“We shall lose the West unless we can restore the use of reason to pre-eminence in our institutions of what was once learning. It was the age of reason that built the West and made it prosperous and free. The age of reason gave you your great Constitution of liberty. It is the power of reason, the second of the three great powers of the soul in Christian theology, that marks our species out from the rest of the visible creation, and makes us closest to the image and likeness of our Creator. I cannot stand by and let the forces of darkness drive us unprotesting into a new Dark Age.”
Al Gore ranted,
It’s no longer acceptable in mixed company, meaning bipartisan company, to use the god**** word climate. It is not acceptable. They have polluted it to the point where we cannot possibly come to an agreement on it.
Put aside the fact that the warmists never wanted to “come to an agreement.” What they wanted was for the rest of us to get in line and agree to hamstring the economy and empower government to control minute details of our lives (like lightbulbs and toilets and our freedom to travel) based on science so shaky that scientists routinely refuse to release data, and have been caught falsifying and hiding evidence.
And now by ManBearPig’s own account, we have a significant victory. Apocalyptic prediction after prediction has failed to come to pass, and people can’t help but notice they’ve been lied to. His Oscar-winning propaganda film was found by a court to have errors so significant it cannot be shown to UK schoolchildren without disclaimers. After years of warmists comparing “climate deniers” to Nazis and terrorists, it’s Gore’s views which are “no longer acceptable” to the majority of us.
The photo of Bush and the “Mission Accomplished” banner was used deceptively by the left in that the mission that was accomplished in that case was the limited, 10 month mission of the aircraft carrier. The banner was not intended to signal “mission accomplished” over the overall Iraq war. Similarly, Gore’s spittle-flecked diatribe indicates a battle won, not the war. We’re now near the end of the current global warming scare, but this cycle has been played out five times since the New York Times first hyped climate change in 1895. True victory will be transparency on the part of scientists and accurate and fair reporting on climate, and we are nowhere near that yet. Still, Gore’s public frustration is a very satisfying marker.
I didn’t particularly enjoy science classes when I was in school, but my teachers did manage to pound a few basic principles into my head. First, show your work. Second, if someone else can’t duplicate it, it doesn’t count.
Many of today’s climate scientists are being reschooled in those basics. For years they displayed a snotty “I’m smarter than you chump taxpayers, so take my word that we have to destroy the economy or die” attitude and refused to show their work. Now, Freedom of Information Act requests are forcing them to put up or shut up.
Michael Mann, of the entirely debunked “hockey stick” fame, routinely fights requests to show his work and now he’s being required to show his emails, so that the taxpayers who fund him can know if he’s pulling an East Anglia or not. And by “an East Anglia” I mean conspiring to hide and distort data in order to propagandize for the cult of anthropogenic global warming. After his hockey stick fiasco, I would bet that he has.
You’ll get nothing and like it!
Holliday has for several years been predicting that blackouts could become a feature of power systems that replace reliable coal plants with wind turbines in order to meet greenhouse gas targets…. Under the so-called “smart grid” that the UK is developing, the government-regulated utility will be able to decide when and where power should be delivered, to ensure that it meets the highest social purpose. Governments may, for example, decide that the needs of key industries take precedence over others, or that the needs of industry trump that of residential consumers. Governments would also be able to price power prohibitively if it is used for non-essential purposes.
Blackouts: not a bug. A feature. And don’t worry. You can trust the government to know when you need electricity and how you may properly use it.
Added: More on this at Pajamas Media.