Sep 19

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.  (Note: For those readers who want to cut to the chase, Schneider appears in the third segment below.)

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 both.

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.  The Schneider 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.

On the TV show In Search Of...The Coming Ice Age, Stephen Schneider wonders whether mankind should intervene in staving off a coming ice age.

Schneider:

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.”

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Part Three (this is the segment featuring global warming alarmist Stephen Schneider):

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17 Responses to “Unearthed video: Global warming alarmist Stephen Schneider caught on a May 1978 episode of the TV show In Search Of…The Coming Ice Age”

  1. Also see the below video “Greenhouse Conspiracy” screened in 1990 where he first tries to deny his previous global cooling view until the interviewer catches him out by reciting a passage from Schneider’s first book where he warns of a cooling trend akin to the Little Ice Age!

    http://anhonestclimatedebate.wordpress.com/2009/08/09/must-see-video-greenhouse-conspiracy

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    • Klockarman says:

      Thank you for your contribution, Honest Climate! That just underscores yet again the blatant hypocrisy of the alarmists, and their willingness to sign on to the perceived crisis-of-the-month.

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  2. Thom Dillon says:

    Fantastic find. Couldn’t have asked for anything better on a Monday morning.

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  3. great says:

    There is a danger of either Ice Age or Global Warming. I have the solution for both cases: Tax every f—— human being in this f—— Planet. LOL

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  4. [...] attention has been paid to the coming Ice Age talk of John Holdren and Steven Schneider before they got global warming [...]

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  5. [...] for its international premier on October 18, 2009, interviewed Schneider about his flip flop from a coming ice age proponent in the 1970s to his current advocacy of man-made global warming fears. Schneider is a professor of biological [...]

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  6. [...] That was a frank admission from Stephen Schneider during a recent interview for the documentary Not Evil Just Wrong, but Schneider’s association with the 1970’s Ice Age hysteria wasn’t just limited to the years 1970 and 1971. Indeed, GORE LIED dug up the video of Schneider appearing on a May 1978 episode of the Leonard Nimoy-hosted …. [...]

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  7. [...] for its international premier on October 18, 2009, interviewed Schneider about his flip-flop from a coming ice age proponent in the 1970s to his current advocacy of man-made global warming fears. Schneider is a professor of biological [...]

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  8. [...] for its international premier on October 18, 2009, interviewed Schneider about his flip-flop from a coming ice age proponent in the 1970s to his current advocacy of man-made global warming fears. Schneider is a professor of biological [...]

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  9. [...] for its international premier on October 18, 2009, interviewed Schneider about his flip-flop from a coming ice age proponent in the 1970s to his current advocacy of man-made global warming fears. Schneider is a professor of biological [...]

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  10. [...] for its international premier on October 18, 2009, interviewed Schneider about his flip-flop from a coming ice age proponent in the 1970s to his current advocacy of man-made global warming fears. Schneider is a professor of biological [...]

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  11. Aaron says:

    Perhaps you don’t understand that in the 1970s, sulfur dioxiode and particulate matter were cooling the Earth. Now that we took care of them (they also destroy your lungs and damage the ozone) heat-trapping emissions are predominant. This obsession over global cooling demonstrates an unwillingness to learn about what scientists were actually studying then and now.

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  12. [...] Colorado, and the e-mail was sent to one or more of the following: Gavin Schmidt, Michael Mann, Stephen Schneider, and James Hansen, among [...]

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  13. [...] for its international premier on October 18, 2009, interviewed Schneider about his flip-flop from a coming ice age proponent in the 1970s to his current advocacy of man-made global warming fears. Schneider is a professor of biological [...]

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  14. [...] to trigger an ice age.” Schneider was still promoting the coming “ice age” in 1978. (See: Unearthed 1970′s video: Global warming activist Stephen Schneider caught on 1978 TV show &#821…) By the 1980′s, Schneider reversed himself and began touting man-made global warming. See: [...]

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