The Growing Desperation of the Climate Alarmists

You can always tell when real science has long ago given way to hysteria and agenda setting when the arguments being dragged out become more and more bizarre. Less and less science is offered, and instead we get all sorts of blatant moonbattery.

We have had several prime examples of this lately. Consider a major player in all this, Al Gore. He has gotten so desperate to push his whacko agenda that he is now saying that climate change skeptics are basically in the same camp as racists.

Just as we had to fight the ugly racists in the past, Gore says we need to do the same with those ugly climate change skeptics today. And we are supposed to embrace the alarmists as the epitome of rationality and science? Sorry Al, but I don’t have enough faith to be a true believer like you are.

Then we have the case of an Australian true believer who has actually said we can link climate change to mental illness! Yes you heard me right. An ABC report puts it this way: “A report has been released that draws a direct link between inaction on climate change and long-term social and mental health problems.

“The study by the Climate Institute, titled A Climate Of Suffering: The Real Cost Of Living With Inaction On Climate Change, points to increased depression, anxiety, substance abuse, suicide and self-harm in the wake of recent natural disasters in Australia. Professor Ian Hickie of the Brain & Mind Institute, launched the report in Sydney, saying that regional and remote communities are most vulnerable to the impact of climate change.”

I suppose it is only a matter of time now before scientists will be telling us that climate change is responsible for migraines, impotence, and the common cold. Indeed, they will soon inform us that the London riots were due to climate change.

And it is quite likely that the Norway massacres were a direct result of climate change. And the current Thomson Labor scandal is most likely to be explained in terms of global warming as well. In fact, why not put down my burnt toast of this morning to climate change as well? Sounds good to me.

The truth is, when we start getting such bizarre theories, you know the grounds these guys are standing on are very thin indeed. What we have is the pushing of agendas, not real science. Science has been hijacked by those with special interests.

One writer looks at a major agenda item found here: anti-capitalism. He speaks of “The Secret of Global Warming – Posh Anti-Capitalism”. Martin Durkin is worth quoting at length here. He begins this way: “Poor Al Gore. Global warming is fast turning into a joke. From the jolly Hockey Stick (remember that one) to the topsy-turvy ice core data (what a howler), from the laughable computer models, to the dodgy temperature records … not a single scrap of global warming garbage has escaped the blistering, excoriating scrutiny of McIntyre, Lindzen, Christy, Spencer, Singer, Carter & Co. The awkward-squad army of sceptics have kicked and trampled this theory to death, not once, but a hundred times over.

“And yet, for all the onslaught of reasoned, scientific argument, the global warming beast refuses to lie down. Like some beleagured, maniac cyborg from the future, it just goes on and on. We all know the reason. The edifice of global warming is built not on science, but politics. But what kind of politics? This is the first in a series of blog pieces to explore the green politics behind global warming …..A BEGINNERS GUIDE TO POSH ANTI-CAPITALISM.”

He continues, “The next time you’re forced to attend a dinner party, keep an eye out for the global warmer. Then ask him what he thinks about supermarkets (wicked), ‘consumer society’ (soulless), world trade (cruel) and government regulation (more needed). Global warmers are, in short, anti-capitalist. But – and here’s the really important thing to understand – it’s a very specific form of anti-capitalism. We might call it posh anti-capitalism.

“In the old days, when there was less swearing on TV and kids were scared of policemen, anti-capitalism was coloured Red. The Reds complained that capitalism would cause the ‘immiseration’ of the workers, and they dreamed of giant socialist factories, out-producing the West.

“The tragedy (for the Reds) was that capitalism didn’t play ball. Instead of getting poorer, ordinary folk got richer – much, much richer. For the simple reason that capitalist mass production must necessarily go hand in hand with mass consumption. What the new-leftists call ‘consumer society’.

“But these days, anti-capitalists are coloured Green. They campaign not in the name of the working class, but of ‘Earth’. Instead of giant factories, they dream of little handicraft workshops and organic peasant farms. They complain not that capitalism will impoverish the workers, but, on the contrary, that capitalism has made them too rich. It is the very success of capitalism that seems to upset them.”

But the really annoying thing is this: these anti-capitalists are in fact fat cats who so very much enjoy the good life provided by capitalism. That they are not even aware of their own glaring hypocrisy in all this makes these guys even more pathetic. Says Durkin:

“It is more than ironic that the anti-consumption rant comes from people who are, by global standards, rolling in the stuff and from a superior social class. Take a look at Al Gore and Prince Charles, at Jonathon Porritt, the old Etonian friend of Prince Charles, son of Lord Porritt; or the old Etonian Baron Lord Peter Melchett, former head of Greenpeace, or Ecologist editor Zac Goldsmith, another old Etonian, son of the billionaire James Goldsmith, and nephew of yet another old Etonian the Green guru Edward Goldsmith; or ‘eco-warrior’ Mark Brown, who was acquitted of leading the ‘Carnival Against Capitalism’, who is a member of the fabulously wealthy Vestey family; or the founder of the Soil Association Lady Eve Balfour, daughter of the Earl of Balfour; or the author of the Global Warming Survival Handbook, David de Rothschild, and so on, and on. Charles Secrett, former executive director of Friends of the Earth helpfully explains, ‘Among the aristocrats there is a sense of noblesse oblige … a feeling of stewardship towards the land.’

“Brendan O’Neill says in The Guardian, ‘It is remarkable how many leading environmentalists come from wealthy or aristocratic backgrounds.’ And adds, ‘There is something irritating – actually, let’s not beat around the bush – there is something monumentally infuriating about rich people telling the masses that they should live more meekly.’ It seems that it is not any old consumption that upsets the Greens. It is mass consumption. The Green foodies don’t mind expensive organic free-range food, or hand-made cashmere sweaters, or costly Italian floor tiles. They don’t rail against posh cheese shops or vintners. The problem is not fine-art auction houses or Persian-rug sellers. The problem is mass production and consumption. Greens John Cavanagh and Jerry Mander deplore the vulgar bargain hunter for whom, ‘everyday low prices are the ultimate human conquest.’ The Green group Earth First went so far as to organise a ‘puke in’ in a shopping mall.

“It is not exclusive, expensive delicatessens, but rather the wicked low-cost supermarkets frequented by everyday folk which they find repellent. It is a commonly heard complaint from Greens that things ‘aren’t expensive enough’. The ‘rebels’ down from Eton for the anti-globalisation rallies threw bricks through windows – but not the windows of high-class restaurants. Instead they smashed up and ransacked a working class MacDonalds when they marched down Piccadilly. It is not the luxurious Heals furniture shop that makes them angry, but the proletarian IKEA, with its affordable sofas and lamps.”

Quite right. Durkin concludes this way: “The Green anti-consumption rant, though fashionable among the elite, does not go down big with the great unwashed. People who are experiencing wealth for the first time rarely think badly of it. The Greens always moan that the bulk of the population is unmoved by their silly warnings of impending catastrophe. Whether it’s global cooling or global warming or genetically modified ‘Frankenstein’ food, all the end-of-the-world stuff fails to grip the imagination of the masses. No surprise. They know that it’s all directed against them.

“The Greens tell us that food should come from peasants rather than industrial farms. Chairs and tables should be produced, not in factories, but lovingly by skilled artisans. But as we all know, such antiquated, handicraft methods inevitably produce far fewer, more expensive goods. Handicraft production was what happened in that Green golden age before capitalist production, when the vast majority of people were grindingly poor – unable to afford such lovingly crafted, hand-made luxuries. These were the good old days, when everyone knew their place in the ‘natural order’.

“Green anti-capitalism is Snob anti-capitalism. This is not mere name-calling. It goes to the very heart of what ‘Green’ is about.”

Yea and amen. Between junk science and rank hypocrisy, these green elitists are doing a good job of showing us why the old socialism and the new environmentalism need to be avoided like the plague. These guys don’t really want to save the planet – they just want to save their well-heeled necks, and allow us plebs to go down the gurgler in the process.

slatest.slate.com/posts/2011/08/27/al_gore_compares_climate_change_skepticism_to_racism.html
blogs.abc.net.au/queensland/2011/08/ian-hickie-on-climate-change-linked-health-issues-29th-august-2011.html
www.martindurkin.com/blogs/secret-global-warming-posh-anti-capitalism

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23 Replies to “The Growing Desperation of the Climate Alarmists”

  1. Just loved this article Bill. I had been in the process of writing to the Green MP (State) Mark Parnell after hearing him speak on the ABC this morning. He was stating the usual rant of the Greens – use less but pay more! I have asked him if he works in a non air-conditioned office all day, and does he sit at home of an evening to watch TV – on an old TV of course, with a blanket wrapped around himself to keep warm. I told him of a couple of old people I know who boil the kettle each morning and fill a Thermos so that they can have a cup of tea without having to reboil the kettle – they simply can’t afford the electricity bill. I also mentioned in passing that if he does not have to do these things, then it could just possibly mean that he is a hypocrite. I look forward to his reply.
    Do keep up the good work exposing the bunkum and standing up for Biblical truth. God bless!

    Joan Davidson

  2. The climate change science is settled … it is a fact, a FACT.

    Now where have I heard that “argument” before?
    http://creation.com/perry-questions-evolution

    Seems the growing desperation of the climate alarmists is being matched by the growing desperation of the evolutionists!

    Mansel Rogerson

  3. Thanks Mansel

    Yes the similarities between the true believers in evolution and the true believers in man-made climate change are quite eerie and frightening. Both groups are absolutely convinced they have gospel truth, and anyone who dares to disagree is a renegade and an infidel, and must be treated accordingly.

    Bill Muehlenberg, CultureWatch

  4. Hi Bill,

    Thanks for your comments and helping us get some perspective on the climate change agenda. It’s hard at times for the average punter to form an opinion when all you get is the politically driven garbage from our politicians and the media.

    A question: Say you were working in a prominent government department as a policy officer. Say that due to increased responsibilities you were then assigned to administer a government policy focusing on climate change (i.e. a policy that pushes the government’s pro-climate change agenda).

    Do you believe it would be immoral to stay in such a position as an informed Christian?

    Answering the question if the example was as simple as, say, a pro-abortion policy (clearly you would have to resign on moral grounds), is one thing. But what about in e.g. the area of climate change? (or perhaps even an area like welfare administration – provided you have a strong stance against it based upon your faith).

    Any thoughts?

    Thanks,
    Tom Doveton

  5. Thanks Tom

    As you rightly point out, it is not a clear-cut moral no-no as in the abortion situation. So I guess one needs to pray about whether one can be a force for good is such a place, or whether it is a rather benign work you do without major ethical ramifications, or whether it is just part of living in a fallen world and doing things one may not always agree with, etc.

    That is, to work in a pro-abortion business or department would be something a genuine Christian would not likely be able to do. But in this case, it is of a different moral order. I think it is a lot of bunk, and potentially dangerous in terms of what they are pushing, but not necessarily sinful.

    Bill Muehlenberg, CultureWatch

  6. It reminds me of the scene from monty pythons the holy grail, bringing out the old man for the dead cart, son kept saying he was dead and could be taken away, the old man kept saying, “but I’m still alive” “I feel happy”. some people just refuse to drop dead, until you whack them over the head with a lump of wood (how the scene ends btw).

    Sadly, logic, proper argument are all to no avail to those who have the left/commie/watermelon talking points. they memorise the speech and no matter how much you interrupt them with disgusting things like facts stats and figures, they completely ignore you and continue on unabated until they finish with “and if you disagree, your a racist, bigot, xyzphob”

    Bit like the lame stream media to be frank, never let the truth get in the way of a good story, the scarier the better.

    Well written Bill, and well catching them out in lies. boy its so bigoted when you pull them up on their lies, nasty person you.

    Neil Waldron, patriotic blog reader

  7. I have wondered at the possible darker push for ‘climate change’ and am convinced that the push comes from satan. He needs another reason for the things that are happening on the earth (e.g. flood, famine, fire, storm) in these last days other than Gods judgment / removal of protection.

    After all, if Matthew 24: 6-8 gets explained by climate change;
    Wars and rumors of war would / are getting explained by climate change because people would / are being driven to war due to famine. All thanks to climate change’s effects drought / flood / fire / new pests.

    I wonder what he (satan) will think up to deceive the people in regard to earthquakes and also Matthew 24: 29. “When the sun will be darkened and the moon not give its light; the stars will fall from the sky and the heavenly bodies shaken”.
    And what of Revelations with the 7 seals and 7 trumpets?

    Mayby ‘climate change’ will get the boot and they will start blaming the sun, moon and stars.

    Mark Lambert

  8. One thing should convince anyone that AGW is bull and that is the left’s record of hysteria and panic that turned out fraud;

    second-hand smoke
    heterosexual AIDS
    silicon breast implants
    Swine Flu
    etc, etc

    Damien Spillane

  9. Such starry-eyed nostalgic nutcases:

    “The Greens tell us that food should come from peasants rather than industrial farms. Chairs and tables should be produced, not in factories, but lovingly by skilled artisans. But as we all know, such antiquated, handicraft methods inevitably produce far fewer, more expensive goods. Handicraft production was what happened in that Green golden age before capitalist production, when the vast majority of people were grindingly poor – unable to afford such lovingly crafted, hand-made luxuries. These were the good old days, when everyone knew their place in the ‘natural order’.

    They have no understanding of the past – those “rustic, lovingly crafted hand made goods” were self-made (not made by artisan craftsmen) because those people couldn’t afford to do anything else.

    The chairs were for sitting on, not for admiring; the rough-hewn pine table was for sitting at, working from, eating at and so on; it was not a piece of John Constable rustic artwork.

    Their raw historical ignorance is possibly matched by their hubris in telling us what to do, but I’d say there’s not much in it…

    John Angelico

  10. We currently have a Mulga Bill PM.

    Julia Gill’s bicycle
    ‘Twas Julia Gill’, from Werribee, that caught the Greenie craze;

    She turned away the good old PM that served her many days;

    She dressed herself in recycled policies, resplendent on the ABC;

    She hurried off to Canberra town and bought a shining Green machine;

    And as she wheeled it through the door, with air of lordly pride,

    The grinning Bob Brown said, “Excuse me, can you ‘ride’ the polls?”

    “See here, young man,” said Julia Gill’, “from Wales over the sea,

    From Pasadena to Unley, there’s none can ‘ride’ like me.

    I’m good all round at everything as everybody knows,

    Although I’m not the one to talk – I hate a woman that blows.

    But ‘riding’ is my special gift, my chiefest, sole delight;

    Just ask a wild duck can it swim, a wildcat can it fight.

    There’s nothing clothed in hair or hide, or built of flesh or steel,

    There’s nothing walks or jumps, or runs, on axle, hoof, or wheel,

    But what I’ll sit, while hide will hold and girths and straps are tight:

    I’ll ride this here two-headed Typhon right straight away at sight.”

    ‘Twas Julia Gill’, from Werribee, that sought her own abode,

    That perched above Dead Man’s Creek, beside the Parliament Road.

    She turned the policy cycle down Capital Hill and mounted for the fray,

    But ‘ere she’d gone a dozen days it bolted clean away.

    It left the track, and through the trees, just like a silver streak,

    It whistled down the awful slope towards the Dead Man’s Creek.

    It shaved a pollster by half an inch, it dodged a big white-lie:

    The very journos in fright went scrambling up the rocks,

    The Independents hiding in their caves dug deeper underground,

    As Julia Gill’, as white as chalk, sat tight to every bound.

    It struck a Thompson and gave a spring that cleared a fallen tree,

    It raced beside a precipice as close as close could be;

    And then as Julia Gill’ let out one last despairing shriek

    It made a leap of twenty feet into the Dead Man’s Creek.

    ‘Twas Julia Gill’, from Werribee, that slowly swam ashore:

    She said, “I’ve had some narrer shaves and lively rides before;

    I’ve spun a lot o’ bull round Hansard to win a warming tax bet,

    But this was the most awful ride that I’ve encountered yet.

    I’ll give that two-headed out-law best; it’s shaken all my nerve

    To feel it whistle through the air and plunge and buck and swerve.

    It’s safe at rest in Dead Man’s Creek, we’ll leave it lying still;

    A warming tax is good enough to bring down Julia Gill’.”

    apologies to A.B. “Banjo” Paterson

    Michael Evans

  11. When considering the comments made by any organisation or group one must consider who is making them.
    The climate institute exists on the assumption that man-made-global-warming exists. The profit by this assumption.

    It seems the only ones pushing this barrow are the ones who would profit by the introduction of a tax/carbon tax and trade and that is becoming more obvious as they become more desperate.

    If a carbon tax converting to a carbon tax and trade is introduced then you can be assured that there will be an increase in depression & anxiety with the Job losses and energy increases that will surely follow. Not to mention the terror that will inevitably follow with smart meters shutting down heaters in winter and carbon cops knocking on small businesses doors when production over rides their carbon allowance.

    Tony Zegenhagen

  12. Great poem Michael E. If Banjo was alive today he’d be looking over his shoulder.
    David Williams

  13. It’s a case of these rich guys shutting the door behind them. Their watermelon policies (green on the outside, red on the inside) have the effect of destroying the middle class and severely curtailing opportunity for lower-middle classes to generate wealth. The already rich, on the other hand, have the right sort and amount of resources to survive their own inhibitory policies.

    George Orwell would have instantly recognised the Green industry for what is is.

    Paul Miller

  14. We need to get serious about differentiating between man-made global warming and natural global warming. Historically earth (and Mars) has gone through cycles of global warming and cooling that had no relationship to what humans were doing.

    Humans, in recent decades, have contributed to local and regional polution, but that is not the same as global warming.

    Jim Niday

  15. Bill, one time Senator Peter Walsh had contempt for the Greens or who he called THE BASKETWEAVERS of Clifton Hill and Balmain, who want to put us all back into the caves – Bob Brown would then become chief of the clan??
    Michael Evans what a cracker of a poem. Let’s see:

    “I love a Brown ruled country
    a land of no peopled plains
    Of Greens and gay love ranges
    Where there are no acid rains.

    I love her passified horizon
    And no fishing in the sea
    Her euthanasia and abortion
    See what Brown ruled land can be”

    Wayne Pelling

  16. Man thinks he can fix “climate change” all by himself. Here is the only solution that will save man from “climate change”. It’s God’s guarantee from the Old Testament:

    “If My people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then, will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. Now my eyes will be open and my ears attentive to the prayer that is made in this place” (2 Chronicles 7:14-15)

    Amazingly simple solution to all our “climate change” woes, isn’t it? That is the wonderful grace of our God. He has already given us an answer.

    Monica Craver

  17. The problem, in my view, is that the debate about climate change has hijacked the real issue. My opinion is that the world God created was given to us to be stewards over. I find it hard to reconcile our God given stewardship with pouring pollutants into rivers, landfill, the sky and everything in between.

    Has our behaviour changed the climate? I think the answer is probably yes but I don’t think it matters. I am certain we have made the world a less hospitable place for humanity through our actions.

    I don’t think there’s any reasonable argument that can be made for continuing to poor pollutants into the world. I think it’s this generation’s responsibility to stop polluting the planet and repair the damage – and I don’t think there’s any doubt that our actions haven’t damaged the planet.

    Anthony Caruana

  18. Thanks Anthony

    You are right about the call for us to be good stewards of what God created. I have written about that often elsewhere. But you are far too vague and imprecise in your concerns about human pollution. The issues are much more complex and nuanced than what your rather clichéd statements would allow for. But all this I have discussed in other posts, so I won’t repeat myself here. Thank for writing however.

    Bill Muehlenberg, CultureWatch

  19. Another great article about the greatest con of the 21st century.
    Warwick Marsh

  20. I enjoyed and of course agreed with everything in the article. I found it interesting where it was pointed out the high percentage of wealthy snobs, who preach the Global Warming nonsense. Perhaps subconsciously they feel “guilty’ that they have so much, consequently they attempt to prove that they have some concern for others. I have had a longer life than a number of your worthy writers, so naturally I have come across more repeated attempts by nuisances on two legs, who drag out some forthcoming crisis to scare people. It’s all about people control. None of the past scares have eventuated or been sustained, but climate change/nee global warming became the grotesque hoax that it is, because in many cases, the media are now much bigger monsters than they were in more civilized days. The media being made up mainly of left orientated citizens swallowed the baloney hook line and other attachments.
    It is worth noting that one of early protagonists of this hoax was a far left Canadian lawyer named Maurice Strong. Born in 1929, his theory was that to control the citizenry and have them sympathetic to taxation, you must first scare them with a forthcoming crisis, secondly convince them that they are partly to blame, thirdly advise them that it can be fixed with their help and taxation, with which they are obliged to participate. Does that sound familiar? I don’t know if Maurie is still alive, but the latest I heard of him, he had made his home in communist China, which isn’t surprising.
    Frank Bellet, Petrie Qld

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