Collective Delusion and Climate Change Banality
We now have proof: socialism is a consensus of belief among Western citizens that it is far better to be taken care of by a government run by hypocritical liars that will promise you anything to stay in power, than to be responsible for yourself.
It’s all about OIL!
There was a time when ME oil was plentiful and cheap. Oil was so cheap it made sense to just buy it from the ME because in a capitalist economy there was more money to be made in the West using it than drilling for it. And, it’s all the ME really had of any value to barter with anyway — other than opium — so, it all made sense good business sense.
All of that oil money, of course, gave power to the Arabs who ruled the region — the same people who had spent thousands of years making due with very little in an inhospitable environment. There was this naive notion at the time that these peoples with their customs forged in privation over centuries, might in fact be better equipped than other cultures to handle the challenges attendant to a head-snapping swing in fortune that the transfer of Western wealth brought–e.g., their customs and beliefs would help insulate them from the evils of quick and largely unearned good fortune.
Sadly, the ME has done nothing with its oil wealth but spend it. Nothing has been done to elevate respect for the value of the individual nor has the oil-wealth been used to help individuals acquire the skills and knowledge as would be needed to carry out productive activities on their own initiative and behalf and for the benefit of all society, in preparation for the time when the easy money oil-wealth runs out.
It has come to the point now were it no longer makes more sense to buy ME oil at all: we have better alternatives. Certainly, one of the alternatives was to allow the Left to create out of whole cloth a fear that using oil to make energy was heating the globe–e.g., a sort of, cut off your nose to spite your face way of responding to a desire to buy less ME oil.
But, Westerners have not learned that following the Left down any path is a dead end. We see in so many ways over so many years that the psychosis, hypocrisy and self-defeatism of global warming alarmism is another obvious example of the Left leading society off a cliff.
~Dr. Roy W. Spencer (A Turning Point
for the IPCC…and Humanity?)
“I usually don’t comment on recently published climate research papers, partly because they rarely add much, and partly because other blogs do a pretty good job of covering them anyway. The reason why I say ‘they rarely add much’ is that there are a myriad of theories that can be justified with some data… but rarely is the evidence convincing enough to hang your hat on them.
“… I have always been convinced that the IPCC was created by bureaucrats to achieve specific policy ends… scientists and politicians involved in the IPCC process appear to really believe they are doing what is right for humanity by supporting restrictions on fossil fuel use…
“It might well be that so widespread is the public knowledge of the hiatus in warming, recovering Arctic sea ice (at least temporarily), continuing expansion of Antarctic sea ice, failed predictions of previous IPCC reports, etc., are forcing them to do something to save face. Maybe even to keep from being de-funded.” (Ibid.)
Some twenty years ago a lifetime politician and future Nobel winner would say the most amazing thing. “Only an insignificant fraction of scientists deny the global warming crisis. The time for debate is over. The science is settled.” So said Al Gore … in 1992.
“In the real 1992, however, Gallup ‘reported that 53% of scientists actively involved in global climate research did not believe global warming had occurred; 30% weren’t sure; and only 17% believed global warming had begun. Even a Greenpeace poll showed 47% of climatologists didn’t think a runaway greenhouse effect was imminent; only 36% thought it possible and a mere 13% thought it probable.’ Seventeen years later, in 2009… Climategate broke, reminding us that what had smelled funny before might indeed be a little rotten.” ~Jay Richards
Future generations will wonder in bemused amazement that the early 21st century’s developed world went into hysterical panic over a globally averaged temperature increase of a few tenths of a degree, and, on the basis of gross exaggerations of highly uncertain computer projections combined into implausible chains of inference, proceeded to contemplate a roll-back of the industrial age. ~Richard Lindzen