Climate change seems to have become a centerpiece issue for Democrats this election cycle. President Obama declared earlier this week that his “definition of leadership would be leading on climate change” — as opposed to, say, leading in the fight against Islamic terrorism. Secretary of State John Kerry warned of the possibility we’d have millions of “climate refugees,” if we don’t move fast enough to address climate change. And in Tuesday night’s debate, Democrat presidential candidate Bernie Sanders stated in no uncertain terms that climate change is the United States’ greatest national security threat.
“The scientific community is telling us if we do not address the global crisis of climate change, transform our energy system away from fossil fuel to sustainable energy, the planet that we’re going to be leaving our kids and our grandchildren may well not be habitable,” Sanders said. “That is a major crisis.”
However, one of the world’s greatest theoretical physicists — who calls himself “100 percent Democrat” and a fan of Obama, no less — says Democrats are WRONG about climate change. Dr Freeman Dyson, who worked at Princeton University as a contemporary of Einstein and has advised the U.S. government on a wide range of scientific and technical issues, says he’s dismayed by how “a whole generation of scientific experts is blind to the obvious facts.” Dyson likens the current obsession with climate change to other “irrational beliefs” promoted through history, like the use of bleeding as a treatment for various diseases. Wow.
Dr. Dyson suggests the current Democrat-led climate change frenzy likely has its roots in fear: 1.) the large community of people who make their money by scaring the public and 2.) a kind of collective yearning for apocalyptic doom.
As Breitbart reports:
The climate models used by alarmist scientists to predict global warming are getting worse, not better; carbon dioxide does far more good than harm; and President Obama has backed the “wrong side” in the war on “climate change.”
So says one of the world’s greatest theoretical physicists, Dr Freeman Dyson, the British-born, naturalised American citizen who worked at Princeton University as a contemporary of Einstein and has advised the US government on a wide range of scientific and technical issues.
In an interview with Andrew Orlowski of The Register, Dyson expressed his despair at the current scientific obsession with climate change which he says is “not a scientific mystery but a human mystery. How does it happen that a whole generation of scientific experts is blind to the obvious facts.”
This mystery, says Dyson, can only partly be explained in terms of follow the money. Also to blame, he believes, is a kind of collective yearning for apocalyptic doom.
It is true that there’s a large community of people who make their money by scaring the public, so money is certainly involved to some extent, but I don’t think that’s the full explanation.
It’s like a hundred years ago, before World War I, there was this insane craving for doom, which in a way, helped cause World War I. People like the poet Rupert Brooke were glorifying war as an escape from the dullness of modern life. [There was] the feeling we’d gone soft and degenerate, and war would be good for us all. That was in the air leading up to World War I, and in some ways it’s in the air today.
Dyson, himself a longstanding Democrat voter, is especially disappointed by his chosen party’s unscientific stance on the climate change issue.
It’s very sad that in this country, political opinion parted [people’s views on climate change]. I’m 100 per cent Democrat myself, and I like Obama. But he took the wrong side on this issue, and the Republicans took the right side.
Part of the problem, he says, is the Democrats’ conflation of “pollution” (a genuine problem) with “climate change” (a natural phenomenon quite beyond mankind’s ability to control).
Dyson, 91, has enjoyed a long, distinguished career as a physicist, mathematician and public intellectual, showing promise as early as the age of five when he calculated the number of atoms in the sun. During World War II, he worked at the Operation Research Section of the Royal Air Force’s Bomber Command, before moving to the US where Robert Oppenheimer awarded him a permanent post at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton. He also worked at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, looking at the climate system 25 years ago, before it became a hot political issue.
He likens the “climate change” issue to some of the other “irrational beliefs” promoted through history “by famous thinkers and adopted by loyal disciples.”
Sometimes, as in the use of bleeding as a treatment for various diseases, irrational belief did harm to a large number of human victims. George Washington was one of the victims. Other irrational beliefs, such as the phlogiston theory of burning or the Aristotelian cosmology of circular celestial motions, only did harm by delaying the careful examination of nature. In all these cases, we see a community of people happily united in a false belief that brought leaders and followers together. Anyone who questioned the prevailing belief would upset the peace of the community.
Astonishing, isn’t it, to consider the blind adoption of the climate change propaganda by so many; meanwhile, accusing climate change “deniers” of lacking scientific soundness. To say nothing of attempts to silence those attempting to silence skeptics.
It is, however, a great distraction from the many real problems we have — rising global threats from Iran, ISIS, Russia, China, Syria, etc.; continued sluggish economy and unprecedented numbers dropping out of the workforce altogether; and the list goes on…
[Note: This article was written by Michelle Jesse, Associate Editor]