Quitting Warmanism Cold Turkey!
What’s it ‘gonna take to drive a stake through the hearts of what Tony Thomas (You Couldn’t Make This Stuff Up) describes as the, “careerists in the $1 billion-a-day global-warming industry,” and regain societal sanity (“So we have a policy which is exporting jobs, exporting investment, exporting manufacturing, and increasing CO2 emissions at the same time. Mr Commissioner, if that is not madness, what is?” ~Roger Helmer, speaking before the European Parliament, January 26, 2015)? CO2 is the perfect chemical: there is no “bad” CO2, as the warmstoppers of government science are claiming: as far as all life on Earth is concerned, CO2 is “good” and yet fears about too much of it in the atmosphere persist in the narratives of the professional class of climate change calamity bell-ringers.
Society is under attack by Western academia: they’ve been pushing an ideology of fear for years. With all of the hysteria and fear about CO2 we also get all of their high-minded thinking from all of these paid global warming alarmists. They act is if we’re all too stupid to understand — as they do — the gravity of the looming danger faced by all humanity from too much warming. They’ve worked up a great gig: we’re all guilty every time we exhale and must come to school teachers for absolution and pay them tribute to be saved from ourselves.
The fear about global warming becomes all too plausible to the warmstoppers when the supposed cause of it is just what they thought it’d be: too much Americana and too much freedom and way too much capitalism. Together, these three evils – modernity, liberty and free enterprise – have led to our now unsustainable lifestyle: we all live to well and it’s got to stop and no one else should ever again emulate our example. That’s why these warmstoppers demand power over the rest of us to make us do as they wish… so they can save the world from us.
The idea that increasing levels of atmospheric CO2 — put there my humanity burning fossil fuels for energy — has so permeated Left-thinking people that all Western academia, the government education complex and bureaucracy and the liberal media see no other truth. The real truth is that the Earth’s climate is unimaginably complex: far more complex than government scientists appreciate. Global warming and cooling are regulated by natural factors over which we have very little understanding and no control; and, compared to natural variation, humanity’s CO2 plays a minor role.
Once you take the idea that CO2-is-bad out of the global warming equation, any reasonable person must agree that abundant, low-cost energy has been a boon to civilization. “Any biologist will tell you that CO2, a natural fertilizer,” says Fred Singer (‘Into the Brave New World of Geo-engineering,’ American Thinker), “is essential for plant life; a global increase in CO2 is desirable for agricultural success. In fact, most of the major food crops the world depends on originated at a time when CO2 levels were several times the present one. So we can agree that feeding the billions of the world’s low income people requires increased atmospheric CO2 – not less.” And yet, the slavish belief in global warming theory leads to an insane conclusion that our use of petroleum is the bane of humanity. Reality is not wrong; global warming theory is wrong: “petroleum,” says Steve Goreham (…magnificent but much maligned resource), “is the foundation of prosperity in modern society.”
In 2015, we live in a golden age of low-cost energy… human life expectancy has more than doubled [since 1800], and infant mortality is down by a factor of six. Since 1950, the years of education among world populations have more than doubled. In our golden age of hydrocarbon energy, people are wealthier, healthier, better educated, and enjoy more consumer goods and leisure time than during any era in recorded history… [while] satellite data show that global temperatures have been flat for the last 18 years, that storms are neither stronger nor more numerous than those of past history, and that global sea ice extent remains at the 30-year average. Satellites further show that world vegetation has actually increased over the last 20 years… Nations that use the most energy and petroleum have the best air and water quality and the best methods for handling waste disposal… [and] developing nations will also achieve declining pollution levels… (Ibid.)
The Left was keen to adopt global warming theory as fact. We now see that the theory was nothing but a guess but the Left loved it because it supported what they wanted to believe. The Left is loath to admit that their thoughts about reality are irrelevant to reality because their beliefs make them feel smarter than the rest of us. “It doesn’t make a difference how beautiful your guess is. It doesn’t make a difference how smart you are, who made the guess, or what his name is,” Richard P. Feynman reminds us. “If it disagrees with experiment, it’s wrong.” The experiment is over: not only is global warming theory wrong, the Left’s picture of history and the modern world we live in has been wrong.
Any physical theory is always provisional, in the sense that it is only a hypothesis: you can never prove it. No matter how many times the results of experiments agree with some theory, you can never be sure that the next time the result will not contradict the theory. On the other hand, you can disprove a theory by finding even a single observation that disagrees with the predictions of the theory… Each time new experiments are observed to agree with the predictions the theory survives, and our confidence in it is increased; but if ever a new observation is found to disagree, we have to abandon or modify the theory. ~Stephen W. Hawking
Why is academia helping the Left and abandoning the well-understood principles of science that are described by intellectual giants like Feynman and Hawking? We know from history and should agree that the morality of scientists can be corrupted by ‘statist tyrannies’ and high-minded moralizers, be they run or influenced by despotic thinking, hatred, legends, superstitions and religious or pseudoscientific beliefs (examples being Nazi Germany, the UN, the Crusades and ISIS). “The Administrative state can be an evil enterprise when governed by the misanthropic ideology of socialism/communism.” (See, JunkScience: ‘…useless eaters and undesirables’)
Using global warming theory to limit the
availability of energy is the equivalent
of mass murder. ~Wagathon