Forget the facts, just believe

January 13, 2010

I’ve noted before that the global warming/climate change mania has taken on aspects of a religion, a near-pagan worship of the planet as the living Gaia. The late Michael Crichton several years ago delivered a famous and highly critical address on that very topic: Environmentalism As Religion.

And these are hard times for the faith, as inconvenient facts get in the way of holy orthodoxy and the foretold signs of a coming Green Apocalypse fail to occur.

So, what is a Believer to do when the priests are shown to be charlatans and the Earth refuses to cooperate, in spite of all the granola eaten and carbon credits bought to prove one’s virtue?

Breathe deeply and heed the words of your Green Patriarch, laid down for all to see in his new book:

Gore’s spiritual argument on climate

Al’s Gore’s much-anticipated sequel to An Inconvenent Truth is published today, with an admission that facts alone will not persuade Americans to act on global warming and that appealing to their spiritual side is the way forward.

In his latest book, Our Choice: A Plan to Solve the Climate Crisis, the man who won a Nobel prize in 2007 for his touring slideshow on disappearing polar ice and other consequences of climate change, concludes: “Simply laying out the facts won’t work.”

Instead, Gore tells Newsweek magazine in a pre-publication interview, that he has been adapting his fact-based message – now put out by hundreds of volunteers – to appeal to those who believe there is a moral or religious duty to protect the planet.

(Emphasis added.)

In other words, “Don’t bother me with facts! I’m on a mission from God Gaia!”

So, who are you going to believe? Your lying eyes or The Goracle?

Question not. The science is settled. Amen.

Praying Praying Praying Praying Praying

(hat tip: Fausta)


It’s on! Sarah Palin vs. The Goracle

December 10, 2009

Yesterday I linked to an op-ed piece in the Washington Post in which Governor Palin denounced the corruption of science revealed in the Climategate files and called on President Obama to boycott the UN climate change conference in Copenhagen. It was an example of the well-reasoned, commonsensical, and ethical conservative argument we’ve come to expect from her. For example:

In his inaugural address, President Obama declared his intention to “restore science to its rightful place.” But instead of staying home from Copenhagen and sending a message that the United States will not be a party to fraudulent scientific practices, the president has upped the ante. He plans to fly in at the climax of the conference in hopes of sealing a “deal.” Whatever deal he gets, it will be no deal for the American people. What Obama really hopes to bring home from Copenhagen is more pressure to pass the Democrats’ cap-and-tax proposal. This is a political move. The last thing America needs is misguided legislation that will raise taxes and cost jobs — particularly when the push for such legislation rests on agenda-driven science.

It was a fair analysis in opposition to a policy the authoress believed harmful to the interests of the United States. But it was blasphemy to some, a challenge to the orthodoxy of the Cult of Anthropogenic Global Warming that had to be quashed.

There was only one person to do it, one illuminated being with the gravitas (and the girth) to reassert inconvenient truths, remind us that the science is settled, and restore our faith in a coming doom from which only he and other technocratic elites could save us (inconvenient evidence be damned): Al Gore himself.

Asked about Palin’s charge on Facebook that these are “doomsday scare tactics pushed by an environmental priesthood,” Gore replied that the scientific community has worked on this issue for 20 years. “It’s a principle in physics. It’s like gravity. It exists.”

In other words, “Don’t listen to that moose-hunting, baby-making, state-school educated hick from a barely-civilized state! Don’t let her fool you with facts supplied to her by deniers who are traitors to the planet! No, listen to me! I’m wiser than her. I’ve been a senator, a vice-president … I HAVE AN OSCAR!!

Let us not forget that this is the same genius who asserted on national television that the temperature of the Earth’s core tops out at several million degrees. Hint: if that were true, the Earth would have had a very bright, but very short career as a fireball, before ending as a cosmic smoke-puff. (Inconvenient truth: scientific estimates range from about 5,000 to 9,000 degrees Celsius.)

Gore has also either lied about or is ignorant of the emails at the center of the controversy, claiming the most recent was ten years old. Wrong. The most recent is from November of this year.

I ask again, why does anyone take this fat, bombastic, profiteering moron seriously?

When someone presents contrary evidence, his replies amount to saying “nuh-uh!” over and over again. When asked to prove climate change is anthropogenic in origin, he looks with disdain and says essentially, “Because… shut up!”

All Al Gore can do when challenged is roll his eyes and condescend in an attempt to intimidate and demean his opponents, because the genuine science is increasingly against him and his statist money-making scheme theory. Governor Palin, on the other hand, presented reasonable arguments about why we should look very seriously at the integrity of the science of climate change before making any drastic commitments based on it.

I know who I trust. How about you?

POSTSCRIPT: The former Alaska governor had this to say on her Facebook page in response to The Goracle:

The response to my op-ed by global warming alarmists has been interesting. Former Vice President Al Gore has called me a “denier” and informs us that climate change is “a principle in physics. It’s like gravity. It exists.”

Perhaps he’s right. Climate change is like gravity – a naturally occurring phenomenon that existed long before, and will exist long after, any governmental attempts to affect it.

However, he’s wrong in calling me a “denier.” As I noted in my op-ed above and in my original Facebook post on Climategate, I have never denied the existence of climate change. I just don’t think we can primarily blame man’s activities for the earth’s cyclical weather changes.

Former Vice President Gore also claimed today that the scientific community has worked on this issue for 20 years, and therefore it is settled science. Well, the Climategate scandal involves the leading experts in this field, and if Climategate is proof of the larger method used over the past 20 years, then Vice President Gore seriously needs to consider that their findings are flawed, falsified, or inconclusive.

Vice President Gore, the Climategate scandal exists. You might even say that it’s sort of like gravity: you simply can’t deny it.

LINKS: Hot Air covers Gore’s disappointment in Obama’s focus on health care; California senatorial candidate Carly Fiorina reminds us that facts are important things; J. Storrs Hall provides evidence that assertions that the infamous hockey stick graphs can only be explained by anthropogenic causes are poppycock. At Pajamas Media, Environmental Protection Agency scientist Alan Carlin discusses the risks inherent in the Obama Administration’s politicization of the agency, Roger Kimball discusses how Al Gore flunks logic, and mathematician Frank Tipler argues that relativism corrupts science.


Al Gore, scientific illiterate

November 17, 2009

Why does anyone take Al Gore seriously on global warming, or any matter involving science? The guy’s ignorant. Check out this howler. Thirty seconds of searching on the Internet found the correct information.

Again, I ask: Why does anyone lend this bombastic fool any credence whatsoever?

Because anthropogenic global warming is a religion, not a science, and the Goracle is its chief priest.

Don't let facts disturb your faith

(hat tip: Power Line)


I am a traitor to the planet!

June 30, 2009

Sounds cool doesn’t it, the kind of thing a supervillain would say as he reveals his dastardly plot and promises to destroy us all? With obligatory maniacal laughter, of course. Devil

Sadly, the truth isn’t nearly so cool: I don’t get a bizarre spandex outfit, I don’t have a hidden Evil Headquarters, and I don’t have Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy hanging off my arms. (Dang!) Instead, according to the New York Times’ Paul Krugman, I have betrayed Mother Earth and her High Priest Al Gore because I, along with the 212 member of the House of Representatives with some sense left, opposed the Waxman-Markey global warming cap-and-tax bill:

So the House passed the Waxman-Markey climate-change bill. In political terms, it was a remarkable achievement.

But 212 representatives voted no. A handful of these no votes came from representatives who considered the bill too weak, but most rejected the bill because they rejected the whole notion that we have to do something about greenhouse gases.

And as I watched the deniers make their arguments, I couldn’t help thinking that I was watching a form of treason — treason against the planet.

Krugman, himself a model of mendacity, then goes on to cite supposed evidence that damns global warming skeptics (who, by the way, are deserving of show trials for their heresy) as immoral and irresponsible. Let’s look at one in particular:

The fact is that the planet is changing faster than even pessimists expected: ice caps are shrinking,…

Um, no, actually, they’re not. According to corrected data from Nansen, the sea-ice extent for April and May of this year at the North Pole was nearly normal. For some historical perspective on polar ice variations, Watts Up With That has a great article you should read – and so should Captain Hysteria Paul Krugman.

(By the way, the Antarctic ice shelves show no sign of climate change, either.)

The rest of the article is filled with similar alarmist hyperbole masquerading as facts, all meant to scare the public into demanding something be done NOW!, before it’s too late – even if the evidence doesn’t justify it. (Cultists of the High Church of Anthropogenic Global Warming like to say the scientific consensus is settled, but the truth is far different.) I haven’t the time to deconstruct all Krugman’s rantings, but I can recommend the following sites as good places to follow for hard looks at the “science” of global warming:

Krugman’s article is typical of the left-liberal, statist mindset: government is the only vehicle for fairly allocating resources, so we need a problem so vast, so imminent, and so threatening that it justifies a massive government intervention in the economy and our private lives. And if skeptics should point out inconvenient truths, well, they’re just traitors, all of them.

Dr. Johnson once said that patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel. These days, he might have included environmentalism, too.

LINKS: Fellow traitor Tom Maguire tugs on Captain Hysteria’s cape.