Beware Yale Economics Professors Bearing 'Global Warming' Facts...
Did you see that piece by William D. Nordhaus in the New York Review of Books the other day, explaining - against all evidence - Why Global Warming Skeptics Are Wrong?
If you didn't, not to worry: you weren't missing much. There was a time, maybe ten years ago, when Nordhaus's pronouncements might have been taken seriously. He is, after all, an economics professor at Yale. But where the issue of climate change is concerned, at least, the "appeal to authority" is no longer enough. If some high-level academic wants to demonstrate why man-made global warming is still a major threat then he needs to show us, not merely tell us. Otherwise we might well be inclined to pooh pooh the guy's supposed expertise and decide that he's talking out of his hat.
As I argue here in The Commentator something very dramatic has happened in the Great Climate Change wars. The enemy is on the run. This doesn't mean that our side - the realists - has won yet. We're not even close: so many and diverse are the vested interests in the great global warming boondoggle that this Ponzi scheme is going to take a lifetime to dismantle. But what has changed is that we no longer take the High Priests of Global Warming seriously any more.
The man who saw all this coming was a Frenchman named Gustave Le Bon whose seminal 1895 work The Crowd (an influence on everyone from Freud to Hitler and Mussolini) analysed the mechanics of mass hysteria.
Le Bon argued that the secret of demagoguery was to repeat an idea over and over again in order to create a "contagion" which would infect the popular mind and hold the culture in its grip. This is what, until very recently, happened with the global warming religion.
But this contagion can only keep going, Le Bon argues, so long as those spreading it possess "prestige" in the eyes of the mob. Once that "prestige" is lost, the crowd turns brutally against those seers and experts and leaders in whom it once had such faith. Suddenly it sees them for the liars and cheats and manipulators they really are.
This is what is happening now in the great climate debate. Michael "Hockey Stick" Mann's new book is not selling; George Monbiot is mocked as a conspiracy theorist; the Royal Society's Sir Paul Nurse climate science ignorance is eviscerated in a report by the Global Warming Policy Foundation; Yale economics professor William D Nordhaus publishes an essay in the New York Review of Books called Why the Global Warming Skeptics Are Wrong - and is almost instantaneously and comprehensively rebutted at Watts Up With That?
Oh, and did I mention there's lots more fascinating stuff where this came from in Watermelons: the Green Movement's True Colors?
Modesty forbids me from naming the author...
(Oh, PS: DO read that George Monbiot/conspiracy theorist article. It's hilarious!)