Saturday, December 12, 2009
Inside the Minds of the Climate Change Deniers
I didn't think the Blogging Tories could surprise me. They're usually so predictable. But I must admit I've been stunned by the number of kooky climate change deniers coming out of the wood work.
Bursting out like a swarm of cicadas, and humming sympathetically.
Or just pathetically.
So what?? Big deal.. All the scientists of the day said the sun revolved around the earth , except for one guy. He was right, the rest of them were dead WRONG!!!!
Because 1,700 scientists can't be right, but he's Galileo. Huh?
And they're not just buzzing around here, they're everywhere.
Which has left me trying to come up with a reasonable explanation for this bizarre group behaviour.
Just like Jennifer does here.
Those employed or funded by the oil and coal industry, or companies whose profit margins would be hurt by action on climate change, all have rational reasons to sow the seeds of doubt - just as Big Tobacco had sound financial reasons for insisting that their product didn't really kill people. It's despicable, but it's logical.
What I still don't fully understand are the motivations of the seemingly ordinary Canadians and Americans who spend their days screeching online about Climategate and solar flares and how pleasant Canada will be when we can grow bananas here. I'm fairly certain they don't all work of ExxonMobil. But I could be wrong.
Now I must admit that for a long time I believed that climate change deniers were the unfortunate victims of poor toilet training. The kind of people who pooped their nappies, but were too afraid to admit the obvious. No matter how stinky it was.
No I didn't. Yes you did. No I didn't.
Because after all irrational fear is what defines Conservatives.
People who were conservative at age 23 had been described by their teachers as easily victimized, easily offended, indecisive, fearful, rigid, inhibited, and vulnerable at age 3. The reason for the difference, the Blocks hypothesized, was that insecure kids most needed the reassurance of tradition and authority, and they found it in conservative politics.
But now I realize it's even more frightening and complicated.
Climate change is disturbing. It’s something we don’t want to think about. So what we do in our everyday lives is create a world where it’s not there, and keep it distant...
If I don’t want to believe that climate change is true, that my lifestyle and high carbon emissions are causing devastation, then it’s convenient to say that it doesn’t.
So we don’t want to believe climate change is happening, feel guilty that it is, and don’t know what to do about it? So we pretend it’s not a problem?
OMG. Not only are these trembling totalitarians breathtakingly ignorant, they're also dangerously delusional.
The good news?
Because they can't help themselves, the Cons are defining themselves as climate change deniers. The issue will marginalize them. Make them look like weirdos or deranged conspiracy theorists.
And the more the heat rises, the more they'll MELT.
Kowabunga. How ironic eh? They set out to torch the planet. And they torched themselves instead.
Woohoo !!!!!! Gimme my fireman's party hat !!!!
The Con cicadas are humming.
But their house is burning down...