Global warming destroyed the environmental movement
“Global warming” was sold as THE problem. It was the thing that absolutely HAD to come first. It could not be questioned.
Dropping water tables? Not as important as climate change. Wildfires out of control? Global warming took priority. Wildlife management? What good would it do if the Earth was destroyed because of carbon dioxide?
You see, controlling climate change was the justification to demand people sacrifice energy. It was the excuse to sign over economic power to technocrats and politicos. Every one knew that capitalism and the free market were the greatest threats to life on Earth.
Because no one understood it. For some it was an act of faith. For others it was about controlling people.
And it was all based on a lie.
Now somebody else is telling the truth.
❝❝Global temperature change observed over the last hundred years or so is well within the natural variability of the last 8,000 years, according to a new paper by a former Intergovernmental Panel On Climate Change (IPCC) lead author.
Dr. Philip Lloyd, a South Africa-based physicist and climate researcher, examined ice core-based temperature data going back 8,000 years to gain perspective on the magnitude of global temperature changes over the 20th Century.
What Lloyd found was that the standard deviation of the temperature over the last 8,000 years was about 0.98 degrees Celsius– higher than the 0.85 degrees climate scientists say the world has warmed over the last century.
“This suggests that while some portion of the temperature change observed in the 20th century was probably caused by greenhouse gases, there is a strong likelihood that the major portion was due to natural variations,” Lloyd wrote in his study.❞❞
Now here is the problem.
As “anthropogenic climate change” is discredited again and again and again, all the things that were part of the environmental movement are discredited too.
So we don’t worry about pollution. So we don’t worry about alternate energy sources. So we don’t worry about waste disposal.
That’s why I gave up on environmentalism and went back to ecology.
It’s all about the connections and trade-offs. The sooner we learn that the better.