-EPA chair Lisa Jackson
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For all the talk of diversity, today’s politics are extraordinarily uniform. The West lives under a single political regime, managerial liberalism, that combines an emphasis on individual choice and democratic values with domination of social life by experts, functionaries, and commercial interests. The liberal and managerial aspects of the system seem at odds with each other, but both are basic, and together they have led to the suppression of many things that have always been fundamental to human society—religion, cultural particularity, even the distinction between the sexes.
Unusual though the resulting form of society may be, people take it for granted, so much so that anything else seems impossible. No one can imagine a future, apart from chaos and tyranny, that is anything but more of the same; and those who want to roll back recent developments, to the ’50s, for example, are considered out of touch or psychologically disordered. If you are skeptical about democracy, diversity, and choice, or if you do not trust the experts, there is something wrong with you. And if you think there is an authority that could call the regime into question, and even at times override it, you are a fanatical extremist.
This is an older piece I did which I think deserves more attention, especially as warming alarmists struggle to explain the lack of warming over the last 15 years or so.
Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children.After World War 2, the general consensus was that the US needed to be ready for war before it came upon us rather than scrambling to respond after like the nation had to in 1942. So the military industrial complex stayed geared up and was a significant power after the war. Eisenhower saw the danger in this, since it was very difficult to deny spending in this area after such a ghastly war, despite understanding that the US had to stand strong against the menace of aggressive Russian communism.
Yet, in holding scientific research and discovery in respect, as we should, we must also be alert to the equal and opposite danger that public policy could itself become the captive of a scientific-technological elite.And that's exactly what Bjorn Lomborg states has happened, with a "Climate-Industrial Complex" in the Wall Street Journal. This complex is a network of powerful corporations and start ups who benefit greatly from climate change alarmism and push for legislation that will make them even richer.
Even companies that are not heavily engaged in green business stand to gain. European energy companies made tens of billions of euros in the first years of the European Trading System when they received free carbon emission allocations.Even Enron, Lomborg points out, was big in "green" energy, because they saw a rich future for them. Referring to the Kyoto Protocols which the US refused to sign, Enron execs said "If implemented, it will do more to promote Enron's business than almost any other regulatory business."
American electricity utility Duke Energy, a member of the Copenhagen Climate Council, has long promoted a U.S. cap-and-trade scheme. Yet the company bitterly opposed the Warner-Lieberman bill in the U.S. Senate that would have created such a scheme because it did not include European-style handouts to coal companies. The Waxman-Markey bill in the House of Representatives promises to bring back the free lunch.
U.S. companies and interest groups involved with climate change hired 2,430 lobbyists just last year , up 300% from five years ago. Fifty of the biggest U.S. electric utilities -- including Duke -- spent $51 million on lobbyists in just six months.
The massive transfer of wealth that many businesses seek is not necessarily good for the rest of the economy. Spain has been proclaimed a global example in providing financial aid to renewable energy companies to create green jobs. But research shows that each new job cost Spain 571,138 euros, with subsidies of more than one million euros required to create each new job in the uncompetitive wind industry. Moreover, the programs resulted in the destruction of nearly 110,000 jobs elsewhere in the economy, or 2.2 jobs for every job created.
I'm in the process of trying to persuade Siemens Corp. (a company with half a million employees in 190 countries!) to donate me a little cash to do some CO2 measurments [sic] here in the UK -- looking promising, so the last thing I need is news articles calling into question (again) observed temperature increases.Well yes I can see why you'd not care for dissent when you're looking to score big bucks. Timothy Carney points out in an Examiner piece recently:
The note and others like it reveal the intriguing relationship between industry giants like Siemens and the scientists driving climate change fears. More importantly, though, Manning's e-mail shows the incentives of climate scientists: Convince people there is a climate disaster coming, get more money.Skeptics are usually accused of getting big oil donations to disagree with the alarmist line, but the fact is the big bucks are on the alarmist side of the equation (including from big oil). And as Max Borders points out in an Opinion Zone piece:
Manning and the warming crowd benefit from a beautiful feedback loop: The more governments, businesses, and media outlets you can convince that man-made global warming is a serious threat, the more these institutions will invest in climate change studies, solutions, and policies. And the more they invest in combating global warming -- whether it's a newspaper hiring a climate reporter, a company buying emissions credits and alternative energy sources, or a government building a climate lab -- the less willing they are to tolerate dissent on the issue.
Sometimes it’s not so much about the salary. There are a lot of ancillary benefits to being a climate catastrophist. Allow me to list some:No incentive to question your work but plenty to promote one side of the issue does not add up to good science. As I have written several times in the past, scientists are not uniquely blessed with integrity, honor, and honesty. They are not superior beings whose virtue we all should aspire to, they are just folks like you and I, and they've got just the same failings, needs, and fears as the rest of us. Pretending that putting a lab coat on somehow negates your greed, political bent, and desire for fame and adulation is absolutely absurd.
- People know your name. You enjoy fame.
- The New York Times writes about you. TV people interview you on the news.
- You get to wallow in rectitude as you shout your warnings to all of humanity.
- People pay you to speak at events.
- You enjoy higher status in the Guild that is higher education.
- You get more money for your department and your university than the quiet ones.
- Big wigs and corporate rent-seekers* take you to lavish dinners (at least).
- Your journal articles provide fodder for the second-hand dealers and activists.
- You gain the veneration of your peers (if they buy your results).
- You’re “important” and you get to belong to elite clubs (like the IPCC).
All of this sounds pretty good to me. Once people get locked into these goodies, they have every incentive to dig in their heels. They have virtually no incentive to admit errors, revise their work or check their biases.
In the India in which Gandhi grew up, and had only recently left, some castes could enter the courtyards of certain Hindu temples, while others could not. Some castes were forbidden to use the village well. Others were compelled to live outside the village, still others to leave the road at the approach of a person of higher caste and perpetually to call out, giving warning, so that no one would be polluted by their proximity. The endless intricacies of Hindu caste by-laws varied somewhat region by region, but in Madras, where most South African Indians were from, while a Nayar could pollute a man of higher caste only by touching him, Kammalans polluted at a distance of 24 feet, toddy drawers at 36 feet, Pulayans and Cherumans at 48 feet, and beef-eating Paraiyans at 64 feet. All castes and the thousands of sub-castes were forbidden, needless to say, to marry, eat, or engage in social activity with any but members of their own groupYet until late in his life Gandhi did nothing at all about caste divisions, and as a Hindu, Gandhi would have seen the caste system as proper and reasonable based on his faith and the principles of reincarnation and karma. Here are some of his thoughts on the caste system:
Low-caste Hindus, in short, suffered humiliations in their native India compared to which the carrying of identity cards in South Africa was almost trivial.
"Sometimes you wonder, I mean really wonder. I know we make our own reality and we always have a choice, but how much is preordained? Is there always a fork in the road and are there two preordained paths that are equally preordained? There could be hundreds of paths where one could go this way or that way -- there's a choice and it's very strange sometimes..."
It is a serious thing to live in a society of possible gods and goddesses, to remember that the dullest and most uninteresting person you talk to may one day be a creature which, if you saw it now, you would be strongly tempted to worship, or else a horror and a corruption such as you now meet, if at all, only in a nightmare. All day long we are, in some degree, helping each other to one or other of these destinations. It is in the light of these overwhelming possibilities, it is with the awe and the circumspection proper to them, that we should conduct all our dealings with one another, all friendships, all loves, all play, all politics. There are no 'ordinary' people. You have never talked to a mere mortal. Nations, cultures, arts, civilisations -- these are mortal, and their life is to ours as the life of a gnat. But it is immortals whom we joke with, work with, marry, snub and exploit -- immortal horrors or everlasting splendours.
The not guilty verdict in the George Zimmerman case has me thinking a lot about a book I first encountered in seminary, Is God a White Racist?, by the Rev. Dr. Bill Jones. As a budding seminary student, it took me by surprise. Now, as a wiser, older professor looking at the needless death of Trayvon Martin, I have to say: I get it.This was written at a religious site, and it is packed with some of the most hateful, bitter ignorance I've ever seen in my life. I'm not going to take the time to Fisk this nonsense, because I think her foolishness is abundantly apparent and its been hammered apart elsewhere quite well.
God ain’t good all of the time. In fact, sometimes, God is not for us. As a black woman in a nation that has taken too many pains to remind me that I am not a white man, and am not capable of taking care of my reproductive rights, or my voting rights, I know that this American god ain’t my god. As a matter of fact, I think he’s a white racist god with a problem. More importantly, he is carrying a gun and stalking young black men.
When George Zimmerman told Sean Hannity that it was God’s will that he shot and killed Trayvon Martin, he was diving right into what most good conservative Christians in America think right now. Whatever makes them protected, safe, and secure, is worth it at the expense of the black and brown people they fear.
Their god is the god that wants to erase race, make everyone act “properly” and respect, as the president said, “a nation of laws”; laws that they made to crush those they consider inferior.