To the Editor:
So, tell me – is it déjà vu all over again?
If I quoted some of the major headlines from a great many papers published virtually anywhere in the nation over the last week or so, most – if not all – would mention the snow and bitter cold that descended upon us.
This reminds me of the 1970s, a time when we were inundated with warnings of global cooling and how it was going to damage life on earth as we knew it, how the permafrost was going to move so far south as to affect some of our northern farming communities and their ability to grow crops, not to mention a shortened growing season due to the late arrival of spring/summer and early arrival of fall/winter for the rest of America.
It wasn’t much fun living in those days; we got really anxious for summer and dreaded what winter was going to bring, and how soon. But it didn’t last.
In spite of a great many notable scientists’ predictions, the cold snap fizzled out in a few years, and things got back to what we considered more normal. You see, Ma Nature is allowed to mix things up once and a while, and she does whether we want her to or not.
These days, it’s global warming that is the so-called threat. Well, it’s 17 below zero as I write this, not gonna get above zero for at least another day; O’Hare recorded an official 11-plus inches of snow; an expedition to the South Pole got locked in ice the other day (remember it’s summer down there now); Arctic ice was predicted to melt completely away in 2013 but instead the icepack grew by hundreds of thousands of square miles; and all the while this is going on, the atmospheric CO2 level broke the 400 ppm mark this past year, something we were warned could prove to be a point of no return regarding runaway warming.
Let me repeat my opening line – is it déjà vu all over again? Looks like it to me.