The high priests of global warming have lost their prestige and the realists are winning the debate

Russ Steele

The Commentator has insightful analysis of the global warming movement by James Delingpole. You can read the whole analysis HERE, that sets the stage for his conclusions here:

During the last two decades global warming alarmist propaganda has depended on Hitler’s Big Lie principle (whoops: Godwin’s Law. So shoot me). But that principle, as first Hitler discovered and now the AGW lobby is discovering too, is flawed. In fact there are only so many times you can tell a whopping great lie (be it on the solidity of AGW theory or that climate sceptics are lavishly funded by Big Oil) before the people see through it. And once the people discover that they have been consistently lied to (and cheated out of a great deal of money to boot) they don’t like it one bit.

Coming soon – indeed it has already started – is the mother of all backlashes against the AGW alarmism industry. It will happen on lines predicted over a century ago by Gustave Le Bon in his seminal 1895 work, The Crowd.

Le Bon (whose analysis of crowd mentality influenced Freud, Hitler and Mussolini) argued that the secret of demagoguery was to repeat an idea over and over again in order to create a “contagion” which would infect the popular mind and hold the culture in its grip. This is what, until very recently, happened with the global warming religion.

But this contagion can only keep going, Le Bon argues, so long as those spreading it possess “prestige” in the eyes of the mob. Once that “prestige” is lost, the crowd turns brutally against those seers and experts and leaders in whom it once had such faith. Suddenly it sees them for the liars and cheats and manipulators they really are.

This is what is happening now in the great climate debate. Michael “Hockey Stick” Mann’s new book is not selling; George Monbiot is mocked as a conspiracy theorist; the Royal Society’s Sir Paul Nurse climate science ignorance is eviscerated in a report by the Global Warming Policy Foundation; Yale economics professor William D Nordhaus publishes an essay in the New York Review of Books called Why the Global Warming Skeptics Are Wrong – and is almost instantaneously and comprehensively rebutted at Watts Up With That?

The high priests of global warming have lost their prestige. They’re still chanting the same old mantras. But no one’s listening, no one cares. [My Emphasis Added]

One of the high priests of global warming, Bill McKibben, will be in Nevada County on April 17, 2012 at the Miners Foundry. It will be interesting to see if anyone comes to listen to his human generated CO2 will destroy the earth rant.  Yes, all usual lefty chanters with show, but they are already believers. I was thinking about those who middle of the roaders who have not made up their minds yet.


About Russ Steele
Freelance writer and climate change blogger. Russ spent twenty years in the Air Force as a navigator specializing in electronics warfare and digital systems. After his service he was employed for sixteen years as concept developer for TRW, an aerospace and automotive company, and then was CEO of a non-profit Internet provider for 18 months. Russ's articles have appeared in Comstock's Business, Capitol Journal, Trailer Life, Monitoring Times, and Idaho Magazine.

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