Global warming propaganda and hysteria, circa 2000

Sheep shelter from a blizzard behind a stone wall in the Peak District, England. Snow, sleet and rain have disrupted transport and power supplies as wintry weather continues in much of the UK

Sheep shelter from a blizzard behind a stone wall in the Peak District, England. Snow, sleet and rain have disrupted transport and power supplies as wintry weather continues in much of the UK

As the latest blizzard blasts the UK, I remembered the story in Britain’s “Independent” [sic] from 14 years ago: “Snowfalls are now just a thing of the past.” Monday 20 March 2000 

Britain’s winter ends tomorrow with further indications of a striking environmental change: snow is starting to disappear from our lives. Sledges, snowmen, snowballs and the excitement of waking to find that the stuff has settled outside are all a rapidly diminishing part of Britain’s culture, as warmer winters – which scientists are attributing to global climate change – produce not only fewer white Christmases, but fewer white Januaries and Februaries.

The first two months of 2000 were virtually free of significant snowfall in much of lowland Britain, and December brought only moderate snowfall in the South-east. It is the continuation of a trend that has been increasingly visible in the past 15 years: in the south of England, for instance, from 1970 to 1995 snow and sleet fell for an average of 3.7 days, while from 1988 to 1995 the average was 0.7 days. London’s last substantial snowfall was in February 1991.

Global warming, the heating of the atmosphere by increased amounts of industrial gases, is now accepted as a reality by the international community. Average temperatures in Britain were nearly 0.6°C higher in the Nineties than in 1960-90, and it is estimated that they will increase by 0.2C every decade over the coming century. Eight of the 10 hottest years on record occurred in the Nineties.

However, the warming is so far manifesting itself more in winters which are less cold than in much hotter summers. According to Dr David Viner, a senior research scientist at the climatic research unit (CRU) of the University of East Anglia,within a few years winter snowfall will become “a very rare and exciting event”.

“Children just aren’t going to know what snow is,” he said.

The effects of snow-free winter in Britain are already becoming apparent. This year, for the first time ever, Hamleys, Britain’s biggest toyshop, had no sledges on display in its Regent Street store. “It was a bit of a first,” a spokesperson said.

Fen skating, once a popular sport on the fields of East Anglia, now takes place on indoor artificial rinks. Malcolm Robinson, of the Fenland Indoor Speed Skating Club in Peterborough, says they have not skated outside since 1997. [this article was written in 2000 - just three years after 1997 ] – “As a boy, I can remember being on ice most winters. Now it’s few and far between,” he said.

Warmer winters have significant environmental and economic implications, and a wide range of research indicates that pests and plant diseases, usually killed back by sharp frosts, are likely to flourish. But very little research has been done on the cultural implications of climate change – into the possibility, for example, that our notion of Christmas might have to shift.

David Parker, at the Hadley Centre for Climate Prediction and Research in Berkshire, says ultimately, British children could have only virtual experience of snow. Via the internet, they might wonder at polar scenes – or eventually “feel” virtual cold.

Heavy snow will return occasionally, says Dr Viner, but when it does we will be unprepared. “We’re really going to get caught out. Snow will probably cause chaos in 20 years time,” he said.

The chances are certainly now stacked against the sortof heavy snowfall in cities that inspired Impressionist painters, such as Sisley, and the 19th century poet laureate Robert Bridges, who wrote in “London Snow” of it, “stealthily and perpetually settling and loosely lying”.

Not any more, it seems.

Did that come about? Er, no. Flash forward 13 years:

Winter of 2013 to be longest in history Heavy snow to continue past May. The entire UK has been told to brace for a record-breaking period of bitter Arctic winds, crippling snowfall and plunging temperatures.

Long-range forecasts now point to winter 2013 now being the worst for more than 60 years with Polar conditions stretching right into the beginning of next spring.

The shock warning comes with the UK already shivering in an unseasonably early big freeze with temperatures plummeting to -5C and heavy snow sparking chaos in parts of the UK.

Given this endless campaign of misinformation and whipped-up fear mongering, it’s not surprising that many otherwise sane individuals used to believe that the world was doomed. Eventually however, a lie cannot sustain itself and panic subsides. The switch from “no snow” to “extreme weather” will prolong the life of this bullshit for a while longer – there’s too much money at stake for the global warmists to give up without a fight, but die it will.

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  1. It is all about money, isn’t it !
    Still need to dry the last of the moisture behind my ears.

    • Yos

      Note as well the use of #2 applied to junk science via the shift of goal-posts: Now William of Greenwich (aka “Dollar Bill”) uses the lie of “rejection of climate change.”

      Oh, really? Do tell, William!

      For starters, it was AGW: Anthropogenic Global Warming. Remember that? “AGW” was the mythical man-caused thermal interference causing higher atmospheric temperatures, specifically blamed on humankind’s misuse of carbon fuels. Yes, eeevil CO2 was warming the atmosphere! “The Earf has a fever!” It is melting the ice-caps! We’re all gonna drown! We’re all gonna fry! We’re all gonna DIE!! aaaarrrrghhhhh!

      Then about a decade ago, geophysicists and EPS guys noticed the “warming” trend cooling. The Hockey Stick was shoved up Michael Mann’s butt when he and East Anglia were caught faking data. Turns out the early geophysics boys at Toronto and MIT were correct: Planetary surface temperature fluctuations were predominantly tied to solar output – which is NOT a constant.

      Oooops. The AGW crowd scrambled for cover. “Someone, quick, er, call it Climate Change!”

      Too late.

      Too make matters worse for Dullard, conservatives and liberals accept “climate change.”

      We just don’t buy the crap that all change is anthropogenic. We don’t accept the notion that all change is “bad,” “unnecessary” and “avoidable” and even less do we accept the pagan belief that control of our lives via central government diktat is the “solution” to the “problem.”

      Follow the $Bills. The big players making big money of the AGW scam have been state-corporatists like the creeps at GE. These are the same big backers to the DumboCrat party. Look at the massive number of corrupt “green” scams backed by Federal $ bills. AGW has turned out to be a family of crimes and frauds beyond the wildest imagination of state corporatists of old.

      Just follow the $ bills. They lead straight to corruption.

      . . .

      Peter, back in the ’70s it was “industrial pollution and dust.” Yep, human activity was causing a New! Ice! Age! Crops will fail! Rain will freeze! We’re all gonna DIE!! aaaarrrrghhhhh!

      The solution? More regulation! Ban the lightbulb! Smaller cars! That’s when the Left invented the pagan belief that control of our lives via central government diktat is the “solution” to the “problem.”

      During the early ’80s, however, a clever chap from Canada called Maurice Strong cobbled together a few eggheads and promoted the idea of CO2 pollution. Control Carbon, control Industrial Man. Simple concept.

      Carbon soot was the culprit! At first, anyway. The data seemed to point, back then, on the longer trend, that temperatures would rise, not fall. SO… they took a gamble. Which way to bet? Cooler or warmer?

      Strong et Frers gambled on Warmer. They settled on CO2, the gas, rather than Carbon particulates, soot. Clever little minds created the neo-religion known as AGW: Anthropogenic Global Warming. That eeevil would be the dragon they’d slay.

      The solution? More regulation! Ban the lightbulb! Smaller cars! That’s when the Left invented the pagan belief that control of our lives via central government diktat is the “solution” to the “problem.” Hang on, the same nostrums applied to global cooling and to AGW?

      then in the ’90s, two things happened: A) The Internet – meaning that the Left’s ass could be fact-checked, and B) The Sun entered a cooling phase.

      The rest is hist(eria.)

      The worst fallout of all is the enormous damage to Leftist credibility in every field of endeavor. Everything they apply their precious theory to turns to crap. Talk about “climate change” – these morons can’t catch a break.

  2. AJ

    And yet their are still many believers in anthropogenic global warming, though most of its defenders with the exception of Dollar Bill seem to have disappeared from this blog. Like sheep to the slaughter — how could anybody be so dumb.

    An interview with the author of “The Dumbing Down of America”, Charlotte Iserbyt on The Perils of Common Core:

  3. AJ

    ‘Newly Discovered Eighth Grade Exam From 1912 Shows How Dumbed Down America Has Become’

    “… Just check out some of the questions from the eighth grade exam that was discovered. Do you think that you could correctly answer these?…

    -Through which waters would a vessel pass in going from England through the Suez Canal to Manila?

    -How does the liver compare in size with other glands in the human body?

    -How long of a rope is required to reach from the top of a building 40 feet high to the ground 30 feet from the base of a building?

    -Compare arteries and veins as to function. Where is the blood carried to be purified?

    -During which wars were the following battles fought: Brandywine, Great Meadows, Lundy’s Lane, Antietam, Buena Vista?

    A copy of the exam is posted below. Today, it would be a real challenge for many college students to correctly answer most of these questions correctly… [...]“

  4. AJ

    An excerpt from John Taylor Gatto’s “The Underground History of American Education. Read the whole book for free at the link at the bottom of this Post.

    “The New Dumbness

    Ordinary people send their children to school to get smart, but what modern schooling teaches is dumbness. It’s a religious idea gone out of control. You don’t have to accept that, though, to realize this kind of economy would be jeopardized by too many smart people who understand too much. I won’t ask you to take that on faith. Be patient. I’ll let a famous American publisher explain to you the secret of our global financial success in just a little while. Be patient.

    Old-fashioned dumbness used to be simple ignorance; now it is transformed from ignorance into permanent mathematical categories of relative stupidity like “gifted and talented,” “mainstream,” “special ed.” Categories in which learning is rationed for the good of a system of order. Dumb people are no longer merely ignorant. Now they are indoctrinated, their minds conditioned with substantial doses of commercially prepared disinformation dispensed for tranquilizing purposes.

    Jacques Ellul, whose book Propaganda is a reflection on the phenomenon, warned us that prosperous children are more susceptible than others to the effects of schooling because they are promised more lifelong comfort and security for yielding wholly:

    Critical judgment disappears altogether, for in no way can there ever be collective critical judgment….The individual can no longer judge for himself because he inescapably relates his thoughts to the entire complex of values and prejudices established by propaganda. With regard to political situations, he is given ready-made value judgments invested with the power of the truth by…the word of experts.

    The new dumbness is particularly deadly to middle- and upper-middle-class kids already made shallow by multiple pressures to conform imposed by the outside world on their usually lightly rooted parents. When they come of age, they are certain they must know something because their degrees and licenses say they do. They remain so convinced until an unexpectedly brutal divorce, a corporate downsizing in midlife, or panic attacks of meaninglessness upset the precarious balance of their incomplete humanity, their stillborn adult lives. Alan Bullock, the English historian, said Evil was a state of incompetence. If true, our school adventure has filled the twentieth century with evil.

    Ellul puts it this way:

    The individual has no chance to exercise his judgment either on principal questions or on their implication; this leads to the atrophy of a faculty not comfortably exercised under [the best of] conditions…Once personal judgment and critical faculties have disappeared or have atrophied, they will not simply reappear when propaganda is suppressed…years of intellectual and spiritual education would be needed to restore such faculties. The propagandee, if deprived of one propaganda, will immediately adopt another, this will spare him the agony of finding himself vis a vis some event without a ready-made opinion.

    Once the best children are broken to such a system, they disintegrate morally, becoming dependent on group approval. A National Merit Scholar in my own family once wrote that her dream was to be “a small part in a great machine.” It broke my heart. What kids dumbed down by schooling can’t do is to think for themselves or ever be at rest for very long without feeling crazy; stupefied boys and girls reveal dependence in many ways easily exploitable by their knowledgeable elders. ….”

    http://www.johntaylorgatto.com/chapters/

  5. Peg

    HERE is the real deal on this topic: