Friday, February 12, 2010

The Coming Ice Age

"Snowmaggedon" doesn't just disprove Global Warming; it shows we're entering an Ice Age! :-)

The show "In Search Of," narrated by Leonard Nimoy, warned us of the coming Ice Age in a 1978 episode. (Available on YouTube.) Here are some excerpts:

[Scenes of blizzards, glaciers, and snow-capped mountains, and dramatic, axe-murderer-approaching-type background music.]

"Climate experts believe the next ice age is on its way. ... When the weather turns on us again, how thin is the margin between life and death?

"Average temperatures in the Arctic have fallen dramatically over the last 30 years. ... During the lifetime of our grandchildren, Arctic cold and perpetual snow could turn most of the inhabitable portions of our planet into a polar desert.
'We can say with confidence that we are currently heading toward another ice age.' -- Dr. James Hayes, head of research at Lamont-Doherty Geological Lab, Columbia University
"If an ice age is coming, what can we do to stop it? Nuclear energy might be used to loosen polar ice caps. [Oh, that sounds like a good idea.] Sea ice could be melted by covering it with black soot to increase the absorption of sunlight. [Pollution is our friend!]

"In 1977, the worst winter in a century struck the US. ... Buffalo, NY ... had 44 consecutive days of snow. [In other words, a Buffalo heat wave.]

"The first sudden blizzard paralyzed traffic. ... One desperate night ... eight people froze to death in their own cars.

"The airport was unusable. ... The supply of food and drugs ran perilously low. Ambulances could not reach the sick. Suppliers of natural gas had to ... cut off thousands of users. Electrical utilities ordered temporary blackouts. Fire engines froze in the subzero cold. In the suburbs, strong winds piled the snow in drifts as high as 30 feet.

"Cat Bushnell remembers how the storms began:
'I was afraid of being stuck in the car all night long ... The wind coming right off the lake ... was so brutal that you just couldn't walk.; So I ... waited in the car, and finally realized that it was hopeless.

The thought of freezing to death; that's kind of frightening. My worst fear at that point was the children. ...

'If we had to go through a real bad winter just like we just went through, I think we'd have to think about moving someplace else.'"

Pictures demonstrating that Global Warming is real are in DisasterMan's photo gallery:

However... here are some real pictures from Japan. (Click to enlarge.)

When I was your age, we had to walk 10 miles to school, uphill both ways, backwards, through 50 feet of snow... and we liked it!"

Actual pictures from Japan, via Gizmodo and NashvilleWX.