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Global Warming - The new Cold War?

Fifty years ago, The Cold War -- our attempt, through military deterrents, aggressive foreign policy, and homeland preparedness and propaganda campaigns, to stop the spread of Marxism both home and abroad -- completely permeated our culture and dramatically altered how we lived.

We and our Western allies spared no effort to win this war. An entire industry, the defense industry, which had not formally existed before World War II, ate up billions of government dollars each year and employed millions of our workers. School aged children were taught to fear the "Red Menace" and value our way of life. Ordinary Americans routinely participated in Civil Defense air raid drills and built shelters stocked full of potable water and crackers, all necessary precautions in the event of a nuclear war.

Yet the post-modern thinkers who dominated the academy after World War II almost universally adopted pure Marxism as the template for a new world order that would be both economically and morally superior to traditional Western European culture. To this end, these elite leftists looked upon the Cold War with great disdain, even fear. In their view, defending and preserving traditional Western values and "the American way of life" meant defending a power structure based on empires, military power, and greed.

They eagerly cheered as newly independent nations with Marxist leaders arose from the remains of European colonies in Africa and Asia. They actively campaigned against the financial and human resources that were being "wasted" by the military, and they marveled when President Eisenhower, a five-star general and career military officer before he entered politics, seemed to agree with them:

Until the latest of our world conflicts, the United States had no armaments industry. American makers of plowshares could, with time and as required, make swords as well. But now we can no longer risk emergency improvisation of national defense. We have been compelled to create a permanent armaments industry of vast proportions. Added to this, three and a half million men and women are directly engaged in the defense establishment. We annually spend on military security alone more than the net income of all United States corporations.

Now this conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large arms industry is new in the American experience. The total influence -- economic, political, even spiritual --is felt in every city, every Statehouse, every office of the Federal government. We recognize the imperative need for this development. Yet we must not fail to comprehend its grave implications. Our toil, resources, and livelihood are all involved. So is the very structure of our society.

In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist. We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together.

Even though leftists always openly showed contempt for the Cold War, I have always wondered whether, deep down, they were really jealous of its success; of its ability to rally much of the world together in an effort to resist a common enemy. How many times have leftists wondered: What if we could lead our own "cold war," a revolution against capitalism and traditional Western values? What if we could rally the world around a new radical wealth redistribution plan by convincing them that the end was near, and our plan was the only way to guarantee their survival?

Enter climate change. The leftists who now control multi-national governing bodies like the EU and the UN have latched onto man-made global warming theories and have aggressively begun to use those theories as a basis for a policies that will establish a permanent wealth redistribution system that continually drains financial resources from the West.

How, exactly? They are attempting to create a new "green" economy, with its own integrated "green" industries, that will fundamentally impact the way all of us live. They are attempting to seize control of our energy resources, and create a system by which Western nations pay for energy development in Third World nations. They have created an incredible propaganda system that permeates our entertainment media, educational systems, etc. and teaches our children on a daily basis that our planet is doomed, and that we have to ACT NOW in order to save it. Instead of a red scare, we now have a "green scare."

Without a doubt, during the 1990's the UN and its IPCC committee pressured climate scientists to continue to deliver dire global warming predictions, and to come up with an irrefutable graphic presentation to serve as proof that our climate has indeed experienced an alarming rate of warming during the past 100 years, and that Western industrialism, and its evil profits, were directly responsible for this warming trend. Some of the scientists embroiled in the current Climategate debate knew exactly what was happening. Forensic tree ring specialist Keith Briffa participated in the IPCC's controversial 2001 Third Assessment on Climate Change (which produced the "hockey stick" chart) but noted at the time that he "[tried] hard to balance the needs of the IPCC with science, which were not always the same."

That damning admission perfectly illustrates another point made by President Eisenhower in his farewell address, which is the dangerous relationship between government funding (which is always shaped by policy interests) and scientific research:

In this revolution, research has become central, it also becomes more formalized, complex, and costly. A steadily increasing share is conducted for, by, or at the direction of, the Federal government.

Today, the solitary inventor, tinkering in his shop, has been overshadowed by task forces of scientists in laboratories and testing fields. In the same fashion, the free university, historically the fountainhead of free ideas and scientific discovery, has experienced a revolution in the conduct of research. Partly because of the huge costs involved, a government contract becomes virtually a substitute for intellectual curiosity. For every old blackboard there are now hundreds of new electronic computers. The prospect of domination of the nation's scholars by Federal employment, project allocations, and the power of money is ever present -- and is gravely to be regarded.

Yet, in holding scientific research and discovery in respect, as we should, we must also be alert to the equal and opposite danger that public policy could itself become the captive of a scientific-technological elite.(emphasis added)

The high point of the left's unending effort to cripple the Cold War against Marxism was undoubtedly Daniel Ellsberg's notorious Pengagon Papers. Ellsberg became a hero to the left, and liberals celebrated the fact that public support for the Vietnam war fell significantly after it was revealed that the Pentagon had been flat-out lying about what we were doing in Southeast Asia.

Today, there seems to be a similar reaction growing up out of the shocking revelations contained in the Climategate emails. Only this time, liberals aren't celebrating; instead, they are in a dire state of panic. For Climategate looks to be our generation's version of The Pentagon Papers, and there is a real chance that Climategate will squelch the left's Warm War against the West, hopefully before that war has a chance to do real and lasting harm to the world economy and our quality of life.
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Related: After looking at some of the raw data that was leaked via Climategate, the Russians are now claiming that reports authored by the UK's Hadley Center for Climate Change only used data from roughly 25% of the weather stations in their country, cherry-picking temperature readings from warmer urban regions while omitting data from largely unsettled areas.

As WizBang readers know, I have been generous in giving climatologists the benefit of the doubt with respect to their work. As more information related to Climategate is presented, I am finding that harder and harder to do.

ADDED: Commenter "Alfonso Paulista" noted that the EU really doesn't belong among the ranks of leftists pushing for global wealth redistribution. While there are plenty of "white guilt"-ridden leftists in the EU, he probably has a point. On the issue of climate change, the EU has been rather conservative, probably because they are aware of how deeply they will be gouged.

The real wealth transfer scheme operates on a "north" to "south" longitude, where north and south are separated roughly along the Tropic of Cancer. "Rich" nations to the north of that line (North America, Europe) apparently owe the nations to its south (continental Africa, South America, the Indian sub-continent, Southeast Asia, etc.) a huge reparation, because those "southern" nations consist mostly of former colonies of the northern nations. You need look no further than the rantings of Hugo Chavez in order to understand this line of thinking.


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Comments (18)

Stars for character develop... (Below threshold)
MarbleT:

Stars for character development!
I think you've got it!
No reason a liberal apostasy has to be as difficult as Dan Pearl made his, either.

This week on Jesse Ventura'... (Below threshold)
Mac Lorry:

This week on Jesse Ventura's show Conspiracy Theory, he investigates the global warming scam. While having someone like Jesse Ventura call global warming a scam is a negative among people who know anything about the subject, he does reach an audience that generally has no interest in such things. You know, like the folks Jay Leno has on his Jaywalk segment. It's important to reach these folks because, while incredibly ignorant and gullible, these people do vote as evidenced by Obama's election.

The depth and breadth of th... (Below threshold)
drjohn:

The depth and breadth of this fraud are truly staggering. One wonders when the responsibility to begin to question the data will come upon "journalists" who seem to be unable to pry themselves from the altar of the AGW religion- and a religion it is.

None of the information should be secret. World policies are being constructed from this nonsense. Everything should be in the sunshine. There should be no communication that escapes examination. Not one.

The charade that is global warming should be afforded no privacy whatsoever.

Sorry, Michael, but this is... (Below threshold)
Alfonso Paulista:

Sorry, Michael, but this is utterly batshit insane. Just two points from many:

1 - the EU a leftist organization? I don't think so...

2 - 'The Russians' are not claiming anything regarding Climategate. A Russian hard-right economist who heads up a "think-tank" that aggressively lobbies against AGW has made some unsubstantiated claims.

You really think that global warming is just a huge liberal conspiracy?

Mac Lorry:It's ... (Below threshold)
Alfonso Paulista:

Mac Lorry:

It's important to reach these folks because, while incredibly ignorant and gullible

To quote from Rabbie Burns:

O wad some Power the giftie gie us
To see oursels as ithers see us!

You really think that globa... (Below threshold)
Hank:

You really think that global warming is just a huge liberal conspiracy?

No! It's a huge liberal religion.

It's a religion, a goal, a ... (Below threshold)
mag:

It's a religion, a goal, a lie, a scam, a fraud, an evil entity...none of it good for us.

HankIt's a huge... (Below threshold)
Alfonso Paulista:

Hank

It's a huge liberal religion.

Denial of GW is just as much a faith position as claiming that all GW is down to human action. Fact is that virtually the whole of the worldwide scientific community accepts GW as fact, and where you find scientists disputing it, invariably they are not climate experts.

The debate lies in just how much we humans are contributing to the warming and just what, if anything, we should do about it. The current climategate frenzy is just an embarrassing - for both sides of the argument - sideshow.

Enviromentalism has become ... (Below threshold)
Flu-Bird:

Enviromentalism has become a new age pagan religion to many of these radicals who are worshippers of GAIA and even belive all those stroms and earthquakes are their earth mother send a message why else did RED TED TURNER produce junk like CAPT PLANET. Its gone from the RED MENACE to the WATERMELLON MENACE(green on the outside red on the inside)

Heh. I like how the Faithfu... (Below threshold)
Les Nessman:

Heh. I like how the Faithful accuse those who don't agree with the AGW hysteria as not believing in GW.

No kidding GW is happening. That's the point. GW has been happening for millions of years. Global Cooling, too. Warming, cooling, warming, cooling...it's called nature. It's always happened and it always will.

It's a religion, it's a rel... (Below threshold)
Alfonso Paulista:

It's a religion, it's a religion, it's a religion, it's a religion, it's a religion, it's a religion...

The mantra is terribly reminiscent of... something. But what..?

Les:

I like how the Faithful accuse those who don't agree with the AGW hysteria as not believing in GW.

Do you? Perhaps you could give us some examples of these accusations so we can all have a laugh?

Re: "The debate lies in jus... (Below threshold)
Hank:

Re: "The debate lies in just how much we humans are contributing to the warming and just what, if anything, we should do about it."

No, the debate lies in just how much the data was cooked to advance the scam.

Global Warming is nothing b... (Below threshold)
Faith+1:

Global Warming is nothing but hot air.

Search the comments going back two years and I have often said this. There are simply too many things that don't make sense about all the claims and never have. Like the fact that climate and weather are often governed by non-linear differential equations--by definition not solvable yet they claimed to have solved them?

AP:"Perhaps you coul... (Below threshold)
Les Nessman:

AP:
"Perhaps you could give us some examples of these accusations so we can all have a laugh?"

Here's one from a particularly dense dipshit :

"Denial of GW is just as much a faith position as claiming that all GW is down to human action. Fact is that virtually the whole of the worldwide scientific community accepts GW as fact,.."

Sound familiar?

Alfonso Paulista:<blo... (Below threshold)
Mac Lorry:

Alfonso Paulista:

To quote from Rabbie Burns:

O wad some Power the giftie gie us
To see oursels as ithers see us!

And of course all such sentiments apply to those who use them.

AGW May have a factu... (Below threshold)
Dan:

AGW May have a factual basis, but the science has been monkeyed with for political ends-which makes it highly in doubt.

The so-called "solutions" (carbon-trading schemes and other wealth-transfers) don't, even by the admission of their backers, solve the problem postulated.

Which in turn begs the question of what's the goal here?

Dogma, whether presented by the Church, or by academics, is still dogma. A scientific, Rationalist approach demands examination of the data and conclusions with the tool of Skepticism. This is the difference between an educated imbecile, and an intellectual-a REAL intellectual. Intellectuals use their INTELLECT to examine a problem, not Faith, not Trust, Intellect.

The integrity of the science underlying the claims is in doubt, therefore, the science is in doubt, and making policy on doubtful science is not only dishonest, it's Dangerous.

AP ...before this ... (Below threshold)
jeff:

AP ...

before this month I would agree that the scientific community agreed that we have seen GW over the last 100 years ...

given the amount of review that is starting to occur with the raw data and the "adjusted" data I'm not so sure that anyone can be sure that the supposed measured warming has actually occurred ...

It is becoming increasingly clear that many of the "adjustments" done to the raw temperature records have no basis in science or reasonable explanation ...

people used to think we had this ...

good data in --> garbage programming --> garbage data out

It is starting to look like this:

garbage data in --> garbage programming --> garbage (squared) data out

Wow, I guess I'm flattered.... (Below threshold)

Wow, I guess I'm flattered. I developed this piece's idea about a month ago and have posted it there and (including) here, a dozen times since.

Have even used the following as my eMail "signature: this past month, too:

QUOTE:

" ... the free university, historically the fountainhead of free ideas and scientific discovery, has experienced a revolution in the conduct of research ... (and) a government contract (has become) a substitute for intellectual (integrity). For every old blackboard there are now (millions of computers).

"The ... domination of the nation's 'scientists' by federal ... allocations, and the power of money ... (has absolutely corrupted 'science').

"Yet, in holding 'scientific research' and 'discovery' in respect, as we (once could), we must also be alert to the ... danger that public policy (has) become the captive of a (pseudo)-scientific-technological elite."
-- Dwight David Eisenhower - With apologies to

(Little wonder, then, that second-generation traitor and first-runner-up to Big Ears in The World's Most Dangerous Dullard stakes, Al-Fredo Gore-leone (yet another Lefty who's made a career of lying to those too damned stupid to know they're being lied to or who're too damned mean-spirited, greedy and/or fascistic to care) is the unelected Pope of the (godless) Church of The Flat-Earth No-Growth Environmental-Whacko Chicken Littles!)

END QUOTE.

My posted pieces have differed only in that they point out that several of the same multi-generational war-profiteering Left-wing traitor families that drove and profited from the creation of the nation-looting Military-Industrial Complex about which Mr Eisenhower so eloquently warned, that permitted the likes of failed grade-school teacher who never held an actual job: Lyndon Baines Haliburton Johnson to leave a 1.5 Billion 2009 Dollar "estate" -- and that included the Kennedys, Kohn-Kerrys and last AND least, Armond-Hammer Gores, are still at it these almost fifty years on.

But still quite a coincidence, eh?

Brian Richard Allen
Lost Angels - Califobambicated 90028
And the Very Far Abroad




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