If You Wait Long Enough Some One Else Will Do It

Russ Steele

For years I have been noodling the idea of comparing George Orwell’s book 1984 with the current circumstances that we find our selves in dealing with the real truth about global warm, or if you prefer climate change.  Today, I discovered that I can quit noodling about the idea as Art Horn, a much better writer than I am, has done the deed, in an article published in the Energy Tribune: We Live in Nineteen Eight Twelve.

In 1949 George Orwell published his now legendary book 1984. The book told a story about a world run by three super governments. Those governments had complete control over the lives of the people who lived in them. In the county of Oceania where the story takes place “The Party” was the absolute ruler and made all laws and wrote all “truth”. The Party would simply write whatever it wanted to about anything so as to keep control over everything. All private property had been confiscated. There were no privately run companies. All of the so called truth was published and broadcast from the “Ministry of Truth”. In reality whatever truth was really out there was never published or broadcast. In effect there was no real truth, only convenient truth. The truth could be changed from day to day even hour to hour depending on how the Party wanted the “truth” to serve them.

There are interesting parallels in today’s world. Just because some of the warnings Orwell sounded back then didn’t appear to materialize in 1984 doesn’t mean he had the wrong ideas. His timing was just a little off. For instance today the Environmental Protection Agency, the EPA (can you say The Ministry of Truth) declared on Monday, December the 7th (Pearl Harbor Day) that carbon dioxide represent a serious health threat to all Americans. The justification for this declaration came from a 2007 Supreme Court decision calling carbon dioxide pollution and is therefore covered by the Clean Air Act.

You can read the rest of this excellent article HERE. This is my favorite paragraph

The Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) is a division of NASA located on the campus of Columbia University in New York. In 1999 it produced a graph of United States temperature anomaly from 1880 to 1999. It clearly showed that the year 1934 was much warmer than the next warmest year, 1998. The anomaly showed that 1934 was 0.6 degrees Celsius or 1.1 degrees Fahrenheit warmer than 1998. By the time the graph of United States temperature anomaly had undergone several “adjustments” by the Goddard Institute the 2010 version showed that remarkably, 1934 had “cooled” 0.3 degrees Celsius or 0.5 degrees Fahrenheit and equally amazingly, 1999 had warmed 0.4 degrees Celsius or 0.7 degrees Fahrenheit! Now in the new reality 1998 was warmer than 1934. These “adjustments” to the temperatures were not done all at once. They were done in tiny steps over a period of 11 years. Does this sound familiar? “If all others accepted the lie which the Party imposed-if all records told the same tale-then the lie passed into history and became truth’’. Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past. By cooling the past gradually and warming the present the new truth will show that the earth is warming much faster than it actually is.


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.

2 Responses to If You Wait Long Enough Some One Else Will Do It

  1. Dena says:

    A while ago you mentioned that you were reading “The road to serfdom” but it’s a book I just worked my way down to in my reading pile. You should write an item on it because so much of what you discuss in this post is explained in the book.
    It’s a book I would have wanted to read years ago because it explains much of what goes on in the head of a left leaning person and it also explains why they do things that a person with common sense thinks are just plain dumb. The left goals are not to make things better but are instead are control and to accomplish that sometimes takes actions that are destructive.
    It also answers one of my big questions and that is how was Hitler able to take and maintain control without people putting up more of a fight against him.
    This is a book everybody should read no matter what political party they follow as it is just as true as when it was written during WWII.

    • Russ says:


      I agree everyone should read. I am still working on it, took on lur last trailer trip to finish and did not get chance to read one page. Now I discover is it in the trailer, which is in the barn. I will make a note to get this week and get back into the book, and as you suggested, post on it. Ellen and I were discussing how did Hitler come to power just this weekend. Thanks for the jog.

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