For a guy who is said to be pretty smart, Newt Gingrich shouldn’t be peddling NONSENSE LIKE THIS:
[I]n the mid-1970’s there was a cover of Newsweek and Time that says we’re in the age of a brand new glacial period and they had a cover of the Earth covered in ice. This is the 1970’s. Now many of those scientists are still alive and they were absolutely convinced. I mean, if Al Gore were able to in the 1970’s we would build huge furnaces to warm the planet against this inevitable coming Ice Age.
This is a popular theme among global-warming skeptics. But they’re mistaken in their belief that most climate scientists of the 1970s were warning of global cooling.
As Peter Sinclair notes in this video, quoting a paper by climatologists Thomas C, Peterson, William M. Connolley, and John Fleck:
“There was no scientific consensus in the 1970s that the Earth was headed into an imminent ice age. Indeed, the possibility of anthropogenic warming dominated the peer reviewed literature even then.”
Sinclair also notes that popular mainstream media, such as Newsweek magazine, misread the prevailing scientific literature in their stories about global cooling.
POSTSCRIPT: Here’s our obligatory list of organizations that subscribe to mainstream scientific theories on man-made global warming:
American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Astronomical Society, American Chemical Society, American Geophysical Union, American Institute of Physics, American Meteorological Society, American Physical Society, American Quaternary Association, Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society, Canadian Foundation for Climate and Atmospheric Sciences, Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society, European Academy of Sciences and Arts, European Geosciences Union, European Science Foundation, Geological Society of America, Geological Society of London-Stratigraphy Commission, InterAcademy Council, International Council of Academies of Engineering and Technological Sciences, International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics, International Union for Quaternary Research, National Research Council, Network of African Science Academies, Royal Meteorological Society and World Meteorological Organization.
There is not even one reputable scientific organization that has maintained a dissenting opinion regarding man-made global warming. Not even one.
The last such organization to do so was the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, which eventually backed away from its 1999 statement rejecting the likelihood of human influence on recent climate change.