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A lot of hot air?
Washington, DC, on this day in history, August 8, 1975, emits a lot on the phrase “global warming”.
“Are We on the Verge of Global Warming?” The late Columbia University geologist Wallace S. Broecker wrote in an article published in the journal Science.
It is widely considered the first use of the phrase at the center of America’s culture wars today.
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“We may be in for a climate surprise,” wrote Brocker, who studied ocean sediment cores and what they revealed about the ebb and flow of polar ice caps through the ice ages.
Periods of sudden global warming occurred through the ages due to changes in ocean patterns, Brocker found.
Slow periods of glacial growth, creating ice ages, are followed by rapid melting of the ice caps.
They found six periods of glaciation and rapid warming in the past 440,000 years, long before humans began burning fossil fuels.
But Brocker warns that mankind’s modern industrial activity threatens to accelerate the pattern.
“The onset of the CO2-induced warming era may have been more dramatic in the absence of natural climate variability,” they wrote.
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Brocker has been called a “climate change prophet.”
Yet his work bears little resemblance to the apocalyptic visions fostered today by global alarmists such as Al Gore, John Kerry and President Joe Biden.
Broecker’s research blatantly rejected the conventional scientific wisdom and climate hysteria of the 1970s.
In the 1970s researchers and global alarmists in the mainstream media declared that mankind was doomed to a new ice age.
Ice sheets, he warns, are destined to suddenly rush down from the polar ice caps.
“We cannot make good predictions about future climate change.” — Wallace Broker
Time, Newsweek and The New York Times, among no other outlets, cited the current research as they issued Ice Age warnings in 1975, the same year that Brocker’s study was published.
“Major cooling of the climate sooner or later is widely regarded as inevitable,” the New York Times wrote on May 21, three months before the broker warned of global warming.
Instead of a call for alarm and financial doom, Brocker called for more science.
“Our efforts must be redoubled to understand and ultimately predict these changes,” he said in the final words of his Science study.
Broecker was the Newberry Professor of Geology at Columbia Climate School, who called him “one of the world’s greatest living geologists” before his death in 2019.
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The father of global warming rejected the war on fossil fuels, such as the Biden administration and global alarmists are currently advocating.
“While Brocker is an advocate of using alternative fuels, he is realistic about humanity’s addiction to fossil fuels — especially in industrialized nations,” Columbia University declared in its distinguished scholar’s biography.
Instead he advocated a plan to make better use of the waste generated by burning fossil fuels.
“The option is to let them industrialize but take care of the problem by capturing and storing CO2.”
“I think we have a choice and that is to allow them to be industrialized but to take care of the problem by capturing and storing the CO2,” he told the BBC.
“We need to learn to capture CO2 and bury it – just like we learned to collect and put away garbage [and] Sewage … We are in charge of the planet and with that we have a responsibility to take care of it.”
“Burning fossil fuels is not bad,” he wrote in his 2008 book, “Fixing Climate: What Past Climate Changes Reveal About the Current Threat – and How to Counter It.”
“What’s worse is dumping waste into the atmosphere.”
The geologist was far from being credited as the father of global warming.
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He offered his students a $200 reward if they could find an earlier use of the phrase.
“Global warming” has been replaced by “climate change”, which has been scientifically neutralized in recent years, and the influence of mankind on naturally occurring geological, atmospheric and climatic processes is less clear.
“The climate system has jumped from one mode of operation to another in the past,” Brocker wrote.
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“We’re trying to understand how Earth’s climate system is designed, so we can understand what it takes to trigger mode switches. Until we do, we can’t make good predictions about future climate change.”