I've unearthed from the YouTube dustbin what I believe to be some significant video of man-made global warming alarmist extraordinaire Stephen Schneider's appearance on a May 1978 episode of the old television series, In Search Of.... For this episode, the show was In Search Of...The Coming Ice Age.
I used to watch In Search Of... when I was a kid. I loved it. It was
mystery documentary series, and one of the things that made it cool
was that it was hosted by Leonard Nimoy, i.e. Spock. In Search Of... did
shows on such topics as Bigfoot, The Bermuda Triangle, UFO captives,
and The Ogopogo Monster. As a skeptic looking back on the show today,
I find it hilarious that the show included climate alarmism alongside
those campy topics.
The episode in question, titled, The Coming Ice Age, has much that
is worthy of discussion, and features several scientists warning of a
coming ice age, including Dr. Gifford Miller, Chester Langway, and Dr.
James Hays. But for the purposes of this post I'll focus on Stephen
Schneider who is featured in Part Three. Schneider may not cast as
large of a shadow in the man-made global warming alarmist crowd as such
luminaries as Al Gore and James Hansen, but Schneider has earned a
special place in the hearts of man-made global warming skeptics
everywhere when he told Discover Magazine in October, 1989:
On the one hand, as scientists we are ethically bound to
the scientific method, in effect promising to tell the truth, the whole
truth, and nothing but -- which means that we must include all the
doubts, the caveats, the ifs, ands, and buts. On the other hand, we are
not just scientists but human beings as well. And like most people we'd
like to see the world a better place, which in this context translates
into our working to reduce the risk of potentially disastrous climatic
change. To do that we need to get some broadbased support, to capture
the public's imagination. That, of course, entails getting loads of
media coverage. So we have to offer up scary scenarios, make simplified, dramatic statements, and make little mention of any doubts we might have.
This 'double ethical bind' we frequently find ourselves in cannot be
solved by any formula. Each of us has to decide what the right balance
is between being effective and being honest. I hope that means being
Schneider's been trying unsuccessfully to put that genie back in the bottle for years, and his words will live forever in the alarmist Hall of Shame. TheSchneider segment is in Part Three, and his role in the show is to share his opinion on whether or not it would be wise to take measures
to stop the predicted coming ice age, or more specifically, using nuclear power to loosen polar icecaps, and helping sea ice melt by covering it with black soot.
On the TV show In Search Of...The Coming Ice Age, Steven Schneider wonders whether mankind should intervene in staving off a coming ice age.
Can we do these things? Yes. But will they make things better? I'm not sure. We can't predict with any certainty what's happening to our own climatic future. How can we come along and intervene then in that ignorance? You could melt the icecaps. What would that do to the coastal cities? The cure could be worse than the disease. Would that better or worse than the risk of an ice age?
It's the interaction between people and climate that worries me the
most, because with everyone jammed into countries, locked into national
boundaries, a change in climate means a redistribution of where the
rain is, where the growing seasons are. My worst fear is that the
climate could induce a change in some country that could be devastating
to their local survivability, and that would lead them to desperate
acts that can drag everybody else down."