‘In Search of … The Coming Ice Age’ – A Video from 1978

Last night I watched an episode of the 1970’s television program ‘In Search Of …The Coming Ice Age’ hosted by Leonard ‘Mr. Spock’ Nimoy on YouTube.  The episode first aired in May, 1978.

Other sites have offered their 2 cents and perspective on this show but I think the episode’s approach is quite unique.

Today’s Alarmist crowd insults all who just merely question the validity of their so-called evidence.  They also blame humans.  All catastrophes are the result of man-made climate change.

Hurricanes are more ferocious, tornadoes are more volatile and drought conditions are significantly more severe all courtesy of the greenhouse gas emissions produced by man’s greed and selfishness.

That is why I found the episode so fascinating.

Forget the fact that only 30 years ago there was a television program that featured the theory that we were heading into another ice age.  I already knew that.  I read that 1975 article in Newsweek. [link below]

What was fascinating was that the data presented was based on historical facts and trends.  No one was to blame for what was happening to the planet.  Man was not being condemned for causing the inevitable pending ice age nor was there an attempt to create a multi-billion dollar industry to prevent it from occurring.  Congress and the world’s major countries weren’t at work trying to figure out how to reverse the conditions.  (Those were being discussed but so were the ramifications if action was taken.)

Part of the problem could be the extremes of each situation.

During an Ice Age, thick sheets of ice cover the surface of the earth down from the poles heading toward the equator.  Cities in the United States were covered by 1 – 2 miles of ice.

When the next Ice Age comes, it will significantly reduce the human population and it will cause mass migration toward the equator.  Many species of life would become extinct.

On the flip side, when the earth is in its warming trend, it is called the interglacial period.  The earth is currently in one now.  During these interglacial periods, the surface of the earth warms and the ice caps head back toward the poles.

Here’s the rub – when we examine the history of the earth, we know that an Ice Age is capable of killing most life as we know it.  Meanwhile, during the interglacial period, temperatures warm to about the current temperatures and don’t necessarily get much warmer than this though there were periods 5000 – 8000 years ago that were slightly warmer than today.

Since we were – until 1998 – in a warming trend, our friends, the alarmists, had to create a fear so great as to grab our attention.  Can you imagine the world’s reaction if we were told that this warming trend may increase the earth’s temperature a few more degrees?  It’s hard enough to get anyone to listen now with all the doomsayers.

For more on the Global Cooling story run in Newsweek April 28, 1975 – The Cooling World

Thank you to the following sources:

ICE CAP – where we discovered the video for In Search Of . . . The Coming Ice Age

Minnesotans for Global Warming – the site that first presented the video

In Search Of . . . The Coming Ice Age – Part I

Part II

Part III

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Arctic Ice Increases For 2nd Straight Year But Don’t Tell The Alarmists

Science has already determined that Global Warming is occurring and we are up against the point of no return.  Unless we do something about man-made CO2 we are destined for extinction – killed in massive floods, extremely high temperatures, severe natural disasters (don’t let the word natural fool you) and of course cannibalism (thank you Ted Turner). 

Just take a look at the Arctic Ice levels.  They have been collapsing at an incredible rate and if something isn’t done soon, many coastal areas will be submerged in water.  The Everglades will be coastal property in South Florida.  In New York City, the 39th floor of the Chrysler Building will be a great spot to dive into the river. 

Let’s look at the following chart to see just how the Arctic Ice levels have been falling.

GW Arctic 1

As you can see, the blue line indicating the ice extent for September 2009 is 23.4% greater than the same point in 2007. 

This can’t be correct.  How can the Arctic Ice extent increase if Global Warming is getting stronger? 

Take a look at this comparison between September 2007 and 2009 (from the Cryosphere at the University of Illinios)

GW Arctic 2

 From Ice Melt Season Shows Another Increase in Extent by Joe D’Aleo posted on Intellicast.

 “Arctic ice changes are not new, there was a similar dip in the warmer 1930s-early 1950s period and according to Russian oceanographers in the 1800s. These predictable drops are due to natural factors including the sun, volcanic activity, ocean temperatures in the Atlantic and Pacific and the summer wind flow patterns, many of which are interrelated.”

It looks like Arctic ice changes fluctuate in a cyclical fashion coinciding with the warming and cooling trends not in an out-of-control warming trend as the alarmists would have us believe. 

Clearly, the data is still coming in and the evidence that the alarmists continue to throw at us (arctic ice melting) is for the past 2 years starting to trend the other way.

Check out Joe D’Aleo’s article on Intellicast.

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Joe Bastardi Responds to Greenpeace on Global Warming Enhanced California Wildfires

Last week, we reported that Senator John Kerry and others asserted that man-made Global Warming helped enhance the California wildfires.  Greenpeace also made this claim.

Read John Kerry invokes 9/11 to support the ‘Security Threat from Climate Change’

Read from Greenpeace – Thousands Flee California Wildfires

Greenpeace made some very strong assertions with no factual evidence to support them.

“But, as California burns and another major hurricane barrels toward the West coast, we can say with some certainty that we are already witnessing the effects of global warming in our very own backyard.” (emphasis theirs)

A nice vague comment that provides no facts whatsoever.

“While the causes of the California wildfires remain unknown, their unrelenting ferocity is being blamed on recent temperatures, which have been in the triple-digits in some inland Los Angeles areas. Hundreds of thousands of acres have already burned this summer, the worst damage in years, and researchers expect that figure to rise well above average before the season is over.”

“California is also in the middle of one of its most active hurricane seasons in decades.  There have already been ten named storms this summer, seven of which have occurred during the month of August.  As thousands flee the wildfires, Hurricane Jimena is spinning its way toward the Baja California coastline.  The storm is currently listed as a Category 4, with powerful winds over 155 miles per hour, but some are predicting that Jimena will reach Category 5 before it hits land.”

“Scientists have been telling us that, as the planet continues to get warmer, we can expect an increased frequency and intensity of both summer forest fires and hurricanes.  It is now painfully clear that global warming is upon us, whether we like it or not. (emphasis theirs)

In case Greenpeace hasn’t noticed, the Atlantic hurricane season is quite light.  In fact, the storms are not as intense as in previous years.  In fact, they are also quick to weaken as they get closer to the Caribbean.

“We have been warned that the only way to stop runaway climate change and prevent the worst impacts of global warming is with a new international climate treaty that would reduce global warming pollution 25-40% below 1990 levels by 2020.”

We are provided with key data from Senator Kerry and Greenpeace.  ‘Scientists have been telling us …’, ‘we have been warned …’, ‘… we can say with some certainty…’ are excellent factual arguments in favor of global warming.

On the flip-side, AccuWeather’s Joe Bastardi posted a video challenging the assertion that man-made Global Warming helped cause the California wildfires.

View Joe Bastardi – Debunking Global Warming in California’s Wildfires

He later appeared on The O’Reilly Factor which further supported his position.

What we respect about Joe Bastardi is that he always clearly, concisely and passionately supports his position.  That is evident in both videos.

Bastardi also had an open letter to AccuWeather viewers posted on their website.

Joe BastardiHe made some very logical points including this one with why we should all be skeptical regarding global warming.

“Unlike many people, I am well acquainted and respect the co2 warming idea, but in its pure form, which actually allows for the cooling coming now! There in lies the problem. We can’t know till after the period that is coming up through 2030 whether co2 is really a player or not. The threat of not only oceanic cycles cooling the earth, but the suns lack of intensity and increased volcanic and seismic activity could mean that as some papers in the early 90s (and dismissed by many) opined we would be as cold as back in the early 1800s. What you see now may just be the beginning. One thing we do know, that we should be skeptical of any future event, no matter what we believe.”

Bastardi concludes with some points to ponder.

“I will leave you with this. Common sense dictates that a trace gas needed for life on the planet would not be the cause for destroying life on the planet. Common sense dictates that what has happened before without man can happen again with man. Common sense would dictate that you not believe me, or any one else, but go look for YOURSELF. If its important enough for you to be happy with what I said, or to be mad as all get out at what I said, you owe it to yourself to go read all sides of the argument. To be informed, and not to simply throw stones.”

It is critical that everyone read BOTH sides to every issue.  If one side attacks the other, name calls and attempts to shut down debate they either have something to hide or their points lack merit.

It was clear that with the California wildfires one side used alarmist tactics and fact-less generalizations to promote their perspective while the other used scientific data and historical trends to support theirs.

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John Kerry invokes 9/11 to support the ‘Security Threat from Climate Change’

Whenever the Republicans invoked 9/11 over the last 8 years, Democrats would scream or worse – hide in fear of appearing weak.

They should have been incensed.  Calling upon arguably the worst day in American history in order to benefit or support an unrelated issue is a travesty.

Last week in a column, Senator John Kerry amazingly invoked 9/11 when discussing climate change.  You ought to be ashamed of yourself Senator.

He titled the article:  We Can’t Ignore the Security Threat from Climate Change

His first paragraph:

“On August 6, 2001, President George W. Bush famously received an intelligence briefing entitled, “Bin Laden Determined to Strike in U.S.” Thirty-six days later, al Qaeda terrorists did just that.”

This is what Democrats accused Republicans of doing since 9/11/2001.  It is wrong when Republicans do it.  It’s wrong when Democrats do it.

“The Bush campaign and its allies have turned to the tactics of fear and smear because they can’t talk about jobs, health care, energy independence and rebuilding our alliances. “  – John Kerry in a speech to students at the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in New York in 2004.

The 2004 John Kerry makes a good point.  You don’t use fear when you are unable to make your point on its own merit. 

How many Global Warming skeptics are called kooks, deniers, shills and flat-earthers.  These are smears from the Global Warming alarmists used to deflect skeptics by putting them on the defensive. 

Then Kerry threw the entire cookbook at us with regards to fall-out from the unavoidable catastrophe of Global Warming:  “… famine and drought, worse pandemics, more natural disasters, more resource scarcity, and human displacement on a staggering scale.” 

Surprisingly, he didn’t throw Ted Turner’s Global Warming’s threat of cannibalism.  Even Turner was too far out there. 

“The individual data points may sometimes be murky. But the pattern they create is irrefutably clear: We don’t know if Hurricane Katrina was caused by climate change, but we do know that we are rapidly heading for a world where climate change causes worse Katrinas.”

I love how Senator Kerry provides no facts or evidence that future hurricanes will be stronger than Katrina. 

Why are his facts better than Dr. Neil Frank’s – meteorologist – former director of the National Hurricane Center in Florida and skeptic of man-made Global Warming.

Why are his facts better than Joe Bastardi – weather forecaster for AccuWeather. 

“I have no doubt this may be some value to human-induced global warming, but there are a lot of things that are happening now that have happened before.”  – Bastardi on Larry King Live (June 28, 2006)

Why are they better than Dr. William Gray – Emeritus Professor of Atmospheric Sciences at Colorado State University.  He has been forecasting the Atlantic hurricane season since 1984. 

Gray steeped down at CSU in order to focus more time on addressing his skeptical position of Global Warming.

“… climate models, while surely useful, are far from perfect … but when modelers move out onto the climate area the complexity becomes too damn much.” 

I guess John Kerry knows more about hurricanes than 3 of the most preeminent authorities on hurricanes. 

Let’s address Senator Kerry’s only points from his article:

Carbon-dioxide:

“Atmospheric carbon-dioxide levels have risen 38% in the industrial era, from 280 to 385 parts per million (ppm). Scientists have warned that anything above 450 ppm — a warming of 2 degrees Celsius — will result in an unacceptable risk of catastrophic climate change.”

Carbon dioxide is a very small greenhouse gas that makes up much less than 1% of the atmosphere. In addition the human contribution to carbon dioxide is less than 2% of its natural level.

 

Greenhouse Effect 1

Greenhouse Effect 2

Arctic ice loss:

“The truth is that the threat we face is not an abstract concern for the future. It is already upon us and its effects are being felt worldwide, right now. Scientists project that the Arctic will be ice-free in the summer of 2013. Not in 2050, but four years from now.”

The Arctic has had recent ice loss but it’s related to the phases of the AMO & PDO. Meanwhile ice levels in Antarctica are near 30 year highs.

For the bulk of Kerry’s article he uses fear to frame his argument. 

“… The bottom line is that failure to tackle climate change risks much more than a ravaged environment:  It risks a much more dangerous world, and a gravely threatened America.”

Clearly, Senator Kerry uses fear in order to justify a position that lacks in facts. 

To be honest, it would be great to see a real debate of facts on the effect of climate change and how humans have exacerbated those effects.  Sadly, Senator Kerry would never allow the debate to take place. 

Read the full column from John Kerry here:

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Global Warming being blamed for California wildfires

These days each global catastrophe seems to be blamed on Global Warming.  Once upon a time, it was the ‘Act of God’.  Now it’s the ‘Acts of Man’.

California firesThe immense California wildfires are the latest calamity to receive the blame.  Environmentalists (really?), elected politicians (surprise, surprise) and others have recently made the claim that these California wildfires were caused by conditions created by Global Warming.

Let’s forget that the fires could be “attributed to a cooling Pacific, two years of La Niña, and environmental mismanagement.”

ICECAP has posted a brilliant analysis by Joseph D’Aleo – California’s Fires Result of a Cooling Pacific, Two Years of La Niña and Environmental Mismanagement.

The article explains that La Niña’s usually mean dryness in the southwest.  Combine the ‘natural cyclical lack of rainfall’ with environmental blunders and you have a recipe for disaster.   

Environmental blunder #1 was caused by the Sierra Club and others who insisted that brush not be cleared from the areas surrounding housing developments.

Environmental blunders #2 were the environmental restrictions imposed on the amount of water that could be used by the Central Valley agricultural farmers.

Let’s see.  We’ve got dry air, dried brush and reduced water and people are surprised that there are fires.  Add an arsonist and you’ve got a massive wildfire.

This article also delves into the Pacific multidecadal warming and cooling cycle. 

For the full story, go to ICECAP or click [here].

California fires as seen from satellite

California fires as seen from satellite

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The Sun’s Cycle Affects the Earth’s Climate?

It appears that an 11-year solar cycle  could affect the Earth’s weather patterns – so says a Space.com article posted on Live Science last week – Sun’s Cycle Alters Earth’s Climate.

“The sun is the ultimate source of all the energy on Earth; its rays heat the planet and drive the churning motions of its atmosphere.”

What about my carbon footprint? 

“The study could help scientists get an edge on eventually predicting the intensity of certain climate phenomena, such as the Indian monsoon and tropical Pacific rainfall, years in advance.”

This is a very interesting article and it never once mentions Global Warming or man-made climate change.

“An international team of scientists led by the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) used more than a century of weather observations and three powerful computer models to tackle this question.

“The answer, the new study finds, has to do with the Sun’s impact on two seemingly unrelated regions: water in the tropical Pacific Ocean and air in the stratosphere, the layer of the atmosphere that runs from around 6 miles (10 km) above Earth’s surface to about 31 miles (50 km).

“The study found that chemicals in the stratosphere and sea surface temperatures in the Pacific Ocean respond during solar maximum in a way that amplifies the sun’s influence on some aspects of air movement. This can intensify winds and rainfall, change sea surface temperatures and cloud cover over certain tropical and subtropical regions, and ultimately influence global weather.”

For the complete story, go to Live Science.

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The Ice Sheets of Greenland and Antarctica Are Not Collapsing

The ice sheets are falling  The ice sheets are falling!

That is the cry we hear from Chicken Little the Global Warming alarmists.  They are warning us that the ice sheets of Greenland and Antarctica may also collapse which would cause a disastrous sea level rise.

In the Cliff Ollier and Colin Pain article Why the Greenland and Antarctic Ice Sheets are Not Collapsing found over at ICECAP they explain that the ice sheets can not slide down a plane as they occupy deep basins.  They also point out that the temperature of the ice sheets falls far below the melting point.

“It is impossible for the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets to ‘collapse’. In these days of alarmist warnings about climate warming, the ice sheets of Greenland and Antarctica have an important role. Many papers have described their melting at the present times, and dire predictions of many metres of sea level rise are common. Christoffersen and Hambrey published a typical paper on the Greenland ice sheet in Geology Today in May, 2006 “

Interesting that I don’t recall seeing that paper mentioned by the alarmist crowd.

Read the full Ollier and Pain article at ICECAP.

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