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October 24, 2006

Newsweek Eats Crow on Its Ice Age Prediction

Newsweek has now acknowledged that in 1975, when it screeched wildly about "ominous signs that the earth's weather patterns have begun to change dramatically," it was referring to global cooling, which has since gone the way of the white polyester leisure suit.

Unsurprisingly, it was human pollutants that threatened to plunge the planet into icy ruin. The reason the gloomy predictions didn't come about, we are asked to believe, is that clear-air laws — no doubt inspired by Newsweek's civic-minded journalism — reduced the aerosols that were supposedly reflecting sunlight back into outer space.

Being in step with other doctrinaire liberals, the folks at Newsweek now say we're all doomed because of human-caused global warming. They know it's true because of the "widespread consensus" among likeminded scientists.

But this time, if Newsweek turns out to be wrong as usual, it can fall back on a third scenario for the planet's manmade demise:

... a small increase in air temperature could cause more snow to fall in places like northern Greenland, where the ground is often bare. (Extremely cold air doesn't hold enough moisture for a good snowfall.) Increased snow cover, by reflecting more sunlight back into space, could trigger a return of the glaciers to North America.

In other words, if the ice age shows up after all, it's still because humans caused global warming. Since climate always fluctuates, the temperature is bound to go either up or down; either way, Newsweek has its bets covered, and won't have to eat any more crow.

Soup's on at Newsweek.

Posted by Van Helsing at October 24, 2006 7:44 PM


You know I think we should be trumpeting our great success. After all we have done to stave off the coming Ice Age, you know increasing air pollution to cause global warming, our achievement should be celebrated. (offstage voice) What's that? Air pollution has decreased since 1975? But Al Gore says our pollution causes global warming so how can that be true? Newsweek wouldn't lie would it?

Posted by: Patrick McClure at October 25, 2006 10:45 AM

Well done, fun to read.
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Posted by: MB at October 25, 2006 4:42 PM