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December 14, 2009

Climate Change: The Prequel

The CIA enters the climatological fray with a study suggesting a "detrimental global climatic change" threatens "the stability of most nations". The fear? Global cooling.*

‘A Study of Climatological Research as it Pertains to Intelligence Problems’, written by the CIA for ‘internal planning purposes’ in August 1974, goes a little way towards explaining why some people over a certain age experience a sense of déjà-vu when climate change is mentioned; in the mid-1970s there really was a lot of scientific discussion about global cooling. With the benefit of hindsight, reading it makes one feel wry and embarrassed. So many of the terms bandied about 35 years ago are still being employed by today’s fear-mongers, about the very opposite phenomenon.

* Reflecting the 1974 consensus. And my own vague anxiety.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at December 14, 2009 06:44 AM