You know all those Freeper and Newsmax and dittohead-type climate change skeptics who like to pronounce, with a “gotcha!” smirk, that just 30 years ago scientists were worried about global cooling? (…a talking point they undoubtedly picked up from one of those esteemed publications, or O’Reilly or Limbaugh or Senator James Dummkopf.) Well, they’re wrong about that, too:
Thomas Peterson of the National Climatic Data Center surveyed dozens of peer-reviewed scientific articles from 1965 to 1979 and found that only seven supported global cooling, while 44 predicted warming. Peterson says 20 others were neutral in their assessments of climate trends.
But never let the facts get in the way of a good story. While we’re on the subject, it will probably come as no surprise to you, given their steadfast refusal to acknowledge consumer demand for more fuel-efficient vehicles, that the Vice Chairman of GM calls global warming “a total crock of shit.” He also says just because he thinks so doesn’t mean GM isn’t committed to manufacturing environmentally friendly cars (that would be…um… when?): “My thoughts on what has or hasn’t been the cause of climate change have nothing to do with the decisions I make to advance the cause of General Motors…”
(I think it’s been awhile since I recommended The Republican War on Science, so let me just take this opportunity to say that if you haven’t read it, you should. But read it with a bottle of Maalox at your side. Or Wild Turkey.)