A Journal for Western Man

 

Activism Without Thought:

College Students' Support of Global Warming

Propaganda

G. Stolyarov II

(Originally Published on GrasstopsUSA.com)

Issue XCVII- April 23, 2007

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            In order for one to need to “do something” about a crisis, there must be a crisis in the first place, right? At least there must be reasonable and fairly well-established evidence that a crisis exists and a cause for the crisis is known. While it might be common sense to some, many college students around the country seem to be ignorant of this principle—especially when it comes to their prominent efforts toward “stopping” the alleged phenomenon of manmade global warming.

            Global warming propagandists like Al Gore and the socialists at the United Nations seem to be having their way in molding public opinion—especially among average well-intentioned but impressionable and easily manipulable college students. An alarming report in The Daily Gazette of Union College, entitled, “Global warming energizes students,” is testimony to a rising tide of college campus activism efforts to combat the specter of anthropogenic warming of the Earth. Keep in mind: this article was not published as an editorial; it is not somebody expressing an opinion that global warming is happening and that students need to do something about it. Rather, The Daily Gazette published it as a news article—under the assumption that everything in it is factually based and attempts to equitably portray all sides of the issue. This basic standard of journalistic integrity was in fact altogether flouted by the Gazette’s report.

            Frighteningly enough, the article does not mention a single student or expert debating the issue of global warming—whether it is happening and, if it is, what its causes might be. Instead, the article included the following extremely ill-informed and discussion-quashing comment by 21-year-old student Stephen Po-Chedley: “In the last couple years, the science has become pretty firm.”

            “The science has become pretty firm.” And this is it? This is all the “evidence” needed to assume that not only is the Earth headed for a climatic disaster but that advanced industrial technology is somehow responsible for it? I am sure that Mr. Po-Chedley has never read or even heard of the thousands of highly learned, respectable climatologists—prominent researchers in their field—who strongly dispute the anthropogenic global warming thesis.

Why did the article not mention such experts as Richard Lindzen, Professor of Meteorology at MIT, S. Fred Singer, Professor emeritus of Environmental Science at the University of Virginia, or even Patrick Moore—a co-founder of Greenpeace—all of whom consider the Gore/U.N. position on global warming to be utterly devoid of genuine scientific backing? Why did the article not consider the Heidelberg Appeal, signed by hundreds of scientists as far back as 1992, condemning global warming alarmism as "an irrational ideology which is opposed to scientific and industrial progress, and impedes economic and social development"? Why was no mention made of any commentators, public figures, or media sources portraying the other side of the issue—such as the writings of Alan Caruba, Tom DeWeese, and Paul Driessen, the courageous French ex-minister of education Claude Allègre, or the BBC Documentary, The Great Global Warming Swindle? Why did the Gazette not interview any students who were exposed to these sources and at least recognized that legitimate views skeptical of manmade global warming exist?

It does not take extensive special scientific training to know that fundamental and legitimate debate exists on the global warming issue. It only takes a basic awareness of the arguments made on both sides and a skeptical, inquiring mind devoted to the pursuit of truth and objectivity. Yet the students who jump on the global warming bandwagon do not seem to have even that basic level of exposure to the issue. Rather, all they know is the propaganda they have been spoon-fed by certain ideologically-minded instructors, like Riobart Breen, Union College’s assistant professor in political science and environmental studies, whom the article quoted as saying, “We want to start a movement on campus. We want students to take the lead.” Dr. Breen does not seem to be interested in getting students to think for themselves as to whether manmade global warming is happening. Rather, he wants them to assume that it is happening and join the “movement” he wishes to start to address it.  Dr. Breen expects students to lead a movement without questioning the truth of its underlying assumptions and the desirability of its purposes. What a great insult to expect students to be pack followers rather than autonomous thinkers!

            Saving the world is not easy. It is not enough to just act—especially if one acts while informed solely by the mainstream media and the popular culture. Indeed, most of the problems in the world today come not despite extensive efforts to “save” it, but because of such efforts, wrongly directed. If well-meaning but ill-informed students conscientiously try to solve a problem that does not exist, they will not only do no real good; they will inflict positive harm. Technological progress and economic freedom are the lifeblood of American prosperity, comfort, and security. They are endangered by global warming alarmism. With enough popular support, the global warming propagandists will succeed in obstructing the use of industrial technologies that separate our quality of life from the nasty, brutish, and short existence of people in parts of the Third World today and our ancestors as late as one century ago.

            Students throughout the country urgently need to think before acting, do research before assuming, question before accepting. Too much is at stake to allow one side of the debate to be silenced while the other shoves greatly distorted information onto impressionable young minds.

G. Stolyarov II is a science fiction novelist, independent philosophical essayist, poet, amateur mathematician, composer, contributor to Enter Stage Right, Le Quebecois Libre,  Rebirth of Reason, and the Ludwig von Mises Institute, Senior Writer for The Liberal Institute, and Editor-in-Chief of The Rational Argumentator, a magazine championing the principles of reason, rights, and progress. Mr. Stolyarov also publishes his articles on Helium.com and Associated Content to assist the spread of rational ideas. His newest science fiction novel is Eden against the Colossus. His latest non-fiction treatise is A Rational Cosmology. Mr. Stolyarov can be contacted at gennadystolyarovii@yahoo.com.

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