Scoot: Global cooling 1970s – global warming 2017

June 01, 2017 - 11:03 am

Scientists are warning that climate change could negatively impact planet Earth.  The climate change is blamed on human-made contributions to the environment, from the emissions of factories to the emissions from the growing number of internal combustion engines around the world.

Reputable news media sources are promoting the fear that climate change threatens the planet and that governments around the world must act now before it’s too late!

Sound familiar?  That describes the growing concerns over climate change in the 1970s!

In the 1970s, the threat of climate change was real; but at the time, the concern was that pollution would fill the atmosphere to the point where the sun would begin to be blocked out and vegetation and life on Earth would decline at an accelerating rate.  A thick layer of pollution would spread around the world causing vegetation to die due to the lack of access to the sun.  There were predictions that the lack of sun would cause the lowering of temperatures and graphic pictures were created to illustrate an aggressive expansion of the polar caps and ultimately, the oceans would ice over.  It was believed that the only way to stop climate change was to alter human behavior.

From an article in Newsweek on April 28, 1975 titled, “The Cooling World:”

 “Climatologists are pessimistic that political leaders will take any positive action to compensate for the climatic change,” science journalist Peter Gwynne reported. Statements like that are uttered all the time these days, but for the exact opposite reason. One outlandish suggestion for the perceived crisis involved “melting the arctic ice cap by covering it with black soot.”

Here are a few more articles that appears in the media in the 1970s:

“U.S. Scientist Sees New Ice Age Coming”  Washington Post  July 9, 1971

“Another Ice Age?”  Time Magazine  June 24, 1974

“Scientists Ask Why World Climate Is Changing:  Major Cooling May Be Ahead.”  New York Times  May 21, 1975

Today, there appears to be very compelling evidence that global warming is impacting the world; but is that evidence and the promotion of global warming, by the news media and politicians, any more dire than the threat of global cooling in the 1970s?

There is no question that “politics” is an integral part of the threat of global warming, as it was with the threat of global cooling in the 1970s.  

As a nation, we have been through the threat of climate change and catastrophic predictions before.  In the 1970s, one of the big political issues was pollution.  The theory was that man-made pollution would blanket the sky with a dark cloud, blocking out the vital role of the sun in supporting life on Earth.  Politicians were part of the anti-pollution campaign.
In 2017, politics are a big part of the fear over global warming.  In the 1970s and today, the general battle over climate change is divided along political lines.  Liberals are more likely to support the idea that climate change is real while conservatives tend more to dismiss it, and that is the same divide that existed over the theory of climate change in the 1970s.

When politics drives any debate, one has to wonder if the debate would exist if it were not for the politics?  

There is strong evidence that the average temperatures around the world are warming, just as there was strong evidence the world was cooling off in the 1970s.  Having experienced and been concerned about the idea of global cooling in the 70s, I have to admit a certain degree of skepticism when it comes to global warming today.  

I am not discrediting global warming, but this planet is estimated to be over 4 billion years old.  This planet has experienced an ice age that was never thought to be the result of human-made products and activities.  Could it be that politicians and scientists have jumped on the bandwagon of global warming as a way of attracting attention?

I see the evidence that polar bears are threatened by the melting ice caps; and, while I don’t dispute that is real, having been made to fear the threat of global cooling in the 1970s, I have to wonder if what we are dealing with today is a natural function of the evolving organic planet upon which we habitat or is, indeed, the result of human activity?

It’s interesting that those who are so convinced that global warming is real and the result of humans, and those who are certain that global warming is a politically fabricated threat don’t really know which is true.

At this point, I’m not sure what is real and what is fabricated.  But I continue to approach the subject of climate change with an open mind and not a politically biased mind.

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