Political Hysteria In The Service Of The Climate Change Myth

    Do not think about, write about or deal with  human behavior without determining the effects of incentives.

The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary. H. L. Mencken

    Politics has two functions. The first is to provide solutions to imaginary problems. The second is to provide imaginary solutions to real problems. As we see below, the hysterical presentation of imaginary problems, especially the one of “climate change” is meant to be a prelude to massive government regulation and large increases in spending. This requires a number of rhetorical devices as we see below.

John Kerry calls climate change ‘weapon of mass destruction’
Arshad Mohammed, Reuters

JAKARTA – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry warned Indonesians on Sunday that man-made climate change could threaten their entire way of life, deriding those who doubted the existence of "perhaps the world’s most fearsome weapon of mass destruction".

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  A preview—it threatens “their entire way of life” and those who don’t believe in the sacred screed are derided, but you ain’t seen nothin’ yet.

Kerry described those who do not accept that human activity causes global warming as "shoddy scientists" and "extreme ideologues", and said big companies and special interests should not be allowed to "hijack" the climate debate.

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   Now, degrade those who disagree with you and question their motives while stating the motives are sinister and immoral.

Aides said Kerry had chosen Indonesia for the first of what is to be a series of speeches on the topic this year partly because, as an archipelago of more than 17,000 islands, it is particularly at risk from rising sea levels.

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   Those sea levels are not nearly as high as Al Gore predicted. According to The Goracle, the Arctic ice cap should have been melted by now.

"Because of climate change, it’s no secret that today Indonesia is … one of the most vulnerable countries on Earth," Kerry told an audience of students at a high-tech U.S.-funded cultural center at a Jakarta mall.

"It’s not an exaggeration to say that the entire way of life that you live and love is at risk."

In the middle of a trip to Asia and the Middle East, Kerry argued that it made no sense for some nations to act to stem climate change while others did nothing.

"Think about the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. It doesn’t keep us safe if the United States secures its nuclear arsenal while other countries fail to prevent theirs from falling into the hands of terrorists," he said.

"The bottom line is this: it is the same thing with climate change. In a sense, climate change can now be considered another weapon of mass destruction, perhaps even the world’s most fearsome weapon of mass destruction."

Kerry’s public push takes place against a backdrop of a negotiation among nearly 200 nations about a possible new global treaty on climate change that is scheduled to be agreed next year and to address greenhouse gas emissions from 2020.

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    Again, there can be no greenhouses gases if there is no Global Warming. There is no pot of gold because there are no leprechauns.

In Beijing on Friday, Kerry announced that China and the United States, the world’s largest emitters of such gases, had agreed to intensify information-sharing and policy discussions on their plans to limit greenhouse gas emissions after 2020.

U.S. officials made clear they hope that the example of two countries historically on different sides of the debate working together might inspire other nations to do more.

The global scientists of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change have said it is at least 95 percent probable that human activities, led by the burning of fossil fuels, are the dominant cause of global warming since the 1950s.

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  We know how accurate the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change predictions have been. For those who don’t know, none of their predictions has been even close, especially the current cooling or “pause”, as they call it. Who are you to believe the IPCC or your lyin’ eyes?

However, some sceptics argue that a rise in global temperatures is due to natural variability or other non-human factors.

The fact that temperatures have risen more slowly in the past 15 years despite a continued rise in greenhouse gas emissions has also emboldened those who question the need for urgent action.

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   They have not risen more slowly, they have not risen.

Kerry, who faces a politically tricky decision at home on whether to allow Canada’s TransCanada Corp to build the Keystone XL pipeline over the opposition of environmental groups, had little patience for such sceptics in his speech.

"We just don’t have time to let a few loud interest groups hijack the climate conversation," he said. "I’m talking about big companies that like it the way it is, that don’t want to change, and spend a lot of money to keep you and me and everybody from doing what we know we need to do.

"We should not allow a tiny minority of shoddy scientists … and extreme ideologues to compete with scientific fact," he said. "The science is unequivocal and those who refuse to believe it are simply burying their heads in the sand."

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   This should be preserved and presented in a class on “hysterical government rhetoric”. Mencken would have been proud that one speech should so strongly support his observation.

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Grant Coulson
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