With great excitement, WUWT has discovered some old news: The CIA documents the global cooling research of the 1970’s. But, being WUWT, it gets it wrong. Because the CIA didn’t document the research of the time. The document they are citing isn’t competent.

Nor is any of this new; see A study of climatological research as it pertains to intelligence problems for the details. I’ll repeat my conclusion from there:

Conclusion: this report says more about the CIA, and the dangers of a report being hijacked by a small group of people when not put out for proper review, than it does about the state of climatology at the time.

I’d tell this this myself, but they can’t cope with too much reality.

Refs

* The ’70s Cooling Meme vs. Knowledge – DA ref’ing me.

Comments

  1. #1 Mark Stephens
    2012/05/25

    Despite what NCDC’s Thomas Peterson, Wikiwrangler William Connolley, and John Fleck would like you to believe as a “myth” (The Myth of the 1970s Global Cooling Scientific Consensus), there was in fact serious consideration of the global cooling issue in the 1970’s thanks to this 1974 document from the CIA. – Anthony

    Non-sequitur.

    [I'm somewhat surprised to see no-one from WUWT has either had the wit to visit here and see what I have to say (given that I'm specifically ref'd by AW you'd have thought it would be obvious enough), or perhaps they have but fear AW's wrath if they upset their lord -W]

  2. #2 Lars Karlsson
    2012/05/26

    I noticed that the WUWT post is authored by David Archibald, notorious for some of the worst climate predictions ever.

  3. #3 TrueSceptic
    2012/05/26

    Yet another example showing how incorrigibly stupid (or dishonest, or delusional) the WUWT denizens are.

    No one has ever claimed that there were no scientific papers suggested that cooling might be an imminent problem, or that no part of the MSM made a big thing about this at the time.

    ‘John@EF’ and ‘LazyTeenager’ attempted to educate the Wattards, but they persist in this obvious and outrageous straw man. ‘LazyTeenager’ got called an “anonymous coward” by the disgusting and hypocritical Watts.

    And, as you say, it’s old news anyway. Not that endlessly repeating nonsense is new to the zombies over there …

  4. #4 thanes
    2012/05/27

    I remember weathermen fondly, from my youth. Guy Sharpe, here in Atlanta, would stand by the weather map and tell what he knew about what was coming at us, truthfully, using everything he knew, and that was a valuable and appreciated public role.
    Anthony Watts is up there next to a weather map telling me I should go outside and have a picnic, when he should be telling me there’s a tornado warming.
    F****r.

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  6. #6 blueshift
    Webz
    2012/05/28

    Truesceptic,

    I think the rest of Anthony’s comment there is even more revealing. “I lived through it, and saw research being done on it, saw the news articles and even did a half hour TV program on it. The opinion of an anonymous coward (you) means nothing in the context of the reality of that time.”

    That is, “Mypersonal experience and memory = reality. Analysis and research that doesn’t conform to my understanding must be flawed.”

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  8. #8 Ron Broberg
    2012/05/30

    Tracking of a 2008 Archibald global cooling prediction
    http://rhinohide.wordpress.com/2012/05/20/archibald-2008-redux