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Feds Alarmed By Global Cooling in 1974

September 18, 2013

By Paul Homewood




Most of us will be aware of the stories about the “ice age scare” during the 1970’s. Many have dismissed these as little more than journalistic hype, but some facts are incontrovertible.

  1. Northern Hemisphere temperatures fell sharply between the 1940’s and 1970’s
  2. Arctic ice expanded rapidly.
  3. Many severe weather events were linked to this cooling.



The US Government was concerned enough about this climatic change that, in 1974, it set up a Subcommittee on Climate Change, under the auspices of the Secretary of the Interior.The Committee was to be chaired by Robert White, Administrator of NOAA, and made up of representatives from various Federal agencies and offices.

I have obtained copies, from the NOAA archives, of some of the original documents relating to the setting up this Committee, along with their December 1974 report, “A United States Climate Program”. Excerpts are shown below.



First, the letter from Rogers Morton, Secretary of the Interior, to the Commerce Secretary.




And Fred’s reply!




This was the membership of the Committee – pretty high powered!




The report I mentioned, “A United States Climate Program”, ran to 39 pages, with much of it devoted to budgets and organisational matters. To try and give the flavour of it, I will show the summary and the first two pages entitled “The Need For A Climate Program”.








And a quick look at the budget for the Climate Program. £80 million was allocated over 4 years – I would guess about £200 million at today’s prices. This was serious money.




It is clear that the US Government took seriously the changes in climate in the years leading up to 1974, and did not like what they saw.

In reality, of course, this episode serves to remind us that climate changes all the time, and there are always winners and losers. Extremes of weather also occur regularly, and naturally, whether the planet is cooling or warming.

Many would have us believe that the small amount of warming in the last half a century has somehow been a disaster. The US Climate Program of 1974 reminds us otherwise.



Many thanks go to Bob Reeves of NOAA, who dug me out a copy of this and posted it on.

  1. September 18, 2013 6:47 pm

    Reblogged this on CraigM350.

  2. Scott Scarborough permalink
    September 18, 2013 10:32 pm

    Is that why they started calling the latest round of insanity “Global Warming?” The phrase “Climate Change” was already taken to mean global cooling. And when it stopped warming they decided to start calling it Climate Change again so they wouldn’t call attention to the fact that wasn’t warming anymore. Is that a cogent history?

  3. Brian H permalink
    September 20, 2013 8:29 am

    Bureaucratese is so flexible! A couple of quick passes with Find/Replace in a word processor, and the documents could be used to set up Global warming response agencies!

  4. September 24, 2013 7:35 pm

    Reblogged this on Real Science.

  5. September 24, 2013 11:16 pm

    Reblogged this on CACA and commented:
    Deep within human nature it seems that there are certain types of people who yearn for catastrophe, they yearn to have significance in their lives believing that theirs is the time when the chickens are coming home to roost and everything is going to go belly up.
    Don’t have to go too far back in time to witness man’s fear and fascination with climate fluctuations, natural or man-made. And that given enough money and “urgent” action from the top, clever man can avoid ‘political upheaval, social unrest, major economic damage and global food shortages.’
    The dire warnings and economic solutions we read out of today’s current Global Warming ‘crisis’ are straight out of the 1970’s Global Cooling playbook. Just swap cooling for warming and voilà ~ another “man-made” global catastrophe to suit the prevailing … temperature.
    Short memories we have.

  6. October 23, 2013 3:45 am

    Not so much short, as selective and malleable.

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