Ya gotta love Dilbert, the cartoon that packs a big punch. Dilbert was diagnosed with cooties. “There’s no such thing,” Dilbert replied. “Science denier!” the doctor exclaimed. “That’s a symptom.”
For years intelligent people have questioned the hysterical warnings of an environmental apocalypse if we didn’t make drastic changes in every aspect of our lives, the Green New Deal the most egregious. Now comes an environmental guru, award-winning scientist Michael Shellenberger with a new book, ‘On Behalf of Environmentalists I Apologize for the ClimateScare’, exposing the fraud of the last decades. Yes, the climate is changing, he says, but humans have little to do with it and it’s not our most serious environmental problem. It’s not responsible for natural disasters. He deplored the politics of it. After I read the article online I went back later to review it and found it was taken down, ‘no longer available’. Kinda makes you wonder…..
As people have abandoned worship of Almighty God they have replaced it with a false god, Science, with an intolerance equal to the Inquisition. And oh, can it be politicized! There’s a place for experts in science, public health, government, as long as they are humble enough to admit they don’t know everything and are willing to listen to other points of view. Rand Paul, Congressman and physician said, “It is a fatal conceit to believe experts know everything.” But that’s exactly what we’re doing.
When COVID burst on the scene we were thankful for experts to help us deal with a new, frightening situation. We readily obeyed draconian measures to stop the spread of the disease. But it quickly became politicized with Dems gloating that this was the end of the Trump economy and would secure their victory in November. Trump left it to the individual states to decide when and how to reopen. Politics took over with many Dem governors holding it seems unnecessarily tight control. (No business is ‘non-essential’ if it is your business.) One prominent Dem let the cat out of the bag by saying, “I don’t want to see these establishments ever opened back up.” All in the name of Science.
The question is, whose Science? We hear many conflicting voices, perhaps contaminated by political considerations. Most Americans do not want to put others or themselves at risk. So, who do we believe?
Mary Ellen Blake