Saturday, October 23, 2010

Global Warming Alarmism as an Anti-Human Ideology

Vaclav Klaus, the president of the Czech Republic, has a piece in the Financial Post on global warming entitled "An Anti-Human Ideology." He explains the philosophy behind the recent rush to accept the global warming scam on the basis of flimsy evidence. It is not about the empirical evidence, but rather it is about clothing an old philosophy in scientific garb.

The global warming dispute starts with a doctrine which claims that the rough coexistence of climate changes, of growing temperatures and of man-made increments of CO2 in the atmosphere — and what is more, only in a relatively short period of time — is a proof of a causal relationship between these phenomena. To the best of my knowledge there is no such relationship between them. It is, nevertheless, this claim that forms the basis for the doctrine of environmentalism.

It is not a new doctrine. It has existed under various headings and in various forms and manifestations for centuries, always based on the idea that the starting point of our thinking should be the Earth, the planet or nature, not man or mankind. It has always been accompanied by the plan that we have to come back to the original state of the Earth, unspoiled by us, humans. The adherents of this doctrine have always considered us, the people, a foreign element. They forget that it doesn’t make sense to speak about the world without people because there would be no one to speak. If we take the reasoning of the environmentalists seriously, we find that theirs is an anti-human ideology.

Global Warming Alarmism is not rooted in empirical science, as many leading scientists have pointed out and as Klaus explains with admirable clarity.

To reduce the interpretation of the causality of all kinds of climate changes and of global warming to one variable, CO2, or to a small proportion of one variable — human-induced CO2 — is impossible to accept. Elementary rationality and my decades-long experience with econometric modelling and statistical testing of scientific hypotheses tell me that it is impossible to make strong conclusions based on mere correlation of two (or more) time series.

In addition to this, it is relevant that in this case such a simple correlation does not exist. The rise of global temperature started approximately 150 years ago, but man-made CO2 emissions did not start to grow visibly before the 1940s. Temperature changes also repeatedly moved in the opposite direction than the CO2 emissions trend suggests.

Klaus asks why so many people are so wedded to the cause of Global Warming even though the science is far from settled. He writes:

How is it possible that so many politicians, their huge bureaucracies, important groups in the scientific establishment, an important segment of business people and almost all journalists see it differently? The only reasonable explanation is that — without having paid sufficient attention to the arguments — they have already invested too much into global warming alarmism. Some of them are afraid that by losing this doctrine their political and professional pride would suffer. Others are earning a lot of money on it and are afraid of losing that source of income. Business people hope they will make a fortune out of it and are not ready to write it off. They all have a very tangible vested interest in it. We should say loudly: This coalition of powerful special interests is endangering us.

Our interest is, or should be, a free, democratic and prosperous society. That is the reason why we have to stand up against all attempts to undermine it. We should be prepared to adapt to all kinds of future climate changes (including cooling), but we should never accept losing our freedom.

Follow the money. And remember that environmentalists are like watermelons: green on the outside but red on the inside. It is remarkable that the "solutions" to the global warming "crisis" turn out to be exactly what socialists want to see happen on other grounds: global governance, higher taxes, and the transfer of wealth from the first to third worlds. Like socialism, environmentalism is an anti-human ideology and must be opposed in the name of human freedom and dignity.

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