August 16, 2007


Hot tempers on global warming (Jeff Jacoby, August 15, 2007, Boston Globe)

INTRODUCING Newsweek's Aug. 13 cover story on global warming "denial," editor Jon Meacham brings up an embarrassing blast from his magazine's past: an April 1975 story about global cooling, and the coming ice age that scientists then were predicting. Meacham concedes that "those who doubt that greenhouse gases are causing significant climate change have long pointed to the 1975 Newsweek piece as an example of how wrong journalists and researchers can be." But rather than acknowledge that the skeptics may have a point, Meacham dismisses it.

"On global cooling," he writes, "there was never anything even remotely approaching the current scientific consensus that the world is growing warmer because of the emission of greenhouse gases."

Really? Newsweek took rather a different line in 1975. Then, the magazine reported that scientists were "almost unanimous" in believing that the looming Big Chill would mean a decline in food production, with some warning that "the resulting famines could be catastrophic." Moreover, it said, "the evidence in support of these predictions" -- everything from shrinking growing seasons to increased North American snow cover -- had "begun to accumulate so massively that meteorologists are hard-pressed to keep up with it."

Yet Meacham, quoting none of this, simply brushes aside the 1975 report as "alarmist" and "discredited." Today, he assures his readers, Newsweek's climate-change anxieties rest "on the safest of scientific ground." of Mr. Meacham's beats is reporting on religion.

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 16, 2007 9:05 AM

Isn't it wonderful how the policies that Leftists and Socialists have been prescribing for decades just happen to be exactly the solution needed for Global Climate Warming Changeā„¢?

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at August 16, 2007 9:55 AM


That is a testament to how farsighted and wise those policies are.

I will give this new nature religion credit for one thing. Now to ward off catastrophe we only have to sacrifice our cars, not our children.

Posted by: Brandon at August 16, 2007 10:33 AM

Hasn't GW used up its 15 minutes of fame yet? I'm getting mighty weary of the subject.

Posted by: erp at August 16, 2007 11:13 AM

Brandon, child sacrifice is an integral part of it, under the guise of "choice", or "family planning", or "stewardship".

Posted by: Jorge Curioso at August 16, 2007 1:05 PM

Jorge beat me to it. Making a holocaust of our children is a major part of the neo-pagan agenda. The Population Bomb,, remember. It's right out of C.S. Lewis' That Hideous Strength.

Posted by: Lou Gots at August 16, 2007 4:31 PM

Guys, not having children is a tragedy, but it is not a "holocaust." Nor is it a sacrifice.

Posted by: Brandon at August 16, 2007 4:40 PM

GW - Comedy Central has a new show called L'il Bush where a child Bush, Cheney, Rove, and Rice do every evil thing liberals think they do. Last nights show was about Global Warming and how they thwarted child Gore's efforts to combat Global Warming because they wanted a big water park in the future.

More seriously, my kids were still coming home from school being taught the world is about to end so I doubt GW will go away soon.

Posted by: AWW at August 16, 2007 7:44 PM

Really, Brandon?

Is it being done via abortion (what, 50m since Roe?)?

I'd argue that, Broadly speaking, not having children because other things are more sacred, is precisely sacrifice. Not in the abortion sense, but in the existence of children sense.

Posted by: Jorge Curioso at August 17, 2007 1:47 AM