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Heartland09

  1. 1. The Paradigm of Alarmism Iain Murray Heartland Conference on Global Warming New York City March 2009
  2. 2. The Roots of the Alarmist Movement Explain Their Tactics <ul><li>Legal maneuvering </li></ul><ul><li>Reliance on regulation </li></ul><ul><li>Intimidation </li></ul><ul><li>Mass protests </li></ul><ul><li>Disdain for humanity </li></ul><ul><li>The paradigm of alarmism </li></ul>
  3. 3. The Anti-DDT Movement <ul><li>Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring </li></ul><ul><li>Foundation of EDF and NRDC </li></ul><ul><li>Local Bans </li></ul><ul><li>Pressure on EPA </li></ul><ul><li>EPA ignores own scientists’ advice </li></ul><ul><li>Lobbying for international ban </li></ul><ul><li>When confronted with inconvenient truths, claim not lobbying for ban </li></ul>
  4. 4. Atomkraft? Keine Danke! <ul><li>German anti-nuclear movement </li></ul><ul><li>Mass protests </li></ul><ul><li>Did not eschew violence </li></ul><ul><li>Echoed in USA </li></ul><ul><li>Extremely successful </li></ul><ul><li>British roads protests </li></ul><ul><li>Rent-a-mob/Swampy </li></ul>
  5. 5. Voluntary Human Extinction Movement <ul><li>Paul Ehrlich’s The Population Bomb </li></ul><ul><li>Zero Population Growth </li></ul><ul><li>Direct ties with Sierra Club </li></ul><ul><li>“Full-service” environmentalism </li></ul><ul><li>Source of anti-human attitude </li></ul><ul><li>Inconsistencies with pro-immigration stance glossed over </li></ul>
  6. 6. The Paradigm <ul><li>Identify your cause and the laws you want enacted (use syllogism) </li></ul><ul><li>Create an apocalyptic scenario </li></ul><ul><li>Claim there’s a threat to children </li></ul><ul><li>Don the mantle of science and decry those who disagree as anti-science </li></ul><ul><li>Create a clamor that rules out rational debate, using intimidation if necessary </li></ul><ul><li>Once your measures have been adopted, defend them ruthlessly </li></ul>
  7. 7. The Paradigm in Action: DDT <ul><li>Birds are suffering; DDT causes birds to suffer; so ban DDT locally, nationally, internationally </li></ul><ul><li>“ Silent Spring” </li></ul><ul><li>Threat of childhood leukemia </li></ul><ul><li>Silent Spring filled with pseudoscience </li></ul><ul><li>EDF, NRDC formed to push for bans </li></ul><ul><li>DDT ban still held up as exemplary despite significant evidence of significant harm </li></ul>
  8. 8. The Paradigm in Action: Global Warming <ul><li>Earth warming; fossil fuels cause earth to warm; so ban fossil fuels </li></ul><ul><li>A-Y of apocalyptic scenarios </li></ul><ul><li>All scenarios take place 50-80 years out </li></ul><ul><li>An Inconvenient Truth, IPCC, “consensus” </li></ul><ul><li>$300m ad budget for ACP </li></ul><ul><li>“ Deniers,” “Delayers,” “Climate criminals” </li></ul>

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