I’ve been wondering for how to express my concern about the modern love affair with catastrophising and alarmism, particularly in the context of climate change. Apart from flying in the face of reality, it has the very real cost of distributing money away from the fundamental needs of mankind. Then I read this excellent, well written piece by Christopher Booker in the Daily Telegraph.
When future generations come to look back on the alarm over global warming that seized the world towards the end of the 20th century, much will puzzle them as to how such a scare could have arisen. They will wonder why there was such a panic over a 0.4 per cent rise in global temperatures between 1975 and 1998, when similar rises between 1860 and 1880 and 1910 and 1940 had given no cause for concern. They will see these modest rises as just part of a general warming that began at the start of the 19th century, as the world emerged from the Little Ice Age, when the Earth had grown cooler for 400 years.
This latest report has aroused markedly less excitement than did its hysterical predecessor in 2007. They have cried wolf once too often. The only people still being wholly taken in, it seems – apart from the usual suspects in the media – are all those mindless politicians still babbling on about how in Paris next year they are finally going to get that great global agreement which, if only we put up enough wind farms and taxes, will somehow enable us to stop the climate changing. They can dream on. But alas, the rest of us must still pay the price for their dreams.
And what a price it is. It’s all but bankrupted southern Europe. Even Germany is turning its back on its failed experiment with wind and solar energy as green energy policies that are failing to deliver.
The real threat to the world is continuing to subside this climate change insanity to the detriment of all other claims on our ability to enjoy the fruits of our labour. Health services, education and living standards will inevitably fall if governments continue diverting taxes to hand to greedy, green, companies politicians and professors.
We live in exciting, interesting, peaceful times. These are generalisations I know, and are not meant to undervalue the suffering that still exists in the world, but to point out that, in the context of world history, we live in an age of relative plenty. There are more of us than ever to enjoy the wonders of technology and the company of others. I live in amazement at the innovative mind of the human race and our ability to problem solve.
The climate has always changed. It's nothing new. It's just that we have far more technology to a) know about it and b) learn how to adapt to it. What hasn't changed is the greed that drives the alarmists and catastrophisers to make money out of wanting us to live in fear.