On this historic day, August 8, 1975, “global warming” enters the scientific and political debate
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Lots of hot air?
Washington, DC continues to emit a lot because of the term “global warming”, coined on that historic day, August 8, 1975.
“Are we on the verge of pronounced global warming? wrote the late Columbia University geologist Wallace S. Broecker in an article published in the journal Science.
It is widely considered to be the first use of a phrase that is at the center of America’s culture wars today.
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“We could be in for a climatic surprise,” wrote Broecker, who studied ocean sediment cores and what they revealed about the ebb and flow of the polar ice caps through ice ages.
Periods of sudden global warming have occurred over the eons due to changes in ocean patterns, Broecker found.
Slow periods of glacial growth, creating the Ice Ages, were followed by rapid melting of the ice sheets.
He found six periods of glaciation and rapid warming over the past 440,000 years, long before humans started burning fossil fuels.
But humanity’s modern industrial activity threatened to accelerate the pattern, Broecker warned.
“The onset of the era of CO2-induced warming may be far more dramatic than in the absence of natural climate variations,” he wrote.
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Broecker has been called a “climate change prophet”.
Yet his work had little in common with the apocalyptic visions raised by today’s global alarmists such as Al Gore, John Kerry and President Joe Biden.
Broecker’s research brazenly dismissed conventional scientific wisdom and the climate hysteria of the 1970s.
Researchers and global mainstream media alarmists of the 1970s declared that humanity was doomed to the destruction of a new ice age.
The ice caps, they warned, were destined to fall suddenly from the polar caps.
“We can’t make good predictions about future climate change.” —Wallace Broecker
Time, Newsweek and the New York Times, among all other outlets, all cited ongoing research when they issued stark ice age warnings in 1975, the same year Broecker’s study was published. .
“Sooner or later, a major cooling of the climate is widely considered inevitable,” wrote the New York Times on May 21, less than three months before Broecker warned of global warming.
Instead of a call for alarm and economic destruction, Broecker called for more science.
“Our efforts to understand and possibly predict these changes must be redoubled,” he said in the final words of his scientific study.
Broecker was the Newberry Professor of Geology at Columbia Climate School, who called him “arguably one of the world’s greatest living geoscientists” before his death in 2019.
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The father of global warming has rejected a war on fossil fuels like the one the Biden administration and global alarmists are now advocating.
“Although Broecker is a proponent of the use of alternative fuels, he is realistic about humanity’s reliance on fossil fuels – especially in industrializing countries,” Columbia University proclaimed in his biography of the eminent scholar.
Instead, he advocated a plan to make better use of the waste caused by burning fossil fuels.
“The option is to let them industrialize but to solve the problem by capturing and storing the CO2.”
“I think we have an option and the option is to let them industrialize but fix the problem by capturing and storing the CO2,” he told the BBC.
“We’re going to have to learn how to capture CO2 and bury it, just like we learned how to pick up and put away trash. [and] wastewater… We have taken over stewardship of the planet and with that we have a responsibility to take care of it.”
“Burning fossil fuels isn’t bad,” he wrote in his 2008 book “Fixing Climate: What Past Climate Changes Reveal About the Current Threat — and How to Counter It.”
“What’s bad is throwing waste into the atmosphere.”
The geologist has distanced himself from his reputation as the father of global warming.
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He offered a $200 reward to his students if they could find a prior use of the phrase.
‘Global warming’ has been supplanted in recent years by scientifically neutralized ‘climate change’, as data on warming and humanity’s impact on natural geological, atmospheric and climatic processes have become less clear.
“The climate system has shifted from one mode of operation to another in the past,” Broecker wrote.
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“We’re trying to understand how Earth’s climate system is designed, so we can figure out what it takes to trigger mode shifts. Until we do that, we can’t make good predictions about future climate change.”