Gore-think: If Earth at­tacked, we had it coming

The Washington Times Weekly - - Commentary -

It’s of­fi­cial: Space aliens are lib­er­als, and they may be pre­par­ing to in­vade planet Earth. It is a sce­nario out­lined by a NASAaf­fil­i­ated sci­en­tist and re­searchers at Penn­syl­va­nia State Univer­sity. Un­be­liev­ably, the study is not a joke, although global laugh­ter prompted its au­thors to in­sist it was meant to be. “Green” aliens are coming — and Al Gore may be one of their lead­ers.

In their re­port, “Would Con­tact With Ex­trater­res­tri­als Ben­e­fit or Harm Hu­man­ity? A Sce­nario Anal­y­sis,” Shawn Do­ma­gal-Gold­man of NASA’s Plan­e­tary Science Di­vi­sion and his col­leagues dis­cuss the pos­si­ble out­comes of a close en­counter be­tween aliens and hu­mans. One of their likely sce­nar­ios is that ex­trater­res­trial-in­tel­li­gence (ETI) con­tact with hu­man­ity may com­pel space aliens to wipe us out. Why? In or­der to save the galaxy from a cap­i­tal­ist, in­dus­trial, pol­lut­ing civ­i­liza­tion that is rav­aging Earth’s en­vi­ron­ment and emit­ting green­house gases that will doom the planet. Our de­struc­tive na­ture and ex­pand­ing civ­i­liza­tion pose a threat to other plan­ets and life forms. Hence, aliens may have no choice: Like for­mer Pres­i­dent George W. Bush, they may launch a pre-emp­tive war — only not on Iraq but on the en­tire world.

The story was pub­lished re­cently in Bri­tain’s es­tab­lish­ment lib­eral news­pa­per, the Guardian. The ar­ti­cle says, “It may not rank as the most com­pelling rea­son to curb green­house gases, but re­duc­ing our emis­sions might just save hu­man­ity from a pre-emp­tive alien at­tack, sci­en­tists claim.” Ap­par­ently, the Bri­tish left is tak­ing the threat of an alien in­va­sion se­ri­ously.

The ac­tual re­port by Mr. Gold­man and his col­leagues re­sem­bles a bad sci-fi movie. “A pre-emp­tive strike would be par­tic­u­larly likely in the early phases of our ex­pan­sion be­cause a civ­i­liza­tion may be­come in­creas­ingly dif­fi­cult to de­stroy as it con­tin­ues to ex­pand,” it states.

“Hu­man­ity may just now be en­ter­ing the pe­riod in which its rapid civ­i­liza­tional ex­pan­sion could be de­tected by an ETI be­cause our ex­pan­sion is chang­ing the com­po­si­tion of Earth’s at­mos­phere, via green­house gas emis­sions.” In other words, ecofriendly aliens — maybe lit­tle Al Gores — might be so trou­bled by our as­sault on the en­vi­ron­ment that they will have no choice but to de­stroy us to save the planet. Call it the Gore Doc­trine.

“These sce­nar­ios give us rea­son to limit our growth and re­duce our im­pact on global ecosys­tems,” the au­thors write. “It would be par­tic­u­larly important for us to limit our emis­sions of green­house gases, since at­mo­spheric com­po­si­tion can be ob­served from other plan­ets.”

This is lib­eral fan­tasy mas­querad­ing as science. Here’s a news flash for Mr. Gold­man and his fel­low “re­searchers”: The aliens aren’t in­vad­ing. The re­port is ris­i­ble, even com­i­cal. Yet be­hind it lies a deadly se­ri­ous prob­lem — the dan­ger­ous politi­ciza­tion of sci­en­tific in­quiry. For years, the green lobby has claimed that Earth is go­ing to boil over.

Car­bon emis­sions sup­pos­edly im­peril hu­man­ity’s fu­ture, caus­ing Earth’s at­mos­phere to heat up to the point of global catas­tro­phe.

Ice caps are melt­ing, po­lar bears are dy­ing, sea lev­els are ris­ing, coastal cities will be flooded, droughts will scorch large swaths of Earth, and bil- lions will die or be driven from their homes. It will be the end of days — the apoc­a­lypse.

In fact, the op­po­site is true: Earth’s at­mo­spheric tem­per­a­tures have cooled dur­ing the past decade; the po­lar bear pop­u­la­tion is grow­ing; the Arc­tic ice caps are not melt­ing; sea lev­els have re­mained rel­a­tively sta­ble; and hun­dreds of mil­lions in coun­tries such as In­dia, China and Brazil have been lifted from grind­ing poverty. The green­house-gas the­ory is evap­o­rat­ing into thin air. Cli­mate change has been the great­est hoax of our time.

Faced with these un­de­ni­able facts, pro­gres­sive left­ists refuse to ac­cept re­al­ity. They are not sci­en­tists wed­ded to em­piri­cism and trial and er­ror. Rather, they are ide­o­logues who cham­pion green so­cial­ism. Their goal is to cur­tail eco­nomic growth, im­pose heavy reg­u­la­tions on in­dus­try and erect an in­ter­na­tional “cap-and­trade” car­bon credit sys­tem. For them, cap­i­tal­ism is the en­emy.

Yet, as the science turns against them, rad­i­cal en­vi­ron­men­tal­ists are lash­ing out. Hence, Mr. Gore re­cently de­liv­ered a pro­fan­ity-laced speech de­cry­ing the grow­ing pub­lic skep­ti­cism of global warm­ing. He sounded more like a street­thug rap­per than a states­man. His be­hav­ior was not sim­ply undig­ni­fied for a for­mer vice pres­i­dent. His lan­guage was that of des­per­a­tion. Mr. Gore — like many in the green move­ment — has staked his en­tire pub­lic rep­u­ta­tion on cli­mate change. If its myth im­plodes, he does as well. More­over, the dirty lit­tle se­cret about Mr. Gore’s en­vi­ron­men­tal­ism is that it has very lit­tle to do with “so­cial jus­tice” and ev­ery­thing to do with lin­ing his pock­ets. He has lu­cra­tive fi­nan­cial in­ter­ests in green hedge funds, which are poised to make mil­lions of dol­lars off cap-and-trade. He is a snake-oil sales­man whose global-warm­ing racket is coming to an end.

From the out­set, the de­bate about cli­mate change was driven by fear and hys­te­ria, not real science. With the end of the Cold War, the in­ter­na­tion­al­ist left sought a novel weapon with which to at­tack the free mar­ket. The ex­ploita­tion of the work­ing class was re­placed by a new par­a­digm: the cap­i­tal­ist plun­der­ing of the en­vi­ron­ment that even­tu­ally would trig­ger world so­cial­ism. Karl Marx was su­per­seded by Mother Earth. Dialec­ti­cal ma­te­ri­al­ism gave way to global warm­ing. The old red be­came the new green.

Now that their eco-prophe­cies lie in tat­ters, lib­er­als have been reduced to ado­les­cent swear­ing or silly warn­ings about alien in­va­sions. Their ha­tred for cap­i­tal­ism — and its ex­em­plar, Amer­ica — is bound­less. When the Mar­tians come, we know which side Mr. Gore and his al­lies will be on.

Jef­frey T. Kuhner is a colum­nist at The Wash­ing­ton Times and pres­i­dent of the Ed­mund Burke In­sti­tute.

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