I was listening to a talk by Andrew Klavan, the crime and suspense writer, given at Hillsdale College. I liked the entire talk, as I think I have come half-circle. Twenty-nine years ago I dropped my then twenty-years-running subscription to National Review, the magazine founded by Bill Buckley. I just renewed it. I hope this time around I am a better thinker. There is much I like about conservatism, and much I find to be less well reasoned. (Their attitude about the supposed “free market” and health care along with opposition to “socialized” medicine has led us to a dystopia called Obamacare, making us prisoners of AHIP, though they are not aware of this.)
Overall, I find the conservative philosophy appealing. It’s been a long journey from the knee-jerk Republican my parents raised through Democratness, liberalism, progressivism, the Green Party, Mathisism, and finally back where I began, a little more well-rounded, a more thoughtful and able-to-listen conservative, I hope.
Here is something I clipped from the talk – three symptoms of … he didn’t say, or I missed it … of decadence, loss of liberty, I suppose:
- Inordinate fear of catastrophe.
- Silencing of dissent.
- Steady progress from moral error to atrocity.
That’s a nice summation of supposed climate change. Here is a quote from Elizabeth Warren, the anointed “front-runner” for the Democratic nomination for president:
“On my first day as president, I will sign an executive order that puts a total moratorium on all new fossil fuel leases for drilling offshore and on public lands. And I will ban fracking—everywhere.”
If that doesn’t get the job done, she can just shut down the banking system, halt all trucking of goods on Interstate highways, ban all airline travel … I mean, she wants a major economic crash and depression, right?
This woman is dangerous. She needs to open a science book. And then study it.
But stop and think – the president does not have power to do any of that except in a state of emergency, and anyway, I seriously doubt she means those words. She cannot be that stupid. She is playing to a certain power center, or more likely knows that if she says anything true about supposed “climate change,” Klavan’s number two above, “silencing of dissent” will drive her from public view.
But suppose the climate Nazis get their way, suppose we shut down oil and gas and coal and rely instead on solar, wind and biofuel. What follows? Atrocity. Economic collapse. A shrinking population, poverty and illness, and shorter life spans, maybe even roving gangs of medieval times. That is number three above in the Klavan talk.
Richard Lindzen is an atmosphere physicist, formerly of MIT and now retired, and so able to speak out.
“What historians will definitely wonder about in future centuries is how deeply flawed logic, obscured by shrewd and unrelenting propaganda, actually enabled a coalition of powerful special interests to convince nearly everyone in the world that CO2 from human industry was a dangerous, planet-destroying toxin. It will be remembered as the greatest mass delusion in the history of the world – that CO2, the life of plants, was considered for a time to be a deadly poison.”