The Global Warming Debate Seen Through the Eyes of Homer Simpson
When it comes to global warming, Al Gore has famously said that “the debate is over“. But today’s inconvenient truth is that the debate is most assuredly not over.
The Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change, or NIPCC, has issued a report that contradicts findings of the UN-sanctioned Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, or IPCC. Both address the subject of Anthropogenic (man-caused) Global Warming, or AGW, but they appear to reach opposite conclusions.
The credentials of the NIPCC scientists look just as impressive at those of the IPCC scientists. Whom should we believe? Perhaps the tie can be broken if we can figure out cui bono, that is, examine who benefits.
It doesn’t take a scientist to understand why the IPCC people would stick to their dire predictions despite the horrendous failures of their models of the past 15 years. First, IPCC people have an enormous economic interest in perpetuating a chicken-little the-sky-is-falling theory. That theory has been the source of billions of dollars worth of research grants. How could they hope to get still more grants if in fact AGW’s effect is small compared to natural and uncontrollable phenomenon like solar activity? And Al Gore himself has parlayed the AGW scare into a Nobel Prize and great personal wealth. A reversal would be horribly embarrassing to him, not to mention the Nobel Prize Committee.
Second, the IPCC’s AGW backers have an enormous geopolitical stake in the AGW theory. Without it, how could they justify massive wealth transfers to underdeveloped nations as “penance” for alleged transgressions of all those evil developed nations? How could they justify their dreams of one-world government through massive international coercion if the need to “save the planet” were actually phony?
To its credit, the IPCC report does point out the shortcomings of its past predictions. But articles in obsolescing journals like the Washington Post barely mention those problems. In fact, their Leftist writers dutifully spin the IPCC report to support AGW, actually doubling down on the scare.
I’m not sure what the motivations are on the other side, among the AGW skeptics and detractors. Maybe it’s just a dogged search for scientific truth. How quaint! Or perhaps it’s a desire to discredit some pro-AGW scientists who sold their integrity for some research grants. Or maybe, as the Left claims, they have some insidious George Soros counterparts, like oil companies, pulling their strings.
In any event, the debate is clearly not over, and the economic and political stakes are now so high that the “debate” will not end in any of our lifetimes.
Rather than worry about it, I’ve taken Homer Simpson’s attitude toward the whole thing, as expressed in the 7-second video clip below. You may want to do the same.