Fifty years of failed climate predictions

Link here. From the abstract:

Modern doomsayers have been predicting climate and environmental disaster since the 1960s. They continue to do so today.

None of the apocalyptic predictions with due dates as of today have come true.

What follows is a collection of notably wild predictions from notable people in government and science. More than merely spotlighting the failed predictions, this collection shows that the makers of failed apocalyptic predictions often are individuals holding respected positions in government and science.

While such predictions have been and continue to be enthusiastically reported by a media eager for sensational headlines, the failures are typically not revisited.

Many of these doomsday predictions have been previously documented by Tony Heller at his Real Climate Science website.

Much of the fault of these failed predictions falls to the media, which blindly hawks these predictions as if they were solid science, when most were merely political activism falsely dressed up as science. Predictions like this should almost never make the news. What should count are actual results, and data, showing something that is actually happening.

Unfortunately, our mostly liberal press has since the 1980s instead decided to team up with climate activists to push their agendas. Worse, though the examples at the link end in 2014, this journalistic malpractice still goes on today. Only three weeks ago Heller posted this story, Greenland Propaganda Meltdown, noting the errors and false claims in an August 20, 2019 Los Angeles Times that claimed “Greenland’s glaciers are melting.”


  • Chris Lopes

    I’m old enough to remember all the global cooling/coming ice age bovine scat. Everyone involved was so sure of themselves and just as sure the rest of us were idiots for not listening to them. Of course the new generation of climate catastrophe pushers are trying to memory hole the entire episode, least we think scientists are sometimes more certain than the data gives them a right to be.

  • Edward

    Chris Lopes wrote: “Everyone involved was so sure of themselves and just as sure the rest of us were idiots for not listening to them.

    Well, gee, I was once one of those gullible types that believed in the coming ice age. My second or third grade teacher told us all about it, including the two-mile thick ice caps that would reach as far south as Minneapolis. She wouldn’t lie to us, would she? Living in a Minneapolis suburb, that day after school I looked up into the sky trying to imagine two miles of ice covering the school. Would the ice be thicker than the clouds were high?

    It made me wonder whether Arizona would give ex-Phoenix residents priority as refugees over the other northerners and Canadians fleeing the coming ice.

    I think you may be able to understand my immediate skepticism of global warming, in the 1980s, by imagining the reaction of today’s school children by sudden news that it isn’t global warming but the coming ice age (due any millennium now) that we should be worried about.

    How do people react when the supposed experts completely reverse themselves on such important and urgent issues that have been drilled into them for their entire lives? That’s right: skepticism. Which is it, ice or heat? (It turns out that either way they say that we are all doomed.)

    Or do the supposed experts not know and have just fed us all BS for the past half century or so? Hmm. That would certainly explain why the experts have such trouble predicting our doom a mere dozen years into the future. Didn’t the boy who called wolf also raise skepticism in the local villagers?
    this shows how liars are rewarded: even if they tell the truth, no one believes them.

    In our case, no one has ever seen the metaphorical wolf. We were warmer in the Medieval Warm Period and colder in the Little Ice Age, and we did not meet our doom in either of those times. We adapt to new conditions, even if we all have to move to Arizona.

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