Ever since the first Earth Day in 1970, which was accompanied by all sorts of doomsday prognostications which seem like the Woodstock era’s version of Reefer Madness, the apocalyptic tone of radical environmentalism has always encouraged its proponents that truth and skepticism could be discarded in the fight “to save the planet.” (Which we only have ten years to accomplish!) In 2007, Scott Pelley, now the replacement for Katie Couric (remember her?) at CBS, infamously likened global warming skeptics to Holocaust deniers:
While most of the country was watching the Green Bay Packers play the New York Giants, CBS aired an hour-long, severely one-sided special about the threat of global warming.
The special was hosted by CBS’s Scott Pelley. In January 2007, Pelley was asked why he refused to include global warming skeptics in his reporting. He responded, “If I do an interview with [Holocaust survivor] Elie Wiesel, am I required as a journalist to find a Holocaust denier?”
In 2007, Editor & Publisher, which, as its title implies, is a house organ for the MSM, ran an article headlined, “Climate Change: Get Over Objectivity, Newspapers.” The 2009 ClimateGate scandal justifiably transformed the words “hide the decline” into a near household phrase. Last year, when a would-be global warming-themed journalistic ambush against Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK) went so badly that Inhofe himself put video of his reply up on YouTube, left-leaning Politico admonished its source for having attempted to gain access to Inhofe by claiming he had a relationship with the Website beyond simply freelancing a few op-eds.
In a 2006 article in the Christian Science Monitor, Julia Gorin spelled out relationship between President Bush’s then-War on Terror, and the left’s then-latest Moral Equivalent of War, global warming. As Julia wrote, “Freud called it displacement. People fixate on the environment when they can’t deal with real threats. Combating the climate gives nonhawks a chance to look tough. They can flex their muscle for Mother Nature, take a preemptive strike at an SUV. Forget the Patriot Act, it’s Kyoto that’ll save you”:
While the hawks among us worry about preventing the Armageddon that’s coming, our modern-day hippies just want to make sure the planet is pristine when it does. In fact, the more menacing terrorism becomes, the more some people seem to worry about the weather. Scared and unsure how to fight terrorists, they confront “climate change,” which only requires spending trillions of other people’s dollars on something that may not need fixing or may not be fixable. No wonder some of these people chain themselves to trees – they think money grows on them.
And that works in the other direction as well — a few months before his carbon footprint was reduced with extreme prejudice by SEAL Team Six, the Washington Post ran a story titled, “Osama bin Laden embraces his inner Al Gore.” And just as fake but accurate documents may have been used against the Heartland Institute, the whacky imams who ginned up the middle eastern riots against the Mohammed cartoons also introduced fake examples, to further enrage the faithful. And speaking of enraging the faithful, in recent years, environmentalist videos have certainly been dialing their eliminationist imagery up to 11.
Al Gore likes to alternately compare environmentalism to the civil rights movement and fighting against the Nazis. Once you’ve decided you’re waging the moral equivalent of war, as this Time cover from 2008 makes explicit, then apparently, all weapons are on the table. Or as Stacy concludes, “I do not accuse Peter Gleick and his fellow fanatics of any Stalinist ambitions, but when we see them engaged in Stalinist methods — publishing forged documents to smear their critics – aren’t we justified in suspecting that they are not otherwise honest?”
Thomas Sowell once told an interviewer:
There’s something Eric Hoffer said: “Intellectuals cannot operate at room temperature.” There always has to be a crisis–some terrible reason why their superior wisdom and virtue must be imposed on the unthinking masses. It doesn’t matter what the crisis is. A hundred years ago it was eugenics. At the time of the first Earth Day a generation ago, the big scare was global cooling, a big ice age. They go from one to the other. It meets their psychological needs and gives them a reason for exercising their power.
As Rahm Emanuel might say, never let a crisis go to waste — especially one you’ve manufactured yourself.
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