I am always amazed that people without the capacity to verify the climate data are so convinced that “climate change” — which used to be “global warming,” but had to be changed to accommodate the “Great Pause” — is real and catastrophic. Since most people cannot independently verify the science of climate change, then those whose political leanings favor anti-capitalist solutions will accept the “facts” as if they are as true as gravity.
On the other hand, those who do not agree with the anti-capitalist solutions, i.e., libertarians, will tend to view their claims with skepticism.
For me, I cannot see how any changes within a span of only 50-100 years can be taken so seriously when one considers that minute span within the history of earth. That is only 1/2 of 1% of the time since the last ice age. If the global warming alarmists simply argued that we need to do everything to minimize pollution then there would be very little disagreement. Yet, their claim is that we need to save the Earth, that global catastrophe is imminent, that first-world countries are destroying the planet. This is the “fraud” that Rush Limbaugh is talking about. There are many ridiculous overstatements by the Left on the environment that cannot be substantiated. The planet will be around for nearly five billion more years. Human life has survived the coldest epochs and continues to exist in the hottest desert environments.
The Left need causes that necessitate unitarian government. As such, they are global universalists. They want universal health care, global government via the United Nations, a world without borders. Global climate change is a perfect totalizing umbrella to unite the world under a single, controlling, horrifying rubric of an Earth in jeopardy underwritten by the prestige, authority, and inaccessibility of high science. The truth is that the earth is a religion to the Left, and climate change is its eschatology — an end of the world scenario. It used to be global thermonuclear war. Movie after movie in the 1980s fabricated a readymade collective anti-reality that only Leftist politics of disarmament and a “new world built on the ashes of the old” could solve. But that needed to be changed after the fall of the Berlin Wall (another reason to hate Reagan). A new collective umbrella needed to be fashioned.
Why, hasn’t anyone ever wondered why Al Gore’s Earth in the Balance (1992) was released so shortly after the fall of Russian Communism? Indeed, its subtitle is “Forging a New Common Purpose.” Climate change skeptics are not denying that a legitimate scientific issue exists that humans need to grapple with, but the political aspirations of those promoting its purported catastrophic consequences, whose ideas and solutions for humanity just might actually end life as we know it. Food for thought.
— Dr. Robert E. Gordon, is a Research Fellow at The Center for American Culture and Ideas, The University of Arizona.