know less about it. Increasingly I am inclined to think that the virus has not been isolated and it exists in computers. Only time will tell.

  • Ed P

    Previously I thought 1984 was the guidebook for this dystopia. Brave New World’s more negative aspects have been there too.
    But now it’s getting more like Robert Graves’ I, Claudius, especially how Rome was devastated under Caligula’s vile rule.

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