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April 14, 2006

we're all gonna die!

I'm reading State of Fear by Michael Crichton, which was a gift from this guy during his trip to Savannah. Anybody who follows my blog knows that I am not a big fan of environmentalists and I don't believe the global warming alarmists. So far, the book seems to reflect a lot of MY philosophy about environmental "science."

The entire environmental movement is less about the environment than it is about grabbing research grant money, attacking capitalism and destroying civilization as we know it. In MY humble opinion, the environmental movement is a much greater threat to mankind than is global warming. It's damn sure killed a lot more people. (Just go here to see the death toll from banning DDT alone.)

I dealt with a lot of salesmen when I worked in the chemical plant. Their tactics were all the same: "Scare 'em, then save 'em." Warn of all the dire consequences awaiting if you DON'T buy their product, then promise a miracle cure if you do. Salesmen have been doing the same thing since the dawn of Man, when Org sold Arrk a hand-carved God-in-a-box to hang outside the entrance to his cave to ward off earthquakes.

Doesn't that sound a lot like what the global warming "scientists" do? Oh, and don't forget to silence the opposition, too. You don't want some loudmouth non-believer derailing your gravy train and you have the useful idiots in the MSM firmly on your side.

The article in Vanity Fair is part of a so-called "Green issue" that includes a call to arms from Al Gore and friendly profiles on climate change alarmists such as NASA's Jim Hansen, Ed Begley Jr., Bette Midler, Ed Norton and many others. Since global warming is a "threat graver than terrorism," the magazine tells readers on its cover, it's cool to want to fight global warming. "Green is the new black," Vanity Fair tells us.

In keeping with that spirit, the magazine is trying to blacken permanently the reputation of Seitz, one of America's highly regarded scientists, for not toeing the fashionable line on global warming.

Forget the irony of how "cool" it is to be against global warming. Just look at how the high priests of environmentalism shout "infidel!" at anyone who disagrees with them. They act more like enraged mullahs than scientists. I think that this quasi-religious zealotry is one reason that I am so suspicious of the environmental movement. Those people frighten me. ALL zealots do.

What's strange is that the NASA scientist Jim Hansen -- most famous of late for claiming he has been muzzled by the Bush administration for raising his concerns about climate change -- would participate in the attack on Seitz. Hansen participated in a press conference this week with Hertsgaard and activists from a green group during which they announced the startling "revelation" about Seitz. When a noted government scientist participates in the sort of character assassination attempted on Dr. Seitz, something is truly rotten in the state of American science. (---Emphasis mine)

Shakespeare could have been speaking of an environmental "scientist" when he said, "He doth protest too much." Kinda like the reaction Copernicus received from religious nutjobs "experts" when he dared to suggest that the earth revolved around the sun instead of the other way around.

Environmentalism already has cost millions of lives and billions of dollars. We've been stupid enough so far to boggle MY mind. How long do we keep listening to the scare-mongering, gaia-worshipping, religious nut-jobs before we realize that they are full of shit and we start acting as rational people again?

I think it's too late. Too many people are scared already, and they want desperately to be saved. The salesmanship on global warming has been highly effective, so much so that we have a lot of ignorant people today believing that carbon dioxide is "toxic." (It IS, too--- if you try to breathe it instead of oxygen. But EVERYTHING is toxic in the right dose, under the right circumstances.)

In my old age wisdom of years, I have become a skeptic. When someone tries to scare ME, I wonder "What's in it for HIM?" and I usually trace his motivation right back to one of the three things that have shaped ALL of human history: Money, sex or power.

And if you think the environmental movement isn't about money and power, you haven't been paying much attention.

Comments

I couldn't agree more.

It is one thing if they, the Green People, just noted an increase in temperature. The problem is that they see dire consequences that only they can fix. These are the same people that predicted Global Cooling 30 years ago, said that the rivers and lakes around Cleveland would take hundreds of years to clean up, that ALAR was so poisonous that it had to be banned (as was DDT), that most alternative energy sources, like nuclear power and hydroelectric power, are bad (thus forcing us to keep pumping oil), etc.

It is definitely about money and power.

Posted by: Glen Frederiksen on April 14, 2006 01:39 PM

So, you didn't mention if you like the book .... I found it a bit more boring than Crichtendon's usual fare.

Posted by: ralphd00d on April 14, 2006 02:34 PM

New Report Sees Positive Environmental Trends Across the U.S.

SAN FRANCISCO, April 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Though 2005 offered a full
plate of environmental episodes that riveted the world's attention,
including environmental calamities in China, Hurricane Katrina, and the
U.N. conference on climate change, the march of environmental progress
continues, according to the 2006 Index of Leading Environmental Indicators,
released today by the Pacific Research Institute (PRI) and the American
Enterprise Institute (AEI).
"With over a decade of compiled research in the Index, the facts speak
for themselves -- it's impossible to deny the environmental improvements
we've made and the certain progress we'll continue to make over time," said
Dr. Steven Hayward, author of the Index, senior fellow at PRI, and F.K.
Weyerhaeuser Fellow at AEI.
The eleventh edition of the Index of Leading Environmental Indicators
(available at http://www.pacificresearch.org) highlights the positive trends
occurring in key areas including climate change, air quality, water
quality, toxic chemicals, and biodiversity in the U.S.
Air Quality
The number of exceedances of the eight-hour ozone standard in Los
Angeles during the last 30 years has dropped significantly, from 201 in
1975 to 75 in 2005. There are large scale areas of the LA air basin where
there have been no exceedances of the ozone standard for the last several
years, meaning millions of residents have no exposure to high levels of
ozone.
In the Washington, D.C. area, not a single Code Red day for poor air
quality was declared over the summer of 2005, despite the hot temperatures.
Ozone levels are falling in 19 Eastern states where smog has been a
recurring problem in the summer.
Auto Emissions
Automobile tailpipe emissions from carbon monoxide have been reduced by
96 percent since the 1950s. These emissions rates are per mile -- not an
average for the whole auto fleet. The frequently-heard claim that large
SUVs "pollute more" is a myth.
Toxic Releases
In 2005, the Center for Disease Control reported declining amounts of
chemicals in human blood and urine almost across the board.
Biodiversity
The Catalogue of Life Program, begun in 2001, has passed the
half-million mark in the number of species listed in its database.
Grizzly bears may be coming off the endangered species list. The
largest population in the continental U.S. outside of Alaska lives in and
near Yellowstone National Park, where the grizzly population has grown from
about 200 in the early 1980s to about 600 today.
Acid Rain
The EPA found significant declines in high acidity in every region
except New England, where there was no change from 1990 levels.
China's Progress: Special Report
Despite serious setbacks in 2005, there's optimism for long-term
improvement in China. The State Environmental Protection Administration
reports that spending for environmental projects is increasing about 15
percent a year. China has created its own version of the American NEPA
(National Environmental Protection Act), requiring construction projects to
perform an environmental impact assessment as part of the planning and
building permit process. As a result, in 2004 over 320,000 construction
projects went through the EIA (Environmental Impact Assessment) review
process.
The "Death" of Environmentalism
This year's edition also explores the so-called death of the modern
environmental movement and identifies ways to renew and restore its
credibility. "A number of environmentalists have recognized and lamented
that much of the movement has become too politicized, partisan, and
uncompromising. These signs of introspection and second thoughts may go a
long way in renewing and restoring the environmental movement's
credibility," said Dr. Hayward.
To download a complimentary copy of this year's Index of Leading
Environmental Indicators, please visit http://www.pacificresearch.org. For a
printed copy, please call 415-955-6120. To arrange an interview with author
Steven F. Hayward, please contact Susan Martin at 415-955-6120,
smartin@pacificresearch.org or Sean McCabe at 703-683-5004, ext. 110,
sean@crc4pr.com.
About PRI
For 27 years, the Pacific Research Institute of Public Policy (PRI) has
championed freedom, opportunity, and individual responsibility through
free-market policy solutions. PRI is a non-profit, non-partisan
organization.
About AEI
Founded in 1943, the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy's
research is dedicated to preserving and strengthening the foundations of
freedom, limited government, private enterprise, vital cultural and
political institutions, and a strong foreign policy and national defense --
through scholarly research, open debate, and publications.
Contact:
Susan Martin: 415-955-6120
Sean McCabe: 703-683-5004, ext. 110

SOURCE Pacific Research Institute
Web Site: http://www.pacificresearch.org

Posted by: TC on April 14, 2006 03:56 PM

If this is the way you feel now, just wait until you finish the book.

Posted by: FishOrMan on April 14, 2006 03:56 PM

Yep, and don't get em started on that toxic dihydrogen monoxide, either...

You, of all people, should realize that money, sex, and power are just three expressions of the same thing -- if you have enough of one, you can easily get the other two.

Posted by: Grumpy Old Ham on April 14, 2006 06:59 PM

toxic dihydrogen monoxide...Yea...I heard that stuff can be deadly...LOL....That one will still get a lot of people...

Posted by: Steph on April 15, 2006 06:50 AM

I just finished the book (except for the author's opinions at the end) and found it pretty good, tho not as tight as "Jurassic Park" for instance. But the gist of it hit the nail on the head.
Eco-freaks....
Fukem'
They do way more harm than they will ever suspect.

Posted by: Horrabin on April 15, 2006 10:05 AM

Don't feel sorry for Copernicus. He never got into any trouble because he was working for the Church as an astonomer, emphasized in his writings that the sun centered solar system was simply a convenient computational aid, not reality, published only in Latin so the commoners couldn't read this stuff, and had his work published only after he was dead.

The Inquisition was not about science or religion. It was about power.

Posted by: joel Hammer on April 17, 2006 09:01 PM

It's about sex, too; evironmentalists want to screw everybody.

Posted by: Brett on April 18, 2006 12:37 PM
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