Apologies to doctor Sowell regarding the Title, but it does apply to his overall thesis. If you want to know what that is just click here.
This, however, is a little diddy about Climate Apocalypse.
Of the three people who read anything here, I suspect we all have lived through each and every one of the scheduled End of World scenarios beginning with Global Nuclear War. But for the sake of time, I want to present a bit of what is found, and linked to here, for your consideration. (H/T to John Nolte. Full Article HERE.)
- 1967: Dire Famine Forecast By 1975
- 1969: Everyone Will Disappear In a Cloud Of Blue Steam By 1989 (1969)
- 1970: Ice Age By 2000
- 1970: America Subject to Water Rationing By 1974 and Food Rationing By 1980
- 1971: New Ice Age Coming By 2020 or 2030
- 1972: New Ice Age By 2070
- 1974: Space Satellites Show New Ice Age Coming Fast
- 1974: Another Ice Age?
- 1974: Ozone Depletion a ‘Great Peril to Life
- 1976: Scientific Consensus Planet Cooling, Famines imminent
- 1980: Acid Rain Kills Life In Lakes
- 1978: No End in Sight to 30-Year Cooling Trend
- 1988: Regional Droughts (that never happened) in 1990s
- 1988: Temperatures in DC Will Hit Record Highs
- 1988: Maldive Islands will Be Underwater by 2018 (they’re not)
- 1989: Rising Sea Levels will Obliterate Nations if Nothing Done by 2000
- 1989: New York City’s West Side Highway Underwater by 2019 (it’s not)
- 2000: Children Won’t Know what Snow Is
- 2002: Famine In 10 Years If We Don’t Give Up Eating Fish, Meat, and Dairy
- 2004: Britain will Be Siberia by 2024
- 2008: Arctic will Be Ice Free by 2018
- 2008: Climate Genius Al Gore Predicts Ice-Free Arctic by 2013
- 2009: Climate Genius Prince Charles Says we Have 96 Months to Save World
- 2009: UK Prime Minister Says 50 Days to ‘Save The Planet From Catastrophe’
- 2009: Climate Genius Al Gore Moves 2013 Prediction of Ice-Free Arctic to 2014
- 2013: Arctic Ice-Free by 2015
- 2013: Arctic Ice-Free by 2016
- 2014: Only 500 Days Before ‘Climate Chaos’
- 1968: Overpopulation Will Spread Worldwide
- 1970: World Will Use Up All its Natural Resources
- 1966: Oil Gone in Ten Years
- 1972: Oil Depleted in 20 Years
- 1977: Department of Energy Says Oil will Peak in 90s
- 1980: Peak Oil In 2000
- 1996: Peak Oil in 2020
- 2002: Peak Oil in 2010
- 2005 : Manhattan Underwater by 2015
- 1970: Urban Citizens Will Require Gas Masks by 1985
- 1970: Nitrogen buildup Will Make All Land Unusable
- 1970: Decaying Pollution Will Kill all the Fish
- 1970s: Killer Bees!
For the record, I believe Climate Changes. Were we not taught that the Appilacian Mountains were carved out by Glaciers? Have we not accepted that the Earth has been everything from a hot gaseous ball, molten material and a world of Ice? The question is do Humans effect it? The answer is possibly. But as it stands we cannot define a problem. And, if you cannot define it then you cannot offer a cogent solution should there be one. Additionally, if you buy into Humans killing everything they touch then there are only two solutions. Kill all humans or Kill those humans refusing to change their behaviors in a fashion as we mentioned above has no definition. But let’s pretend you think such beneficial behavior can be defined, like buying brand new light bulbs instead of using the ones you have until they burn out then buying ones you’re restricted to because you’re too stupid to see the benefit of cost savings over the long run… and it must be imposed upon countless millions of humans right damn now… or else. Working from that point of view we must do three things. 1. Convert immediately to Nuclear Power. 2. Immediately Destroy China. 3. Immediately Destroy India. (Russia would be ‘on deck’ as would countless other 3rd World countries.)
The truth is that modern Socialists have co-opted the environmental movement and are using Climate Change Horror (No science, just simpathetic scientists who are conviced you’re stupid and they are not.) as a tool to convince useful idiots that the World would be a better placed if everyone just surrendered to Socialism and put them permenantly in control of Everything. Just ask Patrick Moore, the Founder of Greenpeace. (Better yet, read his book linked here.) Socialism is, of course, the ideology of Force and Acceleration, not to mention Class Stasis…Call it what you will, Democratic, Progressive, Liberal, Communist, Fascist or whatever name they want to call themselves once one of the previous is assigned the appropriate stigma. This is what we are facing, whether it’s being regurgitated by a 14 year old girl from Demark or an octigenarian ex-president of the United States.
That’s the Reality.
Is that an Option?
October 26th, 2019 at 1:39 pm
Well said! One small quibble. I’ve spoken with a lot of climate scientists (btw: that term — “climate scientist” — covers vast territory in the realm of science) and all of them agree on certain fundamental truths (or: “near certain beliefs,” if you prefer, since there’s no such thing as “settled science.”). Here are some of them:
• The climate does nothing but change.
• To “get rid of climate change,” you’d have to get rid of the climate, like, for example, on the moon, where there is (nearly) no climate change.
• Everything that happens — from the explosion of a super volcano to the vibration of every atom and subatomic particle on the planet, and all points in-between — changes the climate.
• Even events outside our world — in the solar system and outside of it — change the climate because they cause changes in the configuration of the gravitational field around the earth (or to the curvature of space, if you prefer).
• Corollary to those last two: No one has ever devised a method to determine the extent to which any single cause of climate change… changes the climate. Not even close. This is the most important point. There is “Anthropogenic Climate Change.” But no on has even the teentsiest, weentsiest notion of how much humans change the climate. It could be an absolutely negligible amount, or it could be a vast amount — and all points in-between.
• Most climate scientists who are willing to speak candidly about it admit that it’s likely that non-human factors (the sun, the moon, plate tectonics, vulcanology, natural cycles and mega-cycles, and vast self-equilibrating forces affect (change) the climate far more than humans do, will do, or have done in the very brief time during which we upped our game at affecting the climate. Basically since the industrial revolution.
• One climate scientist asked me to hearken back to my days in elementary school earth science when I (and he) learned about Krakatoa, the volcano in Indonesia. “Remember,” he said, “when you were taught that in that brief eruption, the volcano had released into the atmosphere vastly more gases and ejecta than all of humanity had in its entire existence?” I allowed as how, yes, I did remember that. He then started to list off volcanoes that just in recent memory — Mt Saint Helens, Etna, Pinatubo, Kilauea, Eyjafjallajökull (Iceland… he was able to pronounce it) — had all experienced major eruptions. These kinds of things are going on all the time around the world, and they eject vastly more stuff into the atmosphere than humans do. My climate scientist friend noted that — as a climate scientist and a teacher — he was aware that they no longer teach these things in elementary school earth science.
By way of support for his recollection, I remembered the awe-inspiring sunsets I used to see as the result of the Mount Pinatubo eruption half a world away.
In “Climate Science,” none of these assertions are particularly controversial. As it pertains to Climate Science politics, though, these near axiomatic, really kind of obvious truths cannot be uttered on pain of comprehensive ostracism, both professional and social.
It’s no longer a question of forestalling disaster in America, it’s too late, we have already arrived, in some aspects of our culture, at the status of a third-world, tinpot dictatorship.
It’s still incumbent on us, though, to try to fight it and defeat it. Great work in this essay, Mike! If you don’t mind, I’d like to borrow your list and write something about it. I’ll provide attribution of course!
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October 26th, 2019 at 4:42 pm
Always welcome to steal from me, X. But… the list is John Nolte’s. Just make sure to apply the appropriate glory to the right guy.
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September 21st, 2019 at 11:01 am
This was very well done as IB states. Optional reality seems to be the running platform of the Democratic party.
Well two out of your three readers have commented, room for one more. 😉
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September 21st, 2019 at 11:08 am
Nolte’s article puts it into very clear and easy to understand language. That’s why it stood out to me. It’s the kind of reporting we should be seeing everywhere… yet…
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September 20th, 2019 at 1:05 pm
Well done, Mike.
Is reality optional? Well, I do think there are many people living on the Holodeck and playing in virtual reality. I’m good with all that, just so long as they don’t try to make their own version of “truth,” compulsory and mandatory. Also, I’m pretty much opposed to doing anything “scientific,” like shooting a bomb through the ozone to try to cool the planet down. I saw that movie. Bad idea. Lets’ not go there.
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