The content on this webpage contains paid/affiliate links. When you click on any of our affiliate link, we/I may get a small compensation at no cost to you. See our affiliate disclosure for more info -----------------------
Last updated on August 8th, 2017 at 03:40 pm
A brief history of environmentalist panic, compiled by the Boston Globe’s Jeff Jacoby:
In 1902, the Los Angeles Times reported that the great glaciers were undergoing “their final annihilation” due to rising temperatures. But by 1923, it was the ice that was doing the annihilating: “Scientist says Arctic ice will wipe out Canada,” the Chicago Tribune declared on Page 1.
So it was curtains for the Canadians? Uh, not quite. In 1953, The New York Times announced that “nearly all the great ice sheets are in retreat.” Yet no sooner did our neighbors to the north breathe a sigh of relief than it turned out they weren’t off the hook after all: “The rapid advance of some glaciers,” wrote Lowell Ponte in “The Cooling,” his 1976 bestseller, “has threatened human settlements in Alaska, Iceland, Canada, China, and the Soviet Union.” And now? “Arctic Ice Is Melting at Record Level, Scientists Say,” the Times reported in 2002.
Over the years, the alarmists have veered from an obsession with lethal global cooling around the turn of the 20th century to lethal global warming a generation later, back to cooling in the 1970s and now to warming once again. You don’t have to be a scientist to realize that all these competing narratives of doom can’t be true.
I bet Geoffrey Lean believes all of them.