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In the early 1600s, the prevailing theory — accepted by those today we’d vaguely dub “most scientists” — was that the sun and other planets revolve around the Earth. The evidence, with the capabilities and technology they had at the time, was tepid, but enough for the general populace. The Earth was at the center of the universe. This “fact” was supported by the Vatican; it was indisputable. Galileo Galilei, along with a few other scientists, was among the minority that disagreed. If mankind at the time had followed the modern opinion that the majority knows best, today we might still be swinging our scientific evidence towards the earth-centered model of the universe. When Galileo published works on his heliocentric theories, he was alienated and barred from professional scientific publishing and conferences. It was the educated, those in power, who most rabidly refuted his theory.
We are once again in a time where there is a theory — theory — that such a powerful majority subscribes to. Any scientist who disagrees, or questions it, is ridiculed by the media and so-called “most scientists,” and is barred from speaking at panels discussing the issue. At this point it should be obvious I’m talking about anthropogenic global warming — or climate change, for those who scramble to explain without explaining why the Earth is on a cooling trend. Global warming is still a theory. A model. We know this, and yet our schools’ textbooks claim it as fact. It’s something you are the cause of, and shame on you. Those men and women on the United Nations World Climate Change panels who fly their private jets to exotic locales all over the world to sit in their catered, air-conditioned, and sponsored meetings are telling you that your car is the problem. Your lightbulbs are the problem. Who are you, common citizen, to disagree with the Pope, past presidents of the United States of America, and Gwyneth Paltrow? You are nobody. You’re a climatologist, you say? A well-regarded professor at a university? You should double-check your funding, if you are even thinking about refuting or questioning the Law that is Climate Change.
Your fossil fuel addiction is the problem, citizen, and don’t ask us about data, because we’ll throw so many colorful propaganda infographics at you, you’ll have no choice but to wave a white flag. Our green solutions are also harmful, you say? A volcano throws up more harmful pollutants than an entire continent of fossil fueled vehicles? Doesn’t matter.
How is lithium obtained, again, you ask?
If you’re an environmentalist and you’re not a fan of windmills and solar panels because they’re dicing your bats and roasting your sparrows, you’re an environmental Uncle Tom. Your rainforests and natural prairies are far less important than our organic soybeans and green energy farms. They are necessary collateral damage in the War on Fossil Fuels. Trees grow back. Don’t worry about it.
When organizations like the U.N. and powerful positions like the Holy See all get behind a theory so loudly, it’s time to look the other way, and wonder who all gains from the pursuit of that theory being accepted as fact. Whose eyes lit up into little dollar signs when the ball really started gaining speed? Who gains when the world’s population is told what they can and can’t drive, eat, do?
Who flaunts their boisterous beliefs and makes superficial but very publicized changes to their lifestyles while they continue to fly their private jets all over the globe?
Clearly, if global warming is anthropogenic, it’s my little car that’s the problem.