Adviser Daniel Patrick Moynihan, notable as a Democrat in the administration, urged the administration to initiate a worldwide system of monitoring carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, decades before the issue of global warming came to the public's attention.Of course temperatures at the time it had not warmed at all since the 1940s and people were talking about global cooling. So tricky Dick responded by forming the EPA and heralding Earth Day, thinking he might get the hippie vote after all.
There is widespread agreement that carbon dioxide content will rise 25 percent by 2000, Moynihan wrote in a September 1969 memo.
"This could increase the average temperature near the earth's surface by 7 degrees Fahrenheit," he wrote. "This in turn could raise the level of the sea by 10 feet. Goodbye New York. Goodbye Washington, for that matter."
Meanwhile Moynihan's prediction was not so hot--about as hot as James Hansen's 1988 prediction. But good Lord, why let reality get in the way of global fear and hyperbole? Obama, noble citizen of the world, still has a planet to save!