Op-Ed: A Tale Of Two 'Times,' or The Coming Global Warming Ice Age

Posted Apr 20, 2008 by Johnny Simpson
This past week, Time Magazine published a Green issue on 'How to Win The War On Global Warming.' Yet in past issues from 1972 and 1974 they published two articles entitled 'Another Ice Age?' Why are they so right now, when they were so wrong then?
Fire And Ice
Fire And Ice
I have already gone on the record over my own positions on the issue of Global Warming and all that entails for us as taxpayers and free citizens, which isn't very good. Not if you like to keep your hard-earned cash or control your own thermostat, that is.
I will let Time Magazine doublespeak for itself, based on its own 'expertise' on the subject.
From the recent issue, 'How To Win The War On Global Warming' by Frederick Broden:
'We are now faced with a similarly momentous challenge: global warming. The steady deterioration of the very climate of our very planet is becoming a war of the first order, and by any measure, the U.S. is losing.
'Indeed, if we're fighting at all—and by most accounts, we're not—we're fighting on the wrong side.'
'Halting climate change will be far harder than even (winning World War II).'
'It's hard to imagine a bigger fight than one for the survival of the country's coasts and farms, the health of its people and the stability of its economy—and for those of the world at large as well.'
Now, from the Novermber 13, 1972 issue, 'Another Ice Age?' (author unlisted):
'The arrival of another ice age has long been a chilling theme of science fiction. If the earth's recent history is any clue, says Marine Geologist Cesare Emiliani of the University of Miami, a new ice age could become a reality.'
'Writing in Science, Emiliani reports that the earth has undergone at least eight periods of extreme cold and seven of torrid heat in the past 400,000 years. His conclusion is based on cores of ocean sediment from the Caribbean.'
As opposed to ice cores from the Antarctic, say.
Now, from the June 24, 1974 issue, 'Another Ice Age?' (author unlisted):
'Cold air is pulled down across the Western U.S. and warm air is swept up to the Northeast. The collision of air masses of widely differing temperatures and humidity can create violent storms—the Midwest's recent rash of disastrous tornadoes, for example.'
'Climatological Cassandras are becoming increasingly apprehensive, for the weather aberrations they are studying may be the harbinger of another ice age.'
'Telltale signs are everywhere —from the unexpected persistence and thickness of pack ice in the waters around Iceland to the southward migration of a warmth-loving creature like the armadillo from the Midwest.'
'Since the 1940s the mean global temperature has dropped about 2.7° F. Although that figure is at best an estimate, it is supported by other convincing data.'
'When Climatologist George J. Kukla of Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Geological Observatory and his wife Helena analyzed satellite weather data for the Northern Hemisphere, they found that the area of the ice and snow cover had suddenly increased by 12% in 1971 and the increase has persisted ever since.'
'Areas of Baffin Island in the Canadian Arctic, for example, were once totally free of any snow in summer; now they are covered year round.'
I am seeing a pattern here, but it has nothing to do with the weather. Let me guess. They were wrong then, but they're right now. Got it.
The only question that remains in my mind is, how many trees did Time magazine slaughter
to publish and circulate their 'green' issue, for which they no doubt pride themselves on their superior environmental and conservationist awareness?
As opposed to say, publishing only an electronic version which would not have resulted in the 'Silence of the Limbs'?
Time Marches On. My heroes.