Zomblog post read aloud in the Senate

How often do blog posts make it into the Senate record?

I’m not sure, but we now know at least one has made it that far:

Part of a post I wrote back in 2009 was read verbatim today in the United States Senate by Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK) during a debate about the “global cooling” fad among scientists in the early 1970s.

As detailed succinctly by Ed Morrissey over at Hot Air, the argument started when Senator John Barrasso cited several media reports from the ’70s warning that scientists now think the planet is threatened by a looming “ice age.” Senators Barbara Boxer and Tom Udall then reply by entering into the Senate record a recent USA Today article which claims that the global cooling thesis in the ’70s never quite reached the level of complete scientific consensus.

It was at this point that Senator Inhofe shoots back a zinger, taking a page printed out from my zomblog post of September 16, 2009 entitled John Holdren in 1971: “New ice age” likely, and reading the words written by the man who is now Obama’s top “science czar,” John Holdren, warning of the perils of the coming ice age.

The reason I’m 100% positive that Inhofe was reading a page printed from zomblog is that he read not just the Holdren essay I dug up, but actually a short passage of my own introductory words before he gets to the Holdren part.

As you can see at my original post linked to above, I wrote in 2009,

Below is a direct scan from pages 76-77 in the book Global Ecology…”

…followed by a transcription of Holdren’s essay.

Reading from a printout, here’s what Inhofe said (starting at 3:15 into the video):

“What he had written was, ‘Below is a direct scan from his pages 76-77 of his book, he said…”

…followed by the same transcription.

Now, even without this telltale recitation of my own words, I would have known that the testimony would have been at least based on my post, since I was the first person to dig deep and recover Holdren’s old writing from the memory hole, and that my posts were the first exposés on the topic. But the fact that Inhofe actually read my introductory sentence confirms it conclusively: zomblog is now part of the Senate record!

Here’s the video showing the whole exchange:

Side note, for those following the global warming debate:

As to the content of the back-and-forth dispute between, on one side Senators Barrasso and Inhofe, and on the other, Senators Boxer and Udall, over the extent of the “global cooling” hysteria in the early/mid -1970s: that is beyond the scope of this short post. By this point the argument has devolved into bickering over the details: It’s beyond dispute that the popular press trumpeted the global cooling scare widely at the time. And that a certain percentage of scientists believed the Earth was indeed cooling. The question then becomes: What percentage? The media of the time said that “most” or “many” scientists were predicting it, but the study cited by the USA Today article surveyed the literature in scientific journals at the time and found that the majority of the ones surveyed were not on board with the cooling thesis.

Keep in mind that I myself never pushed the thesis that “most” scientists in the ’70s predicted a new ice age, only that “some” did, John Holdren most notably among them. Even so, the “survey” of the literature of the era cited in the USA Today article was done by a global warming partisan, and we have no evidence that his survey was thorough or even-handed.

My only point was that Obama’s own science czar, now a leading advocate of the “catastrophic global warming” thesis, formerly used to warn of the exact opposite doomsday scenario — a looming ice age.

17 Responses to “Zomblog post read aloud in the Senate”

  1. 1Ringo the Gringo on Mar 3, 2011 at 11:47 am:


  2. 2CattusMagnus on Mar 3, 2011 at 3:36 pm:

    You just pwned Barbara Boxer. Nice work.

  3. 3Jewels on Mar 3, 2011 at 3:58 pm:

    I’ve said it before, you deserve a pulitzer, Zombie.

  4. 4Charles on Mar 3, 2011 at 4:51 pm:

    I am old enough and still have brain cells enough to remember the dire warnings about Global Cooling. Most unfortunately, scientists in many different fields have pilfered away the respect they have earned over generations and no longer have automatic credibility. It’s a shame!

    Keep up the good work, Zombie!

  5. 5Scott on Mar 3, 2011 at 7:28 pm:

    Congrats, Zombie, on having the distinguished honor of being part of the official national record! Indeed, Inhofe is fighting the good fight in the US Senate, trying to break down and debunk the farce that is commonly referred to as “Global Warming” or more accurately, Anthropological Global Warming.

    Holdren, like so many radical leftists, seeks ways to get onto the government dole and keep his cushy job and amazing benefits by parroting whatever the popular theme of the day is. There is no science in the “science czar’s” office. There is only political expediancy. AGW is hip among the big government crowd right now, just as “global cooling” was hip in 1977. Cut ‘em all off the dole, and see how quickly their tune would change…

  6. 6Gork on Mar 6, 2011 at 10:02 am:

    For a truly unbiased researcher (the study of climate is not a science) It is OK to have a change of opinions on global climate. I have no problem with any of that.

    However, when those views are coupled with dire warnings of catastrophe and suggestions that we can only avoid such catastrophes by squelching dissent and follow this one true Gaian philosophy, that is not OK. It is opportunistic narcissism. That such utterances can come from the same person for both Global Cooling and Global Warming shows the depravity of those who make this claims like this.

  7. 7Fred Mangels on Mar 8, 2011 at 8:23 am:

    Gork wrote, “…the study of climate is not a science.”.

    Climatology is to meteorology as astrology is to astronomy.

  8. 8Stone K on Mar 8, 2011 at 11:13 pm:


    Keep up the great work and more and better things will come your way =)

  9. 9Carl on Mar 9, 2011 at 8:19 am:


    That said, for those in the audience who think ice age warnings were the predominant scare in the early 1970s and that the global warming thingy came later, I recommend you watch Soylent Green, which was made in 1973. Global warming is featured prominently. Global warming was debated hotly in the science fiction magazines I read back in the late 1970s.

    In other words, Al Gore did not invent global warming.

  10. 10Scott on Mar 9, 2011 at 7:04 pm:

    To Carl: Check Newsweek from 1975, which stated that Global cooling was the scientific consensus. Here is a piece of that article: To scientists, these seemingly disparate incidents represent the advance signs of fundamental changes in the world’s weather. The central fact is that after three quarters of a century of extraordinarily mild conditions, the earth’s climate seems to be cooling down.

    I don’t think anybody really believes or even stated that Al Gore invented Global Warming. He just exploits the fallacy for money. If you research, you’ll find articles that pretty much seesaw back and forth between global cooling and warming at least 100 years. And to those who are paying attention, there is an understanding of the exploitation of meteorological extremes to affect government-backed funding of climate change. Global Warming, Global Cooling, hey, it’s continuous and relentless. So are hurricanes. And tornadoes. And pretty much every other so-called weather “extreme”. As long as there is government funding of climate research, we will continue to get doomsday predictions from scientists. What motivation do they have for saying “climate change is constant and inevitable?” There is no more research grant money in that!

  11. 11eots on Mar 14, 2011 at 2:27 pm:

    Congrats and keep up the good work!

  12. 12منتديات on Mar 21, 2011 at 2:05 am:

    That we should use objective and rational methods to determine who goes where on a Political spectrum. I know, I know, being objective and rational is really out of fashion these days, but still, can’t we try?

  13. 13al-rashid on Mar 25, 2011 at 2:49 am:

    but he did invent the internet!

  14. 14johnbrown on Apr 10, 2011 at 10:43 am:

    If recollection isnt off kilter the late,great LSD chef Owsley also believed an Ice Age was coming and even moved to austrailia to avoid it. Hmmm…maybe the science czar was sampling some of Owsley’s finest… ;-)
    Ps: Its nice to know there’s at least one sane person here in the Bay Rea. Rhanks for your blog Zombie.

  15. 15Timothy (TRiG) on May 7, 2011 at 3:12 pm:

    The earth is warming. There is absolutely no question about that. Spring is coming earlier. Ice caps are melting. The facts are known. The only question is what’s causing it. And the general scientific consensus is that it’s the actions of humanity. We better hope they’re right. If it’s humans causing it, there is at least a hope we can do something about it. If it’s some other cause, we’re definitely in trouble.


  16. 16fmodex.dll i wanna kill the guy on Dec 4, 2013 at 1:43 am:

    An impressive share! I’ve just forwarded this onto a co-worker who was conducting a little research on this. And he actually bought me dinner due to the fact that I found it for him… lol. So allow me to reword this…. Thanks for the meal!! But yeah, thanx for spending time to talk about this subject here on your internet site.

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