My name is Fred and I am a gay conservative living in Ottawa. This blog supports limited government, the right of the State of Israel to live in peace and security, and tries to expose the threat to us all from cultural relativism, post-modernism, and radical Islam. I am also the founder of the Free Thinking Film Society in Ottawa (

Thursday, July 20, 2006

A short history of global cooling and global warming...

Alarmism over climate has been ongoing since the 19th century.
But the prize for sheer terrorizing surely belonged to Lowell Ponte, whose 1976 book "The Cooling" (a predecessor of Al Gore's "An Inconvenient Truth," though from the opposite point of view) asserted that "The cooling has already killed hundreds of thousands of people in poor nations." If countermeasures weren't taken, he warned, it would lead to "world famine, world chaos, and probably world war, and this could all come by the year 2000."

All of the above quotations, and many more, can be found in a wonderful new booklet by R. Warren Anderson and Dan Gainor of the Business & Media Institute, a division of the Media Research Center in Alexandria, Va. Entitled "Fire and Ice," it quotes alarmist predictions of both global warming and a new ice age dating back to 1895. The authors identify no less than four swings of scientific opinion, with considerable overlapping, from global cooling (1895-1932) to global warming (1929-1969) to global cooling (1954-1976) and now back to global warming (1981 to the present). The booklet can also be read for its sheer entertainment value. (I particularly liked the anecdote about the penguin found in France in 1922, which was widely viewed as an "ice-age harbinger," though wiser heads concluded it had probably escaped from the ship of Antarctic explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton.)


Blogger beepbeepitsme said...

Global climate change (global warming) is occurring. The differences of opinion concerning this fact is to what degree the changes are attributable to human activities.

11:54 PM  
Blogger jw said...

The world is probably getting warmer. Is this due to human activity? Maybe. Is this due to a swing in normal temps , such as the many which happened before? Maybe. Is it temporary? Maybe Is it a long term problem? Maybe.

Whichever way it goes, we will just have to deal with it. Getting all upset does no good.

We have to get off the fossil fuel wagon anyway. There's just no way around THAT! Why not get farmers to grow our fuel with alcohol and bio-diesel? Doesn't that make some sort of sense? Why not use wind energy? That makes sense.

I don't understand all these people getting all upset about a problem which is only one of technology. HAH! Technology is what we're good at!

4:03 AM  

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