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    We're doomed: Climate Hysteria going back to 1958

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anti Federalist View Post
    We're doomed: Climate Hysteria going back to 1958
    Probably shouldn't have used Leonard Nimoy's "In Search Of ..." as representative of anything being pushed by mainstream scientists in the 1970's. From Wikipedia:
    Each episode of the show explored a general or specific topic in one of several general categories as given in the opening titles: Extraterrestrials, Magic & Witchcraft, Missing Persons, Myths & Monsters, Lost Civilizations, and Special Phenomena (changed to Strange Phenomena from season 3 onward). The program conducted investigations into the controversial and paranormal (e.g., UFOs, Bigfoot, and the Loch Ness Monster). Additionally, it featured episodes about mysterious historical events and personalities such as Anna Anderson/Grand Duchess Anastasia, the Lincoln Assassination, the Jack the Ripper murders, infamous cults (e.g., Jim Jones), and missing persons, cities, and ships (e.g., Amelia Earhart, Jimmy Hoffa, D. B. Cooper, the Mary Celeste, the Titanic, the lost Roanoke Colony). Each episode's opening credits included a verbal disclaimer about the conjectural nature of the evidence and theories to be presented:
    This series presents information based in part on theory and conjecture. The producer's purpose is to suggest some possible explanations, but not necessarily the only ones, to the mysteries we will examine.
    So, it would have been right in line with that "concept of the series" for them to have been pushing the non-mainstream perspective that we were about to enter the next Glacial Period of the Quaternary Ice Age that began about 2.5 million years ago and is still with us (an ice age being any substantial period during which extensive areas of the globe are perpetually covered by ice).

    Yes, there were scientists in the 1970's that thought we were headed into another Glacial Period. Most of those were not predicting it would occur within decades. They were instead pointing out that we were currently 12,000 years into an Interglacial Period and that Interglacials typically lasted 10,000 to 15,000 years before heading back into another Glacial Period. Statistically, we're much closer to the end of the Interglacial than the beginning. The portion of the science community believing/promoting the idea that a Glacial Period was a few generations away amounted to less than 10% of the community. That's quite unlike the greater than 90% pushing Global Warming today. And yes, that non-mainstream idea from the 1970's got press coverage for a short while; the sensational always does (but keep in mind that Bigfoot and the Lock Ness Monster got more coverage in the newspapers and periodicals than Global Cooling did).

    There are rational arguments to be made for skepticism on Global Warming, but to raise the specter of the 1970's Global Cooling proponents detracts from those arguments. In essence, it associates those making the rational arguments with those trying to insinuate that Global Cooling was a predominant theory in the 1970's (something you don't want to do because 90% of the science community in the 1970's were pushing against that hypothesis).

    If you're wanting to promote skepticism of Global Climate Change, then stick to what's in Steve Koonin's book, "Unsettled: What Climate Science Tells Us, What It Doesn't, and Why It Matters". Buy it. Read it. Know it. You can tell it's a good book, because it tears apart bad arguments both for and against the Global Climate Change hypothesis.
    Last edited by Voluntarist; 05-02-2024 at 09:45 PM.
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