Climate Change hysteria has long since passed the point of parody, as I think this tale shows.
It follows a story – widely reported even in the liberal MSM, amazingly – that the Times Atlas of the World has greatly exaggerated the extent of recent ice loss in Greenland.
The clear implication is that this once-distinguished publication has been hijacked by climate alarmists more interested in spreading the gospel about the perils of “Man-Made Global Warming” than in old fashioned irrelevances like accuracy, physical geography or cartography.
So I wrote a spoof blog post suggesting that in its next edition the Times Atlas intends to take its missionary campaign a step further – omitting the Maldives, Tuvalu, Manhattan and parts of Bangladesh in order to illustrate the perils of rising sea-levels caused by “Climate Change.”
I even found a tame invented expert:
“All right, it may not be strictly geographically accurate to say the Maldives and Tuvalu will definitely have disappeared in about ten years time when our next edition appears,” said Times Atlas spokesman David Rose. “But did you see that picture of the Maldives cabinet holding a meeting underwater? If the Maldives government says the Maldives are drowning, they must be drowning. And frankly I think it’s despicable, all those deniers who are saying it was just a publicity stunt, cooked up by green activist Mark Lynas, to blackmail the international community into giving the Maldives more aid money while simultaneously trying to lure green Trustafarians to come and spend £1500 a night in houses on stilts with gold-plated organic recyclable eco-toilets made of rare earth minerals from China. Why would a government lie about something as serious as climate change?”
Next thing I knew, my parody was being reported by the Maldives news agency as if it were true.
This is the big problem with Climate Change alarmism. So many of its extravagant claims are reported unchallenged by a complacent media quoting “experts” – whose competence or bias are never called in to question – that it’s no wonder the Maldives news agency couldn’t tell my spoof version from the real thing.
It ought to be funny but it’s not, it’s depressing. Like the (entirely unendangered) polar bear, the “sinking Maldives” have been adopted as one of the poster children of the environmental movement, endlessly cited to justify all the taxation and regulation being imposed on us in the name of ‘combating climate change.’
But as the world’s greatest sea-level expert Nils-Axel Morner tells us, the Maldives are not sinking.
And despite its government’s hysterical demands for more international action (ie more aid money; more publicity) to be taken to save it, even the Maldives themselves must on some level be perfectly aware that it’s all a scam.
If they weren’t why would they be spending millions expanding their airport?
Unless, perhaps, it’s to cope with the ark-like evacuation when the Great Deluge comes.