I’m currently immersed in a book called The Deliberate Corruption of Climate Science by Tim Ball, PhD. Ball is a Canadian climatologist who was sued by Michael Mann, the SLAPP-happy climatologist whose pseudo scientific masterpiece, the Hockey Stick, was featured in IPCC publications and Al Gore’s movie. It took several years, but Ball won the lawsuit and Mann (or the forces behind him) was forced to pay all legal costs. The reason why the Canadian court ruled in Ball’s favor was simple: Mann was not genuinely pursuing the matter, and was apparently only suing Ball to make his life difficult. Ball is featured in a post-ruling interview here.
At the opening of his book, Ball presents several reasons why the Climate Change hoax has advanced as far as it has:
- The objective and therefore science were premeditated.
- The scientific focus was deliberately narrowed to CO2.
- From the start, unaccountable government agencies were involved and in control.
- Science and political structures and procedures were put in place to enhance the deception.
- Actions were taken to block or divert challenges.
- The people’s natural fears about change and catastrophe were exploited.
- The public’s lack of scientific understanding, especially with regard to climate science, was exploited.
- People find it hard to believe that a deception on such a grand scale could occur.
- Opponents were ruthlessly attacked, causing others to remain silent.
That’s a comprehensive accounting of how the hoax was perpetuated, and surely more than I could assemble on my own, but I think that ball left out two important factors:
1. The news media is complicit in the hoax
It could be that journalists are just ignorant sycophants. I’ve seen plenty of evidence of that over the years. For example, a wizened old veteran in my home town, still at work as far as I can tell, once said of a retiring (or departed) journalist that he had no idea, even knowing him for decades, what his political opinions were. This, I am not making up, is considered high praise in that profession.
Watching television and movies, it’s easy to imagine our Fourth Estate to be comprised of testy, inquisitive and bullheaded truth searchers. Take note, the next time one is featured in entertainment that you are viewing, how he/she will be portrayed as independent and dogged. In real life, each is governed by an editor who is lorded over by a publisher, each given that role because those with real power can trust them. I’ve long known that the editor of a newspaper only gravitates to that position due to lack of curiosity, often mislabeled “professional objectivity.”
So when a major hoax like Global Warming/Climate change comes down the pipe, journalists are going to be the last to uncover it. Far more in character, they will mindlessly repeat the essential elements of the hoax. They do this because they are too stupid to know better and too afraid to leave the herd and think for themselves. At the very top of the profession, say with Hannah Fairfield of the New York Times, I venture that you will find either an active hoax participant, or a deeply indoctrinated maroon.
The Climate Change Hoax only has legs because it is actively advanced by our news media. Ball surely knows this and might have included it in his list. He may have skipped over it because it is painfully obvious, or because it detracts from his larger massage.
2. Schools are brainwashing the kids
I’ve known many teachers personally, and many from a distance. Some are pretty good at what they do, most are mediocre. Each swears that his/her lifelong occupation is a passion, that the education of children is more a calling than a profession. For the most part, they imagine they are very good at their job. They’re not, but I’ll discuss that factor later.
I was brainwashed as a kid. It took twelve long years to get the job done, via nuns and priests and lay teachers in our Catholic schools. The nuns and priests actively and knowingly indoctrinated us in Catholicism, telling me in grade school that being born Catholic, leaving the faith would result in burning in hell. That is child abuse. Maybe they thought their calling noble, maybe they thought they were helping me along the way, but ignorance is no excuse.
I now view religion as a happy pastime for people who choose to indulge, and have long gotten over the anger that Catholic upbringing nurtures. “Recovering Catholics” are fine people, just like Catholics themselves, but it is equally noble to be completely away from it, neither participating nor recovering.
I chose to write about my Catholic education there, but don’t assume that secular schools are any different, or that public school teachers are any better than their religious counterparts. They are involved in a brainwashing enterprise, and because they were brainwashed too, don’t know any better. Every American school student will walk away at graduation (or before) secure in the belief that what they see on news is real, that school shootings are real and that they need to be constantly on guard and afraid, and that Climate Change is real.
The powerful people behind the hoax know that most people look around and see nothing urgent in supposed climate emergency. Even if they internalize it, they don’t much care about it. In fact, when it hits them in the pocketbook, they quietly disregard it.
As you can see from the above research from Pew Charitable Trusts, public concern about Global Warming peaked in 2007, and placed 22nd among the public’s concerns in 2012. I am using this chart because Ball referred to it in his book. I have no idea of the current placement of concerns in the public mind, and don’t much care. Note, if you will, that terrorism, the budget deficit and the threat of losing Social Security are three of the top five concerns. All three issues are hoaxes. So I am not going to get too concerned about placement of Global Warming on a list other than to note that pocketbook is first no matter anything else.
Given that adults were not too much swayed by the hoax, the hoaxers logically decided that they had to reach the kids. And they have succeeded. As I look at Greta Thunberg and the kids carrying signs in the supposed Extinction Rebellion, I think to myself “God, what morons.” But I have to reflect back to myself after twelve years of indoctrination and say the same thing – what a maroon I was! I bought in deeply because I was immersed and knew nothing else. These kids (Thunberg is probably just an actress) are mere victims of their teachers and some very sophisticated propaganda. I hope they break free, I have little hope.
So what about all these teachers who imagine they are dedicated and serving society above and beyond the call? It is now known as the Dunning-Kruger Effect, the essence of which is that stupid people do not know they are stupid. In fact, because they are stupid, they are not equipped to know they are stupid. They cannot be reached.
That’s crude, I know. But Dunning-Kruger is all around us, and in each of us. I imagine that I’ve mastered the Climate Change hoax even as I am quickly lost in scientific papers on the subject. I salve my conscience by imagining that merely grasping key concepts is enough. For instance, take a look at the chart below.
By merely including it I suggest to you that I understand it. But maybe this is critical and maybe even rescues me from Dunning-Kruger: I know I do not understand it because it is too complicated for me. (Do take note: This chart, from a 1974 paper by Kellogg and Schneider, makes no mention of CO2. According to Ball, it falls under “Atmospheric Composition,” mid-level on the right, highly insignificant.)
One essential element of the DK effect is that smarter people are more self-aware and know their own limitations. I don’t pretend to be a scientist. I spent my career trying to understand the IRS Tax Code, but it is so big that no human can grasp it all. I knew better and always kept my books at hand and had a deep abiding fear of screwing up. On a lower level, something most of us suffer from is to imagine that we are better drivers than other ‘idiots.’ I don’t imagine I am a good driver. I am average and prone to distraction and mistakes. So when I get honked at, I know I screwed up.
But back to teachers … and I am going to generalize knowing that there are many exceptions: What I know of them is that they mostly lack self-awareness, are absorbed in the idea that they are working to make better smarter people, are largely failing, and are in fact part of a brainwashing program. And they don’t know it. This goes all the way to the top, professors in colleges and universities. I’ve been around quite a few, as anyone with a degree has, and found many of them (in retrospect) to be smug and full of themselves. If they are lost in a mindset that is a product of groupthink, say Darwinian evolution, history or Einsteinian physics or uniformitarian geology, they are in DK mode, and of course the last to know.
That’s pretty general. Tim Ball is or was a college professor. I imagine he has a higher level of self-awareness than most.
So Climate Change is not a big deal among adults even as most are fooled by the science. It has been placed in the schools and given top billing and used to scare the kids. Consequently, it will be a long time before we get over it. It is here to stay, it will affect us all deeply. Even though a hoax, public policy is being implemented around it. We’re screwed for a good long time.