Dramatic and Misleading Fear Tactics

Here is a statement from a highly recognized and leading environmental author:

“We are depleting the world’s supply of oxygen by burning vast quantities of fossil fuels.”

Here is another statement, made in 1971:

“The only genuine solution to the food problem is population control.”

And finally:

“We must rapidly bring the world population under control, reducing the growth rate to zero and eventually making it go negative.”

At the core of his writing is his statement:

“The world is running out of vital resources, and the American economic system must adjust to this reality.”

Why is it extremists always claim the world is running out of resources and that the free market economy must be changed?

Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of the UNFCCC, the international body seeking to establish a treaty on climate change similar to the failed Kyoto treaty, said:

“This is probably the most difficult task we have ever given ourselves, which is to intentionally transform the economic development model, for the first time in human history. This is the first time in the history of mankind that we are setting ourselves the task of intentionally, within a defined period of time, to change the economic development model that has been reigning for the, at least, 150 years, since the industrial revolution.” Emphasis added.

Which of course, means abolishing the free market, capitalist system.

This Malthusian thinking must somehow be inculcated into the minds of extremists, or perhaps it merely represents an approach to propaganda designed to scare people so they will support the extremists’ agenda.

A currently fashionable scare story claims sea levels will rise 20 feet, flooding much of Florida and leaving New York City underwater.

The premise for this scare story is that Greenland’s glaciers or the Western Antarctic ice sheet will melt, but neither of these melted when temperatures were as high as, or higher than today, during the Medieval Warm period 1,000 years ago, or the Roman Warm period 1,000 years earlier.

Why would they melt today, when they didn’t melt during these two warm periods?

The proponents of this scare story don’t answer the question because it doesn’t fit their agenda.

The National Geographic magazine also touted this scare story in a lengthy article using hurricane Sandy to enhance the scariness of the supposed threat.

It didn’t matter that the National Geographic article omitted mentioning that New York City would have incurred similar damage in 1938 if that hurricane had hit 60 miles farther west from where it made landfall on Long Island.

Sensational Cover Showing Statue Of Liberty Being Submerged by the Sea
Sensational Cover Showing Statue Of Liberty Being Submerged by the Sea

There is no question sea levels have risen about 8 inches every hundred years, but to claim they will rise 6 feet, as did the National Geographic, or 20 feet, as did Al Gore, is pure speculation designed to scare people.

In 2007 the IPCC predicted the Himalayan glaciers would disappear by 2035, eliminating drinking water for millions of people in Asia.

But, like so many scare stories, this one was shown to be false, and the IPCC admitted to publishing inaccurate information.

Can anyone say with absolute certainty that the Population Bomb won’t explode, or that an eruption on the sun, with the resulting electromagnetic storm, won’t destroy the grid?

Of course not.

Which is why scare stories have such appeal.

Scare stories make headlines. Factual information is dull.

Would this make the news?

“Over 300 million people enjoy having low-cost electricity at their fingertips.”

The best way to combat scare stories is with knowledge.

The Himalayan scare story was snuffed-out with knowledge.

The movie, An Inconvenient Truth, claimed the snows on top of Mount Kilimanjaro were disappearing due to global warming.

Knowledge disabused the claim by establishing that temperatures didn’t get above 32 degrees F, and that the loss of snow was due to sublimation.

Extreme claims, especially by those predicting disaster, need to be tested, using knowledge and common sense.

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