The global warming "deniers" over at the Deplorable Climate Science Blog posted a little reminder on Wednesday that the Left has a track record of using environmental fear-mongering to push its political agenda.
In a post titled "Twenty-Five Years Since The Ozone Hole Killed Us All," the blog lists a few of the big environmental catastrophes the Left has sounded the alarm over in recent decades — "DDT, Global Cooling, China Syndrome, Ozone Hole, Global Warming, Climate Change" — then provides a couple of blasts from the past specifically on the fear that a new ozone hole would open over North America without more aggressive political action.
A March 1992 Detroit Free Press article warns that the ozone layer is a "life or death issue" and chides those who dismiss environmentalist as "Chicken Littles" saying the "sky is falling." A February 1992 Beacon Journal articles notes that the ozone scare has "already changed U.S. policy" and cites a scientists who warns it's "far worse than we thought." (screenshots below)
While environmentalists say the unprecedented action by the world to ban chlorofluorocarbons saved the planet, the DCSB notes that the ozone hole over Antarctica "has not changed in size since the CFC ban was implemented":
But, alas, now climate scientists lament that saving the planet from the ozone hole may be causing global warming. Seriously. Here's National Geographic:
Meanwhile, some scientists say the environmental triumph of a recovering ozone layer could have a troubling side effect: boosting global warming, at least in the Antarctic region.
Ozone itself is a greenhouse gas. A thinner ozone layer not only reduced heat trapped over the region, it helped stir circumpolar winds, which in turn created sea spray that formed reflective, cooling clouds.
"It's very difficult to quantify the impact on a global scale, but I think the evidence suggests filling the hole will have a regional effect on the Antarctic, possibly leading to more warming for the bulk of the Antarctic," Shanklin said. "That could drastically change predictions about global sea level change."
Man, you just can't win!
Below are the screenshots of the 1992 articles via DCSB: