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Wednesday, June 6, 2018
Today in Climate Follies
article appeared in Powerline on June 5th
By Steven Hayward
Those of you with
subscriptions to the Wall Street Journal may enjoy my op-ed appearing
this morning on “Climate
Change Has Run Its Course,” which is causing indigestion amongst the
climatistas. It’s already up to more than 600 comments, which is rather a lot
before I’ve even finished my second cup of coffee out here on the Left Coast.
As the article is
behind the Journal‘s robust paywall, I’ll summarize and share a little
bit. My thesis is a variation of the old idea of “apocalypse fatigue,” but goes
a step further in using the framework of a famous political science article by
Anthony Downs from 1972 on “Up
and Down with Ecology: The Issue-Attention Cycle.” Downs described a
five-stage process through which the public—and the media—become bored with an
issue and move on. That, I submit, is where we are today with climate change.
At one point I mention that climate change is now like a blaring car alarm—an
annoyance that most everyone is tuning out.
The launch point is
noting how the climate racket has been subsumed by identity politics:
A good indicator of why climate change as an issue is over can be found
early in the text of the Paris Agreement. The “nonbinding” pact declares that
climate action must include concern for “gender equality, empowerment of women,
and intergenerational equity” as well as “the importance for some of the
concept of ‘climate justice.’ ” Another is Sarah Myhre’s address at the
most recent meeting of the American Geophysical Union, in which she proclaimed
that climate change cannot fully be addressed without also grappling with the
misogyny and social injustice that have perpetuated the problem for decades.
One of Downs’s stages
is described as the “euphoria” phase when activists see an issue as a means of
The second stage typically includes a large amount of euphoric
enthusiasm—you might call it the “dopamine” stage—as activists conceive the
issue in terms of global peril and salvation. This tendency explains the
fanaticism with which divinity-school dropouts Al Gore and Jerry Brown have
warned of climate change.
I always like to note
when I can that both Gore and Jerry Brown are ex-divinity students (as was Gary
Hart I believe), which explains a lot about their unctuous political style.
And my concluding
Scientists who are genuinely worried about the potential for
catastrophic climate change ought to be the most outraged at how the left
politicized the issue and how the international policy community narrowed the
range of acceptable responses. Treating climate change as a planet-scale
problem that could be solved only by an international regulatory scheme
transformed the issue into a political creed for committed believers. Causes
that live by politics, die by politics.