A warm flash of insight
Posted by aogWednesday, 22 August 2007 at 20:27 TrackBack Ping URL

I heard some blather on some TV show about global warming and it struck me as to why the Warmenists have a psychological need for not only global warming, but anthropogenic global warming. The root is that these people are severe reactionaries, the emotional descendants of the Luddites, who cannot handle change. This conflicts with their other self image of being “progressive”. Blaming humans for climate change reconciles this conflict, so they can scream “don’t ever change anything anywhere for any reason!” while supporting “progress”.

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David Cohen Wednesday, 22 August 2007 at 20:48

Yeah, their need to show that any warming is anthropogenic is fascinating. I get the feeling that if it could be shown that the Earth is warming and that the warming is wholly natural but catastrophic, they would oppose any effort to stop it.

Annoying Old Guy Wednesday, 22 August 2007 at 20:53

They can’t, that’s psychologically unacceptable, which is why it must be human caused.

Peter Burnet Thursday, 23 August 2007 at 04:44

More feudal than Luddite. The Luddites were at least reacting to real dislocation and destitution. The global warming faithful’s view of nature and the environment strikes me as analagous to the Church’s view of the economy in the early Middle Ages. It’s a closed system in a state of optimum balance and it’s morally offensive for man to disrupt it in the slightest way. Note how despite their insistence that we must do anything, including impoverish the world, to keep the climate from warming so much as a degree, none of them ever say: “We really should try to cool things down a degree or two.” Wouldn’t most of the world would be grateful if we could? But that would be as defiant of Gaia as Petrach’s climbing of the mountain was thought to be of God. In fact, I assume they would be just as angry if somebody found a way to halt global warming at the cost of a slight cooling. They would just shift their focus from the polar bear to the crocodile and keep on frothing.

OTOH, how can a true conservative completely dismiss the problem or scorn the impulse behind it? Mountain-climbing is in fact dangerous.

Ali Choudhury Thursday, 23 August 2007 at 05:28

People want another dragon to slay.

Annoying Old Guy Thursday, 23 August 2007 at 09:11

We shouldn’t completely dismiss the problem, but we should cast a skeptical and cost conscious eye upon it. Someone else posted a while back about doing the cost / benefit analysis of stopping global warming vs. letting it happen and as a first pass it wasn’t clear that stopping it was cheaper, even given the likely exaggerated effects claimed.

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