11 September 2013

Whatever Happened to Gobal Warming?

Some eminent scientists now believe the world is heading for a period of cooling that will not end until the middle of this century – a process that would expose computer forecasts of imminent catastrophic warming as dangerously misleading.
The disclosure comes 11 months after The Mail on Sunday triggered intense political and scientific debate by revealing that global warming has ‘paused’ since the beginning of 1997 – an event that the computer models used by climate experts failed to predict.
In March, this newspaper further revealed that temperatures are about to drop below the level that the models forecast with ‘90 per cent certainty’.

Remind me again why scientists demand to be taken seriously?

This is a ridiculously quick about face on one of the most cherished beliefs of science fetishists everywhere.  Just a few short years ago, the cries that we MUST do something about global warming were reaching a fever pitch.  Now we must do something about global cooling.  There is no rhyme or reason to the madness, at least until you understand the entire point of crises:  the expansion of government power.  As Sonic Charmer pointed out, regardless of whether the earth is warming or cooling, the solution is always more socialism.

A while ago I wrote about the constant-crisis mindset, and I think it helpful to revisit the concept here.  For whatever reason, there appear to be a large portion of people who are simply incapable of observing change.  Instead, they must scream about and demand it be stopped.  They can’t take a minute to consider whether the change is good, bad, or neutral.  They can’t think about the change in terms of tradeoffs (e.g. while global warming would hypothetically reduce the coastline of Florida, it would also make Canadian land more suitable for farming).  Instead, they latch onto one negative trend, extrapolate it infinitely, then bandy about like Chicken Little, proclaiming that the world is about to end.  What’s sad, though, is that these short-sighted fools are still viewed as wise experts to be consulted on such matters simply because they can speak in technical jargon.

I’m beginning to suspect that most people enjoy living in crisis mode, either directly or vicariously.  Solving this sort of self-created problem gives their lives both purpose and status.   Thus, the popularity of global temperature trends and the pseudo-science behind it can be explained by the human desire to be part of something important and popular, but only a cynic notices these things.