You would have thought that our betters among the Davos crowd would have noticed by now that their increasingly shrill and hysterical advocacy to “save the plane”t has lost its power to panic us about global warming. There is certainly some scientific evidence for a warming trend–and there is evidence that the trend has stopped or is reversing. But most of this hysteria is based on computer projections which, so far, have been proved mostly wrong. That, and the McCarthyite treatment of heterodox thinkers on the issue, make their case increasingly hard to swallow.
So, they up the hysteria. Example, a speech given by Ban ki-Moon, the Secretary General of the United Nations. From the speech:
If we fail to act, climate change will intensify droughts, floods and other natural disasters. Water shortages will affect hundreds of millions of people. Malnutrition will engulf large parts of the developing world. Tensions will worsen. Social unrest – even violence – could follow. The damage to national economies will be enormous. The human suffering will be incalculable.
We have the power to change course. But we must do it now. As we move toward Copenhagen [Me: where the new GW treaty will be negotiated] in December, we must “Seal a Deal” on climate change that secures our common future. I’m glad that the Chairman of the forum and many other speakers have used my campaign slogan “Seal the Deal” in Copenhagen. I won’t charge them loyalty. Please use this “Seal the Deal” as widely as possible, as much as you can. We must seal the deal in Copenhagen for the future of humanity.
We have just four months. Four months to secure the future of our planet.
But there is just as good a case that our efforts to stop carbon dioxide omissions would wreck our already sickly economy–funny how that got lost in the speech–prevent the destitute from developing their resources, and serve as an excuse to undermine national sovereignty, redistribute income and wealth, and particularly, centralize power in the hands of the unelected power structure that hang out in places like Brussels and UN Plaza. Indeed, on my more cynical days, I think that is the real point of this whole exercise.
They may get their way. The media is on board. Our president loves the idea of international hope/change, with him cast as the savior. But there isn’t the “political will,” as Kim put it, to empty our already depleted treasuries and give up our freedom because most of us know that this “crisis” is either a total or a partial crock. The question is whether our leaders care much anymore about what the people think.