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Saturday, February 23, 2008

Cockburn on the Environmentalists

Lefty writer Alexander Cockburn has butted heads with the environmentalists and lived to tell about it. Here is the nugget of truth he has found:

[T]he environmental left movement has bought very heavily into the fantasy about anthropogenic global warming and the fantasy that humans can prevent or turn back the warming cycle.

This turn to climate catastrophism is tied into the decline of the left, and the decline of the left’s optimistic vision of altering the economic nature of things through a political programme. The left has bought into environmental catastrophism because it thinks that if it can persuade the world that there is indeed a catastrophe, then somehow the emergency response will lead to positive developments in terms of social and environmental justice.

This is a fantasy. In truth, environmental catastrophism will, in fact it already has, play into the hands of sinister-as-always corporate interests.
Read it here.

Cockburn's anti-corporate bias is, of course, nonsense, but he is quite right to note that the strongest supporters of Al Gore's apocalyptic absurdities are left-wingers who are operating under the delusion that this sort of scare-mongering will bring them to power and enable them to impose fundamental changes on Western society.