Global Warming Induced Ice Age
Coming Soon (to a Theater near You)
By Paul F. Stifflemire,
Â Â Â Â Journalists are usually quite reserved about using the military as
arbiters of scientific credibility. One may recall, for example, the
outraged skepticism expressed over the Pentagon’s plans to study the
feasibility of using markets to predict the next terrorist attack.
Anyone passingly familiar with media coverage of recent events in
Iraq may be surprised to learn that a journalist is now citing an
organization reporting to Donald Rumsfeld as a credible source of
evidence regarding an “imminent threat” requiring preemptive action.
Â Â Â Â Readers of the current issue of Fortune magazine may be taken aback
to learn that the magazine’s science writer finds the fact that the
Pentagon recently studied possible scenarios resulting from “abrupt
climate change” to devise plans to defend against it represents
prima facie evidence that a global warming induced ice age could
indeed be imminent.
Â Â Â Â As dramatic as it is, however, the novel
theory engenders only the same, tired, “reduce industrial activity
and eliminate greenhouse gas emissions immediately or we’re doomed”
prescription that governments from the United States to Russia have
failed to embrace. Of course, those refusals came in the face of
earlier, somewhat less dire threats that merely included mass
extinction. Perhaps the junk scientists are hoping we’ve forgotten
how the 1970s edition of this global cooling fable turned out and
concentrate on their new message that the wolf is really, really
close this time.
Â Â Â Â If you prefer to go straight to the film version,
and feel comfortable waiting until the summer before taking
precipitous action, then we recommend “The Day After Tomorrow,”
described as a “big budget disaster movie” from 20th Century Fox. It
will star Dennis Quaid as “a scientist trying to save the world from
an ice age precipitated by (can you guess?) global warming.”