July 25, 2007
 
Resources for the Global Warming Debate
Anyone interested in the global warming debate should avail themselves of the following resources. For a brief overview of the science of global warming and/or simply to see how much you really know about global warming, take the Global Warming Test. I consider myself fairly well educated on the subject and I still missed two of the answers. The test is also useful in that it has references on each page.

For those interested in the history of media and self-serving cries that the sky is falling, read Fire and Ice (provided under the Fair Use Act for educational purposes). I remember the media trying to scare me as a kid with stories of the upcoming Global Ice Age, which is one of the many reasons why I laugh at the Gorekins who tell me that mankind is causing the Earth to overheat. When discussing this with a senior friend years ago, he told me that he remembered the media trying to sell news about the Earth getting too hot sometime between the World Wars. The Fire and Ice report not only documents these cases, but points out one to which I was unfamiliar.

It was five years before the turn of the century and major media were warning of disastrous climate change. Page six of The New York Times was headlined with the serious concerns of "geologists." Only the president at the time wasn’t Bill Clinton; it was Grover Cleveland. And the Times wasn’t warning about global warming –it was telling readers the looming dangers of a new ice age.

The year was 1895, and it was just one of four different time periods in the last 100 years when major print media predicted an impending climate crisis. Each prediction carried its own elements of doom, saying Canada could be “wiped out” or lower crop yields would mean “billions will die.”

I encourage you to save the Fire and Ice report in your own documents and forward it (and/or a link to this post) to your friends. People need to be educated about real science so they can make informed decisions instead of blinding following the latest media doomsday prediction. I will close this post with a prediction of my own. In the 2030s, the New York Times and other mainstream media types will run stories about the coming Global Ice Age.

 

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