I don’t think any single person has the right to apologize on behalf of environmentalists any more than I think a consensus of scientists saying something means they must be right and “sciency”. However, it is nice to hear. It is nice to hear someone acknowledge that fear has been the propaganda of environmentalism. We hear it in an article titled, “On Behalf Of Environmentalists, I Apologize For The Climate Scare — Environmental Progress“.
The piece begins, “On behalf of environmentalists everywhere, I would like to formally apologize for the climate scare we created over the last 30 years. Climate change is happening. It’s just not the end of the world. It’s not even our most serious environmental problem.” That’s likely true. I am a conservationist and as such feel we need to be good stewards of the planet and natural resources. We don’t always do that.
The article continues with something I find very interesting to read since it stands in contradiction to what most in the Church of Climatology believe in their faith.
“Here are some facts few people know:
- Humans are not causing a “sixth mass extinction”
- The Amazon is not “the lungs of the world”
- Climate change is not making natural disasters worse
- Fires have declined 25% around the world since 2003
- The amount of land we use for meat — humankind’s biggest use of land — has declined by an area nearly as large as Alaska
- The build-up of wood fuel and more houses near forests, not climate change, explain why there are more, and more dangerous, fires in Australia and California
- Carbon emissions are declining in most rich nations and have been declining in Britain, Germany, and France since the mid-1970s
- Netherlands became rich not poor while adapting to life below sea level
- We produce 25% more food than we need and food surpluses will continue to rise as the world gets hotter
- Habitat loss and the direct killing of wild animals are bigger threats to species than climate change
- Wood fuel is far worse for people and wildlife than fossil fuels
- Preventing future pandemics requires more not less “industrial” agriculture
I know that the above facts will sound like “climate denialism” to many people. But that just shows the power of climate alarmism.”
What can we make of this?
I think the author does a fine job explaining what to make of this, “we’ve been duped”. But why? You are right to ask that question. The reason, according to the author, ” financial, political, and ideological motivations. Environmental groups have accepted hundreds of millions of dollars from fossil fuel interests. Groups motivated by anti-humanist beliefs forced the World Bank to stop trying to end poverty and instead make poverty “sustainable.” And status anxiety, depression, and hostility to modern civilization are behind much of the alarmism”.
It’s not science – it’s politics and religion.
More than that it’s control. Many of us have tried to explain how believers were being duped. How they were being lied to. But of course the machine was in motion and we couldn’t get the gears to stop. Time, of course, will always win out. When the globe didn’t freeze, they stopped that line and switched to warming, which was more likely to happen since we are in an interglacial period.
An interglacial period means the earth is warming. It does that, it warms up all on its own. The argument over man being the cause of it, or not, is irrelevant really because it is going to warm. Some say sure, but it will warm faster, or hotter. Which only means we need to prepare. We need better insulations. We need motors that run in high temperatures. We need a power grid that can withstand heat. We are wasting money and time on regulations that don’t help and technologies that give the appearance of being climate friendly when in actuality they add to the “problem”.
But people now believe in Climate Change. They have been taught it since they were tiny children in kindergarten and have seen it talked about on all their cartoons and TV shows. To them, it is a fact, and they cannot conceive that they were lied to, duped, or that even if in earnest, a mistake was made.
I do not deny the climate is changing.
If course it is. It always does. It was changing long before Al Gore opened his mouth. It was changing when tribes of humans crossed from Asia into North America. It has been warming for thousands of years. What we are witnessing is simply the natural result of natural processes. Some day, the climate will change again, but this time in the other direction. That once predicted freeze, will occur. When? We don’t know that anymore than we know how warm the earth will be in 20 years, or next week.
I say we are in an interglacial period. But we might be at the end of an ice age instead. One means a much shorter period of warming, geologically speaking, and the other a much longer period of warming. The one could begin swinging back to cooler now the other in a 100,000 years.
If there is anything to be done, it is not in an effort to stop the unstoppable but in preparing for the thing we know to be coming – warming. We can prepare to take advantage of the many positives it brings and innovate for the few negatives. It is up to us to be believers or heretics. I am not a believer in the religion so I choose heresy.