And That’s the Way It Was: In 1972, Cronkite Warned of ‘New Ice Age’

cronkiteThe “brutal” winter is on the attack again, bringing sleet and heavy snow to the mid-Atlantic region. Previous storms targeted the deep south including Dallas, Texas, and several hammered New England. By March 4, Boston was just 2 inches away from hitting an all-time record for snow, Boston.com reported.

It’s a reality more in keeping with media warnings from the 1970s than today’s arguments about global warming.

NBC “Nightly News” reported Feb. 23, that Dallas was paralyzed “after an entire season’s worth of sleet and freezing rain, up to two inches, fell in a single day” causing massive traffic problems. Similar scenes happened in other southern states as the cold swept across the U.S. Single digit temperatures hit New York City and Newark N.J. saw temperatures as low as 8 degrees on Feb. 23, NOAA said.

Massive pileups mangled cars, Louisianans built snowmen and thousands flocked to Letchworth State Park, near Rochester, N.Y. to see a 53-foot tall ice fountain that keeps growing as record lows abound in the Northeast, CBS reported on Feb. 25. CBS also noted Rochester experienced its coldest month since 1871.

Some winters are “bone-chilling,” like this one has been, others are mild, and some like the 1972-1973 winter started early and harsh, but grew surprising mild. That was the same year Walter Cronkite was “the most trusted man in America” in 1972, according to polls. A 2009 CBS obituary for the journalist said, “Cronkite was the biggest name in television news, the king of the anchormen; in fact, he was the reporter for whom the term ‘anchorman’ was coined.

On Sept. 11, 1972, Cronkite cited scientists’ predictions that there was a “new ice age” coming. He called that prediction from British scientist Hubert Lamb “a bit of bad news.”

“But then there is some good news,” Cronkite continued. “That while the weather may be just a little colder in the immediate years to come, the full extent of the new ice age won’t be reached for 10,000 years. And if you can stand any more good news, even then it won’t be as bad as the last ice age 60,000 years ago. Then New York, Cincinnati, St. Louis, were under 5,000 feet of ice. Presumably no traffic moved and school was let out for the day. And that’s the way it is, Monday September 11, 1972.”

The late Cronkite is considered a “legendary journalist” and a pioneer in the field, which is why Marc Morano, publisher of Climate Depot, said this footage was so important. Morano is a former staff member of U.S. Senate Environment & Public Works Committee and producer of upcoming global warming documentary ‘Climate Hustle‘ set for release later in 2015.

“Global warming activists have claimed for years that the 1970s global cooling scare never existed. They have tried to erase the inconvenient history which ironically blamed extreme weather like tornadoes, droughts, record cold and blizzards on global cooling,” said Morano.

Morano told MRC Business, “But now — unearthed from bowels of media archives — comes none other than Walter Cronkite reporting on fears of a coming ice age in 1972. Having Cronkite’s image and face discussing global cooling fears reveals the fickleness of the climate change claims.”

“Climate fear promoters switched effortlessly from global cooling fears in the 1970s to global warming fears in the 1980s. In the present day, the phrase ‘global warming’ has lost favor in favor of ‘climate change’ or ‘global climate disruption’ or even ‘global weirding,’ Morano added. “’Settled science’ has never seemed so unsettled.”

Lamb, the scientist Cronkite cited, was no fringe scientist. He founded the Climatic Research Unit at the University of East Anglia in Great Britain. When he died, the CRU director called him “the greatest climatologist of his time,” according to the Global Warming Policy Foundation. He was also credited with establishing “climate change as a serious research subject.”  

Unlike scientists often quoted by the media today, GWPF said that Lamb viewed the Earth’s climate as changing constantly and naturally. Unlike its founder, CRU now has a major role in spreading global warming alarmism. CBS said in 2009, CRU “wields outsize influence” in warming circles. The Climategate scandal centered around leaked documents and emails from that organization.

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    Gator

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    I’m sure I saw that broadcast. Cronkite was dad’s favorite newsman, and we never missed an airing of CBS news, it was a family affair.

    There will probably never be a more trusted TV news anchor.

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    GR82DRV

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    I probably saw that too. It’s interesting how the MMGW models are so enormeously complex as to boggle the mind. They are also ever-changing to adapt to data that do not fit the desired outcomes. Still, this is “settled science” and must not be questioned.

    My degree is in biology and I was taught that [i][b]all[/b][/i] science is open for question, debate, and challenge. The left loves to rail about how money corrupts but then uses billions in bias-directed tax funded research to buy out scientists. Any true scientist who would claim that anything as complex as MMGW [i]theory[/i] is “settled science” does not deserve their title. Sad.

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      Robert

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      While I agree with what you are saying I would amend it so that it is clear that MMGW is not a theory, it is a hypothesis. It never made it to the theory stage because it never passed any of the criteria needed to advance a hypothesis to the status of theory.

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        GR82DRV

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        [quote name=”Robert”]While I agree with what you are saying I would amend it so that it is clear that MMGW is not a theory, it is a hypothesis. It never made it to the theory stage because it never passed any of the criteria needed to advance a hypothesis to the status of theory.[/quote]
        Robert, I stand corrected… “hypothesis”… an insanely complex and conveniently ever changing [i]hypothesis[/i] that must not be challenged.

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    Lighthorseman

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    Remember it well. Working outdoors in construction on a new Interstate highway while attending college part time. Rough winter!

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    sonnyhill

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    To understand the stigma that the “-gate” suffix should invoke, you would have to have been born long before Walter Cronkite ruled the news. When he condemned the Vietnam war, the war ended. He was TRUSTED. Watergate was the lowest point in American politics. Seven minutes of erased audio tape buried a Presidency. Some of us knew that “Climategate” should have been the end of this fraud but times have changed. Now politicians hire techies to bury the electronic trail of deception. Lois Lerner, Dalton McGuinty, Hillary Clinton,etc… There was Gruber jabbering like he was immune (he was).Sad,sad,sad. The press has no pride,either.

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      GR82DRV

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      [quote name=”sonnyhill”]To understand the stigma that the “-gate” suffix should invoke, you would have to have been born long before Walter Cronkite ruled the news. When he condemned the Vietnam war, the war ended. He was TRUSTED. Watergate was the lowest point in American politics. Seven minutes of erased audio tape buried a Presidency. Some of us knew that “Climategate” should have been the end of this fraud but times have changed. Now politicians hire techies to bury the electronic trail of deception. Lois Lerner, Dalton McGuinty, Hillary Clinton,etc… There was Gruber jabbering like he was immune (he was).Sad,sad,sad. The press has no pride,either.[/quote]So spot-on! At the crux of this fraud is the willful participation of the now [i]activist[/i] mainstream media in America.

      I can’t say the exact date, but sometime around the early 60’s people stopped being journalists to report the news (for an informed electorate) and started becoming journalists to change the world. Since the world view in most college schools of journalism are decidedly leftist, and opposite of mainstream American society, they use their positions as leverage for a political agenda, and not as purveyors of truth. Sad indeed.

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        Robert

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        As sonnyhill mentioned, the major turning point was when Cronkite decided to start editorializing rather than reporting.

        Up until that point the news consisted of the facts and the reporters kept their opinions out of it. The reversal is pretty well complete as news any longer consists of the reporter or journalists opinion of what you should think with a few carefully selected “facts” intended to strengthen your perception of that opinion.

        News was “what is happening in the world” it is now “what you should think about what is happening.”

        And if they don’t want you to think about it, then you most definitely won’t hear about it.

        This is why Google is looking to implement a “trust rating” on their searches, Dr. Soon and like minded scientists are coming under attack, and various “news” sites are censoring the not just the material they present but the comments about said material.

        The evidence and data does not support the claims, so the only thing left to “make it true” is to not allow anyone to see, hear, or say anything that contradicts it.

        BTW, the next time someone tries to use the “the science says” line on you ask them how a methodology of doing something says anything. Science says nothing, science is a method not a thing. It is the data, the observations, the evidence that tell the story.

        If the methods of science are being followed then when an assumption is made, the hypothesis, and the observations do not support the assumption then it is discarded.

        When an assumption is made and no one is allowed to question the assumption, then the proof of that assumption is not following the scientific method, cannot be called science, and is nothing more than an agenda.

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          gerry

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          [quote name=”Robert”]This is why Google is looking to implement a “trust rating” on their searches, Dr. Soon and like minded scientists are coming under attack, and various “news” sites are censoring the not just the material they present but the comments about said material.

          “According to a New Scientist report, the new model developed by a Google research team would count the number of incorrect facts on each website to establish a Knowledge-Based Trust score for each site – an overall rating of trustworthiness.”
          Where do the true facts come from? Who checks the true fact checker’s true facts? Where do the incorrect facts come from? Who checks the incorrect fact checker’s incorrect facts?
          New science??? Not possible.

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            Gator

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            That is why skeptics don’t score even higher on surveys about climate science knowledge, because the assumed ‘correct’ answers are not always correct. Skeptics always score at least slightly higher in studies than the alarmists, but would score even higher if the answers were not decided by alarmists, who are practically clueless to begin with!

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    just a thought

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    Walter sickness [u][url]comes out of the nwo closet[/url][/u].

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      just a thought

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      OK, the link doesn’t see to work. I’ll try again…
      comes out of the nwo closet.
      and if that doesn’t work…

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    sonnyhill

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    I use the Google news website daily. Scroll down to the science section and it’s chock full of “headlines” from environmental websites. There is no single website that stands out. They pop up like mushrooms. Go to those websites and they read like the National Enquirer of Science. I mean, they wouldn’t say that stuff if it wasn’t true, right?

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