Environmental Alarmism Losing Acceptance
Author: Robert Prasker
Article Published: 08/12/2008
Questioning the wisdom and authority of climate alarmists is getting to be a dangerous business.
Al Gore compares climate change denial to moon landing denial. Former UK Environment Secretary David Miliband equates such denial to holocaust denial. Noting the recent arrest of a holocaust denier in Austria, Australian columnist Margo Kingston wrote: "Perhaps there is a case for making climate change denial an offence. It is a crime against humanity, after all."
Ah, the politics of fear. When you can't win your case with reason, just turn to the fine old pastimes of social ostracism and calls for brute government force. We'll all know that we live in a better world when people are finally being billy-clubbed by police officers for resisting an arrest for thought crimes. It's for the children, after all.
One must not lose sight of the fact that such tactics are "effective" and send "a clear message." Of course, their popularity has to be acknowledged as well. Why, who would ever think that coercion and bullying could be popular? That's never happened.
Fortunately, though, climate alarmists appear to have overplayed their hand, and are losing their hold on popular credulity, as is demonstrated by the findings published in the article linked below. Polls are indicating that people are now less receptive to alarmist calls for changes in their individual behavior. Instead, people are more concerned about finding common sense solutions that will end our dependence on fossil fuels and provide a practical, cost effective, and technologically innovative way to meet our energy demands for the 21st century.
Such solutions will also provide for a cleaner environment. Notice, though, that a cleaner environment will be achieved as a "win-win" solution that meets the problem head-on through technological solutions that will accommodate our growing needs. Real solutions have little or nothing to do with the fears propagated by doomsayers, or their twisted hopes that we'll all sign on for having our everyday lives manipulated by the central planners of government control.
Such doomsayers, though, have a very low opinion of humanity. They employ their alarmist and coercive tactics because they have adopted the belief that human beings are bad and stupid and need to be frightened into doing what is best for them.
Meanwhile, people are ditching the politics of fear and recognizing that such alarmism wasn't necessary in the first place. The irrational fears of anthropogenic "global warming" and/or "climate change" are losing ground to the practical fears of high energy costs, international political ramifications, increased world demand and, yes, even the welcome prospect of a cleaner environment as a by-product of technological progress, rather than propagandized fear-mongering in the hope of government social control.
The alarmists haven't given up though, and they've managed to enmesh themselves so deeply in the mainstream narrative regarding our energy future that any practical discussion is monopolized by their true agenda: centralized government planning to run every aspect of our existence and rob us of our freedom.
The article at the link below demonstrates this in the second to last line, a quote from an environmental alarmist who spins a "silver lining" to the article's findings:
"We welcome this survey because it shows that individuals want their governments to do more."
"Governments to do more"? That's odd. Isn't the issue energy solutions and the environment?
True colors revealed.