More Global Warming Fear-Mongering



Turning-up the rhetorical volume has become a more frequent tactic of global warming advocates trying to capture the attention of a skeptical public.  The longer their theories are subjected to public scrutiny, the closer their predictions come to being unfulfilled and the more scientific data that comes to light debunking some of their notions, the more shrill their voice becomes.

During a floor session earlier this week, Sen. Ellen Anderson (DFL - St. Paul) raised concerns that kids are living in fear that they won’t grow up because “they’re going to die of global warming,” as if it is some new contagious disease.  Perhaps it is.  It may well be a new psychological disorder spreading through ignorance, shame, groupthink and fear of the unknown.  Chicken Little infected her friends with the same sort of anxiety disorder, leading them all into the den of a cunning fox that promised to help them get to the king and solve the problem of the falling sky.
The fable of Chicken Little, having been around since the 6th century, demonstrates either a great prophetic ability on the part of the author or simply that there’s nothing new under the sun.  Group hysteria has led civilizations to self-induced disasters many times in the course of human history and global warming appears to be just the latest example.

Fortunately, we still have legislators who are ruled by reason instead of fear. Senator Julianne Ortman (R-Chanhassen) responded to Anderson’s worry about the children with a discussion of science and suggested that the cure for fear is knowledge and open dialogue.

8 Responses to More Global Warming Fear-Mongering

  1. The Lady Logician April 26, 2008 at 5:23 pm #

    If the children are “afraid” of global warming it is because their TEACHERS have made them that way. You would not believe (unless you read Ladies Logic that is) what kind of crap the Junior Logician was subjected to in school this week!


  2. Jerald Valento April 26, 2008 at 10:03 pm #

    Any chance we can swap Ellen Anderson for Julianne Ortman? She is our state senator, I went to her last “townhall meeting,” and it was sickening. Of course, one of the crowd was her friend from one of the AGW groups there and she was very friendly and knowledgeable with him. I did speak up and admonished him for his praises of NASA’s Hanson who admitted he exaggerated this BS to help get attention. Please, please, please have legislation passed cloning Julianne Ortmans’ for our survival!!

  3. JS April 27, 2008 at 6:37 pm #

    Right on! Its about time some one stands up!

  4. Lee Valle April 28, 2008 at 8:01 am #

    Good for Julianne! It’s about time that our representatives and leaders in general really take a stand on the lack of science directly correlating global climate change (whether up or down) and our emissions. We are all concerned and interested – even motivated – to take care of our environment, to enjoy it and preserve it for future generations. Only difference… we are more interested in making the right decision for the right reasons, based on logic and discourse rather than emotion and fear. This is most true when talking about issues that have an enormous impact on the economy of the nation.

    Thanks, Julianne. Keep calling them on the carpet and let’s have a real debate based on science, reason and common sense.

  5. William April 30, 2008 at 7:07 pm #

    “Dying from global warming”. What a sad state our country is in.

  6. Mike Carlson May 18, 2008 at 1:24 am #

    Sorry William, I previously confused you with someone who was rational and reasonable. I laughed when I read the part about a republican endorsing “knowledge and open dialogue.” You people will swallow whole whatever anti-liberal crap is tossed your way. You want to do some good? Change this site to one that just focuses on eliminating corn-based ethanol production, or all ethanol production. Let’s join forces on something for a change. Are you willing to do that? I challenge you to do that- why not? Try focusing on finding a real solution to a real problem, that many people are starting to realize… ethanol is just another sick hoax, which actually makes several things worse, and is just another political ploy that is making someone (not me) lots of money. Will this site, and it’s outraged readers, really do something concrete besides bitch and moan about liberals…? C’mon, be the smart strong brave people you claim to be.

  7. Dan McGrath May 19, 2008 at 12:03 pm #

    Well, I can’t promise that we’ll shoft focus 100% to ethanol, but we certainly are paying attention to that issue. Tell me how you propose we join forces on opposing ethanol boondoggles? I’m open to ideas.

  8. Mike Carlson May 20, 2008 at 7:25 am #

    Gee Dan I thought that was what this site is all about. Grassroots and that sort of thing… You tell me. I’m just tired of right and yes even some left wing “experts” raising people’s expectations and tempers but in actuality doing nothing real to solve problems- and in the process sometimes earning a living by maintaining the status quo and stirring up emotions and anger on both sides. I do think more focus (doesn’t have to be 100%) on certain issues that many people on both sides of the political spectrum is the only sure way things can get changed for a more sane and pleasant life for as many people as possible. America is becoming more and more pleasant for the rich and much less so for everyone else. And they know how to divide and conquer us. Sites like these tend to exacerbate some of those problems rather than help. Try not to be so extreme. The truth usually lies somewhere in between. The polar bear issue is one of those that is simply ridiculous. I mean really… That is one of the oldest tricks in the book for the rich to stay rich and the rest of us fight for the crumbs. Those tactics merely provide cover for the real facts and issues that they don’t want people to know about let along discuss together. They fear that more than anything and I think, Dan, you are aware of that too. It’s your site Dan, you can really try to produce some positive results for the “unwashed masses”, or not. It’s up to you. Maybe you feel or are not one of “us.” Maybe you are just a tool for the rich elite who really run things, and make us fight each other. Which is it Dan?

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