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Look, a Dead Horse!

March 12, 2007

Maybe I’m just inciting another comment fest, but I found this opinion piece on ABC News quite interesting.

"Global Warming Is Not a Crisis"

"From the Babylon of Gilgamesh to the
post-Eden of Noah, every age has viewed climate change cataclysmically,
as retribution for human greed and sinfulness.

In the 1970s, the fear was "global cooling." The Christian Science
Monitor then declaimed, "Warning: Earth’s climate is changing faster
than even experts expect," while The New York Times announced, "A major
cooling of the climate is widely considered inevitable." Sound
familiar? Global warming represents the latest doom-laden "crisis," one
demanding sacrifice to Gaia for our wicked fossil-fuel-driven ways.

But neither history nor science bolsters such an apocalyptic faith."

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Tim permalink
    March 15, 2007 1:24 am

    Interesting commentary.

    Key difference, I think: In the 70s “global cooling” fear, there was no prediction of cooling, and they saw a several year temperature drop. So, panic, when it really just an aberration.

    The difference now is that there have been scientific models that have been predicting temperature increases for years … and now we’re seeing real time evidence that the models were right.

    And … the temperature changes that sparked the concern now are much more dramatic than those during the 70s scare.

    If the point is that the media, especially in this country, like to use fear to drive attention and can overplay the reality … I’d say that’s correct.

  2. March 15, 2007 10:27 am

    The media, given to sensationalism?

    Why, I never!

  3. Tim permalink
    March 18, 2007 11:19 pm

    Yeah, go figure.

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