I’d known that climate change hysteria had been a long-standing trend. There’s the “big freeze” lunatics from the 1970s, the warming/drought panics of the late 1930s/1940s (complete with “polar ice disappearing” stories from the 1950s), and the drought/freeze panics brought on by the cold snap that hit the northern hemisphere in the 1860-70s.

Here’s a prescient bit of opinion from the Pall Mall Gazette from 10 January, 1871:

We have often noticed that in the tabular statements of those compilers of weather records who write to the Times, useful and welcome as their communications are, every season is sure to be “extraordinary,” almost every month one of the driest or wettest, or windiest, coldest or hottest, ever known. Much observation, which ought to correct a tendency to exaggerate, seems in some minds to have rather a tendency to increase it.

The same propensity for exaggeration we see in today’s climate “scientists” was already evident in the late Victorian period, and just as wrong.

One of the things I bring up in my Western Civilization classes is how, despite the wide ranges of temperature from the Classical Greek period to today — about 1.5C or 3-5F, depending on the data set and where on the planet you are measuring — the coastlines didn’t change…here’s a visual aid for the “seas are rising” crowd:

lajolla18712bThat’s LaJolla, California from 1871 to today…witness the terrifying effects of global warming. No change. But what about the islands in the Pacific!?! You mean Vanuatu and the neighboring islands? They’re on a subduction zone. That means the tectonic plate they’re on is being dragged under a neighboring plate…it’s also why there are so many earthquakes in the area. It’s geological, not climatological.

Here’s the remarkably stable climactic pattern of the planet over the quaternary period — basically, the period over which homonids have lived, of roughly 3 million years:


Hey, look, kids: We’re right about where there’s a normal drop off of about 10C (30F, for you folks in the US.) Fortunately, if the past is anything to judge by, we’ve got plenty of time to buy coats and hats before the next ice age.

Steven Goddard has more on this over on his website, including a few of the same quotes and the LaJolla gif.