IBD: Obama Science Aide Says Humans Preventing New Ice Age
Originally posted at Investor’s Business Daily.
The president’s science czar, who once said there are too many people and advocated sterilizing people through drinking water, says at least human activity is preventing the ice age that we’d been warned about.
A tenet of global warming theology, now dubbed “climate change” to cover everything that used to be called weather, is that man is warming the Earth by manufacturing and exhaling carbon dioxide and that one of the consequences, and the theme of the science-fiction movie “Day After Tomorrow,” is that said warming could trigger a new ice age.
John Holdren, who holds the title of assistant to the president for science and technology, shares this view as well.
But in a recent online question-and-answer session in which he fielded queries from the public, he let slip the seeming contradiction that without the influence of man and his industrial activities, the Earth would probably be slipping into a cyclical ice age all on its own, just like the last one.
“While the climate of the Earth has changed over millennia as a result of natural factors — principally changes in the tilt and orientation of the Earth’s axis and rotation, and in the shape of its orbit around the sun — those changes occur far too gradually to have noticeable effects over a period of mere decades,” Holdren said on a video obtained by MRC-TV.
“In their current phases, moreover, they would be gradually cooling the Earth — taking us to another ice age — if they weren’t being more than offset by human-caused warming.”
Wait, what? Human-caused warming is preventing another ice age?
Isn’t this a good thing? Why would we want to stop it and return to an age of roughly 20,000 years ago when glaciers were carving out the Great Lakes and leaving Chicago under a mile-thick sheet of ice?
We admit we’re a little confused here, seeing that anthropogenic global warming, according to climate zealots, is supposed to bring on an ice age that Holdren says it’s preventing.
But then, climate theology is full of contradictions, and if it’s too wet or too dry, too cold or too warm, it’s all blamed on global warming.
Still, Holdren’s statement is not likely to sit well with the high priests of climate change.
We are reminded of an article in the June 24, 1974, issue of Time entitled “Another Ice Age?” It told of how, “when meteorologists take an average of temperatures around the globe, they find that the atmosphere has been gradually cooler for the past three decades.”
Time spoke then of a “global climatic upheaval” and “climatological Cassandras who are becoming increasingly apprehensive, for the weather aberrations they are studying may be the harbinger of another ice age.”
A 1977 Time cover advised us on “How To Survive The Coming Ice Age.”
Reputable scientists using satellites and other observations have noted another cooling period underway since 1998, as global temperatures have virtually flat-lined. Declining solar activity in the current cycle correlates with other cool periods in Earth’s history. It ties in perfectly with climate history that shows the warming and cooling of Earth is a natural and cyclical process.
We tend to side with those who believe that when compared to the “natural factors” Holdren spoke of — such as the influence of that giant thermonuclear furnace called the sun that we orbit, ocean currents, etc. — the contribution of man to the mix is rather tiny.
To the extent it might in fact be extending the current interglacial period we are in, well, that’s fine with us.
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