Friday, July 03, 2020

Climate change hysteria, and other hoaxes

Michael Shellenberger writes in Quillette:
Here are some facts few people know:
Humans are not causing a “sixth mass extinction”
The Amazon is not “the lungs of the world”
Climate change is not making natural disasters worse
Fires have declined 25 percent around the world since 2003
The amount of land we use for meat—humankind’s biggest use of land—has declined by an area nearly as large as AlaskaThe build-up of wood fuel and more houses near forests, not climate change, explain why there are more, and more dangerous, fires in Australia and CaliforniaCarbon emissions are declining in most rich nations and have been declining in Britain, Germany, and France since the mid-1970s
The Netherlands became rich, not poor while adapting to life below sea levelWe produce 25 percent more food than we need and food surpluses will continue to rise as the world gets hotter
Habitat loss and the direct killing of wild animals are bigger threats to species than climate change
Wood fuel is far worse for people and wildlife than fossil fuels
Preventing future pandemics requires more not less “industrial” agriculture

... Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said “The world is going to end in 12 years if we don’t address climate change.” Britain’s most high-profile environmental group claimed “Climate Change Kills Children.”

The world’s most influential green journalist, Bill McKibben, called climate change the “greatest challenge humans have ever faced” and said it would “wipe out civilizations.” Mainstream journalists reported, repeatedly, that the Amazon was “the lungs of the world,” and that deforestation was like a nuclear bomb going off.
As a result, half of the people surveyed around the world last year said they thought climate change would make humanity extinct. And in January, one out of five British children told pollsters they were having nightmares about climate change.
He is right. The climate change hysteria is just another hoax being perpetrated on the public.

I am making a list of such hoaxes. It includes Russiagate and many others.

The NY Times Magazine has a long bitter article on:
America’s Enduring Caste System Our founding ideals promise liberty and equality for all. Our reality is an enduring racial hierarchy that has persisted for centuries.
So what is the evidence?

The main example is that the author once tried to interview some Chicago merchant for the NY Times, but he refused to talk to her when she was unable to produce any ID or business card showing that she was really with the NY Times. She implied that if she looked Jewish, the man would have granted the interview.

She also has a story about a Black man who was under suspicion for babysitting two White kids. Some Karen called the cops, and then let it go when the parents said that it was okay.

That's it. That's the evidence that we have a caste system, just like India.

Another NY Times columnist writes:
“Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?” he once asked, ...

As an immigrant from South Africa, ... I am in favor of throwing America’s borders wide open to much of the world. ... American exceptionalism is impossible without immigration. ... The only way to do that is to invite in the other 95 percent. ...

If we keep shutting foreigners out, what justifies our arrogant assumption that the world’s best and brightest will keep wanting to come here?

Consider, for instance, Rwanda,
So if trends continue, he argues, people from Rwanda might not want to come here, and Norway might not let Americans in. Too bad it is too late to send him back to South Africa, where he could witness his leftist ideologies in action.

This is madness.

The editors of the NY Times cannot really be this stupid. I am beginning to think that we are being set up for Civil War 2.0.

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