By Alan Caruba
They want us to cover the surface of the U.S.A. with solar panels and the mountains with wind turbines in order to generate the energy needed for everything we do. These Green energy alternatives are so wonderful they are producing a mere three percent of our current needs, require government subsidies and loan guarantees to exist, and tend not to be all that great when the sun isn’t shining and the wind isn’t blowing.
So, why are we still hearing from this discredited and disgraced bunch of charlatans and buffoons? In early May, 2012, the New York Times published “Game Over for the Climate” by a major offender of the truth, Dr. James Hansen, who for some reason is still the Director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS), despite having pocketed big bucks beyond his humble government salary. In 2007, he split a million dollar Dan Davis Prize with someone else and, in 2001, received a $250,000 Heinz Award. Former GISS employees want him fired.
As debased as the Times is, in 2006, the American Association for the Advancement of Science selected Hansen to receive their Award for Scientific Freedom and Responsibility. I cite this as a warning that even a Pulitzer Prize winning newspaper and formerly respected science organization have long since gone over to the dark side, when it comes to global warming. Nothing they have to say on the subject should be regarded as more than pure propaganda.
Suffice to say that Dr. Hansen’s opinion article cited every global warming lie we have been hearing since 1988, when he first gained fame testifying before a congressional committee that we were doomed. In his Times article, he predicted that the “semi-permanent drought” would turn the Midwest into “a dust bowl.” Like every other global warming prediction (that hasn’t come true) this will happen “over the next several decades.” Time enough for Dr. Hansen to pick up a few more awards and fatten his bank account.
The face of the global warming hoax, Al Gore, will not shut up. He made news in August, 2011, when he totally lost it while speaking at the Aspen Institute. Anyone -- noted climatologists, meteorologists, and mere science writers like myself -- were the target of his rant for actually citing things such as the fact that the Earth has been in a natural COOLING cycle since 1998 and other inconvenient facts about the climate.
Frothing at the mouth, Gore said:
The climate is not cooperating. The Church of Global Warming is crumbling around them. People are making fun of them. Parents are objecting to their scaring children with their lies. People actually want to warm their homes in winter and cool them in the summer. Meanwhile, using the global warming lies, the Environmental Protection Agency is trying to shut down the entire U.S. coal mining industry and attacking “fracking” to access natural gas. The U.S. Department of the Interior has virtually shut down all oil drilling on federal land and offshore. How crazed is all this?
One of their number, Dr. Peter Gleick, formerly of the American Geophysical Union’s Task Force on Scientific Ethics — the irony is too delicious — perpetrated a fraud against the Heartland Institute earlier this year, pretending to be a member of its board in order to secure a list of its donors and allegedly authoring a memo about a scheme to invade the nation’s schoolrooms with a program to dispute global warming. After confessing to the former, he resigned from the task force. An FBI probe is underway to determine if he broke any laws. Heartland has dubbed it “Fakegate.”
The Institute, by the way, is sponsoring its Seventh Annual Conference on Climate Change, May 21-23, 2012, in Chicago, immediately following the NATO conference that will be held in the windy city where it is headquartered. Its theme this year is “Real Science, Real Choices.” Among the speakers will be Czech President Vaclav Klaus, U.S. Representative James Sensenbrenner, Vice Chairman of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology, and two former NASA astronauts.
The lesson we can draw from the last few decades is that the entire environmentalist movement, of which the global warming hoax is one part, is an extension of what Dr. Robert Zubin, a Senior Fellow with the Center for Security Policy, addressed in his new book, Merchants of Despair: Radical Environmentalism, Criminal Pseudo-Scientists, and the Fatal Cult of Antihumanism.
Antihumanism has been around a long time. As Dr. Zubin points out, it has taken the form of “Darwinism, eugenics, German militarism, Nazism, xenophobia, the population control movement, environmentalism, technophobia, and, most recently, the incredibly demented climatophobic movement, which seeks to justify mass human sacrifice for the purpose of weather control.”
Al Gore, James Hansen, and even President Obama’s science advisor, John Holden, are card-carrying members of this cult. In 1971, Holden co-authored Global Ecology with Paul Ehrlich, famed for his 1968 book, The Population Bomb. They wrote:
So you need to understand that you are no better than a fruit fly and you need to die in order to avoid depleting the planet’s supply of food and its energy resources.
God knows I would like to ignore or — better still — never have to hear from these climate Nazis, but that is not going to happen so long as the New York Times, the United Nations, and a host of other entities keep repeating their lethal lies.
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Alan Caruba's commentaries are posted daily at Warning Signs, his popular blog -- and thereafter on dozens of other websites and blogs. His monthly report on new books is posted at Bookviews.
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