“Al Gore’s bizarre Nobel Prize for An Inconvenient Truth… shows that the forces of reason and common sense are barreling out of control here. (Ethics Scoreboard)
There’s a battle for the culture afoot. On one side we have academia and the rest of the secular, socialist government bureaucracy, supported by the media and all of the thankless Eurocommunist governments in dead and dying Old Europe. Their opponents are mostly those who work for a living, who pay all of the bills and who essentially do all the heavy lifting for everyone else –i.e., the realists!
Examples of those who refuse to get real are the school teachers of global warming alarmism. “A professor,” says Tim Ball, “is a person whose job is to tell students how to solve problems of life which they have tried to avoid by becoming a professor.” In their zeal to save the world they refer to CO2 as a climate pollutant and help government drive Western society off a moral and economic cliff.
A war against the productive has been going on since the mid-’70s. Al Gore, for example, was elected to Tennessee public office in 1977. The growing secular, socialist government bureaucracy decided back then that the public (the risk-taking taxpayer) was the enemy. That is when the language pollution began–e.g., anthropogenic global warming and the role of the Sun and other natural factors became inconvenient truths that the Left had to ignore to achieve their political purposes. Contemptuous of the old maxim – he who has the risk has the dominion or advantage – the government also decided its true purpose was staying in power and to do that it had to strike fear in the hearts of its enemy.
Waiving the flag of liberal Utopianism the Left has taken over academia, the media and all public offices. The Left is now the mainstream that the public must learn to fear. And, the public now fears everything: even, changes in the climate. The public is a slave to the mainstream and it’s all legal because of another old maxim: a slave is not a person.
Blood is in the water: we’re swimming in it and being dragged down by Leftist and liberal Utopianism. If we don’t change we will be too poor to weather the next catastrophe–e.g. a global food fight waged with water pistols.
Everything is linked [e.g., climate change and the Arab Spring]: Chinese drought and Russian bushfires produced wheat shortages leading to higher bread prices fueling protests in Tahrir Square [Egypt]… Ditto in Syria and Libya. In their essay, the study’s co-editors, Francesco Femia and Caitlin Werrell, note that from 2006 to 2011, up to 60 percent of Syria’s land experienced the worst drought ever recorded there — at a time when Syria’s population was exploding and its corrupt and inefficient regime was proving incapable… 800,000 Syrians lost their entire livelihoods as a result of the great drought, which led to “a massive exodus of farmers, herders, and agriculturally dependent rural families from the Syrian countryside to the cities,” fueling unrest. The future does not look much brighter… (Thomas L. Friedman, NYT, ‘The Scary Hidden Stressor’)
Shall we hand our individual liberties over to government bureaucrats today based on government scientists’ fears about climate change tomorrow? And, haven’t we learned that bringing stability to the world outside our borders is a thankless task? Can the new mainstream in academia and government – dedicated only maintain political power over the masses – ever be expected to heed traditional maxims that it rebelled against and prevailed over, such as: abundant caution causes no harm; and, when in doubt do not act. Phillip Stott warns us that actually attempting to bring stability to the world’s complex, coupled and chaotic climate system by singling out a single factor like atmospheric CO2 levels, “may even trigger unexpected consequences.”
Even if we closed down every factory, crushed every car and aeroplane, turned off all energy production, and threw 4 billion people worldwide out of work, climate would still change, and often dramatically. Unfortunately, we would all be too poor to do anything about it. ~Philip Stott
It does not take a government scientist to tell us it’s our economic climate that’s changing and for the worse. The Left’s refusal to take responsibility does not change reality: now we’re broke; and, society is broken too. But, we can change if we have the courage to do something about it. When it comes to government, less is more: more individual liberty and more personal responsibility and that means more opportunity and a healthier society. And, it’s possible–e.g., on Thursday Australia repealed its carbon tax bills by a vote of 39 to 32 in the Senate.
Realists do not fear the results of their study. ~Dostoevsky