Is Climate Change A Hoax?

March 25th, 2010 by David Leland Hyde Leave a reply »

Climate Change Hoax Cartoon by Joel Pett from USA Today and Royce Fullerton’s Blog.

Click Here for the original USA Today posting or see Royce Fullerton’s Blog.

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10 comments

  1. Robert Cole says:

    Thanks for posting the cartoon. It nicely captures and highlights the debate context.

  2. Hi Robert, thank you for the comment. Yes it seems a little ridiculous that all of us who are trying to stop pollution are doing it because we are in a sinister left wing secret conspiracy plot to take over the world. I am not sure how promoting clean air and clean water can lead to communism taking over the world, but that is the claim of those who think it is “politically motivated.”

  3. Steve Sieren says:

    Funny! We’re in the green cult.

  4. Thanks, Steve. So if we prefer planet Earth to be green, I wonder what color those opposed want it to be? Some groups really are cults, but often that term is used when the TV watching public doesn’t understand something and fears it as a result, or when they’ve been brainwashed by Corporate America. There is a lot of disinformation out there on many topics. Talk about a cult, the TV-Media-machine is the most scary of all sinister underground “evildoers,” but they are not underground. They are right out in the open; the negative effects, fear-programming, draining of life-energy, sheep-like-conditioning is what’s underground. Pardon me, that’s an insult to sheep. People sit and let the TV suck their energy for an AVERAGE of 7 hours a day. So when political leaders supported by big polluters and oil interests stand up and spew all sorts of counter-intuitive life destroying distortion, sprinkled with a little fear, people are already programmed to react like puppets. Our society has become a big Muppet Show.

  5. A great read is the book State of Fear by Michael Crichton. If you do not read the book then I recommend the writers notes at the back of the book.

  6. Michael Crichton is a fairly good pop-fantasy-science fiction writer. I have not read this attempt at non-fiction. I have heard that in it he argues that climate change is a hoax, or is this a different book about TV and fear? I would like to read either to see what he says and how he makes his argument. In regard to climate change though I would be much more inclined to listen to what the scientists have to say, even if their writing is not as easily consumed by the masses. To me no matter how much rhetoric is slung at it, the bottom line is that when you throw toxic stuff up in the sky and expect it to not have a detrimental effect, you are merely fooling yourself, because mother nature is not fooled.

  7. no he does not argue that climate change is a hoax, he makes it perfectly clear that the climate has always been changing. He also uses scientists knowldege from both sides of the coin. The book is still fiction but it raises questions, valid questions. Your first sentence pidgeon-holes Crichton and sets the pace for discrediting the ideas presented in the book, although I may of misread what is between the lines here.
    I dislike waste, pollution is disgusting, it shocks me that it only takes 16 large shipping freighters to make up as much pollution as the worlds population in vehicles.
    I will not take my information from mass media either. I subscribe to climate change but question its origins and question any new taxes to deal with climate change. If we cannot control the weather then how do we propose to control the climate?
    Should we target polluters? Yes.

  8. Hi Robert, thank you for responding and contributing again. You are making valid points and stirring up a discussion, which I appreciate and respect. I was just pointing out Michael Crichton’s credentials for better or worse. He wrote a book I liked a lot called Timeline and I watched the first Jurassic Park. Frankly, I hope the book was better because I could see the wheels turning of the repetitive plot of the film. I have heard that Crichton’s book on climate is politically motivated and thus I wrote about it warily, but I certainly cannot state this with any conviction until I read it myself. You make a good case for reading it. The scientific evidence that shows we are contributing to climate change is comprehensive, comes from a number of branches of science and many measurements, not just climate models as those who try to disprove it often state. However, as far as I’m concerned it is not particularly worth arguing over whether climate change is man-made or nature-made. Either way, it will have a huge impact on our lives. Politicians who are funded by major polluters like to throw the word tax around. I don’t want to personally be taxed any more than anyone else. I don’t feel it would be right to tax the middle class for climate issues. However, I most certainly do agree with taxing big polluters and the top one percent in general. I don’t buy into the trickle-down theory of economics. Cutting taxes for major corporations does not stimulate the economy. These are myths perpetuated by those who get reelected on dirty energy money and own a lot of shares in companies like Enron. Getting off of oil and into a decentralized, democratized energy system, and any other democratizing we can do, will stimulate the economy.

  9. I agree with points made your previous comment, there also is plenty of real data about showing the temperatures in areas of the world going down as well.
    But rather than waiting for the major polluters to change their ways I wonder what people are doing in their general lives? How is it that I see every bin overflowing on the weekly rubbish pickups by council? Why do people buy things that are encased in material only produced to be thrown away? Why don’t children get walked to school? Why is so much shipped around the world in great big dirty ocean cargo carriers? Why does everyone need the latest damn gadget? Howcome it is so hard for people to turn off every appliance when they are not using them, not just leaving them on standby.
    Most of us are so stuffing lazy or just to dazed by TV and dulled by fast food to even think.
    I start to wonder who the major polluters are?

  10. Hi Robert, that’s the spirit, I hope you are speaking out about this any chance you can. These are excellent questions we all would be wise to ask ourselves every day. These are the type of questions that my father and his colleagues began asking as early as the late 1940s. I was raised on these questions. It is a shame that more people don’t have good answers to them. We all could do more looking in the mirror and less finger-pointing. This is along the lines of what I was saying in the more recent blog post, “BP Oil Spill: Who Is Responsible For Oil Drilling And Spilling?” Even though I have better answers to your questions than many, I could still do much more to live a low impact life. I am not suggesting that we need to beat ourselves up over what we have or haven’t done, but that we would be wise to make new choices and want less. I feel that we the consumer have to lead the wave here. Industry will follow us if we vote with our purchases or abstinence. Most of us in Western Civilization could benefit from consumerism rehab. Stay tuned for tomorrow’s blog post of Ralph Waldo Emerson on Henry David Thoreau and his approach to these issues.

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