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CIA And Global Cooling

October 12, 2015

By Paul Homewood


h/t Rick Bradford




I’ve seen snips of this before, but Rick has now sent me the whole original report.

Many attempts have been made to discredit and marginalise stories of the global cool down in the 1960’s and 70’s. As we know, these were not simply scare stories but were based on factual evidence from authoritative scientists such as HH Lamb and others.

Much of this cooling has since been wiped from the record by revisionist temperature adjustments, but the reality is that the authorities of the time were extremely concerned, not so much by the temperature measurements themselves, but by the climatic effects which resulted.

As I have reported before here, the White House set up a special Subcommittee in 1974 to “assess the problem and determine what concerted action ought to be undertaken”.

In the same year, the CIA prepared this working paper.










On Page 5, they go into more detail on agricultural problems:





The report then describes how the problems crept up:




They go on to explain how global cooling, particularly relating to a colder Arctic, had a severe impact on droughts around the world.

Note also the comment about “a more variable climate”. This refers to the jet stream becoming more meridional and less zonal. This in turn brings cold weather to some parts and warm to others. (Note the cold winters in the US West, and mild ones in the East – the same situation we have had recently, only in reverse).

Meridional jet streams also bring weather blocking. This phenomenon, unsurprisingly, is now being blamed on the “melting Arctic” by the current, mentally challenged bunch of climate scientists.




Mention is made of the work done at the University of Wisconsin:






They conclude:





Today, the emphasis appears to be on worrying about rising temperatures per se, and trying to find negative impacts.

Back in the 1970’s it was very much the other way round. They realised that in many respects the climate was deteriorating, to the extent that it was playing havoc with the world’s food production.

They were quick to realise that the early 20thC was “the best agricultural climate since the 11thC”, and that the Little Ice Age was a period of “drought, famine and political unrest”.


They were wrong about what would happen in following decades, but the problems they saw and the causes of them were very real indeed.



The full report can be read here.




  1. Joe Public permalink
    October 12, 2015 3:46 pm

    Apparently …… “A secret report, suppressed by US defence chiefs and obtained by The Observer, warns that major European cities will be sunk beneath rising seas as Britain is plunged into a ‘Siberian’ climate by 2020.”

    Perhaps Greenpeace wants to buy German power plants to make a swift (capitalist) killing?

  2. October 12, 2015 4:07 pm

    Reblogged this on Petrossa's Blog.

  3. October 12, 2015 4:18 pm

    Reblogged this on WeatherAction News.

  4. October 12, 2015 5:33 pm

    test only

  5. October 12, 2015 5:41 pm

    Apologies for above,Paul,but word press have been messing me about.I seem to be in contact again so watch this space!

  6. Windsong permalink
    October 12, 2015 6:01 pm

    Maybe the authors of this report are the “few crackpots” in the 70’s referred to by carlt1 in his comment that was featured in Paul’s “We Have a Winner!!” post last week.

  7. Stonyground permalink
    October 12, 2015 6:41 pm

    The fact that a warmer climate is more benign than a colder one should be obvious to anyone. Back in the days when climate change was referred to as global warming, there just had to be a negative angle. Sea level rises and droughts were the favorite predictions from the alarmists but there didn’t seem to be a single aspect of life that wasn’t going to be screwed up by it. The fact that none of these predictions ever come to pass doesn’t seem to bother the alarmists in the slightest. When we had a period of cold wet weather after predictions of heat and drought, the alarmists said that this was “consistent with climate change”. In other words, we were 100% wrong but we were still right really.

    • Dave N permalink
      October 13, 2015 8:26 am

      “The fact that none of these predictions ever come to pass doesn’t seem to bother the alarmists in the slightest.”

      Sadly, they often claim that the predictions *have* come to pass , despite the lack of evidence (or change their minds about the “when”); ironic when they label others with the “D” word.

  8. October 12, 2015 11:38 pm

    Thanks, Paul. Another post to favourite.

  9. Billy Liar permalink
    October 13, 2015 9:38 pm

    Time to remind the BBC it published this book in the same year:

    ‘The Weather Machine and the Threat of Ice’ by Nigel Calder

    Publisher: British Broadcasting Corporation; First Edition (21 Nov. 1974)

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