Gut Rumbles
 

June 01, 2004

priorities

Why am I not surprised by this story?

Lomborg pulled off his biggest coup in Copenhagen last week. He assembled a jury of eight world-renowned economists who spent five days trying to prioritise the world’s biggest problems - HIV, hunger, education and so on. Their verdict was damning for the environmentalists. Money spent on global warming, the panel declared, is "a bad use of our finite resources", compared to solving the planet’s other woes. It takes enormous expenditure to achieve very small reductions in greenhouse gases, with uncertain results. Funding to fight, say, malnutrition with iodine pills and vitamin A is a much better use of the limited finance the world makes available for such causes.

The Greens, predictably, were outraged. Protestors in Denmark, a country where five million angst-ridden northern Europeans are struggling to decide their place in the modern world - if that sounds at all familiar - staged endless public demonstrations. They included a 20-ft tall dinosaur "to remind Lomborg of what happens to species who ignore climate change", as one environmentalist ominously intoned.

Environmentalists don't give a damn about the human race. They are modern-day Druids who worship at the altar of Gaia. When their beliefs are challenged, they don't argue their point with logic or science. They bring out 20-foot dinosaurs and intone "ominously," like the fucking witch doctors that they are.

Ignorance may be bliss, but it's no basis for running the planet.

Comments

Environmentalists share a single solution to all problems - let a government of the wisest [them of course] men take complete control of the economy.
Remarkable how this works both for ice age and warming.

Posted by: Walter E. Wallis on June 1, 2004 10:13 AM

I don't recall if it was Niven, Clarke, Asimov, or some other SF author who said it, but it's still true, "The dinosaurs went extinct because they didn't have a space program."

Climate change wasn't the issue, honking big rocks falling out of the sky was the issue. Will the Kyoto Protocol protect us from those?

Posted by: Jason Bontrager on June 1, 2004 10:31 AM

People like this have wrapped up so much of their identity in their beliefs that, if you challenge those beliefs, you are challenging that identity. They simply cannot accept that they are wrong because to do so would be to repudiate who they are at a fundamental level, not just what they believe.

Posted by: RadarRider on June 1, 2004 02:44 PM

Hey! Don't insult the Druids by comparing them to Greeniacs! Some of my (and probably your) ancestors were Druids and ain't no LLLs in MY family line. :>

Posted by: Nolo Contendere on June 1, 2004 05:23 PM

Well said! It's fuckin' hilarious as well.

Werbinox

Posted by: werbinox on June 1, 2004 08:16 PM

To quote Dean Vernon Wormer, "Fat, drunk, and stupid is no way to go through life, son."

Posted by: Ralph Gizzip on June 1, 2004 08:28 PM

Maybe the greens are right.

The dinosaurs didn't have emissions standards and used CFC hairsprays and look what happened to them.

Posted by: horse with no-- on June 2, 2004 12:14 AM
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