Monday, September 1, 2014

Blinded By (Pseudo) Science



The rapid scientific advances of the 1800’s made contemporary authors leery of the clever but arrogant men who would crown themselves emperor or even play God.  Mary Shelly, Jules Verne, Robert Louis Stevenson and H.G. Wells told tales of hubris, of men who would bend mankind to their wills by their command of nature.

In the Twentieth Century, scientific monstrosities leapt out of the pages of fiction and into real life.  The pseudo science of eugenics lent a veneer of intellectual credibility to the inhumane experiments and racist exterminations of the Third Reich.  “Scientific” Marxism justified the murder of hundreds of millions in pursuit of a utopian workers paradise.  During the Cold War, the planet was brought to the brink of extinction by the delusion that fighting a “winnable” nuclear war was possible.

In today’s secularist world, scientific elites are elevated to the station of a new priesthood; arbiters of objective, unvarnished truth; beyond the pale of petty corruptions and political intrigue.  But scientists are people too.

Seduced by the allure of riches, the glamour of celebrity and the hunger for power, climate science has sold its soul.  With the golden ring of controlling the global social and industrial agenda within their grasp, many climatologists have swapped scientific objectivity for political spin.  In doing so, they become caricatures mad sci-fi geniuses.

Like sci-fi fiction come to life, climatologists gone wild are frightening the children. In a story entitled, “Youth anxiety on the rise amid changing climate”, reporter Gayle MacDonald reports that, “Child psychiatrists, psychologists and educators say they’ve seen an escalation in the anxiety levels of today’s youth, who are constantly exposed to doomsday talk about the destruction of our planet.”

 

What these climate alarmists are doing to the kids is nothing short of child abuse.  They are bludgeoning their fragile psyches with trumped up and falsified data.  On Mises.org, Randall Holcombe, references a report in the American Journal of Agricultural Economics. Holcombe quotes from journal article:

 

“It appears that news media and some pro-environmental organizations have the tendency to accentuate or even exaggerate the damage caused by climate change. … We find that the information manipulation… induces more countries to participate in an IEA [International Environmental Agreement], which will eventually enhance global welfare.

 

Linking climate change to extreme weather may be a powerful way to motivate people.

 

The IPCC has tended to over-generalize its research results and accentuate the negative side of climate change. Following its lead, the mainstream media has gone even further

 

…it may be better for the countries to hold a pessimistic view of the climate problem, as it will induce more countries to participate in the IEA…”


That’s propaganda and proselytizing, not science.  The skewing of the climate story is exposed in detail in The Deliberate Corruption of Climate Science by Tim Ball, PhD. Ball “argues, with overwhelming evidence, that in fact the global warming debate in the halls of science has been an unmitigated fraud perpetrated by people who no longer have the right to be called scientists. Their collective goals have been to alter society radically while enriching themselves”.

 

Empirical data demonstrates that the global warning ceased over seventeen years ago.  Despite the dire predictions of Albert Gore that the polar ice caps would be melted by 2014, they are in fact still there and growing at about a 50% pace. This summer in the U.S.A. record low temperatures are out pacing record highs by a 3:1 margin.  In fact, climate contrarians claim that the earth may be on the threshold of a new mini ice age.

 

Assuming for argument’s sake that man made global warming is a reality; a Cato Institute analysis of recent government data reveals that the cost to Americans is virtually zero:

 

“The United States is not at great risk from climate change. The Obama administration’s Interagency Working Group tasked with establishing the social cost of carbon (SCC) determined that the SCC for the United States was only a few dollars per ton of carbon dioxide emitted—and that was calculated using overheated climate models. Taking into account new research that finds that the earth’s climate is less sensitive to greenhouse gas emissions, and the humongous body of literature demonstrating that enhanced carbon dioxide levels raise crop yields, the “social cost of carbon” in the United States becomes close to zero (or perhaps even negative, i.e., carbon emissions may actually provide a net benefit to the economy).”

 

With America at low risk from climate change damage, global warming provides yet another excuse to send U.S. taxpayer dollars abroad to fund Green technologies worldwide.

 

And that’s the real story.  The war on climate change is just one more is a series of “wars” that enable
statists to curtail liberty and pick our pockets.  Besides the endless and pointless shooting wars that America has waged for the past century we have also endured wars on poverty, women, drugs and terrorism. Each opens the floodgates to new and innovative State controls over the lives of everyday citizens and makes us poorer.

 

The climate change sham covers government wealth transfers to “green” businesses such as Solyndra and rationalizes crony capitalist scams like “Cash for Clunkers”.  It nearly made a billionaire of the aforementioned Al Gore who’s Chicago Climate Exchange would have held every American enterprise hostage had Cap And Trade carried the day.  On that note, I am gratified to report that Australia recently closed down its national carbon exchange this summer.

 

Sadly, the losers in all of this were the nerdy guys, the scientific geeks who got led astray by slick talking politicos and well heeled financiers.  “Stick with us”, they said.  “We’ll lie and you swear to it and we’ll be laughing on the way to the bank.”  Like sheep led to wolves the brainiacs never stood a chance.  They come off as puppets in some wild Lex Luthor scheme.  Like Bozos stuck in Antarctic ice.

 

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