31 January 2010

Climate Change and Eugenics

Eugenics is the study and practice of selective breeding applied to humans, with the aim of improving the species (Wikipedia). At its pre-war height, the movement often pursued pseudoscientific notions of racial supremacy and purity. It was practiced around the world and was promoted by governments, and influential individuals and institutions.

The second largest known eugenics program was created by social democrats in Sweden and continued until 1975. The pseudo-science was considered as 'settled' by progressive bien pensants in Europe and the US in the early decades of the 20th century. Then, the second World War came along. Several million dead bodies somewhat discredited the 'science'. Suddenly, no one believed in it any longer but, even more remarkably, no one had ever believed in it, apparently.

Which is pretty much where we are now with Global Warming. I predict that, not before long, no one will believe in this proto fascist construct - and you will be hard-pressed to find anyone willing to admit that they ever did. But, like eugenics, not before untold damage has been inflicted on millions. The stupidity of converting crops to biofuels has consequences. Eco-entrepreneurs make millions, millions die.

The wheels are falling off the climate change bandwagon. The corruption of science evidenced by Climategate is simply too blatant to ignore. The IPCC turned out to be as corrupt as you would expect a United Nations body to be. Politicians everywhere who went along with this charade are finding out all about the Turnbull effect.

You read it here first. About three years ago, we commented on these matters in an address given to a group then celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome. Some extracts from that address:

"The Importers Institute is pleased to be associated with the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome. That is because we believe that international trade is good. It is certainly preferable to war. That, we must not forget, was the main reason why the founding fathers of the European project sat down in Rome 50 years ago and decided to free up trade among European countries.

"Let us celebrate the success of that project, but let us not forget that it is under constant attack. Many Europeans seem to have forgotten the lessons of history and are again flirting with a form of fascism. This time, it is eco-fascism and is dressed up as a wish to "save the planet".

"These people are opposed to free trade. They fret about "food miles" (but, strangely, not about clothing miles or pharmaceuticals miles) and say that the only way we can save the planet is by de-industrialising, reducing food production and restraining the mobility of people.

"In fairness, this disease of the mind is not exclusive to Europe. You will be familiar with Al Gore's alarmist documentary, the one that seems to say that we must all panic now, before it is too late. Mr Gore relied heavily on a graph showing a very close correlation between past temperature changes and concentrations of CO2 in the atmosphere. What he conveniently omitted to tell us was that the levels of CO2 changed 800 years after the temperature went up. There is a correlation all right, it is just that it goes the other way. How inconvenient.

"All that happened about 10,000 years ago, long before humans invented SUVs, hospitals or air-conditioning. The medieval warm period was another inconvenient truth. So inconvenient, in fact, that the IPCC relied heavily on a graph showing that it never existed. The now infamous hockey stick graph showed a flat temperature line stretching back one thousand years, rising steeply from the beginning of the industrial revolution. Unfortunately for the alarmists, the graph was proven to be not just scientifically wrong - it was an outright fraud.

"The more that people begin to realise the actual impact on their daily lives of the eco-fascist agenda, the more they are likely to question the pseudo-scientific hype used to justify it. The eco-fascists reply against this inevitable backlash seems to be to shout that the "science is settled" with increasing shrillness. Settled science: now there's an oxymoron if ever there was one.

"But, is such talk really inconsequential? People bent on 'saving the planet', with their talk of food miles and taxes on air travel, have the potential to destroy the very basis of our economy. Instead of countering their fallacious arguments with science, we seem to be saying that yes, you are right, but please go easy on us because we are quite green ourselves. What a strategy!

We want to keep access to Northern hemisphere markets and would like their tourists to continue to fly twenty four hours to spend their money here, while agreeing that air travel is bad for the environment. Then, we spend a few million dollars on a ‘buy local’ campaign. If madness is defined as the ability to simultaneously hold contradictory beliefs, the inescapable conclusion is that we are being governed by the insane.

"Let us celebrate the real success of the Treaty of Rome and that was the opening of borders and the increase in prosperity that only trade can deliver. Jean Monnet and Robert Schuman did not set out to create an isolationist Europe, inimical to trade and wedded to romantic notions of economic self-sufficiency. We should celebrate their legacy by refuting those notions."

1 comment:

  1. I am a so called 'denier' (as far as I knew you could only deny facts, not fallacy, but thats a different matter), but at the same time, Daniel, we are all living in a totally unsustainable way, and have been for many years. The resources we have at our disposal which would enable us to drastically cut our 'footprint' are boundless should we be so unselfish and less materialistic as to utilise them properly. If everyone worked an extra hour a day tending their vege patch instead of an hour on the weekend mowing their perfect green patch of unproductive grass, the world would be a much better place. There are many things to contemplate looking into our future than money and commerce.

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