In the 1970s, we were regularly being told to worry about a coming ice age. I can remember reading about it in Weekly Reader. Time magazine ran this story, right, in 1979. Here’s the introduction to a 1978 documentary warning us about it. And here’s a whole boatload of other predictions from the ’70s assuring us that we were facing serious cooling.
Then everything switched. The popular theory was suddenly that we faced global warming. We were told over and over again that the science was settled and decided. The Earth was warming up — and it was the burning of fossil fuels that was responsible. We must change our standard of living and quit using so much energy.
Those who dared to question the “scientific consensus” were labeled “deniers” in order to shame them by lumping them in with Holocaust deniers.
The only problem is that reality hasn’t matched the predictions. Climate scientists — still wedded to their dear theory — are struggling now to explain why warming isn’t happening as their models predicted.
And now Russian scientists are claiming that we could face a cooling period for the next 200 to 250 years.
I don’t have a clue what the climate is going to do. I really don’t. But I do know that the people loudly telling us what’s going to happen have no credibility, as far as I’m concerned. When predictions change this much over a 40-year period, it’s impossible to have confidence in the people making the predictions. It’s not necessarily that they’re bad people or that they have poor intentions.
But it does mean that they’re making predictions with a level of certainty that just isn’t possible.
The world might warm up a bit. It might cool a bit instead. It’ll probably do some of both, if you want my brilliant scientific opinion. There’s not enough data. The current models can’t explain what’s actually happened recently. And despite improvements in our understanding of climate, we’re still theorizing about why certain things happen as they do. The idea that we have an understanding of how to predict what’s going to happen (and why) is looking pretty foolish right now.
What’s worse is that these people want us to reorder the entire world economy on the basis of their clearly flawed predictions. They keep saying, in essence, “Well we were wrong about that … or, well, sorta wrong … but we’ve got it right now.”
On the basis of that, they want us to use the force of government to require everyone on the planet to change how they live. That’s lunacy.
I don’t know what the future holds for the climate. The climate scientists clearly don’t, either. The difference is that I’m not claiming that governments should listen to me and force everyone to obey the strategies I lay out according to my theories.
It’s sheer arrogance that the environmental movement is demanding that we obey what they’ve been looking for an excuse to impose for many decades.