Let's Have a Human Life Day!
SOLO-International Press Release: Let's Have a Human Life
With the hysteria of another Earth Day upon us, it's timely to remind ourselves that on June 24, 1974, Time Magazine, with the solemn imprimatur of eminent scientists and the gleeful approval of eco-fascists, warned that another Ice Age was imminent and we were all about to starve, notes SOLO Principal Lindsay Perigo:
In Africa, drought continues for the sixth consecutive year, adding terribly to the toll of famine victims. During 1972 record rains in parts of the U.S., Pakistan and Japan caused some of the worst flooding in centuries. In Canada's wheat belt, a particularly chilly and rainy spring has delayed planting and may well bring a disappointingly small harvest. Rainy Britain, on the other hand, has suffered from uncharacteristic dry spells the past few springs. A series of unusually cold winters has gripped the American Far West, while New England and northern Europe have recently experienced the mildest winters within anyone's recollection.
As they review the bizarre and unpredictable weather pattern of the past several years, a growing number of scientists are beginning to suspect that many seemingly contradictory meteorological fluctuations are actually part of a global climatic upheaval. However widely the weather varies from place to place and time to time, when meteorologists take an average of temperatures around the globe they find that the atmosphere has been growing gradually cooler for the past three decades. The trend shows no indication of reversing. Climatological Cassandras are becoming increasingly apprehensive, for the weather aberrations they are studying may be the harbinger of another ice age. ...
Scientists have found other indications of global cooling. For one thing there has been a noticeable expansion of the great belt of dry, high-altitude polar winds —the so-called circumpolar vortex—that sweep from west to east around the top and bottom of the world. Indeed it is the widening of this cap of cold air that is the immediate cause of Africa's drought. By blocking moisture-bearing equatorial winds and preventing them from bringing rainfall to the parched sub-Sahara region, as well as other drought-ridden areas stretching all the way from Central America to the Middle East and India, the polar winds have in effect caused the Sahara and other deserts to reach farther to the south. Paradoxically, the same vortex has created quite different weather quirks in the U.S. and other temperate zones. As the winds swirl around the globe, their southerly portions undulate like the bottom of a skirt. Cold air is pulled down across the Western U.S. and warm air is swept up to the Northeast. The collision of air masses of widely differing temperatures and humidity can create violent storms—the Midwest's recent rash of disastrous tornadoes, for example. ...
Whatever the cause of the cooling trend, its effects could be extremely serious, if not catastrophic. Scientists figure that only a 1% decrease in the amount of sunlight hitting the earth's surface could tip the climatic balance, and cool the planet enough to send it sliding down the road to another ice age within only a few hundred years.
"With the credibility of the current Anthropogenic Global Warming hysterics in the same tatters as Time's earlier panic over Global Freezing, would it be too much to ask that future Earth Days be cancelled and replaced by a Human Life Day?" Perigo asks.
"That would be a day when we celebrated man's conquest of nature, savoured our labour-saving devices and high-tech creature comforts, marvelled at the distance we have come from the caves to which the eco-fascists wish to return us, relished the glories of the human mind ... and trumpeted the freedom and capitalism that have allowed it to flourish.
"The agenda of those marking Earth Day is not the flourishing of the planet but the impoverishment of man. Some even go so far as to wish him extinct. I would encourage them to follow their own nostrums personally and expeditiously, thus leaving the rest of us in peace to revel in our dominion over nature and drink several hearty toasts, accompanied by lashings of barbecued animal flesh, to its proud continuance," Perigo concludes.