1974 : Unanimous Consensus Global Cooling Would Lead To Mass Starvation

A recent meeting of climate experts in Bonn, West Germany, produced the unanimous conclusion that the change in global weather patterns poses a severe threat to agriculture that could lead to major crop failures and mass starvation.

Climate Changes Endanger World’s Food Output – The New York Times

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12 Jun 1974, Page 20 – at Newspapers.com

21 Jul 1974, 13 – The Des Moines Register at Newspapers.com

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19 Responses to 1974 : Unanimous Consensus Global Cooling Would Lead To Mass Starvation

  1. Gator says:

    Gaia is allowed to change her mind (not including the female clause), just like Allah…

    https://www.answering-islam.org/Responses/Menj/changing_allah.htm

    Greenpeace be with you.

  2. arn says:

    Thanks God (or to be more precise Hansen)
    global warming came around and saved us from mass starvation
    and it will save us even more.
    (though some crazy conspiracy theorists claim that neither warming nor cooling
    were ever a real thing but made up by those who were so powerfull to give a nobody like Hansen the chance to speak in front of the congress.
    (and his sabotage of the air conditioning reminds me of Edison killing an elephant to prove how dangerous Teslas AC was compared to DC)

    • Johansen says:

      Yes, the ‘electricity wars’ between Edison & Tesla (or really Edison & Westinghouse) are a fascinating part of engineering history! Thomas Edison was a staunch promoter of DC power, while Tesla and his boss George Westinghouse saw the advantages of using AC power for large-scale use. Edison arranged to electrocute a circus elephant https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VD0Q5FeF_wU and also pushed for the *electric chair* …. in an attempt to scare the public. Ironically, it was Edison’s DC power project in New York City which came down in a blizzard (1888), electrocuting numerous people. Westinghouse ultimately won the contract to light up the Chicago World’s Fair with AC power, and so won the war. Edison was a big-time self-promoter… and to be fair, so was Tesla
      Interesting stuff

      • spike55 says:

        They obviously hadn’t heard of ACDC back then

      • R. Shearer says:

        Until recently, GE was the longest running company on the Dow.

        • Colorado Wellington says:


          General Electric Finally Gets Past the Jack Welch Era

          The New York Times
          By Antony Currie
          November 15, 2013

          General Electric is finally putting the ghost of its former chief executive Jack Welch out to pasture. On Friday, the conglomerate said …

          >>>>> fast foreward >>>>>

          G.E. Dropped From the Dow After More Than a Century
          The New York Times
          By Matt Phillips
          June 19, 2018

          And then there were none.

          General Electric, the last original member of the Dow Jones industrial average, was dropped from the blue-chip index late Tuesday and replaced by the Walgreens Boots Alliance drugstore chain.

          The decision is a fresh blow to General Electric, which has stumbled badly in recent years.

          This is known as “bad luck”.

          • R. Shearer says:

            Replaced by Walgreens no less.

            I’m owed a little pension from GE someday. Last year they offered to buy it out. Perhaps I should have accepted. Knowing what I know today, I would.

  3. Bob Hoye says:

    Yeah, I remember seeing that temperature chart being published in many magazines and newspapers.
    About three weeks ago, Tony noted that the weather forecast for the Arctic was for cooler than average over the next few weeks.
    Got to thinking about the source.
    Then was hit by a 4/10 “Eureka!” moment.
    “The Weather Network” 14-Day Forecast;
    Tuktoyaktuk
    Also known as “Tuk”.
    Much cooler than normal on the Daily highs and somewhat cooler on the lows.
    For the next two weeks, which will be getting close to the end of the “melt” season.

  4. gregole says:

    Later Schneider became a big cheerleader for M@nn-Made Global Warming. Another phony-baloney media whore following the latest public fad.

    • Colorado Wellington says:

      You are too hard on him, gregole.

      Schneider learned that he was right to worry about starvation, for himself and his family, if he didn’t change his mind. And the atmosphere at NCAR would have been icy …

    • GeologyJim says:

      I believe it was the 1977 change in the Pacific Decadal Oscillation from the negative cycle (cooling) to the positive cycle (warming) that converted the Little Ice Agers to AGW faithful

      Certainly Walter Orr Roberts was aware of this, so when the PDO numbers flipped, so did the forecasts. Schneider was just along for the ride, as he had been previously with Carl Sagan and the Nuclear Winter gang.

      “Double ethical bind” my ass

  5. Born Free says:

    That’s not science, that’s the EU party line. ‘Nuff said.

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