Climate Change and Self Flagellation
There is always a lot of talk about how the “skeptics” need to get in line and accept what is “accepted science”. But is that really a good idea?
Of course not. If it were not for skeptics of climate change we would be abiding by the Kyoto Protocol right now, something that by the UN’s own admission would do little or nothing to halt climate change, if it even exists and if it’s our fault.
The goal of course was not to “fix” it or to slow our impact down, but to punish developed countries. This leads me into the title, environmentalism is trending less towards protecting the environment and more towards public displays of self denial and punishment for the perceived offenders.
Like so many liberal causes the idea is not to fix things but to punish others. Affirmative action, health care “reform”, raising taxes on the successful, climate change regulation, etc. etc.
Not one of those things has had action taken to actually fix the problem, every one of those things has seen attempts to punish rather than to fix. If there even is a problem in the first place.
As Ottmar Edenhofer of the IPCC said:
But one must say clearly that we redistribute de facto the world’s wealth by climate policy. Obviously, the owners of coal and oil will not be enthusiastic about this. One has to free oneself from the illusion that international climate policy is environmental policy. This has almost nothing to do with environmental policy anymore.