It is worth noting that the modern environmental movement was founded on the 1962 book Silent Spring, written by Rachel Carson. Although Carson was a trained biologist, who had received some praise for her earlier works, it is sad but nonetheless quite true that the hideous distortions regarding pesticides and countless errors in fact that literally fill Silent Spring are the product of an embittered spinster dying of breast cancer. It doesn’t take Sigmund Freud to figure out that she needed something on which to blame her fate, and anointed environmental pollution—mainly pesticides—as the evil that would wipe out civilization.
Thus, Carson gave the nascent environmental movement its first apocalypse, and DDT became the prime agent of doom. As it turned out, she was right about the doom, but it was the banning of DDT that brought it about, with tens of millions—mostly poor Africans—dying of malaria.
That she is still regarded as some sort of heroine today can only be understood, based on the kind of mentality that produces “lender liability” lawsuits. Here, the plaintiff maintains that you shouldn’t have loaned me the money because you should have known that I wouldn’t pay it back, and you should have exercised better due diligence. In other words, it wasn’t my fault. Applied in this case, it would have vilified the actual people who believed her pernicious nonsense and put her agenda into play. Unfortunately, William Ruckelshaus and company have yet to pay the price.
Nevertheless, the stage was set. Any big environmental issue must be framed as a terrible crisis; supporting science is vague, nonexistent, fudged, or distorted; and the cognitive dissonance whereby concern for human lives is always preached but never practiced hangs over the proceedings like the Emperor’s New Clothes.
Earlier faux crises include…
- Paul Ehrlich’s Population Bomb
- Carl Sagan’s “nuclear winter”
- Ozone depletion
Ehrlich’s true “bomb” was how reality displaced this sick poseur’s posturing, although he did make lots of money. Many are unaware that he supported a proposal to simply stop both private and government-sponsored food aid to countries that experienced chronic food shortages, unless they controlled their populations. Otherwise, he was quite willing to let them starve. Ehrlich the humanitarian!
Sagan died before his theory was completely destroyed, but supposedly he was willing to take the credit for preventing nuclear war. I guess you’d have to be a wee bit puffed-up, confused, and emotionally and spiritually tone-deaf to simultaneously be a dyed-in-the wool atheist and still say “If you want to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first create the universe.”
If chlorofluorcarbons were really depleting the ozone layer, how come the so-called “hole” only appeared above Antarctica, with nothing at all over the northern hemisphere, home to infinitely more air conditioners? I don’t know, either.
As to Global Warming, we can probably acknowledge that it is occurring, if to a tiny extent—perhaps 0.6 degree Celsius (1.08 degree Fahrenheit) over the entire 20th century—assuming that we can trust “average global temperature” data. However, blaming humans for the rise, or even holding that the rise is unique is nothing less than absurd.
Notwithstanding that infamous “hockey stick” curve that somehow left out both the so-called Little Ice Age (LIA) and Medieval Warm Period (MWP), these epochs are part of the historical record.
During the MWP (roughly 600 to 1400 AD), Greenland was actually green, wine was produced in England, and agriculture and exploration flourished. During the LIA (roughly 1500-1850) northern Europe got colder, and culture and development shifted to the south.
More than that, evidence exists to show at least 600 moderate warming events in the last 1 million years.
As to human-generated carbon dioxide causing the warming, let’s be rational. Consider that carbon dioxide constitutes about 0.03 percent of the atmosphere, and, at best, less than 20 percent of this comes from fossil fuel combustion. Actually, the doomsayers have this the wrong way round: As the Earth warms up, more of the gas is released from the warming oceans.
Few would disagree that a warmer climate is preferable to a colder one, and human history bears this out.
As to the ridiculous doomsday scenarios of coastal cities being flooded into oblivion, even if we believe every worst case model, it is certainly not a matter of New York City suddenly being submerged, like some bad science fiction movie. These changes, if they occurred at all, would take hundreds of years at least.
Moreover, we can’t help pointing out that the Katrina disaster was caused in large part by “environmental” groups blocking proper levee construction, despite the existence of a a KNOWN hazard. Remember that in the face of a visible, real, and actual crisis, all the king’s horses and all the king’s men still couldn’t manage the simple task of extracting those in harm’s way.
Keep that, and the global warming alarmist United Nations’ continuous record of failure and corruption in mind, when you contemplate turning the future over to such authorities.
Beware also those prophets of impending doom, and judge them and their predecessors by their fruits.