As a new Ice Age dawns on our planet, the drumbeat about global warming is beginning to die down.
Global warming alarmism has been around for a long enough time to allow us judge some of its advocates' pseudo-scientific predictions.
Five years ago Friday Al Gore confidently predicted that by today the polar ice cap would have melted away.
Jim Hoft has the story:
Al Gore predicted the North Polar Ice Cap would be completely ice free in five years. Gore made the prediction to a German audience in 2008. He told them that “the entire North ‘polarized’ cap will disappear in 5 years.”
Obviously, Gore knew nothing about such things, but senior scientists, who should have known better, offered similar predictions:
Mark Landsbaum writes in the OC Register:
Recall global warming hysteria’s halcyon days? Just 13 years ago, Dr. David Viner, senior scientist at Britain’s University of East Anglia’s climatic research unit, confidently predicted that, 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.
Obviously, he had never been to Buffalo.
American scientists were not very prescient either:
Recall James Hansen, global warming guru whose alarmist campaign was underwritten by his NASA paycheck. By the 2020s, Hansen predicted in 1986, the U.S. average annual temperature would rise 9 degrees Fahrenheit, or more, and up to 3 degrees by the 2010s.
A funny thing happened on the way to the 2010s and 2020s. It didn’t get so hot. In fact, depending on which data set you use, it probably has cooled down for 17 years.
As you know, the temperature in Antarctica just dropped to -136 Fahrenheit. It’s wasn’t much better in Celsius. Not to be outdone, the North Polar ice cap has grown by 29% this year. You remember the Polar ice cap—the one that Al Gore said would have disappeared by now.
Settled science, anyone?
Or was it just another dogmatic masquerading as science in order to dupe the gullible?