Rape, Murder, Chocolate Shortages: Is There Anything Climate Change DOESN'T Cause?
Climate change will lead to an orgy of killing, looting, rape and burglary, says a new report.
Wow! Better tell John Brignell at Numberwatch.
In case you haven't seen his site, it purports to provide "A complete list of all the things that have been caused by global warming."
The A section alone includes:
AIDS, Afghan poppies destroyed, African holocaust, aged deaths, poppies more potent, Africa devastated, Africa in conflict, African aid threatened, aggressive weeds, Air France crash, air pockets, air pressure changes, airport farewells virtual, airport malaria, Agulhas current, Alaskan towns slowly destroyed, Al Qaeda and Taliban Being Helped, allergy increase, allergy season longer, alligators in the Thames, Alps melting, Amazon a desert, American dream end, amphibians breeding earlier (or not), anaphylactic reactions to bee stings, ancient forests dramatically changed, animals head for the hills, animals shrink, Antarctic grass flourishes, Antarctic ice grows, Antarctic ice shrinks, Antarctic sea life at risk, anxiety treatment, algal blooms, archaeological sites threatened, Arctic bogs melt, Arctic in bloom, Arctic ice free, Arctic ice melt faster, Arctic lakes disappear, Arctic tundra lost, Arctic warming (not), a rose by any other name smells of nothing, asteroid strike risk, asthma, Atlantic less salty, Atlantic more salty, atmospheric circulation modified, attack of the killer jellyfish, avalanches reduced, avalanches increased,
Each entry includes a hyperlink to the article promulgating each particular spurious claim.
But nobody actually believes this stuff, surely?
Unfortunately, yes. The people who do are called liberals.
One of them is a friend of mine and, by way of a greeting, he sent me a link to this article in The Ecologist the other day. It's headlined Time To Wake Up: the Climate Denial Beast and reports on a speech made by Rhode Island Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, warning on the extent to which evil climate denialists are funded to pump out their vile propaganda by the agents of Big Oil.
Senator Whitehouse invites us to be shocked by the fact that, according to research by some activist or other at a German university, "from 2003 to 2010, 140 foundations made grants totaling $558 million to 91 organizations that actively oppose climate action."
Wow! You mean to say that it took the Climate Denial Beast seven years to spend the same amount of money that President Obama managed to blow in a fraction of the time on just one failed green enterprise, Solyndra? Some Beast!
What depressed me about that email from my friend was that I realised he hadn't sent it in the spirit of self-deprecation. It wasn't meant to say: "Hey. Can't my fellow greenies be a bit crazy sometimes!" It was meant to show me how wrong I was. Not just wrong - but probably a bit evil too.
Anyone who has ever tried debating a committed liberal on the subject of climate change will have been through this experience.
You try, as patiently as possible, to spell out the facts. (In the case of Sen Whitehouse's claims above, for example, you might note that the money spent on climate skepticism is minuscule relative to the epic sums spent by the US government and other agencies funding climate alarmism)
But the facts don't interest them because they've already made up their mind: you're a denier and nothing a denier says can possibly be true.
It was in frustration at being called a denier that one skeptical climatologist University of Alabama Huntsville Professor Roy Spencer - finally lost patience this week. If alarmists were going to equate his skepticism with Holocaust denial, he declared, then he was going to call them out as Nazis.
Thank goodness that we have responsible, politically unbiased institutions like the Anti Defamation League to adjudicate on these sensitive matters.
And the ADL's verdict is now in. Its South East Interim Regional Director Shelley Rose has issued a statement condemning Dr Spencer's analogy as "outrageous and deeply offensive" because the "deaths of six million Jews should not be used for political points or sloganeering."
When Shelley Rose was pressed to condemn in similarly strong terms the use of "denier" to describe blameless climate skeptics, however, she was oddly reluctant to do so.
Could this be, perhaps, because in her spare time Shelley Rose has campaigned for a climate activist group called Step It Up?