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Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Well Put

The global-warming hucksters

Pat Buchanan

October 23, 2007


The scaremongers are not always wrong. The Trojans should have listened to Cassandra. But history shows that the scaremongers are usually wrong.

Parson Malthus predicted mass starvation 250 years ago, as the population was growing geometrically, doubling each generation, while agricultural production was going arithmetically, by 2 percent or so a year. But today, with perhaps 1 percent of our population in full-time food production, we are the best-fed and fattest 300 million people on Earth.

Karl Marx was proven dead wrong about the immiseration of the masses under capitalism and the coming revolution in the industrial West, though they still have hopes at Harvard.

Neville Chute's "On the Beach" proved as fictional as "Dr. Strangelove" and "Seven Days in May." Paul Ehrlich's "Population Bomb" never exploded. It fizzled when the Birth Dearth followed the Baby Boom.

"The Crash of '79" never happened. Instead, we got Ronald Reagan and record prosperity. The Club of Rome notwithstanding, we did not run out of oil. The world did not end in Y2K, when we crossed the millennium, as some had prophesied. "Nuclear winter," where we were all going to freeze to death after the soot from Reagan's nuclear war blotted out the sun, didn't quite happen. Rather, the Soviet Empire gave up the ghost.

Is then global warming – a steady rise in the temperature of the Earth to where the polar ice caps melt, oceans rise 23 feet, cities sink into the sea and horrendous hurricanes devastate the land – an imminent and mortal danger?

Put me down as a disbeliever.

Like the panics of bygone eras, this one has the aspect of yet another re-enactment of the Big Con. The huckster arrives in town, tells all the rubes that disaster impends for them and their families, but says there may be one last chance they can be saved – but it will take a lot of money. And the folks should go about collecting it, right now.

This, it seems to me, is what the global-warming scare and scam are all about – frightening Americans into transferring sovereignty, power and wealth to a global political elite that claims it alone understands the crisis and it alone can save us from impending disaster.

Under the Kyoto Protocol, from which China and India were exempt, the United States was to reduce carbon emissions to 1990 levels, which could not be done without inducing a new Depression and reducing the standard of living of the American people. So, we ignored Kyoto – and how have we suffered? The Europeans who signed on also largely ignored it. How have they suffered?

We are told global warming was responsible for the hurricane summer of Katrina and Rita that devastated Texas, Mississippi and New Orleans. Yet Dr. William Gray, perhaps the nation's foremost expert on hurricanes, says he and his most experienced colleagues believe humans have little impact on global warming and global warming cannot explain the frequency or ferocity of hurricanes. After all, we had more hurricanes in the first half of the 20th century than in the last 50 years, as global warming was taking place.

"We're brainwashing our children," says Gray. "They're going to the Gore movie ('An Inconvenient Truth') and being fed all this. It's ridiculous. ... We'll look back on all of this in 10 or 15 years and realize how foolish it was."

Gray does concede that for a scholar to question global warming can put his next federal grant in mortal peril.

While modest warming has taken place, there is no conclusive evidence human beings are responsible, no conclusive evidence Earth's temperature is rising dangerously or will reach intolerable levels and no conclusive evidence that warming will do more harm than good.

The glaciers may be receding, but the polar bear population is growing, alarmingly in some Canadian Indian villages. Though more people on our planet of 6 billion may die of heat, estimates are that many more may be spared death from the cold. The Arctic ice cap may be shrinking, but that may mean year-round passage through northern Canadian waters from the Atlantic to the Pacific and the immense resources of the Arctic made more accessible to man. Why else did Vladimir Putin's boys make their dash to claim the pole?

The mammoth government we have today is a result of politicians rushing to solve "crises" by creating and empowering new federal agencies.

Whether it's hunger, poverty or homelessness, in the end, the poor are always with us, but now we have something else always with us: scores of thousands of federal bureaucrats and armies of academics to study the problem and assess the progress, with all their pay and benefits provided by our tax dollars.

Cal Coolidge said that when you see 10 troubles coming up the road toward you, sometimes the best thing to do is nothing, because nine of them will fall into the ditch before they get to you. And so it will be with global warming, if we don't sell out America to the hucksters who would save us.


Note by Republicus: The logic of the last paragraph didn't do the common sense of those preceding any favors.

55 Comments:

Blogger Kelly said...

Hey, John, good to see you putting up more posts these days.

You ought to see what Phelonius has done over at sciolistsalmagundi. Actually, his partner in crime/blogging did it, but it sure looks good.\

Hope you are doing well.

11:19 PM  
Blogger John said...

Hi Kelly. I'll check it out.

12:26 AM  
Blogger John said...

When I try to access sciolistsalmagundi, I get a post from February 17, 2006 (like the last few times I tried).

12:32 AM  
Blogger Kelly said...

ah...you are getting the old address. I should mention that to him. It might help him get more traffic if people could follow his avatar back to his site.

go here...http://sciolistsalmagundi.com.

We also had some interesting times with a troll over at Nanc's It's Curtains for you. Her troll made some that you have had here look TAME.

6:26 AM  
Blogger John said...

I have to check that out.

2:53 PM  
Blogger nanc said...

very good to see you, john - as kelly says!

have seen you out and about at a place or one...way to go, you...

*;]

i'm going to try phelonius again - had somebody look at my p.c. to see why i couldn't post at a couple of places.

4:58 PM  
Blogger nanc said...

p.s. she's not THAT interesting...

hehehe...

p.s. i think she's into a little s&m - "slapping and mangling"...

4:59 PM  
Blogger John said...

I'm giving her a taste of her own medicine.

7:32 PM  
Blogger Kelly said...

OH, John you are giving her a good taste of her own medicine, but I fear it will take a LOT of her own medicine to show her reality.

Phelonius tried to convince us to be nice, but then found out that she is wicked mean. She has no scruples!!!! He is DONE with her.

and...btw...some of her comments toward me were deleted by Nanc...for good reason.

Plain and simple...she is a Jewish American Princess!!

I am cheering at your comments on her blog, however.

9:22 PM  
Blogger Kelly said...

but I won't comment on her blog...I won't give her that satisfaction.

10:11 PM  
Blogger Kelly said...

John, I am reading what you are saying at Dora's. THIS is the John we all miss. OH MAN...bring it over here.

Some of us thought you had lost a bit of your zest...that you had lost faith in this administration.

Mind you, Bush is not perfect...but by golley...John...you are still a fighter.

11:19 PM  
Blogger nanc said...

me too.

farmer gives her "what for" on a regular basis, but she still doesn't get it.

she must be a member of "densa"...

8:43 AM  
Blogger Kelly said...

I noticed that Farmer was doing the same. I want to give him a bunch of kudos, too.

8:53 AM  
Blogger John said...

I like Dora. She's an intelligent young woman. She may be disagreeable, but she's by no means the enemy (just don't tell her I said that).

9:27 AM  
Blogger Kelly said...

I am sorry, I don't agree with you, she said some pretty nasty things to me. She may have her wits about her, but when we tried to be nice to her...and I mean we tried, she was snotty in her replies.

You sound like Phelonius when he first met her. You ought to ask his opinion of her.

She has no clue why people would want to have children. In fact, she thinks that anyone who stays home to take care of their children is down right immoral. We undermine women's rights by staying home. So, by being a stay at home mom I AM the ENEMY!

I am the epideme of what she detests.

Even when someone tried to complement her she slammed them.

She MAY be intelligent. But, she is NOT nice.

You wouldn't catch me telling Dora what you think of her...or telling her anything for that matter.

On that same note...we do feel sorry for her. She is the only child of only children....and has been spoiled all her life.

9:48 AM  
Blogger nanc said...

give her time, john...

10:23 AM  
Blogger John said...

What did she say that warranted deletion?

10:44 AM  
Blogger Kelly said...

She asked me if I did IT in a certain position...AND used my last name in the same context. She later used my last name again...she had to dig to find that btw...when dishing out more insults.

12:25 PM  
Blogger John said...

Well,the last name thing was deletion-worthy.

1:13 PM  
Blogger nanc said...

btw - it's good to see you out of prison again...

1:38 PM  
Blogger Phelonius said...

Hullo, John! Good to hear from you again!

5:35 PM  
Blogger nanc said...

all this global swarming talk - and just today there was an article saying that the bees are disappearing...

5:36 PM  
Blogger John said...

Kelly, Phelonius, and Nanc, good to see you. I've obviously been bogged down with extra-blogular concerns...

6:40 PM  
Blogger Kelly said...

If you only knew of the extra blogular concerns we all have...

The blogosphere is all part of our sanity.

7:02 PM  
Blogger John said...

Have you been around the blogosphere? It's more like an asylum sometimes.

8:09 PM  
Blogger Kelly said...

Not completely, and I didn't say all of it. I have a few good blog friends (some have even become real friends).

It is good, though, to get a few whacks at something now and then for sanity's sake.

8:14 PM  
Blogger nanc said...

thank you, john...

*:]

3:47 AM  
Blogger John said...

Your welcome, Nanc. :)

6:41 PM  
Blogger nanc said...

bargholz doesn't have nuthin' on you!

*;}

maybe that will drag him out of retirement...IF he's not in iraq...

7:45 PM  
Blogger Kelly said...

John, you and Farmer are quite a team. :) Keep up the good work!

8:59 PM  
Blogger John said...

I'm just playin.' ;)

7:30 AM  
Blogger Kelly said...

she makes a nice mouse...you CAT!

don't want to kill it cause then it wouldn't be fun to play with any more ;)

7:38 AM  
Blogger nanc said...

you scoundrel...

*;]

7:45 AM  
Blogger nanc said...

i like the "new cd" analogy...

7:47 AM  
Blogger nanc said...

p.s. i loved it when the merry widow used the "she has lost her new car smell" analogy!

it put even beamish over the edge.

7:49 AM  
Blogger John said...

I missed that one. As for the CD, it is a little tougher to get to the music inside with some labels. ;)

11:27 AM  
Blogger nanc said...

tmw used it a few months ago on her at a post at farmer's.

11:31 AM  
Blogger John said...

How did the analogy go?

11:54 AM  
Blogger nanc said...

it was a dark and stormy night...

no, wait!

it was at farmer's a few months ago and as the floradorable one was being such a pain in the backside (every subject will eventually turn to the subject of sex) - tmw got fed up.

as the conversation was becoming worse, tmw just said that men like the smell of new cars and that "you know who" had lost her new car smell - i paraphrase and it was priceless i tell you!

farmer never keeps his posts up for more than a week or so and rather than archive them, he likes to get rid of them altogether.

so one day i asked him why he kept burning all the F.I.G.'S (effigies) and it just stuck.

i did an immediate follow-up post at curtains with a link to his post and comments and i can't find it - you would have loved it.

it was totally out of tmw's character to say something like that and it dumbstruck all of us.

guess you had to have been there...

12:14 PM  
Blogger John said...

"(every subject will eventually turn to the subject of sex)"

That's funny. When I likewise cheekily (and cheesily) turn to that subject, she clams up like the supposedly uptight Puritans she mocks.

3:32 PM  
Blogger John said...

"Old car smell." Ouch.

3:43 PM  
Blogger nanc said...

remember the dominance factor?

she must be the one who alludes to it.

you're just a man afterall...

5:59 PM  
Blogger nanc said...

a lowly man...

bwaaaaaaaaaaahahahaha~!

*;]

6:00 PM  
Blogger Kelly said...

"When I likewise cheekily (and cheesily) turn to that subject, she clams up like the supposedly uptight Puritans she mocks."

That's because she is on her own site...people who know her read it.

But she was not above bringing it up to those on the other blogs...quite offensively, I might add.

6:35 PM  
Blogger nanc said...

disgustingly to boot!

6:46 PM  
Blogger John said...

Well, the shoe's on the other foot, now, and I hope she understands how her own similar behavior makes other people feel.

8:18 AM  
Blogger nanc said...

indeed!

11:55 AM  
Blogger nanc said...

john - global warming scam according to founder of the WEATHER CHANNEL!

9:00 AM  
Blogger nanc said...

JOHNNNNNNNNNNNNNN!

bargholz is back!

6:49 PM  
Blogger John said...

Thank you Nanc, for the link and info! :)

7:08 AM  
Blogger John said...

RU sure "JB" was Bargholz?

7:11 AM  
Blogger nanc said...

no, but "fuquad" is and he admitted it!

of course i recognized him immediately...it's this keen sense i have about me...

like when i close my eyes and rub my fingertips all over my husband's face and say, "i know you by heart."

i know jeff by heart!

11:38 AM  
Blogger Kelly said...

Nanc, I know what you mean. There are a few people on the blogosphere that I know like that, too.

11:54 AM  
Blogger John said...

This boy is burned out a bit, ladies. :(

7:03 PM  
Blogger Kelly said...

John, well you put up a great front against the "troll"...which was greatly appreciated...everyone needs a rest now and then.

8:09 PM  

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