Name an issue that is more polarizing than global warming.
OK, well, abortion and immigration. Anything else?
Each year, the Pew Research Center does a poll on the “Public’s Political Agenda.” The results were announced on January 25, 2010. It’s September now, and I realize things change, but they only do this poll once a year. Of the twenty-one items, global warming came in dead last. Immigration was ranked 18th, health care was eighth and abortion didn’t scratch. Now, to be fair, the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico didn’t happen until April and “the environment” ranked 16th in the Pew Poll. It will be interesting to see how the ratings change in the next annual poll. Maybe it’s a bit early for Al Gore to pack up his Oscar and go home.
Regardless of which side of the global warming issue you find yourself, have you been successful in converting anyone who doesn’t agree over to your point of view? That might be as easy as getting Michelle Obama to become a Methodist Republican — or getting Rush Limbaugh to become a Zen Buddhist Democrat! So, I did a poll. It’s un-scientific, completely random, voluntary and surprising in results. BUT, I didn’t lie about the results to add drama or to attempt to change the public’s sense of urgency. Frankly, the results were surprising. Over ninety per cent of the respondents said they were open to change. Up until now, my experience has shown that people have been very closed minded about global warming — once they’ve made up their mind.
People on both sides of the issue have put forth reams of published data to support their position. Both sides have stated emphatically that “the scientific data is in, it’s conclusive, and our side is right.” Then they attack each other’s data. “Our scientists have more accurate data than your scientists.” “Your scientists have sold out and published data to support the position of their benefactors.” and blah, blah, blah. Who can you trust? Which set of data is correct? I like what Carl Sagan said, “Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.”
Michael Crichton, author of State of Fear says in his “Author’s Message” at the conclusion of his book, “I have more respect for people who change their views after acquiring new information than for those who cling to views they held thirty years ago. The world changes. Ideologues and zealots don’t.” The late Dr. Crichton had some good advice for us on many issues concerning the environment.
Before we consider the definition of “climatism,” let’s look at author Steve Goreham’s recommendations for further reading and see which side of the issue he’s on.
Blue Planet in Green Shackles: What is Endangered: Climate or Freedom? by Vaclav Klaus
Climate Confusion: How Global Warming Hysteria Leads to Bad Science, Pandering Politicians and Misguided Policies that Hurt the Poor by Roy Spencer
The Deniers: The World Renowned Scientists Who Stood Up Against Global Warming Hysteria, Political Persecution and Fraud — And Those Who Are Too Fearful to Do So. by Lawrence Soloman
In the introduction to Climatism, Goreham defines the concept as a new ideology, one based on the belief “that man-made greenhouse gases are destroying Earth’s climate.” He goes on to say that it is an “extreme form of environmentalism that is using the natural climatic changes of Earth to re-define our societies.” Goreham charges that the proponents of climatism are well funded by foundations and use their own brand of science to cause widespread fear of global catastrophe to alarm the public and achieve their objectives. All this is on page one! If you find yourself in Al Gore’s camp, have a “Greenpeace” sticker on your car, or think man-made chemicals are destroying our environment, now is the time to ask yourself if you are one of the more than 90% of open minded people willing to change. Beware, Mr. Goreham is a great salesman!
If you liked Crichton’s book and/or agree with Rush Limbaugh’s 1992 assessment of global warming as “a hoax,” then you’ll love this book! Joseph Bast, President of The Heartland Institute(Heartland’s mission is to discover, develop, and promote free-market solutions to social and economic problems.) says, “Climatism is a fantastic book, I recommend it often.” This reviewer finds the book a personification of Crichton’s fiction and the term “climatism” an appropriate representation of Crichton’s phrase, “poisonous politics and pseudo-science.”
Steve Goreham (husband and father of three) is an engineer, business executive, and avid outdoorsman (kayaker). He has a masters degree in electrical engineering and also an MBA. He says, “We all want to pass a better world on to our children. But our policies must be based on logic and sound science, not propaganda and fear.” That sounds like something with which even Al Gore would agree.
Goreham’s opus is composed of 394 pages of text (including over 130 charts, graphs, diagrams and photos [Would Sagan consider this evidence as being extraordinary?]) and would make a thorough text book for the subject of climate change. The “Foreword” was written by John Coleman, the GW skeptic who launched The Weather Channel. The obviously well researched Climatism includes fifty-six pages of notes and a fourteen page index.
Goreham reveals his plan in the introduction and describes the three sections of the book. Part One examines the science behind global warming. Part Two explains the concept of “climatism” and remedies put forth by its proponents for stopping global warming. It’s in Part Two where we learn about the attempts of the IPCC to rewrite history with Mann’s infamous “Hockey Stick curve.” Finally, in Part Three, Goreham digs into the economics involved. ;Like a good teacher, Mr. Goreham tells you what he’s going to do, then he does it. Along the way, he addresses the sham of “consensus science.” a significant aspect of the environmental movement. His conclusion “will be that the global warming of the 20th century is primarily due to natural causes and not due to man-made emissions of carbon dioxide.” If you aren’t a “denier.” you’d best be open to change, because this book will convince you to switch sides — and don’t worry, Goreham doesn’t attack his opponents with slander and hyperbole, just hard cold facts, and lots of them. By the time you’re done with this book, you’ll join me in saying “globaloney!”
Would I buy Climatism? Yes, faster than one of the world’s 169,000 glaciers can melt enough to make a mint julep!