I think that many of my readers (hey, two out of three counts as ‘many’) would be aware that I firmly feel that
global warming climate change falls firmly into the ‘crock of shit’ category. And even if it didn’t, the assumption that man is to blame for it definitely counts as bullshit. And even if it existed, and man caused it, it still wouldn’t justify any more than about 5% of the massive intrusion into everyone’s lives that the greenish like.
I was quite content with this; I have no problem being on the wrong side of generally accepted beliefs; it’s when everyone starts agreeing with me that I get nervous.
From PJ O’Rourke, in Parliament of Whores:
Whenever I’m in the middle of conformity, surrounded by oneness of mind with people oozing concurrence on every side, I get scared. And when I find myself agreeing with everybody, too, I get terrified.
So, I’ve been at the scared stage for a few years now. But there seems to be a backlash happening; first, there was a fair number of scientists calling bullshit on the whole thing; then there was the good ol’ hockey graph; then, more recently, Channel 4 raised the flag for dissent. And now even the Beeb are raising concerns.
For some ornery reason, I find myself terrified now that the Beeb et al are showing sign of dissent from the Gospel according to Climate Change. Because the O’Rourke quote is right: nothing is as dangerous as a perceived consensus. And nothing could do more harm to the anti-greenish cause than formerly greenish nonsense-spouters getting onside, and calling it a new consensus.
Plus, if the BBC start agreeing with me all the time, who shall I rail against?