Friday, January 01, 2010

Even the New York Times now openly mocking global warming, comparing it to Y2K and other mass hysteria phenomena (a.k.a. Algoreophobia)

Climate Depot alerts us to a breakthrough moment for the erstwhile "newspaper of record". Put simply, even the Times has begun openly mocking the the global warming bunko scam.

Apocalyptic scenarios [like Y2K] are a diversion from real problems — poverty, terrorism, broken financial systems — needing intelligent attention. Even something as down-to-earth as the swine-flu scare has seemed at moments to be less about testing our health care system and its emergency readiness than about the fate of a diseased civilization drowning in its own fluids. We wallow in the idea that one day everything might change in, as St. Paul put it, the “twinkling of an eye” — that a calamity might prove to be the longed-for transformation. But turning practical problems into cosmic cataclysms takes us further away from actual solutions.

This applies, in my view, to the towering seas, storms, droughts and mass extinctions of popular climate catastrophism. Such entertaining visions owe less to scientific climatology than to eschatology, and that familiar sense that modernity and its wasteful comforts are bringing us closer to a biblical day of judgment. As that headline put it for Y2K, predictions of the end of the world are often intertwined with condemnations of human “folly, greed and denial.” Repent and recycle!

Last one out of the global warming panic room, please turn out the lights.

That means you, Al.

Linked by: Ace of Spades and Climate Depot. Thanks!


Anonymous said...

Well, at least the New York Times is making an effort. Here in the UK, where the country has more or less ground to a halt because of snow and ice, the BBC is still giving us the usual global warming crap. They have mentioned once the scandal of "Dr" Pachauri of the IPCC, the extreme cold gripping Europe and N. America.

JimK said...

NY Times prints opinion piece by scientifically illiterate libertarian. More news at 11.

NikFromNYC said...

Breaking's still warming, warming, warming:

Steve L. said...

I can't get excited by an op/ed piece written by an individual rather than the Times staff. I don't see it as some kind of tectonic shift. Sorry.