Episode 63: Global Warming Deja Vu
A one-topic episode, wherein I note how the global warming issue has been spun a long while ago, a little while ago, and today. This is an episode full of deja vu and irony, all packed into 10 minutes or less.
A ship trying to document the effects of global warming in Antarctica got stuck in the thickening ice. If it was melting, they’d blame it on global warming, but, even though they think it’s melting everywhere else but where they are, they can still find a way to blame more ice on warming as well. Isn’t it great when every single data point fits your narrative?
For fans of Shire Network News, I’ve dusted off my very first segment from that auspicious podcast, which (among other things) covered a similar expedition to the North Pole in 2007, that ended pretty much the same way.
And finally, now that the dipping of the polar vortex is over, let’s look at how the same phenomenon was explained in the 1970s. Guess what they blamed back then!
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Over my Christmas / New Year’s vacation, one of the stories that hit the news quite a bit was about a ship that was stuck in the ice surrounding Antarctica, and the rescue attempts to save the people on it, and then the subsequent rescue of one of the rescue ships that also got stuck in the ice. Now, of the 41 network news stories in the week following the incident, 40 of them didn’t mention why the ship was there in the first place. The people were described as “passengers,” “trackers” and even “tourists”.
So in case you missed it, and it’s likely you did, the expedition was there to, “discover and communicate the environmental changes taking place in the south.” Basically, they were trying to document global warming. The leader of the group made the claim that, “Sea ice is disappearing due to climate change, but here ice is building up.” It’s all happening everywhere…except where we showed up. Convenient, that.
But this isn’t the first time it’s happened. Sherman, set the wayback machine to 2007, when I submitted my first segment to the late, lamented podcast, Shire Network News. It was to be my sound check, so to speak, but they used it in the next episode, and the rest is history. Ancient history. And so, a bit of déjà vu. Here is a commentary I called “A Global Warming Update”.
[ SNN Global warming update ]
Now for a bit of anti-deja-vu, if there is such a thing. Let’s not forget that in the 1970s, the concern was from man-made global cooling because of pollution blocking out the sun. There’s a link in the show notes to a blog post noting an article from 1974 where the National Center for Atmospheric Research was going to blame all the climate disasters on QUOTE “the emergence of a new normal for world climates” CLOSE QUOTE. That new normal, of course, being lower temperatures, and this article is but one of so very many during that time of, shall we say, settled science. And there’s another link in the show notes to another blog post detailing over 60 other articles during the entire decade of the 70s heralding the new ice age.
I even have a link showing that TIME magazine blamed the recent “polar vortex” weather pattern on global warming, exactly 40 years after blaming a similar pattern on global cooling. I tell ya’, you gotta’ check out the show notes this time around. The links are really…cool.
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