Climate Alarmism Takes Off in a New Direction

June 9, 2010 04:10

H.L. Mencken answered it best when he said, “The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.”

By F. Swemson at American Thinker

NASA has just voiced its concern over the threat that our modern technological society is now facing from “solar storms.”

Now it’s true of course, that our society has become quite dependent on new technology, such as satellite communications and GPS mapping, that is vulnerable to the effects of major solar storms, but NASA seems to be a bit too worried about how big the threat really is. Fortunately for us, legitimate climate scientists believe the next solar “maximum,” which is due in four to five years, is not expected to be anything unusual. In any event, while major solar storms could screw things up pretty well for a while, they’re not potentially fatal to mankind, as the AGW alarmists claim that global warming is.

According to my friend Dr. Ed Berry of, there’s a good reason why NASA is making a big deal out of it. It’s called “Grantsmanship.” If they can convince Congress that this is a serious threat, which they’re obviously best-positioned to research and plan for, then there’s a chance that they can get Congress to increase their funding. There’s a good deal of exaggeration here, of course, as the “super maximum solar flare” that they’re talking about, while possible, is no more likely to occur within the next few years than a hundred-year flood.

But it is possible, of course. So it doesn’t seem at all unreasonable for them to want more funding so that they can enhance their forecasting capabilities, which have already come a long way, thanks to our existing satellites.

There’s another aspect to this story, however, that might be more interesting for us to consider right now, as it may help us to understand how the global warming hoax arose. While NASA is talking about the issue, they’re doing so in a relatively calm and reasonable manner. We can see this from the title of their latest release on the subject:

NASA: “As the Sun Awakens, NASA Keeps a Wary Eye on Space Weather”

Within 48 hours, however, as the media began to report on the story, it quickly began to morph into another pending apocalypse:

Washington Post: “Do Solar Storms Threaten Life as We Know It?”


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