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July 15th, 1977 – Scientists Fear Heavy Use of Coal May Bring Adverse Shift in Climate,

Scientists Fear Heavy Use of Coal May Bring Adverse Shift in Climate,” New York Times, July 15, 1977.

Also on this day

1979 – Carter’s “Crisis of Confidence” speech
1991 Roger Revelle dies
1996, at an international negotiating conference in Geneva, Patrick Michaels released an article, title “New Data Cast Doubt on Human Fingerprint,” that criticised the Nature article [of Santer et al] Gelbspan, R. (1998) Page 22
1997 – Competitive Enterprise Institute conference, with Aussies present.
2005  the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Gordon Brown announced that he had asked Sir Nicholas Stern to lead a major review of the economics of climate change,to understand more comprehensively the nature of the economic challenges and how they can be met, in the UK and globally.



May 28th, 1956 – Time magazine article “One Big Greenhouse”

28 May 1956 Time magazine:

“Since the start of the industrial revolution, mankind has been burning fossil fuel (coal, oil, etc.) and adding its carbon to the atmosphere as carbon dioxide. In 50 years or so this process, says Director Roger Revelle of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, may have a violent effect on the earth’s climate…

“Dr. Revelle has not reached the stage of warning against this catastrophe, but he and other geophysicists intend to keep watching and recording. During the International Geophysical Year (1957-58), teams of scientists will take inventory of the earth’s CO2 and observe how it shifts between air and sea. They will try to find out whether the CO2 blanket has been growing thicker, and what the effect has been. When all their data have been studied, they may be able to predict whether man’s factory chimneys and auto exhausts will eventually cause salt water to flow in the streets of New York and London.”
“One Big Greenhouse,” Time magazine, May 28, 1956.

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Feb 15, 2009: George Will, noted climate scientist, attacks Stephen Chu and John Holdren

Shortly after the inauguration of Barack Obama, conservative columnist George Will took a pop at Stephen Chu, the new Energy Secretary and Obama’s science advisor, John Holdren.

John Kerry’s response is worth a read.

Will had already covered himself in glory in 1991, by claiming that Roger Revelle had recanted on the need for climate action (that drew this response from Revelle’s daughter), and he continues to cover himself in glory down unto this very year.

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Feb 8, 1965: President Lyndon Johnson’s special message to Congress

LBJ, fresh from winning the ’64 election and playing escalatio with the Vietnamese (Gulf of Tonkin and all that), gave a “special message” to congress on conservation and restoration of natural beauty.” It includes the sentences-

Air pollution is no longer confined to isolated places. This generation has altered the composition of the atmosphere on a global scale through radioactive materials and a steady increase in carbon dioxide from the burning of fossil fuels.


This in the immediate aftermath too of Rachel Carson’s seminal book Silent Spring and general unease about the costs of “progress”. Roger Revelle was, I think, involved in drafting the bit on climate

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