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The Crime of the Century

posted at 11:05 pm on November 30, 2009 by

Few recent events have illustrated the ineptitude, and political agenda, of the mainstream media more dramatically than “Climagate.” The revelation of email correspondence from the Climate Research Unit of the University of East Anglia, documenting various attempts to suppress data and manipulate scientific “consensus” with thuggish tactics, confirms what critics of the global-warming movement have always maintained: it has a lot more to do with money and politics than science. In fact, the global-warming movement is essentially the opposite of science – the manipulation and destruction of empirical data to support a theory whose accuracy was decided in advance.

Those tempted to compare global warming to a religion should consider that religious faith does not require the willful suppression of knowledge. Calling the belief in global warming a “religion” is an insult to religion. It’s a mistake I have made in the past, and I owe the faithful of all religions an apology for doing so.

Global warming is a scam, pure and simple. By any objective measure, it’s the crime of the century, with a dollar value that dwarfs the sins of Bernie Madoff or Enron. People like Al Gore have become millionaires by selling books and “carbon credits” to their marks… many of whom knew perfectly well they were being taken for a ride, but felt political pressure to play along, or saw opportunities created by the exercise of raw government power. The economic damage from legislation passed in response to this hoax will run into trillions of dollars, if Barack Obama’s disastrous cap-and-trade legislation passes the Senate.

An objective media would respond to this blockbuster news story with front-page headlines and “special report” television treatment. By now, the authors of the incriminating Climate Research Unit emails would be infamous around the world. Top operators of the global warming racket, such as Al Gore, would be hiding in their mansions, afraid to face the mob of angry reporters gathered outside. Liberals love to accuse big corporations of manufacturing crises and taking advantage of consumers with false product information and deceptive advertising. Here is the paramount example of those offenses, on a scale that would widen the eyes of the greatest titans of industry. If a private corporation had conducted a scam as vast, and as destructive to the prosperity of nations – and the aspirations of the working poor…

… but no private corporation could do anything like this, could they? The global warming scam is the kind of crime that only Big Government can mastermind.

Private industry makes plenty of mistakes, but the global warming scam is defined by its utter contempt for costs and benefits - the laws of gravity that hold businesses in orbit around the free market. The global warming cult maintains that no chances can be taken – we must ignore all reservations and contrary evidence, and proceed as if the worst possible outcomes are inevitable, unless we take drastic action. We have to take this action immediately – not even the slightest delay is acceptable. Members of the global warming cult provide constantly shifting dates for environmental doomsday, painting dire pictures of coastal cities becoming aquariums after the polar ice caps melt. With the eager assistance of media allies, the cult produces ridiculous propaganda, like Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth or the movie The Day After Tomorrow, embraced warmly for their “good intentions” despite being filled with exaggerations and outright lies.

Business leaders confronted with this kind of hard sell, blown in their faces with frantic enthusiasm, generally respond with suspicion, because they know a con when they see one. When you tell a businessman he is morally obligated to accept a deal that imposes monstrous costs, without visible benefits, and he must agree immediately without asking any further questions, he will get up and leave the table… unless you point a gun at him, and force him to sit back down. That’s where government comes in.

It’s easiest to con someone when they want to be fooled. Global warming is like pornography for Big Government addicts. It provides the rationale for sweeping new powers. It can be used as a moral club to beat class enemies. It creates a climate of perpetual emergency that allows endless taxation and erosion of liberty. There is great power to be gained by those who act as the harbingers of a disaster that is always too far away for hard-nosed analysis, but too close for careful deliberation.

Like most of the biggest government crimes, this one will never be prosecuted. No one will go to jail for the bogus “hockey stick” climate graph, or compensate victims for economic damages. The suckers who bought carbon credits will never be made whole. When corporate miscreants like Enron are brought to justice, there is much talk about setting precedents, and sending warnings to other would-be lawbreakers. Such warnings are never sent to government crooks, and no one talks about the need to set precedents. Indeed, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs was still parroting the “science is settled” line today… days after anyone capable of rational thought could possibly agree. No one milking political power from the global warming scam will feel any need to back down or start making sense, until they start paying a significant political price.

If describing the acolytes and hucksters of global warming as “criminals” seems harsh, ask yourself how this situation would be treated if the miscreants had been operating within the private sector. Imagine a group of corporations conspiring to create an imaginary crisis, using junk science and false advertising, with their original raw data safely shredded. Imagine these greedy capitalists selling fantastically expensive “solutions” to the problem they manufactured, and demanding control over scores of other industries in the bargain. Picture an advertising campaign reaching into movies, books, music, and “news” programs. Imagine corporate representatives invading schools to indoctrinate children from an early age, and absolutely saturating children’s literature and television with slogans and carefully constructed horror stories about how the world will suffer, if their parents don’t play ball and start forking over money and liberties to the conglomerate.

Now imagine a hacked server disgorging emails between officers and technicians of these corporations, worded exactly the same as the East Anglia Climate Research Unit messages, and ask yourself how long it would take for the first Senate subcommittees to issue subpoenas, the first crisis news specials to pre-empt prime-time programming, or the first grand juries to convene.

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Awesome as usual, Doc. You hit it right on the head. I’ll be sharing your article with everyone I know.

deidre on November 30, 2009 at 11:22 PM

An objective media

…no longer exists.

publiuspen on November 30, 2009 at 11:22 PM

Right on! Again.

Dhuka on November 30, 2009 at 11:27 PM

It’s very disheartening, the way this story isn’t going anywhere in the tradional media. How many millions of Americans continue to be in the dark about this montrous hoax?

disa on November 30, 2009 at 11:27 PM

I had home delivery of the local newspaper from the time I moved to the area (January, 1986) to the point where I canceled (November, 2009).

I had always understood that it was biased — sins of omission and commission were amply evidenced. But over the course of 2007/2008, it became an overwhelmingly condescending bias. Not only was I to be told only what they wanted me to hear, but they didn’t even have to try to hide this — they, after all, were the local “paper of record”.

I got yet another begging, “come back to the fold” phone call this week. As usual, I asked if they’d changed editorial staff and abruptly terminated the call when they said that they hadn’t. I might pay for journalism, I won’t pay for shills — and this doesn’t change if either one dresses themselves up in newsprint.

cthulhu on November 30, 2009 at 11:37 PM

Global warming is like pornography for Big Government addicts.

Just about says it all…

hoakie on November 30, 2009 at 11:45 PM

The death of an objective media is a very dangerous thing for our country. Our government in conjunction with a compliant media does not bode well for our freedom. I fear Climategate is the first of many huge scandals the general public will have no knowledge.
Great post, Dr. Z.

d1carter on December 1, 2009 at 1:33 AM

It’s very disheartening, the way this story isn’t going anywhere in the tradional media. How many millions of Americans continue to be in the dark about this montrous hoax?

disa on November 30, 2009 at 11:27 PM

Not as many as there would be without us. We don’t need them. Spread the word.

Jim Treacher on December 1, 2009 at 4:46 AM

I was going to argue the toss on your point about not calling this scam a religion. However, I think a better word for it is a cult, just like the Jim Jones cult, and for that matter just like Scientology which pretends to be a religion. I am still inclined to argue the toss because there is suppression within Islam – Christians are not free to talk about their religion in any country where Islam is the official “faith”….

However, that gets away from the excellent points that you have made.

Just for the record, there has been a little bit of an upheaval here in Australia, and you might call it a last ditch effort to prevent the passing of our version of your crap and trade. We call it the ETS. As a result of the phones melting last Thursday (I think that was when it started), we have a new Opposition leader, which means there has been a shift away from co-operating with our narcissistic Prime Minister KRUDD. Hopefully this means that KRUDD will go to Hopenhagen with an empty promise…

maggieo on December 1, 2009 at 4:49 AM

d1carter on December 1, 2009 at 1:33 AM

It is the same problem in Australia. The LSM is just as culpable.

Of course their boy did not win in the Opposition Party room and that must have left them slack jawed for a moment, but the knives are out already…. this could get nasty since I disagree with my husband over the matter of the new leader, Tony Abbott.

maggieo on December 1, 2009 at 4:51 AM

Well done Dr.0.

Robert17 on December 1, 2009 at 7:38 AM

Great post again Doc.

Criminals indeed, but since they are politically connected, none will ever be brought to justice.

rukiddingme on December 1, 2009 at 12:16 PM

I hate to digress but can’t let this go unanswered. As conservatives we are painfully aware of how the mainstream media twists and smears. So, the post by maggieo particularly concerns me as she is forwarding the MSM line (backed by the psych/pharma industry)about Scientology.
The Church of Scientology isn’t “pretending” anything;it is exactly what it says it is. And to also manufacture a connection between Scientology and Jim Jones is the height of irresponsibility. Due diligence is required here. The information on what Scientology is and what it does is answered in full on their website: http://www.scientology.org
The Church bears no resemblance to what it has been portrayed as by the special interests pushing psych drugs on our society. We should support those who do good and damn those who live in the “universe of lies and spin”. (Rush’s quote)
Find out for yourself.

VBMax on December 1, 2009 at 12:44 PM

The entire article is great, but the last 4 paragraphs are perfection.

Is there now such as thing as a crime that is “too big to prosecute”? Maybe so…

In any case, vote the bums out 2010 and 2012!

painesright on December 1, 2009 at 1:12 PM

My local paper (Toronto Star) reported this morning that almost 2/3 of Canadians believe climate change is the “planet’s defining crisis” and of course it’s not suprising with stories like these!

CBC.ca took almost a week before reporting on the scandal with the completely biased headline “Hackers skewed climate-change emails: Scientists”, but on the bright side, there were many commenters taking them to task for it.

I do feel that the tides are turning for the global warming con, but there needs to be more lies/corruption exposed or people might forget the controversy and start feeling guilt again over cannibalistic polar bears.

CityFish on December 1, 2009 at 2:04 PM

Treating it as a crime is the ONLY way to view this.

Bleed_thelizard on December 1, 2009 at 4:53 PM

You know, as soon as someone remembers how full-bore totally invested in Global Warming GENERAL ELECTRIC is and has been, … that stock is going to be worth shit.

And, by invested I mean more than just money but capital, employees, future business plans, lobbying, their media arm (NBC, Universal Studios, A&E, et al), whole business units and subsidiaries top to bottom, the entire mission statement of the company, etc, etc… you know, stuff like that.

Not to mention government mandated light bulbs (how much $$ will they lose right there, when the mandate is repealed?), and that ridiculous thing Immelt calls “Ecomagination”.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_assets_owned_by_General_Electric

New Slogan for GE:
“GE (and climategate), we bring the economy to a halt.”

Eyas on December 1, 2009 at 5:35 PM