Label this post “The Director’s Cut,” where my heavier emphasis on particular points is intact, compared to the edited-shorter version published online 6/8/22 at American Thinker as “Selling Global Warming to Eskimos.”
When John Kerry, President Biden’s special envoy for climate, lamented that the Ukraine war situation would distract the public away from the ‘climate crisis’ and then doubled down later on how ‘climate change refugees will outnumber Ukrainian refugees,’ he seemed to have no self-awareness of how ludicrous his statement was. NPR and CNBC have both trumpeted this same theme about the war distracting the public away from the “true crisis.” Then there’s Biden’s Commerce Secretary, Gina Raimondo, who reacted the following way to Rep Ben Cline’s “distraction” that the proposed 2023 budget “doesn’t really help families put food on the table or clothes on the back.”
… we believe climate change is an existential threat so, you know, children won’t – [shrugs, pauses]. Forget about clothes on their back. They’re not going to be able to have a life if we don’t deal with climate change.
Add Secretary of the Navy Carlos Del Toro saying climate change – not hostile foreign adversaries – is an existential threat to America.
It’s as though Kerry, Raimondo, and Del Toro are so assured of their own importance in the issue that they might actually believe they can sell global warming to Eskimos.
That’s a braggadocio line from the sales industry; a guy’s enticing sales talk skills are so good that “he can sell refrigerators to Eskimos.” Many arrogant salespeople unapologetically describe themselves this way, oblivious to how basically immoral their behavior is and how big the backlash might be if purchasers realize that they’ve been duped by false premise, deceptive, disingenuous narratives – conned, in other words – into buying something they absolutely don’t need. Sell Eskimos refrigerators, and you risk later being vilified so thoroughly that you’ll never be allowed to set foot in their territory again. Sell them heaters, and you’ll be a hero who made their lives more comfortable, and who’ll be invited back to sell more items enriching everyone’s lives.
That’s essentially what the “climate change” issue is, a charismatic smooth-talking sales force selling the world the notion of catastrophic man-caused global warming via an endless string of disingenuously deceptive, false premise, unsupportable narratives. Even the name of the issue, “climate change,” is deceptive. Al Gore’s seminal “An Inconvenient Truth” movie, taught around the world from the grade school level through college, used the “global warming” phrase a minimum of 25 times while never mentioning “climate change” once. Why switch the name? When ‘man-caused global warming’ pauses instead of continually rising as more atmospheric CO2 irrefutably rises, the public starts asking questions.
No problem. Switch the sales tactic to “Clima-Change™” and blame it for last year’s seven million acres of U.S. wildfires, while crossing your fingers that nobody sees how nearly 22 million acres burned in 1937.
When objective, unbiased observers start examining the issue at great depth, they’ll find no end to disingenuous imagery and misleading narratives. Case in point: news media reports don’t feature clear, midday photos of coal-fired power plants, they instead show views taken at sunset or sunrise where the always-backlit harmless steam emissions resemble sinister pollution clouds. News reports imply the colorless carbon dioxide in the steam is a pollutant, despite the fact that commercial greenhouse growers pump CO2 into their buildings to help their plants and flowers grow bigger, faster, better. Beyond that, news outlets disingenuously simplify the name of that odorless, colorless trace gas as “carbon pollution,” evoking mental images of smokey black soot.
If the public is not being presented with accurate depictions of just those few items, how many others are misrepresented? Therein lies the far bigger problem with the entire issue.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology scientist Dr Richard Lindzen authored a 2008 paper titled “Climate Science: Is it currently designed to answer questions?” To answer to his title’s simple question, no, it is not. Despite widespread disingenuous talking points about too much “equal time” in news reporting being given to skeptic scientists like Dr Lindzen, news outlets such as the PBS NewsHour have never once had a skeptic scientist on the program over the last 25 years to dispute what was said during 97 appearances of scientists on that program associated with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, NASA, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
The public is largely unaware of how experts in many facets of the climate science issue question the notion of catastrophic man-caused global warming at huge depth: temperature data-gathering methodology / ocean ‘acidity’ / polar bear populations / glacial retreat / the ‘scientific consensus’ / sea levels / weather intensity, on and on. At one climate conference I attended, when hotel banquet room attendants were clearing away dishes after a major meal presentation on the skeptic side of the issue, one of the remaining audience members asked a worker if she had listened to the presentation and what she thought about it. She loudly proclaimed, “I’ve never heard any of this before!!”
To paraphrase an old saying, ‘tell a big disingenuous tale long enough, and the public accepts it as irrefutable truth.’ If the hotel worker only heard the one side of the science, has she also only heard the one side of the political aspects of the issue? Namely, the accusation that skeptic climate scientists spread disinformation because ‘Big Oil’ pays them to do that?
The corruption accusation aimed at skeptic scientists has played a major part in keeping the issue alive for 30 years now. Its specific claim is that ‘leaked industry memos’ proves the fossil fuel industry paid skeptic scientists to “reposition global warming as theory rather than fact.” Those ‘leaked memos’ were first floated as evidence by environmentalists in June 1991, and the “reposition” strategy goal was most famously spelled out full screen in Al Gore’s 2006 movie, in an apples ‘n oranges comparison to a leaked tobacco industry document. This same supposedly sinister set of leaked memos is the cornerstone evidence for disinformation campaign accusations in most of the “Exxon Knew”-style global warming damages lawsuits (e.g. City of Hoboken, NJ v Exxon), and this same memo set was once again cited in a November 2021 UK Guardian article about oil industry disinformation campaigns, where the article went so far as to additionally post scratchy copies of newspaper ads that supposedly accompanied the ‘disinformation campaign’ ……. but it turns out that those ads were never used in the genuine campaign, which was just a short-lived public relations effort to tell the public what Al Gore and the IPCC wasn’t telling them.
Worse, the leaked memo set, with the “reposition global warming” strategy targeting a gullible audience of “older, less educated males” and “young, low income women,” was only a strange proposal that was rejected by the industry group it was sent to, and was tossed in the trash. It’s worthless as evidence to indict industry executives and skeptic scientists as colluding to deceive the public ….. but it is still clearly the ‘most viable-sounding evidence’ the global warming alarmists have ever had to convince the public to ignore the mountain of dispute that skeptic scientists and other experts have with the idea of ‘settled catastrophic climate change science.’
As complex as the science is after 30 years of it, the elemental fatal fault in the global warming issue is how the whole issue still boils down to just a one sentence talking point:
Exxon and the rest of the fossil fuel industry knew the science was settled, but paid shill ‘experts’ to reposition global warming from fact back to uncertain theory, and that’s why everyone can ignore those skeptics and move forward to stop the climate crisis.
Maybe an ordinary hotel banquet room worker isn’t qualified to say the science is unsettled, but that person doesn’t have to be either a rocket scientist or a climate scientist to commit an elemental act of due diligence by asking the most basic of investigative journalist-style questions: “What is your evidence proving those skeptics knowingly lie and are paid illicit money to do that?”
The global warming issue is bigger than just its science, it’s a window into the world of how big the mainstream media journalism malfeasance may be in this issue.
Why do we have every appearance in the world that there is no actual climate crisis, while seeing growing evidence of where the actual disinformation is found in this issue?
Because prominent enviro-activists, along with unquestioning policymakers, both enabled by a complicit mainstream media, are not providing complete fact-based information that fully informs the public and makes their lives better, they are instead selling all of us some of the most false premise, deceptive, and disingenuous narratives in history. Selling refrigerators to all of us Eskimos, in other words.