On the eve of the National Clean Energy Summit in Las Vegas, the Review Journal there did a roundup of recent polling on the subject, concluding that the Political climate for energy policies cools. The combination of a bad economy and continuing evidence that the Earth is simply not warming has led an increasing number of people to either dismiss the Global Warming alarmists' claims entirely, or to decide that whatever the merits of their arguments, we can't afford to spend money on "green energy" measures right now.
The media is taking a pounding on this issue, trading its own credibility for its usual blind support of anything favored by political liberals.
Here's what Gallup found: The number of Americans who say the media have exaggerated global warming jumped to a record 41 percent in 2009, up from 35 percent a year ago. The most marked increase came among political independents, whose ranks of doubters swelled from 33 percent to 44 percent.
Does anyone believe that as independents conclude that the media is 'exaggerating' about global warming, the decline in credibility will not spill over, onto other liberal causes advanced by the media? Causes like government-run health care reform? Or the presidency of Barack Obama itself? I don't.
I think the ability of the media to push the country leftward declines in proportion to the degree that they get caught lying. That was always the danger with Global Warming: the globe might not warm. Al Gore's book, Earth in the Balance, is almost twenty years old. The Earth is no warmer now than it was then. In fact the average temperature has gone down. If after a week of you yelling "Fire!" in a crowded theater nobody sees any flames, you should expect to be dismissed as a crank.
As encouraging as these poll results are, we can use all the help we can get. To that end we should encourage self-appointed Protectors Of The Planet to tell even bigger and more obvious lies, so as to discredit themselves even further. I would therefore like to thank Daniel Weiss, a senior fellow and director of climate strategy at the left-leaning* Center for American Progress, for saying this:
The country that makes the clean energy technologies of the future is going to be the one that dominates the world economy. Right now, China, Germany and other economic competitors are ahead of us because we've had eight years of doing nothing.
What a statement like that tells anyone with a brain is that Weiss is first and foremost a politician, the key being his reference to "eight years of doing nothing." Without knowing anything else about him, we can conclude that he suffers from Bush Derangement Syndrome and will say anything to promote his politics. Which means that anything he has to say about the environment or energy policy is as believeable as if it came directly from the mouth of Barney Frank. To the extent these junk scientists self-identify as politicians, that helps things along.
So does saying things that are stupid. Weiss again:
The question isn't whether we're going to buy clean energy technologies. The question is whether we're going to buy clean energy technologies made in the United States and marketed overseas, or whether we'll buy them from China and bring them here.
Since when are inventions manufactured only in the country where they were invented? We invent a lot of things that we subsequently manufacture in China or other places. That Weiss believes this to be "the question" again marks him as a politician first, because he can't possibly be that stupid. He's hoping that we are that stupid, or at least that there are enough stupid people out there to justify making the argument.
We need more environmental spokesmen like Daniel Weiss; guys who will make it obvious that 'green energy' and 'global warming' are fundamentally about politics, and that the pseudo-scientists from the various "Centers for Goodness and Light" are in fact politicians. The more of that we get, the more the public will come to see environmentalism for what it is: a disguise by which Little Dictators hope to put themselves into positions where they can tell the rest of us what to do in the most minute detail.
* Kudos to the Las Vegas Review-Journal for identifying it as such.