7. Distortions and Falsehoods of Environmentalist Propaganda
“In searching for a new enemy to unite us, we came up with the idea that pollution, the threat of global warming, water shortages, famine and the like would fit the bill….All these dangers are caused by human intervention….and thus the “real enemy, then, is humanity itself….we believe humanity requires a common motivation, namely a common adversary in order to realize world government. It does not matter if this common enemy is ‘a real one or….one invented for the purpose.’” – The Club of Rome, after prophesying that oil would run out by 1980.
John Holdren, President Barack Obama’s science czar, said that information on climate change can and should be used to encourage changing structural and behavioral obstacles in society. He said the term “global warming” makes the cause easy to ridicule whenever there’s a snowstorm. “Every time we’re digging our cars out – what global warming?” he said. “[Global climate disruption is] more of a sort of generic blanket term, I guess, that can apply in all weather conditions.”
“But today, we’re seeing that climate change is about more than a few unseasonably mild winters or hot summers. It’s about the chain of natural catastrophes and devastating weather patterns that global warming is beginning to set off around the world – the frequency and intensity of which are breaking records thousands of years old.” Speaking to governors and more than 600 environmentalists from around the world, November 2008: “The United States and the world face few challenges more urgent than combating climate change. Science has left behind the discussion, and the facts are clear. The sea level is rising. The beaches are shrinking. We see record droughts, famines growing, stronger storms ever coming hurricane season.”— President Barack Hussein Obama when still a senator, on April 3, 2006.
“Not only do journalists not have a responsibility to report what skeptical scientists have to say about global warming. They have a responsibility not to report what these scientists say.”— Ross Gelbsan, environmental activist.
“Within a few years “children just aren’t going to know what snow is.” Snowfall will be “a very rare and exciting event” – Dr. David Viner, senior research scientist at the climatic research unit (CRU) of the University of East Anglia, interviewed by the UK Independent, March 20, 2000.
At the Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI) for Polar and Marine Research in Bremerhaven, Germany, more than 200 scientists from all over Europe debated a new scare, the “acidification of the oceans”: “Oceans acidify much faster than ever before in Earth’s history … The greenhouse gas carbon dioxide not only leads to global climate warming, but also to increasing acidification of the oceans.”
“Unless we announce disasters, no one will listen.”— Sir John Theodore Houghton, first chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and co-chair of the IPCC that won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007.
“That, of course, entails getting loads of media coverage. So we have to offer up scary scenarios, make simplified, dramatic statements, and make little mention of any doubts we might have.” – Stephen Schneider, Professor of Environmental Biology and Global Change at Stanford University.
“Only sensational exaggeration makes the kind of story that will get politicians’ — and readers’ — attention. So, yes, climate scientists might exaggerate, but in today’s world, this is the only way to assure any political action and thus more federal financing” – Monika Kopacz, researcher and activist.
[Expresso Magazine: ‘You said we need a catastrophe to get any change at all’]. “I spoke literally. The only way to shake this [state of] denial is for the system to sustain such a profound and painful shock that we will have no other choice but to effect these changes.” – Jonathon Porritt, dean of the “green gurus” in the United Kingdom interviewed by the magazine Expresso of Portugal, Dec. 6., 2009.
“What we’ve got to do in energy conservation is to try to ride the global warming issue. Even if the theory of global warming is wrong, to have approached global warming as if it is real means energy conservation, so we will be doing the right thing anyway in terms of economic policy and environmental policy.” – Timothy E. Wirth, ex-U.S. Senator, former aide to Al Gore, and president of the United Nations Foundation.
“I have seldom felt so alone. Confronted with [the Climategate] crisis, most of the environmentalists I know have gone into denial … “There is no point in denying it: we’re losing. Climate change denial is spreading like a contagious disease … A survey by the Pew Research Centre suggests that the proportion of Americans who believe there is solid evidence that the world has been warming over the last few decades has fallen from 71% to 57% in just 18 months. Another survey … by Rasmussen Reports, suggests that … US voters who believe global warming has natural causes (44%) outnumber those who believe it is the result of human action (41%)” – environmentalist George Monbiot writing in The Guardian, London, Nov. 2, 2009.
“What I would challenge you to do is to put a lot of effort into trying to see whether there’s a legal way of throwing our so-called leaders into jail, because what they’re doing is a criminal act.” – David Suzuki, celebrity scientist, on politicians ignoring climate alarmists.
“…Chief executives of large fossil fuel companies should be put on trial for high crimes against humanity and nature for actively spreading doubt about global warming in the same way that tobacco companies blurred the links between smoking and cancer.” – James Hansen, director of NASA’s Goddard Institute.
“Coal makes us sick. Oil makes us sick. It’s global warming. It’s ruining our country. It’s ruining our world.” – Harry Reid, Democrat, former U.S. Senate majority leader.
A movie review on The Age of Stupid reissues Al Gore’s false alarms: “With its debut in the U.S. and Canada and the rest of world (including Brazil) on the eve of the UN’s extraordinary meeting on climate, the film is a political libel. The script has the difficult task of thrilling an audience already saturated with catastrophic messages on climate and exposed in recent years to films like the documentary, An Inconvenient Truth” (Folha de S. Paulo, Sept. 21, 2009).
“Funding from rich countries to help the poor and vulnerable adapt to climate change is not even one percent of what is needed. This glaring injustice must be addressed at Copenhagen in December .” – Barbara Stocking, chief executive of Oxfam in Britain.
“The catastrophic increase in sea level, already projected to average between 16 and 17 feet around the world, would be almost 21 feet in such places as Washington, D.C., scientists say, putting it largely underwater. Many coastal areas would be devastated. Much of Southern Florida would disappear, according to researchers at Oregon State University…. if the West Antarctic Ice Sheet collapses, the rise in sea levels around many coastal regions will be as much as 25 per cent more than expected. That’s a lot of additional water, particularly around such highly populated areas as Washington, D.C., New York City, and the California coastline” (Science Daily).
“Entire nations could be wiped off the face of the Earth by rising sea levels if the global warming trend is not reversed by the year 2000. Coastal flooding and crop failures would create an exodus of ‘eco-refugees,’ threatening political chaos.” – Noel Brown, former director of the UN Environment Program.
We cannot afford to fail [in Copenhagen 2009]… If we falter, the earth itself will be at risk. And for the planet there is no Plan B…. We cannot compromise with the catastrophe of unchecked climate change.” – Socialist British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, in a speech to the Major Economies Forum, London, October 19, 2009.
Environmental scientist James Lovelock, renowned for his terrifying predictions of climate change’s deadly impact on the planet (The Revenge of Gaia), has gone back on his previous claims, admitting they were ‘alarmist.’ In 2006, he said “before this century is over billions of us will die and the few breeding pairs of people that survive will be in the Arctic where the climate remains tolerable.” He now admits to have exaggerated: ‘The problem is we don’t know what the climate is doing’, he told msnbc.com. We thought we knew 20 years ago. That led to some alarmist books – mine included – because it looked clear cut, but it hasn’t happened.” – Daily Mail, April 23, 2012.
“The transformation of the climate, worsened by human activity or not, in the short term could have deadly consequences for the human species, releasing bacteria contained in the Siberian tundra or methane wells which would spread [gas] over the planet like a suffocating cloud. Some scientists even predict the date of the disaster: 2012.” – Jacques Attali, former president of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (Blog Conversation avec Jacques Attali).
Statements reproduced in the blog, Verde: a cor nova do comunismo [Green: The New Color of Communism] taken in part from the U.S. Senate Minority Report titled, More Than 1000 International Scientists Dissent Over Man-Made Global Warming Claims, updated on Nov. 8, 2010.