ANDREW KENNY’S column was a long overdue critique about the global warming alarmists (13 January 2011). Hopefully, you don’t buckle under the weight of being called a denialist, because it’s become the fate of everyone who dared to challenge the predictions of “experts”. I’ve always been sceptical about global warming, for various reasons – none less the fact we can’t even accurately predict one week’s weather pattern for a small island let alone the whole globe.
Unfortunately, governments and corporates aren’t going to review their position on this subject in the face of obvious and pervasive evidence of the falsity of this doctrine. The reason for that is simple: to run a deception programme of this magnitude you have to find believers and make them invest in the doctrine and create jobs in the public, private and NGO sectors that give you an army of “doctrine protectors and propagators”. That’s been the achievement of a number of purveyors of a number of doctrines that have captured public imagination and fear.
Unfortunately, we haven’t learned through the Y2K predictions that didn’t come through and the predictors just went home and Dimension Data shares collapsed with the dotcom meltdown. Nobody was held accountable for deceiving the public, the corporates and governments. Instead, the Y2K scare was replaced by a renewed focus on HIV/Aids, global warming and of late the coming shortage of water in a planet that’s 80% water. Many have made a fortune through the Y2K scare, many have spent billions unnecessarily but one can’t deny the advancement brought by the deception in making us spend on IT and improving access to the Internet and faster communication.
I don’t suggest there’s no element of truth in what’s being preached: we need to preserve the environment, fight Aids, save water, etc. But approaching any of those subjects with more emotion than logic makes us susceptible to mass deception, which is driven by those who have quickly turned the fear, real or imagined, into a mega commercial opportunity.