To The Daily Sun,
Let me begin by saying I'm not a climate change denier. In fact having been exposed to some historical readings in my lifetime. I'm well aware that climate change occurs, but I just don't think we have much of anything, if anything, to do with its occurrence.
Archaeologists, scientists who can actually hold evidence in their hands rather than using theory and hypothetical modeling as climatologists do, have found evidence of severe changes in the world's climate long before we existed. One example is evidence that the Sahara desert was covered with plant life at least twice in the past. Another closer to home and more recent is that the Vikings had gardens on Greenland in the 15th century that is now mostly ice and snow covered. The alarmists are now using Greenland as an example of global warming due to the melting of some ice formations there. My question to them would be "what caused the melting prior to the fifteenth century?" We have the ice ages and other historical weather phenomena that have occurred in the past that can be researched if one wishes to.
If memory serves me correctly the global warming outcry started in Europe a few years ago after the climatologists there decided that maybe we weren't going to freeze to death after all, which is what they were preaching in the 1970s, and then the rest of the world jumped in. (Me thinks they saw a way to keep employed.)
In 1972 Irving Janis, a research psychologist from Yale, published a book which I think describes how the idea snowballed. The book did an in depth look at "group think". He described it as follows: Groupthink is a psychological phenomenon that occurs within a group of people, in which the desire for harmony or conformity in the group results in an irrational or dysfunctional decision-making outcome. Group members try to minimize conflict and reach a consensus decision without critical evaluation of alternative viewpoints, by actively suppressing dissenting viewpoints, and by isolating themselves from outside influences.
Loyalty to the group requires individuals to avoid raising controversial issues or alternative solutions, and there is loss of individual creativity, uniqueness and independent thinking. The dysfunctional group dynamics of the "ingroup" produces an "illusion of invulnerability" (an inflated certainty that the right decision has been made). Thus the "ingroup" significantly overrates its own abilities in decision-making, and significantly underrates the abilities of its opponents (the outgroup). Furthermore groupthink can produce dehumanizing actions against the "outgroup".
There's more but I think you get the message I'm trying to convey and I think this is an apt description of what occurred in the climate change nee global warming community.
There are a lot of people who got rich from the climate change/global warming hysteria, Al Gore being one of them. At one point he claimed that the oceans were going to rise by many feet which would have occurred by now according to his timetable. He then went out and paid — I believe the number was $7 million — for a home on the west coast of California. Go figure.
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