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Thursday, December 28, 2006


Jeff Jacoby has a nice piece on attempts by left-wing environmentalists to create a "Climate of Fear" regarding global warming. He closes with a nice quote from H. L. Menken. He writes:

[T]here is always a market for apocalyptic forebodings. Paul Ehrlich grew rich predicting the imminent deaths of hundreds of millions of human beings from starvation and epidemic disease. "The Limits to Growth," the Club of Rome's 1972 bestseller, warned that humankind was going to experience "a rather sudden and uncontrollable decline" as the world's resources -- everything from gold to petroleum -- ran dry. Jonathan Schell and Carl Sagan forecast a devastating "nuclear winter" unless atomic arsenals were frozen, or better still, abolished. Those doomsday prophesies never came to pass. Neither have the climate-change catastrophes that have been bruited about for a century.

"The whole aim of practical politics," wrote H.L. Mencken in 1920, "is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary." Some things never change.

So true..., so true!

Read the whole thing here.

What is really disturbing is that these cynics and nutjobs, having failed to impress the adult population of the country with their hysterical antics, have been working at indoctrinating school children while they are young and impressionable.

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