Turning-up the rhetorical volume has become a more frequent tactic of global warming advocates trying to capture the attention of a skeptical public.Â 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 -Â St. Paul) raised concerns that kids are living in fear that they won’t grow up because “they’re going toÂ die of global warming,â€ as if it is some new contagious disease.Â Perhaps it is.Â It may well be a new psychological disorder spreading through ignorance, shame, groupthink and fear of the unknown.Â 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 orÂ simply that there’s nothing new under the sun.Â 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.