How Ignorance & The Elite Created Our New Environmental Religion

How Ignorance & The Elite Created Our New Environmental Religion

We’ve talked many times about how the child Greta Thunberg from the depths of Europe is ignorant of all atmospheric physics. Ignorant, as in she knows nothing. She couldn’t define CAPE to save her soul. Latent heat is a impenetrable mystery to her. Radiative transfer is to her an alien language. And so on.

It’s wrong to blame this poor kid for her ignorance. She doesn’t even know what she doesn’t know. She’s being used by shiftless activists, lying politicians, the evil media, and other well known lowlifes to push an agenda. Few people can see this.

We know why they use a kid. Because kids are innocent and pure, and we all know they don’t have the same wicked ulterior motives her backers so obviously do. Thus what she is saying must itself be pure and true—or so we are supposed to conclude.

Many do conclude that.

Global cooling started out with scientists as an idea that the earth earth was going to become as frigid as a feminist, which consequences just as dire. Politicians latched onto it because they loved the supposed caused of global cooling. Pollution from burning fossil fuels.

We know what happened next. The atmosphere failed to cooperate and it grew warmer. Scientists changed their minds: it must be global warming and not cooling. Caused by the same thing. The earth was going to be as hot as a Bryn Mawr sophomore told she was only getting a B.

Global warming like global cooling was not a global concern. At first. In the late 1980s, the planet-wide coordination of politics, media, and surveillance was just getting started. It’s going full blast now. Global warming was thus hotter than global cooling.

The atmosphere even cooperated with global warming scientists, at least for a while. The heating has now largely stopped, the yearly temperature vacillating with no clear direction. The promised storms, floods, tornadoes, deaths and disasters never showed. No mass extinction, no shortage of food. Tipping points and final dates came and went with more frequency than with Jehovah Witnesses. Nothing happened.

Which you’d think would have killed off the scheme and made the elite sad.

Globalization of politics came to their rescue. Global warming became climate change, a subtle but brilliant move. The climate will always change, so it is no longer impossible to ridicule the theory’s name with facts and Reality.

Every bad thing every that actually happened or might happen was and is blamed on climate change, and climate change itself was blamed on whatever the elites said caused it. With global cooling and warming, the cause was fossil fuels. With climate change, it was fossil fuels, capitalism, eating meat, large houses, anything having to do with traditional freedoms. Their proposed solution is to have the rabble live in pods and eat bugs.

Propaganda works. It is a cheap and effective way to sway the masses, and in democracies masses must needs be swayed. The oligarchs in the elite were happy to enlist a core group of zealots who believed with all their heart the sky would fall unless a one-world government was instituted. True, some of the zealots’ rhetoric spoke of eliminating the oligarchs (the “rich”), but since they also spread the elite’s propaganda at zero cost to the elites, the risk was outweighed by the benefits.

Sometimes propaganda works too well. A small cadre of environmentalists can be contained if they go too far, but what happens when half the population becomes as zealous as the maniacs? Environmentalism is no longer a kind of sober conservation; it is now a full-fledged religion, a fresh interpretation of Mother Earth cults. The elites have resurrected a very angry female goddess, Gaia. She awaits martyrs.

In a cosmic non-coincidence, seconds after I wrote that last sentence, the Blonde Bombshell forwarded me this news: “My wife just phoned me in tears, a 14 year old lad at the school where she works, has committed suicide because of climate change. Wtf is going on !!!!”

Guessing the form this religion will take is not easy. Gaia is only a goddess, not the God. She can work with God. There was a group subjected at a Catholic mass to a video lecture by little Greta, after which they had “oil placed on hands as sign of commitment to environment.”

But neither does Gaia need God, as this headline proves: Hundreds gather in Switzerland to hold funeral for disappearing glacier lost to global warming. Theologians (women and effeminate men) at Union Seminary bowed and confessed their sins to bunches of spinach. No, really. Most of the addled youth believe humanity will be wiped out soon, because of the possibility of a slight increase in average mean global temperature.

There are dozens of similar stories, increasing in rate. Converts block the highway to proselytize, they march in religious processions (as Catholics do), they scream “Denier!” at heretics. Now as a scientist myself, who knows mountains more than those who scream at me, the experience can seem surreal. Until you recognize the screechers take it is a matter of certain faith that man is a cancer that can only be cured by active supplication to the goddess. Via the intersection of her various priestesses, as is becoming clearer. The picture heading the article is from the site “Awakening Women“, if that’s any help to you.

Expressing doubt—not outright denial, but mere doubt in accord with the best evidence—that we are doomed to a heat or climate-change death is to deny a dogma of the Gaia cult, a supreme effrontery. If it isn’t true the weather is bad, then it can’t be true Gaia needs them. This is intolerable.

That which is intolerable won’t be tolerated.

Bonus!Severn Cullis-Suzuki’s speech to the UN in 1992 on climate change sounds an awful lot like Greta Thunberg’s in 2019. I cut the two together to show just how similar the language is:

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  1. They are repeating the Child Crusade. Except this one is marginally more effective, because television. The children still get sold at the end, though.

  2. Brian (bulaoren)

    I bear this poor abused child no ill will, Her LIFE SEEMS destined TO BE spent barking AT THE moon. Still, HAS anyone noticed HOW MUCH she resembles E.T.?

  3. MikeW

    Briggs, in Paragraph 5, did you mean to say “…with consequences just as dire” or “…witch consequences just as dire”?

  4. Sheri

    One supposes that when intelligence and success are vilified and living in caves and eating dirt seems glorious, this is the result. We reap what we sow.

    Wednesday, September 25, 2019 –

    To the Editor:
    The media drumbeat for the Green New Deal agenda and the many cries for government to reduce the carbon footprint to save the planet make you wonder where all this is coming from and why.
    Some commentators fear that this is less a grassroots initiative and more a Power Elite agenda for reducing and eventually eliminating national sovereignty and creating their long-stated goal of a collectivist One World Government.
    One answer lies largely in the 1968 creation and agenda of the “Club of Rome” some 50 years ago. It was founded during a meeting at David Rockefeller’s private estate in Bellagio, Italy.
    Club members, including Henry Kissinger, Zbigniew Brzezinski, George Soros, Bill Gates, Queen Beatrix of the Netherland,s and Mikhail Gorbachev, believe humanity requires “a common motivation, namely a common adversary” in order to realize their goal of world government. They choose the threat of environmental catastrophe. (Listen to: “The Club of Rome, Originators of the Global Warming/Climate Change Scam.”)
    Ever since, the Club of Rome has been establishing a network of 33 national associations. and their many tentacles of influence have been systematically propagating their catastrophic future vision into the mainstream of global public opinion.
    They have been doing this through their controlled mass media cartel as well as their philanthropic foundations and corporations to fund research grants to approved “scientists” to advance their hypotheses, including man-made global warming and the dying off of the polar bears, as being “settled science.”
    Today their theories and proposed action plans have entered the educational establishment, think tanks, and activist organizations, the mass media, political action committees, and Capitol Hill.
    Leading advocates include many public figures and such prominent Beltway representatives as Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) on the Senate Committee on Appropriations and Congressman Paul Tonko (D-NY) the chairman of the House Subcommittee on Environment and Climate Change.
    What is veiled from the inattentive majority is the role of elitists, who are leaders in finance, corporations, foundations, think tanks, universities, and mass news and entertainment media, as well as in civil government.
    Sociologist G. William Domhoff’s book, “Who Rules America,” demonstrates that public policy agenda-setting, “begins informally in corporate boardrooms, social clubs, and discussion groups, where problems are identified as ‘issues’ to be solved by new policies. It ends in government, where their policies are enacted and implemented.”
    The initial impetus for policy change and initial resources for research, planning, and formulation come from corporate and personal wealth channeled into tax-free foundations, universities, policy-oriented think tanks, and non-governmental organizations in the form of endowments, grants, and contracts.
    Moreover, corporate presidents, directors, top wealth holders, key advisors, and their lawyers also sit on the governing boards of many such institutions to guide and monitor the progress of their plans.
    Some observers say that what appears to be an organic, grassroots, bottom-up movement is actually a well-oiled, top-down machine. They point out that funding is selectively provided by their philanthropic foundations and charities. One of the many Council on Foundations’ Affinity Groups, namely the Environmental Grantmakers Association, is the funding epicenter of the environmental movement.
    This has been documented by a report from the Congressional Committee on Environment and Public Works on how a club of billionaires and their foundations control the environmental movement.
    According to its own website, the Club of Rome is composed of “scientists, economists, businessmen, international high civil servants, heads of state and former heads of state from all five continents who are convinced that the future of humankind is not determined once and for all and that each human being can contribute to the improvement of our societies.”
    The Club of Rome is advancing the agenda of Thomas Malthus who argued that population was held within resource limits by two types of checks: 1) positive ones, which raised the death rate, and 2) preventative ones, which lowered the birth rate. The positive checks included hunger, disease and war; the preventative checks, abortion, birth control, prostitution, homosexuality, postponement of marriage, and celibacy.
    Their vision, as stated in their 1991 publication, “The First Global Revolution: A Report to the Club of Rome,” reads “In searching for a new enemy to unite us, we came up with the idea that pollution, the threat of global warming, water shortages, famine and the like would fit the bill. All these dangers are caused by human intervention, and it is only through changed attitudes and behavior that they can be overcome. The real enemy then, is humanity itself.”
    In his memoirs, David Rockefeller (1915-2017), the founder-funder, wrote: “For more than a century ideological extremists at either end of the political spectrum have … attacked the Rockefeller family for the inordinate influence they claim we wield over American political and economic institutions.
    “Some even believe we are part of a secret cabal working against the best interests of the United States, characterizing my family and me as ‘internationalists’ and of conspiring with others around the world to build a more integrated global political and economic structure — one world, if you will. If that’s the charge, I stand guilty, and I am proud of it. The supranational sovereignty of an intellectual elite and world bankers is surely preferable to the national auto-determination practiced in past centuries.”
    And that is why the well-funded Green Socialism’s drumbeat continues to intensify.
    Victor Porlier
    East Berne, NY
    Editor’s note: “It is extremely likely that human influence has been the dominant cause of the observed warming since the mid-20th century,” concluded the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in its Fifth Assessment Report in 2013. These findings are not disputed by any scientific body of national or international standing.
    Victor’s post-publication note about the Editor’s sidestep away from the thrust of my letter – the Club of Rome’s documentable history and agenda – and leap away to assertions about the substance of the Establishment’s approved consensus on their Man-Made Global Warming (AGW) Paradigm (which tellingly differs from the generic, misdirecting labeling change to “climate change” – and never was a “myth” in earth’s history) which requires globalist collectivist political solutions:
    All “scientific bodies of national or international standing” are approved by tenure-seeking, peer accepted “scientists” receiving funding from the multiple Club of Rome influenced approval and funding channels.
    Scientists, especially scientists in academia and government, are uniquely vulnerable to professional destruction if they stray from the herd. Their life hangs on peer-review for publication, RFP responsiveness for getting contracts and grants, and hiring and promotion by governmental bureaucracies – including national, regional, and international bodies.
    What are the specific scientific “approval/disapproval” criteria they use for testing alternative future climate speculative hypotheses? Especially those used by UN sources, a political entity which was created for the eventual purpose of creating One World governing State, by the same families, wealthy individuals, and institutions that created the Club of Rome and mutually supporting networks.
    Science is not “settled ” by self-serving majoritarian voting. Science is a methodology using repeatable experimentation and testing, not an ideology where speculative, untestable theories about our planet’s future – regarding warming or cooling in 10 or 100 years – can be deemed “settled science”.
    Ptolemaic Astronomers vs Copernicus & Galileo anyone?
    Reply Reply All Forward

  6. Ken

    Ignorant taught by emotional ignorant … hardly a surprise this happens, repeatedly.

    Such propagandizing almost qualifies as “brainwashing.” And planting “seeds” of information now can pay off later in breaking the spell.

    For CO2 fears it can be fun to have one’s child present a report on using greenhouses in school — brainwashed faculty seldom reject this. Many are shocked to learn that pro greenhouses use CO2 generators to get levels well over 1000ppm, even close to 2000ppm in some situations. Plants, they learn, need this to thrive.

    And concentrations below 300ppm impact growth, with something around 240ppm or less (I forget the details) potentially stunting or stopping plant growth (no doubt variable by plant type).

    Most kiddies catch on, on their own, that the fear-mongers are advocating a CO2 level that is pretty close to a danger limit at which plant growth is stunted or stops planet-wide. IE, if the amount humans are said to have added over the last century has been removed, mass starvation of all species on land would be a real threat.

    Others can work out the details. But a couple hundred ppm increase in CO2 actually buys the planet a slight cushion against real catastrophe. We’ve got another 100ppm or so to go to get that margin.

  7. Ray

    I remember the 1970s when global cooling was going to kill us and when that didn’t work out the same people that promoted global cooling did a 180 degree turn and started promoting global warming which was going to kill us. Since they were wrong about the cooling why should anybody believe them about the warming? As I have pointed out before, environmentalism long ago became an apocalyptic doomsday cult.

  8. “I remember the 1970s when global cooling was going to kill us and when that didn’t work out the same people that promoted global cooling did a 180 degree turn”

    No, you don’t, because that didn’t happen.¹ You might believe that it did, if you’ve been convinced by people like Briggs, who know very well that they are inventing a global cooling consensus that never existed.

    Despite trying to impress you by throwing around sciencey terms, Briggs does not understand the science. To use his favorite form of argumentation, I’m a physicist and he’s not, and this is quite clear to me. He claims to be, in addition to a “scientist”, a statistician—but he can’t handle² the simplest exercise in probability.

    If you’re looking for an informed opinion, I’d skip this site.



  9. Briggs

    Always check your sources:

    In one of the old podcasts I did, I had a clip from the 70s radio news bulletin, from WLS, I think. Something about concerned government scientists warning us of death and mayhem due to global cooling. I didn’t put it in the show notes, so I’ll have ot go through the podcasts to find it again. Pain in the keister!

    Found it! , and a discussion continuing afterward.

  10. “No, you don’t, because that didn’t happen.¹”

    Isn’t that precious? A footnote referring to something the kids at [Fake] Skeptical Science wrote?! Cute.

    Luckily for us, there is still plenty of evidence of the same ninnies screaming about The Sky Is Falling now, moaning about Global Cooling back then.

    An alarmist TV show from 1977: The New Ice Age, presented the scientific consensus of the time. The memory-hole regurgitates!

    See video, cued up as Dr Spock intones the horrible things that will happen as the quickly coming Ice Age sets in.

    Stick with him a minute or two. He’s followed by the doom-sayer, Dr Stephen Schneider, who “scientifically” explains how he and his brilliant “science” buddies will counter-act the Ice Age with soot on glaciers, and more! But, wait! He’s concerned that people, “jammed in by national borders” will become desperate when the climate changes! Oh, no!

    Stephen Schneider today? Forget all that Ice Age stuff! Global warming! Coming for your children!

  11. Uncle Mike

    1968 was the start of the enviro-religion? Not hardly. Rachel Carson published “Silent Spring” in 1962. John Muir wrote “First Summer in the Sierra” in 1911. Thoreau’s “Walden” was published in 1854. Emerson propounded the philosophy of transcendentalism in his 1836 essay “Nature”.

    But the pagan roots of enviro-religion are probably more than 200,000 years old. Some researchers aver that Neanderthal grave goods indicate totemic/animistic cults as much as 300 kya.

    Neo-totemism is just a rehash of a very, very old belief system. It has ancient roots and fresh tendrils. No amount of hand waving is going to cure the hominids of our hoary superstitions.

    A good dinner, however, can work wonders that defy the best philosophers. Check it out sometime: we believe in what we eat.

  12. Uncle Mike

    btw, I’m a Honeycrisparian. If you ever get to taste a tree-ripened, frost-cured, just plucked Honeycrisp apple, I think you’d leap to join our cult.

  13. C-Marie

    Actually, stay with Briggs! Thank you for the information on the Club of Rome. Many, many people are waking up to the work of the many who are trying to bring into full existence, the One World Order.

    It is coming….see the book of Revelation and the book of Daniel in the Bible. It will not go away. The momentum will keep on building. The only way through is in and with Jesus Christ.

    The world as it was just after World War II, is nearly gone. So hang onto your hat, if you have one, it is going to be a very rough ride.

    The hatred against President Trump is no longer hidden at all. Because overall, he is doing God’s bidding, the One World Government pushers hate him even more, perhaps unknowingly.

    God has given us a respite for a time, but come 2024, watch out as long as it is still legal to kill one’s born or unborn baby, to kill oneself, and more.

    He is all merciful, and that is why a time is given for the do’ers of evil to turn to God, but then …. just be in prayer to God and He will keep you.
    God bless, C-Marie

  14. Yonason

    @Lee Philips

    “who know very well that they are inventing a global cooling consensus that never existed.”


    Comment to that article…
    “I was sort of certain about the basic qualitative answer – the beliefs in a new ice age were damn real and comparably “prevailing” to the later global warming ones – but I am immensely impressed by the hard work needed to find the papers and provide us with a possibly accurate estimate of the number of such papers.” – Lubos Motl, real physicist.

    “We will be forced to sacrifice democracy by the laws that will protect us from further pollution.” – – Dr. Arnold Reitze, 1970

    Sound familiar? Fascists using scare tactics to take away freedom and impose rule of self-appointed elitists over us.

    I’m sick of these idiots lying about what the “scientists” were claiming back then.

  15. Yonason

    @Lee Philips’ disinformation, PART II

    Note that Skeptical Science that he links to is a warmist apologist propaganda website, run by people of questionable integrity…

    (more links on the integrity issue, in addition to that and the following, available on request)

    John Cook was/is one of those pushing the false 97% consensus – which has since proven to be a total scam.

  16. Yonason

    @Uncle Mike, September 30, 2019 at 9:29 pm

    One Autumn nearly 60 years ago, while visiting some relatives in Connecticut, my cousins and I were playing in an orchard of Macintosh apples behind his property. It was after the first frost. They were the size of softballs, and as crisp and sweet (with the usual Mac hint of sour) and juicy as I’ve ever had before or since. Magnificent fruit!

    Bottom line – I’m a fan of decent apples, any one of which has a wonderfulness that is worth appreciating on it’s own. Sadly, they are impossible to find in supermarkets these days, and were rare even back then, or I wouldn’t have been so impressed by them.

  17. Club of Rome rely on the useful idiot’s to promote their agenda.
    An idiot is a stupid person.
    Dietrich Bonhoeffer seems to have identified the reason why “climate emergency” advocates are so hard to talk to. The stupidity of the blind acceptance of the CAGW/climate change/“Carbon Pollution” scam cannot be countered because…
    ‘Stupidity is a more dangerous enemy of the good than malice. One may protest against evil; it can be exposed and, if need be, prevented by use of force. Evil always carries within itself the germ of its own subversion in that it leaves behind in human beings at least a sense of unease. Against stupidity we are defenceless. Neither protests nor the use of force accomplish anything here; reasons fall on deaf ears; facts that contradict one’s prejudgment simply need not be believed- in such moments the stupid person even becomes critical – and when facts are irrefutable they are just pushed aside as inconsequential, as incidental. In all this the stupid person, in contrast to the malicious one, is utterly self-satisfied and, being easily irritated, becomes dangerous by going on the attack. For that reason, greater caution is called for than with a malicious one. Never again will we try to persuade the stupid person with reasons, for it is senseless and dangerous.
    ‘If we want to know how to get the better of stupidity, we must seek to understand its nature. This much is certain, that it is in essence not an intellectual defect but a human one. There are human beings who are of remarkably agile intellect yet stupid, and others who are intellectually quite dull yet anything but stupid. We discover this to our surprise in particular situations. The impression one gains is not so much that stupidity is a congenital defect, but that, under certain circumstances, people are made stupid or that they allow this to happen to them. We note further that people who have isolated themselves from others or who lives in solitude manifest this defect less frequently than individuals or groups of people inclined or condemned to sociability. And so it would seem that stupidity is perhaps less a psychological than a sociological problem. It is a particular form of the impact of historical circumstances on human beings, a psychological concomitant of certain external conditions. Upon closer observation, it becomes apparent that every strong upsurge of power in the public sphere, be it of a political or of a religious nature, infects a large part of humankind with stupidity. It would even seem that this is virtually a sociological-psychological law. The power of the one needs the stupidity of the other. The process at work here is not that particular human capacities, for instance, the intellect, suddenly atrophy or fail. Instead, it seems that under the overwhelming impact of rising power, humans are deprived of their inner independence, and, more or less consciously, give up establishing an autonomous position toward the emerging circumstances. The fact that the stupid person is often stubborn must not blind us to the fact that he is not independent. In conversation with him, one virtually feels that one is dealing not at all with a person, but with slogans, catchwords and the like that have taken possession of him. He is under a spell, blinded, misused, and abused in his very being. Having thus become a mindless tool, the stupid person will also be capable of any evil and at the same time incapable of seeing that it is evil. This is where the danger of diabolical misuse lurks, for it is this that can once and for all destroy human beings.
    ‘Yet at this very point it becomes quite clear that only an act of liberation, not instruction, can overcome stupidity. Here we must come to terms with the fact that in most cases a genuine internal liberation becomes possible only when external liberation has preceded it. Until then we must abandon all attempts to convince the stupid person. This state of affairs explains why in such circumstances our attempts to know what ‘the people’ really think are in vain and why, under these circumstances, this question is so irrelevant for the person who is thinking and acting responsibly. The word of the Bible that the fear of God is the beginning of wisdom declares that the internal liberation of human beings to live the responsible life before God is the only genuine way to overcome stupidity.

    C-Marie: “So hang onto your hat, if you have one, it is going to be a very rough ride.” Yes, tough times are around the corner.
    “Small chance of success, certainty of death, what are we waiting for!”

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