Friday, 17 April 2009

Every totalitarian regime needs its defining myth...

...With the green church it is the sanctity of Mother Earth and mankind's polluting influence on her ...with the Nazis, it was the “Aryan” fantasy of racial purity...Global warming is not indisputable. Thousands of highly qualified and experienced scientists question it. But the problem is that global warming is not being treated as a theory, a possibility, but as a truth of nature on a par with the law of gravity. It is the unassailable myth of the new totalitarians...Rigorous examination of hypotheses is the very basis of science. And this is what is being asked for by, among other intelligent sources, The Scientific Alliance. I quote: “The whole juggernaut of global warming is based on a framework which accepts the International Panel on Climate Change’s view of the enhanced greenhouse effect as indisputable truth. Hence the refusal to concede that any degree of scepticism or a different interpretation of evidence is legitimate. So it is even more important for critical points to be raised and debate encouraged.
Scientific understanding will benefit from this: and the better the understanding, the better any necessary response can be formulated
.” More, here...
...The kiwi response ? We are seeing the emergence of pragmatic politics when dealing with global warming hysteria.We have a government line that expresses interest and concern (and keeps AGW sceptic Rodney Hide silent, no easy task) yet does enough to soothe the panicked and the green/left agitators. A wait and see policy that is classic Sir Humphrey Appleby greenwash...very clever stuff. And time of course, and the refusal of the planet to start warming up again is diluting public interest by the day...
...and from the late Sir John Maddox ( honorary fellow of the Royal Society, author of The Doomsday Syndrome and ex editor of Nature magazine)...
"One of the distressing features of the present debate about the environment is the way in which it is supposed to be an argument between farsighted people with the interests of humanity at heart and others who care not a tuppence for the future.... This false dichotomy conceals a host of important issues." And, he continues, "The doomsday cause would be more telling if it were more securely grounded in facts, better informed by a sense of history and an awareness of economics and less cataclysmic in temper. .. Too often, reality is oversimplified or even ignored, so that there is a danger that much of this gloomy foreboding about the immediate future will accomplish the opposite of what its authors intend. Instead of alerting people to important problems, it may seriously undermine the capacity of the human race to look out for its survival. The doomsday syndrome may be in itself as much a hazard as any of the conundrums which society has created for itself." More here...and here...

2 comments:

MK said...

And every totalitarian regime requires that opposition be silenced. Hence all those communist shitholes offer utopia but you're not allowed to question them.

It's a similar theme with the leftists and their global warming BS. To be fair, they don't have their secret police, but a number of them have made their feelings on skeptics well known, from jail to censorship, they too get very upset when anyone dares to question their shit.

Ayrdale said...

That's why I enjoy commenting to the hot and bothered people at Hot-Topic.co.nz.