Three mighty engines

William Rusher describes primary motivators that oftne lead people in strange directions in his Washington Times commentary Warming delirium. The example is climate change as that is the controversy of the day.

The global-warming controversy is powered by three mighty engines, which are almost never recognized.

The first is the natural human impulse to fear allegedly forthcoming disasters, especially if they are clothed in the raiments of scientific certitude. …

The second engine (also influential in the flaps over acid rain and the ozone hole) is the traditional liberal hatred of “American corporations,” which is mobilized whenever some new misfortune can be laid, however speciously, at their door. …

The third and final engine is, as you might expect, money.

You see this in ad on TV this morning – a man standing in the tracks with an oncoming train. The over voice warns of a looming catastrophe but the man indicates its no concern to him. Then he steps aside and there is a child. Implication, innuendo, fear mongering, – there is uncertainty be we cannot abide by that because “it is for the children!”

That is similar to another story on the miraculous baby removed from the womb at 21 weeks. It is taken to show that any abortion is a killing and that, yes, even a fetus this young is viable. Barely mentioned was the extraordinary costs of caring for that baby until it was viable enough to live on its own.

Recently, a think tank offered a stipend for those who could contribute to a round table on global warming. The advocates found that a small percentage of the funding came from ‘oil companies’ and used that to parade the idea that the think tank was buying anti global warming arguments.

These are clues that an honest person can use to get to the bottom of an issue. Scientific measures mean an appeal to a certitude that is false. Evil corporations are looking for a straw man target. Either the taint of money or a complete absence of regard for costs also indicate the argument of the excluded middle. When these sorts of arguments are seen, “It is time to take two aspirin, lie down and consider the matter calmly.”

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