Thursday, July 15, 2010

Jonathan Kay Goes Warmist

I don't blame him.  Many people have been taken with this idea.  Prime Minister Harper included.  Even the title of his article doesn't make sense.  "Bad science: Global-warming deniers are a liability to the conservative cause."

Our top Conservative Stephen Harper, who is also a personal hero of mine, has already stated that he has deferred to the authority of the consensus on Global Warming.  Does that mean that I have to be in lockstep with everything the CPC says and does?  Skeptical bloggers are strength not a liability.  We are no Zombies.  If you want a homogenized collective view you might want to go someplace else.  Though I may love and support the CPC in any way I can, they have no power over me and I have no power over them. 

Let's look at the article.  He starts by making light of skeptics with a sarcastic opening paragraph that actually has some links to good articles.  (thank you)  One is from the US Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works titled "Climate Momentum Shifting: Prominent Scientists Reverse Belief in Man-made Global Warming - Now Skeptics."  The other is the text of a speech given by the chairman of an Australian news network.  The first one is totally credible with direct quotes and links to back it all up.  The second article is opinion, much like my opinion and having the same value as Jonathan Kay's opinion.

Kay dismisses it all with the words: "Fine-sounding rhetoric — but all of it nonsense."  Really.  Lord Moncton said it best but let me paraphrase: You are not qualified to disqualify a skeptic.  Like so many warmists, including the Prime Minister himself, Jonathan Kay's argument boils down to the argument from authority.  Learned people said so and therefore it is.  No thinking required and if you do think about it you must think as you are told or you are wrong. 

Kay kindly included his authority with this link.  Its not very new, its been sitting around ignored for many months.  You will never guess who the author is?  Stephen Schneider.
The same guy who was behind the Global Cooling scare.  He's even moved on from Global Warming now.  The article refers to ACC or Anthropogenic Climate Change.  Mr. Schneider may jump from one apocalypse to another but the policy solution is always the same.  Taxes, large government, and socialism in general.    

Kay then slips into the old smear calling skeptics deniers.  "Militantly right-wing blogs and other Internet echo chambers populated entirely by other deniers," are the only places where skeptics are found.  Never mind that he has a good blog in these same awful echo chambers.

The slur "denier" is a nasty attempt from the old days of Global Warming arrogance that tried to paint skeptics as tantamount to holocaust deniers.  Many careers were ruined by that kind of smear (ask Climate Ph.D.Tim Ball).  For an otherwise good writer I have to say I'm disappointed with Jonathan Kay.  Please stop using that word.  Warmist is a reminder that you all went crazy about warming for while and now you are just crazy about any kind of weather.  Denier is linked to racist ignorance and we ask you to stop.

This Paragraph has to be fully reproduced:
"This is a phenomenon that should worry not only environmentalists, but also conservatives themselves: The conviction that global warming is some sort of giant intellectual fraud now has become a leading bullet point within mainstream North American conservatism; and so has come to bathe the whole movement in its increasingly crankish, conspiratorial glow."

There are indeed well funded institutions that exist only to push this idea and policy based on it.  This is not a conspiracy.  Its not a secret.  Its all out in the open.  What do you call a conspiracy that is right out in the open?  A movement?

The IPCC is a prime example.  Is it possible that the IPCC could ever find itself in error?  Woops, um we wasted all that money and got everyone worked up over a mistake.  Not likely.  I don't think anyone ever called it a conspiracy in the first place.  No, its a megameme.  Once you buy in you don't see alternative explanations any longer.

Of course they will portray us as cranks.  They portray us as racists and bible thumpers, and buck toothed baptist inbred hill billies too.  They will always do this and Jonathan only helps.  He says here, "Impressionable conservatives who lack the numeracy skills to perform long division or balance their checkbooks feel entitled to spew elaborate proofs purporting to demonstrate how global warming is in fact caused by sunspots."

That is so weird.   These last couple of years have been so hard my own check book.  My 2nd business failed.  I'm sure I'm not the only one but they say that entrepreneurs usually fail a couple of times before they get it right.  I suppose this means I must be wrong about everything.  I suppose this means Global Warming is true because my checkbook went red for a while.  Numeracy huh?  Here's some numbers for you 3.8 GPA overall, magna cum laude.  I could be a Climate Scientist If I chose to be one. I didn't.   Do not assume that I don't understand the science because I don't agree with 97% of the AGW stakeholders.

Reality is not a democracy anyway.  There is one independent truth that does not change on the votes of a climate club.  Consensus is not science.  We know it and they know it.

Anyway he goes on and on without really saying anything.  He doesn't mention that there were serious problems voiced about the hockey stick graphs long before climategate broke.  He says nothing about natural climate change which absolutely certain and uncontested by anyone.  How could climate change be such a big problem if the earth does it itself all the time?  No answer to that question from any of them anywhere.  There are large fundamental holes in AGW that the climate alarm industry cannot and will not explain. 

The last part of this article that is of interest is Jonathan Kay's admission that taxing carbon is good.  Here it is: "— yes — possibly increasing the economic cost of carbon-fuel usage through some form of direct or indirect taxation."  I rest my case.  Canadians are over taxed as it is.  Taxing carbon will not change the climate even if AGW is true.  Reducing emissions to 1990 levels will not stop Global Warming by their own unproven theories.  Why then?  Why do conservatives need to jump on the tax bandwagon?  Why do we need to send our industries over seas to produce more carbon than they would even here?  This is not conservative but progressive.  Its blue socialism.  Oh yes they are the conservatives that are for more taxes and more government intervention.
I can pretend Global Warming is true and look at solutions and they all amount to a symbolic economic suicide followed by enslavement to a nanny state.  Nice idea.


CanadianSense said...

Excellent post. The warmists have adopted this as their new religion to push wealth redistribution. Taxing Co2 is just another means to demand more money for fixing something they possibly can't.
I don't argue the theory, I only ask how they are going to enforce the emissions on sovereign states like China, India or Iran.

The BRIC have already told the developed to shove it in Copenhagen.

Are we prepared to park our cars, close our plants in Ontario-Quebec (2.3% in Canada) while China-US account for over 40%?

The_Iceman said...

You are one of my favourites! By the way if I didn't mention it before, congrats on Spain winning the World Cup. I know you have to be pretty excited...

But hey, Portugal did beat North Korea, so you do have that to fill the void for the next 4 years... :)

Alex said...

Thank you CS! :)
Thanks Iceman.

I think I'll write a soccer post just for you.

tao_taier said...

Excellent post.

I would like to add one thing that "relatedly unrelated". Been plastering it into any comment on any blog post it even remotely fits into the conversion.*

"There are indeed [organized groups] that exist only to push this idea and policy based on it. This is not a conspiracy. Its not a secret. Its all out in the open. What do you call a conspiracy that is right out in the open? A movement?"

Wait for it...

Socialist cabals and Eco-socialism.

Read my comments here:

They will blow your mind... well... my mind...

Oh and speaking of iceman and North Korea...

I added an updated of sorts to a not too old comment that I posted their anonymously.

So as it turns out, the cold war didn't really end as the soviet shadow intelligence is clearly alive and well and up to the same old shit only under a different guise.

I originally posted anonymously cuz I figured know one would either know what I was talking about or figure I was crazy. Well, I AM a little crazy but I was also very right........ oh and I was probably at the library and didn't want to sign in....

so HA!

*cuz like i was about to point out and eventually did, I'm still kinda of crazy. But its all through geniusness. You know the good type.

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