Between the Lines

Going Green for Goldman

What’s behind the cult of “global warming”?  We’ve been hearing about it for years on television, in magazines, from politicians, and from certain corporate entities: Mankind is destroying the earth, and the only solution is to “go green.”  Unless we radically change our behavior, the oceans will rise, catastrophe will ensue, and that will be the end of life as we know it.

Now, I’m no scientist, but I’m old enough to remember “global cooling,” an idea that was popular in the 1970’s.  A 1975 Newsweek story, “The Cooling World,” reported “ominous signs that the Earth’s weather patterns have begun to change,” highlighting “a drop of half a degree [Fahrenheit] in average ground temperatures in the Northern Hemisphere between 1945 and 1968.”  The article trumpeted the “truth” of the moment: “The evidence in support of these predictions [of global cooling] has now begun to accumulate so massively that meteorologists are hard-pressed to keep up with it.”  Only massive government intervention could head off disaster: “The longer the planners (politicians) delay, the more difficult will they find it to cope with climatic change once the results become grim reality.”

Three decades later, Newsweek published a “correction,” admitting it had been “spectacularly...

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