The root of the delusion is that Nature is benign.
Climate Alarmism an Extraordinary Popular Delusion
Obama is driven by the delusion that denying the poor in America and the world the benefits of cheap energy will be for their own good.
By Frederick Colbourne
In my opinion, climate alarmism would be just another example of “Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds” rather than a ‘hustle’.
Except that climate alarmism is supported by governments that have aligned on the side of the promoters of the delusion and in so doing have politicized the science. State power is what makes climate alarmism a ‘hustle’, corrupting science in the process.
Recently, the US lent its immense power to a global climate treaty intended to reverse global economic development by reducing access to cheap energy. The EU and Britain have signed on to promote and enforce what seems to me a cultish form of Luddism.
While there have been Luddite movements since the early days of the Agricultural and Industrial Revolutions, these movements were never popular in America, until now.
The nostalgia for pristine Nature that inspired Thoreau’s Walden and now inspires an influential minority of Americans was not popular in the past, but has become a pillar of the modern cult and delusion. The cult of Nature as Mother Earth is about as remote from Earth science as it is possible to get, which probably accounts for the number of Hollywood celebrities who act as acolytes.
The root of the delusion is that Nature is benign. Three days in the wild without the products of agriculture and industry would convince most True Believers that Nature is hostile, when in reality, Nature is indifferent to Mankind.
(Perhaps Thoreau was able to maintain his rosy view of Walden because his female admirers brought him baskets of victuals daily.)
President using the Clean Air Act to achieve the opposite of the legislative intent of Congress
What seems most ironic is that the President of the United States, by executive power, is using the Clean Air Act to achieve the opposite of the legislative intent of Congress in enacting the legislation. The Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) has the authority to regulate air quality to promote “health and welfare”, but by focusing upon CO2 will achieve the opposite, a decline in health and welfare.
The reason is obvious: The health and welfare of humans in America, the UK and worldwide is related more closely to plentiful and cheap energy than to ambient air quality.
The reason for this is also obvious. By joint efforts of governments and industry, most developed countries, including America and the UK, long ago reached the point of diminishing returns to improved ambient air quality. In the UK, smokeless fuels and coal gas had the greatest benefit-cost ratios.
What remains to be done in the US and UK is fine-tuning of environmental controls, not a return to Nature, nor deindustrialization. These two delusions are symptoms of madness.
What the President of the US should focus upon is improving indoor air quality. In the developing world, indoor pollution is the greatest health hazard related to air quality. Mr Obama could do this closer to home by warning parents that tobacco smoking indoors by adults can aggravate asthma in their children. Mr Obama’s readiness to blame the energy industry for aggravating asthma and not his own cigarette smoking reveals his ignorance about how the physical and social worlds work.
Mr Obama is driven by the delusion that denying the poor in America and the world the benefits of cheap energy will be for their own good.
However, policies based on climate alarmism, by their adverse effect on the US, EU and global economies threaten the health and well-being of most Americans and most other people worldwide.
As my mother used to say, “The road to Hell is paved with good intentions.” Mr Obama’s road leads to a legacy of misery for billions and to infamy for him for him personally.
As Charles Mackay demonstrated, crowds act in mad ways, but the individuals do recover one by one. I probably won’t live long enough to witness the recover and the remorse,
But many of those reading this comment will look back and try to understand how and why such a high price was paid for the delusion that humans can control the climate of Earth.
Remember Charles Mackay. And President Eisenhowe’s warning about the potential “domination of the nation’s scholars by Federal employment, project allocations, and the power of money”.
Also, UK astronomer Fred Hoyle’s contention that excessive money for science would only make science fat and lazy.
Fortunately, Fred Hoyle may have been wrong, because astrophysicists appear to be leading the development of a new climate paradigm based on solar and galactic phenomenon.
U.S. Code: Title 42 – THE PUBLIC HEALTH AND WELFARE, Chapter 85 – AIR POLLUTION PREVENTION AND CONTROL.