Mike Huckabee trots out popular myth about previous scientific warnings of an impending ice age
For years now, global-warming deniers have delighted in peddling the myth that the scientific community was in agreement in the 1970s about a coming period of severe global cooling.
These skeptics usually point to cover stories in Time magazine in 1974 and Newsweek magazine in 1975 as evidence. Some don’t even bother with so-called evidence.
Just yesterday, for example, right-wing pundit and erstwhile presidential candidate Mike Huckabee said this on his radio show:
When I was in college, all the literature at that time from the scientific community said that we were going to freeze to death.
The problem with all of this is that it’s just not true. Time and Newsweek had misrepresented the prevailing scientific literature of that period, and Huckabee seems not to have been familiar with “all the literature,” or even much of it.
As environmentalist Peter Sinclair has said, 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 goes into greater detail in this video from four years ago: