It is easier to control people if they are scared. Towards that end, the global-warming fear-mongers have been upping their campaign, and may soon rival Dubya and the warnicks in terms of encouraging irrational fear for the purpose of selling bad (and expensive) government action.
In the SMH last week we were warned that “climate change may have passed a key tipping point” and reported a warning that “global warming was contributing to increased conflict over dwindling resources”. The example was Dafur.
The Courier Mail today has the title “climate change” over pictures of dry rivers and directs readers to page 4-5, which talk about the recent warm temperatures, the drought and the dying trees of poor defenceless pensioners.
Time magazine doesn’t bother with the subtle approach, seemingly borrowing their rhetoric directly from the “war of terror” and instructing readers to “BE WORRIED. BE VERY WORRIED“.
John Houghton continues the terror analogy by claiming that global warming actually is a weapon of mass destruction. Perhaps that mean it also doesn’t exist? He states that “the parallels between global climate change and global terrorism are becoming increasingly obvious” but he doesn’t draw the logical next conclusion that perhaps the government should stop and think carefully before they run straight into an expensive and potentially pointless policy.
But you don’t have to read the mainstream media to find the fear… it’s available closer to home and the best source of scary talk comes from Lambert’s blog. In discussions there, Jeff Harvey suggested:
“climate change, in combination with a range of other anthropogenic stresses, is pushing natural systems beyond a threshold where they can sustain themselves and us” … and … “we are going to see ‘ecological meltdown’ in the functioning of these systems, and their certain collapse”
Can’t sustain us? That sounds like a prediction of human extinction. He later backs away from the total-death scenario and says that some people will survive, but:
“I believe that many people will die and the quality of life for the surviving population will decline markedly if we do not change course in the coming decades” …and… “yes, life expectancy will decline in many parts of the world if we stay on the present course. Thanks to the ‘Washington Consensus’ and its attendant free market absolutism and predatory capitalism, I am very pessimistic that things will change in the short term”
“By ‘markedly’ I mean that civilization as we know it will implode – there just are not enough resources given the current overdraught in the developed world alone to support 9 or 10 bllion people”
Scared yet? It gets better. Peter Barrett warns that “if we continue our present growth path, we are facing extinction … by the end of this century”. Leonardo DiCaprio agrees with the extinction idea in his recent global-warming-fear movie.
But how long do we have left before doom and gloom? CBS reports James Hansen saying we have 10 years before we risk “a great danger of passing some of these tipping points”. The Independent says we have 10 years before the “point of no return”. The Guardian tells us we have eight years left to fix global warming. Sky reports WWF raising the bar again, saying we are five years away from climate catastrophy. And one report suggests that we will have 50 million climate change refugees by 2010.
And of course… like terrorism… the only solution to this problem is giving more money to your friendly gaggle of politicians and bureaucrats. With half the population scared of terrorists under their bed and the other half scared of co2, imagine the danger we face if terrorists start attacking us with carbon!