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What We Knew in 82

Posted on 28 March 2012 by Rob Honeycutt

This latest video from Peter Sinclair features an interview with Dr Mike MacCracken who was a senior researcher at Lawrence Livermore Labs in 1982.  We're also treated to video snips of Admiral Titley of the US Navy, Dr Andrew Dessler of Texas A&M, Dr James Hansen, Dr Julienne Stroeve, and Dr Jason Box of the Byrd Polar Center Ohio State University.

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  1. Thanks for that, Rob. Nice ammo to use against the next person who tries to tell me that all those AGW predictions have been proven to be false, or that AGW is some kind of recently invented political scare tactic.
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  2. Dr Mike MacCracken is worried and disappointed , he is not alone when there is so many independently researched lines of evidence showing why its C02 caused and that events related are happening now . It’s going to be a rude shock in about twenty years time when we have decarbonise our lives and we can only hope that it happens that soon . Thanks contributors for your time and effort people like you are our only hope .
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  3. Daved Green our only hope is that each of us does the right thing. Skeptical Science and the like are just part of it, you personally (and any other) are just as important.
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  4. You can't take away my hope.
    This is the reason that we need to keep pushing against recalcitrant human complacency (and plain intellectual maladaptation), even when pragmatism suggests that not only have humans already been far too slow to act, but that the final magnitude of the delay is nowhere near being reached. We can't take away their hope. We can't.
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  5. I am 50 now and well remember the coursework I took in those early 80s. And the Hansen predictions. The more things change, the more human nature stays the same. I'm raising my children into a world which will be far different to that of 30 years ago. 30 years of inaction have consigned us to a mitigation/adaptation pathway. A pathway littered with an as-yet-untold cost in human lives. I may not live long enough to witness the truly horrific worst to come, but my children might. The winters of my youth (the 60s) are now but stories and live only in the 8mm tapes my grandpa recorded back then. These mild winters of my children's youth will be a thing of the distant past for their children. It didn't have to be this way.
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  6. We knew a lot about CO2 already in 1982 and yet didn't really do anything about it since then - how stupid is that? And we think of ourselves as an intelligent lifeform - some rethinking in that area might be in order.
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  7. Yeah, this is a depressing video, for the reasons above. But--discouragement is just part of the human condition, and despair is not adaptive. Gotta keep on slugging.
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  8. Suggested reading: “Evaluating a 1981 temperature projection”,guest commentary by Geert Jan van Oldenborgh and Rein Haarsma, KNMI, Real Climate, Apr 2, 2012
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