When it comes to the climate crowd, Zombie proves that it’s the same words, with a slightly different melody

I’m not the most observant person in the world.  It was probably in around 1976 when I suddenly realized that the CBS nightly news, which my parents watched religiously, was no longer giving daily updates about the number of dead and wounded in Vietnam.  That information had provided a backdrop to my childhood dinners, so much so that I completely tuned it out.  When the numbers vanished, I was still tuned out.

Thinking about it, I also missed the transition from Global Freezing, which was the nightmare scenario of my 1970s youth (along with nuclear Holocaust, of course), to Global Warming, which is the nightmare scenario of my own children’s youth.  Perhaps, though, it wasn’t that I was so absent minded, it was also that the message with both calamitous scenarios has been precisely the same.  Zombie has written a very detailed post (not to worry, though, ’cause it’s also fascinating) comparing the two climate movements.  I don’t think I’m giving anything away when I saw that Zombie’s thesis is as follows:

In both cases, proponents of the theory-du-jour say that in order to stave off disaster, we must reverse the march of civilization, stop our profligate use of carbon-based fuels, cede power and money from the First World to the Third World, and wherever possible revert to a Luddite pre-industrial lifestyle.

I realized: The solution (commit civilizational suicide) always remains the same; all that differs are the wildly divergent purported “crises” proffered up to justify the imposition of the solution.

Seen from this angle, the entire Climate Change field should be more properly reframed thus:

In order to weaken and eventually destroy the existing industrialized nations, we must devise an ecological “crisis” so severe that only voluntary economic suicide can solve it; and if this first crisis doesn’t materialize as planned, then devise another, and another, even if they flatly contradict our previous claims.

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  • http://OgBlog.net Earl

    Thanks, BW.  It was exactly this that made me morally certain that “Global Warming” was a hoax…long before the data was in hand that made it plain to any honest person.
    When the “Big Freeze” was presented to us, I was willing to listen, although my suspicions were raised by the totalitarian nature of the “fixes” being suggested.  These folks wanted to take over!  To decide for each of us what we could and couldn’t do in virtually every corner of our lives.
    When the big switch took place, and the solutions to the “new problem” were of precisely the same character as those suggested to fix the “old problem”, it became clear to me…and the growing evidence of the fraud involved in the CAGW political campaign has only caused me to nod and say “Yep”.
    It  irritates friends and colleagues, especially those who kept holding out and holding out, trying to be “open-minded”, or saying that “Even if it’s not as bad as they say, it would be a good idea to cut back, anyhow.”  There are still a few holdouts – Zombie’s piece may be the “straw…….” 
    One can hope.

  • Tonestaple

    And don’t forget the horror of nuclear war combined with global freezing:  Nuclear Winter!  Something for every Apocalypto Dancer on your holiday giving list.