Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Climate "Science" Has Become Climate "Justice"

Go back to September during the People's March for Climate Justice (as if molecules of air discriminate) and there was a single image that summarized it for me:
The second I saw it, I thought of a passage from the Old Testament's Book of Exodus,

Then the Lord said to Moses, “Go down, because your people, whom you brought up out of Egypt, have become corrupt. They have been quick to turn away from what I commanded them and have made themselves an idol cast in the shape of a calf. They have bowed down to it and sacrificed to it ...

If there was ever a image that captured the folly of the climate cult, this was it.

What brought this to mind was an essay at Great Britain's Bishop Hill web site by a member of the Labour (Liberal) Party pertaining to global warming. Note that this liberal refers to global warming belief as "faith." Even though it is lengthy, I am reproducing it in its entirety.

The issue of why the political left is overwhelmingly supportive of the climate change alarmist ideology/faith, and hence there are relatively few left wing sceptics, is quite complex and would take more space and time than I intend to impose on you here. But may I, as a lifelong Labour supporter, offer a couple of broad observations. They are by no means comprehensive and omit many nuances. But they are major general factors which I have observed in the party for 61 years, and in Parliament for almost 30 years.
First is that most leftish British people get politically involved because they genuinely believe they wish to contribute to the common good in our society. (They tend to believe , rightly or wrongly, that the right wing wishes to contribute to their own individual or class good). At first this drew many to sympathise with Marxist ideology, until the Soviets discredited that. More sympathised and many still do with the social democratic ideals of equality and civil liberty, though that position lacks the ideological certainties and claimed scientific basis of old Marxism. With the collapse of Marxism, there was created a vacuum on the left. Those seeking an ideological faith to cling on to for moral certainty, felt bereft. They also wanted a faith which again gave them a feeling of still pursuing the common good of society, especially the new global society, and even more a feeling of moral superiority, which is a characteristic of many middle and professional types on the left. Climate change and the moral common good of saving the planet , with its claimed scientific certainties, offered to fill the vacuum. It may or may not be a coincidence that the climate change faith gained momentum in the 1990s immediately after Marxism collapsed with the Berlin Wall.
I notice that my Labour colleagues who are troubled by the cost of the war on climate change, and especially when I point out that its costs fall heavily on the poorer classes, while its financial benefits go to rich landowners and individuals on the Climate Change Committee, still won't face those facts because they want to cling on to the new climate faith because they want to believe it is in the common good. They are not bad or stupid people. Many are better and cleverer than me. But they have a need for a faith which they believe is for the global good. They don't want a moral vacuum. And the current leaders of the social democratic parties in Britain and Europe are not offering them much else. For Ed Miliband, who is not a bad or stupid man, but coming from a Marxist heritage, when asked for more vision, he grasps climate change like a drowning man clasping a lifebelt.
While this need persists and there persists the misconception that the Green faith is somehow leftish and in pursuit of the common good, then most on the political left will stay with it. To shake them it will be necessary to show them that the costs of implementing climate alarmism will actually destroy the economic hopes of the poor and is often a cynical device to enrich the wealthy. That it enables self righteous middle class posturers to parade their assumed moral superiority at the expense of the poor. And that it's so-called scientific certainties are very uncertain indeed. It is also necessary for the sceptical and realistic side to show more publicly that they accept the proven aspects of climate change (which every sceptic I know does) and care about the genuine concerns of the environment (which the Greens ignore by littering our landscapes with inefficient and costly windmills.)
My second point concerns the Stalinist tactics of the Green activists in trying to suppress any questioning of their dogmatic faith and to damage the lives and careers of any professional person who attempts to examine this subject in an honest way which might undermine their dogmatic claims. Their use of Holocaust language such as 'Denier', implying their target is akin to a neo Nazi, is but one example of the Stalinist mentality. In that political context, where any questioner is so derided, it is no surprise that most Labour supporters choose not to take the risk - especially when it immediately throws them into confrontation with their embattled leader.
Sorry to go on so long. But they are my observational conclusions on why it is not easy for the sceptical side to make progress on the political left. Interestingly, polls suggest it is among Labour working classes, always more practical than our Hampstead/Guardian types, that there is the biggest dissent from the Green religion - and some of them are already slipping off to UKIP, which shows more concern for their suffering under the Green taxes.
This battle to bring understanding to Labour that its climate policies punish its core supporters, will take a while to win, partly for the two reasons I offer above.
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Because this has become "faith," appealing to science doesn't persuade these people. Twice this past week, I offered very substantial scientific objections to two articles about global warming. One was the article forecasting 70% more lightning in the future and the second involving how poor the climate models have done in forecasting global temperatures the last 20 years. In both cases, it was as if they bounced off armor. Facts didn't seem to matter even those who claim to be scientists.

On a number of occasions, I have asked pro-global warming believers what it would take to "falsify" global warming. Most of the time, I get an open-mouthed gape. The thought I would challenge their "faith" (falsification is a necessary and essential part of science) was heresy.

I have a granddaughter that I hope will inherit a wonderful world where she can achieve her dreams. Do I support research to reasonably decarbonize energy in case global warming turns into more of a problem than it appears to be? Yes. Should we be good stewards of the environment? Absolutely!

But, when the climate forecasts continue to fail miserably (years after the west side of NY's Manhattan was supposed to be "under water"according to a NASA scientist/activist and months after the Arctic was forecast to be completely "ice free"), continuing to pour tens of billions into global warming is immoral.

We are learning that even more deadly strains of malaria are growing and spreading. They could be stopped with just 55¢ of DDT per household. Literally thousands of children Evie's age are dying of this easily preventable disease. Additional thousands die because of lack of clean water in an age where the revolution in water treatment technology has made it inexpensive to get it to everyone that needs it. Let's put most of our resources into these eminently critical, yet solvable, environmental problems rather than trying to continue to control the weather decades into the future.

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