Back in the 1970s, many scientists fretted that a new ice age brought on by fossil fuel use would cause glaciers to expand, wreaking havoc.
A 1975 Newsweek cover story breathlessly reported that "the earth's climate seems to be cooling down." Meteorologists are "almost unanimous" that the trend will "reduce agricultural productivity for the rest of the century," and "the resulting famines could be catastrophic."
The CIA, NASA and National Academy of Sciences, Obama science adviser John Holdren and many "mainstream" news organizations issued similar alarms.
The Chicken Little ice age never arrived. Instead, we've been presented a new "consensus" view: that our planet now faces fossil-fuel-induced catastrophic global warming and a planetary biodiversity crisis.
The tales of doom remain standard media and political fare, even as the science continues to evolve — and ClimateGate and other revelations of Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change shenanigans and duplicity join the dissection of Michael Mann's hockey stick graph in reducing public anxiety.
New theories about solar cycles, cosmic rays and the dominant role of solar activity in determining Earth's climate are becoming ever more accepted.
Nevertheless, Mann-made global warming, climate change and "weird" weather remain the foundation of political agendas for ending our "addiction" to oil, ushering in a new era of "eco-friendly" renewable energy, and "fundamentally transforming" our economy and society.
Their power, prestige, control and access to billions of dollars ($68 billion since 2008, to be precise, according to the Congressional Record) for biased research and crony-corporatist schemes super-glue environmentalists, five-alarm climate scientists and renewable energy companies to these disaster claims.
With fracking and other new petroleum discovery and extraction technologies proving we will not run out of oil or gas — and wind and solar power will not be competitive — anytime soon, climate change is really all they are left with. Those realities are driving an extreme policy agenda.
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