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Scientists First Predicted Ice Age – Not Global Warming in 1971

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Back in 1971, the theory that burning fossil fuels would create an ice age, not global warming. The Washington Post reported on July 9, 1971, that Dr. S. I. Rasool of NASA and Columbia University said that the fine dust from fossil fuel use would block out so much sunlight that the Earth’s “average temperature could drop by six degrees.” Rasool went on to argue that “such a temperature decrease could be sufficient to trigger an ice age!”

1816 Year Without a SummerScientists with time figured out that this would not happen on any permanent basis. After all, when a volcano erupts, it hurls up ash which does block the sun. The major event of Mount Tambora  eruption  in 1816 threw into the air so much ash that it snowed during the summer in New York City. It became known as 18-hundred-and-froze-to-death. This account from history tells the story that 1816 was a year when the sunlight could not penetrate the natural pollution from Tambora. As a result of a volcanic eruption at Mount Tambora in Indonesia, weather patterns were disrupted worldwide for months, allowing for excessive rain, frost, and snowfall through much of the Northeastern U.S. and Europe in the summer of 1816. The global cooling altered the natural weather and it resulted in a serious food shortage that set off a mass migration from New England to the Midwest within the USA as people were trying to find the sun like me moving to Florida.

The theory that burning fossil fuels would also throw up pollutants from burning coal and other fuels thereby reflecting solar energy back into space, was not plausible since it would settle down just as it does in a volcano. Then on May 18, 1980 ,when Mount St Helens erupted triggering the largest avalanche in history, it released destructive magma and suffocating ashes, proving itself that it is a volcano is more devastating that burning fossil fuels. Mount St Helens is part of the Pacific Ring of Fire and it is now respected that should there be a plate shift, the volcano eruptions could be devastating beyond the local region.

On that fateful day in 1980, approximately 80,000-feet of ash plume ascended to the sky. Simultaneously, very hot pyroclastic flows wiped out every living thing on its path at 50 to 80 miles per hour. More than 7,000 animals died and 57 humans. For the next nine hours, it seemed houses and buildings to bridges and highways, were burned and buried in deep lava mixed with snow. Then came the 1991 eruption of Pinatubo which produced about “5 cubic kilometers of dacitic magma and may be the second largest volcanic eruption of the century. Eruption columns reached 40 kilometers in altitude” creating a giant umbrella cloud. What was more shocking, the pollution it produced took only 3 weeks to engulf the world and indeed produced cooling – not warming.

CO2 Cycle

Scientists were worried that such man-made aerosols would block out so much sunlight that global temperatures would drop — just like how volcanoes can cause some atmospheric cooling. This theory all proved to be false. Where volcanos produce mostly SO2, they needed a new villain and that became CO2. But CO2 was something every grade school child learns about. Indeed, the very first time we learn about carbon dioxide was in grade school. We breathe in oxygen and breathe out carbon dioxide. Any eight-year-old can rattle off this fact. So how did they manage to take CO2, which is vital to the system, and turn this into the villain?

When the global warming crowd has been pointing at reducing our carbon emissions from the burning of fossil fuels, what they are really talking about behind the curtain is reducing population since we are a major exported of CO2. They are not telling everyone their real goal so they do not want to talk about how they are not taking into account the other half of the carbon cycle. As you also learned in grade school, plants are the opposite to animals in this respect. Through the process of photosynthesis, plants take in carbon dioxide and release oxygen, in a chemical equation opposite to humans. Plants also perform some form of respiration, since they too need to eat as well, but it is outweighed by the photosynthesis. The carbon they collect from the CO2 in the air forms their tissues composing roots, stems, leaves, and fruit. This enters our food chain as they are eaten by animals, including us, which are eaten by yet other animals, including us. Therefore, as humans, we are part of this food chain. All the carbon in our body comes either directly or indirectly from plants, which took it out of the air only recently.

The natural way to offset CO2 would be to grow more trees and plants. They way global warming has become a religion, one would think the goal would be to eliminate all CO2. To accomplish that, we need to start thinning the herd. So the fear of global cooling was converted to global warming and the environmental agenda behind the curtain is to eliminate someone’s grandchild.