worth-reading.comby Selwyn Duke
"I was born with a chronic anxiety about the weather," said John Burroughs in 1877. Today, anxiety about the weather is more common than ever, although itâ€™s not inborn but cultivated in schoolrooms, through television sets and by lying, rapacious ex-vice presidents. And I have anxiety about the weather, too â€” especially when itâ€™s being used to promote a destructive agenda.
This brings us to Climategate, the scandal everyone is talking about and that inspired British journalist James Delingpole to write â€œit's [the climate con is] all unravelling now.â€ I only wish I could be so optimistic. Sure, we have the smoking gun of the hacked emails from the University of East Anglia, which provide evidence that we â€œdeniersâ€ were only denying a lie. And the erstwhile head of its Climatic Research Unit, Phil Jones â€” a con man with a science degree if ever there were one â€” had to resign in disgrace. But donâ€™t for a moment confuse a smoking gun with a coup de grace, or being sacrificed for the team with waving the white flag. I say this because I long ago realized something about manâ€™s nature, something that may sound like a gross exaggeration: If a person has a strong enough vested interest in believing 2+2=5, he will surely insist it is so â€” in the face of all evidence to the contrary. But before I talk about who the real deniers are and what is being denied, letâ€™s discuss the ugly reality reaffirmed by Climategate.
Here is the lowdown in a nutshell: Governments have used billions of dollars of our money to fund fraudulent science, which, in turn, is used to justify policy that would steal untold billions more from us through taxation and the handicapping of the private sector. This will, of course, stifle the creation of wealth, but it will also be a transfer of it. But this would not be so much from the rich to the poor; it would be from the poor and middle class to the rich and well-connected. Carbon-credit con men such as Al Gore will add to their many millions, while subtracting from the many millions some of the latterâ€™s few dollars. It would move us toward a situation in which weâ€™d have two Americas, as John Edwards might say. One would be a lying, covetous ruling class of John Edwardses. The other would be the masses, who would be perpetually mired in serfdom.
Yet defeating the climate con wonâ€™t be easy, because it isnâ€™t just money that drives the con men. In fact, many of them are so married the climate con that they have become one with their misguided notions. Call it the Zen of Being Wrong.
One reason not to do wrong is that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Obviously, Bill Clinton, John Edwards and Tiger Woods would never have felt the urge to lie about their affairs if they had never had affairs. Of course, the lying was immoral, but this is how one sin leads to another. A transgression leads to a lie, which leads to a full-blown cover-up, etc. And the deeper you dig that hole, the harder and more painful it is to climb out of it.
In the case of the climate con artists, the pain would be great and the price steep. Their creed has been likened to a religion, and in many ways it is. They arenâ€™t global-warming theorists.
They are global-warming fundamentalists.