Jeff Jacoby writes, “Here, for example, is former vice president Al Gore in 2006, on the threat posed by global warming: “Our ability to live is what is at stake.” It doesn’t get much more dire than that.
Yet here is climatologist Reid Bryson, in Fortune magazine’s award-winning analysis of global cooling in 1974: “It is something that, if it continues, will affect the whole human occupation of the earth — like a billion people starving.” It doesn’t get much more dire than that, either.”
As well, “In 1902, the Los Angeles Times reported that the great glaciers were undergoing “their final annihilation” due to rising temperatures. But by 1923, it was the ice that was doing the annihilating: “Scientist says Arctic ice will wipe out Canada,” the Chicago Tribune declared on Page 1.”
The real corker is the end paragraph, ” “The whole aim of practical politics,” wrote H.L. Mencken in 1920, “is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.” Some things never change.”
Read the whole article. It’s very revealing.