Saturday, November 21, 2009

Just... follow the money

Deep Throat: Follow the money.

Bob Woodward: What do you mean? Where?

Deep Throat: Oh, I can't tell you that.

Bob Woodward: But you could tell me that.

Deep Throat: No, I have to do this my way. You tell me what you know, and I'll confirm. I'll keep you in the right direction if I can, but that's all. Just... follow the money.

(“All the President’s Men,” an Alan J. Pakula film, 1978)

He told us how to find the truth...

If you are one of the millions who faithfully await “delivery” of this blog each day, then you already know I’ve expressed skepticism about global warming and, even more so, its proponents.

Chief among those I’ve skewered has been former Vice President/Nobel Laureate Al Gore. As previously noted at The Bliss Index, “The New York Times ran a story on how Al Gore is "poised to become the world’s first 'carbon billionaire,' profiteering from government policies he supports that would direct billions of dollars to the business ventures he has invested in."

The money man explains it all (and absolves you of your carbon a price).

And that’s my chief reason for being so skeptical about the global warming – now renamed, “Climate Change” – movement. It’s all about the money.

Let me give you some examples:

  • From a personal standpoint, I witnessed the connection between concerns over the environment and the desire to cash-in on those worries via government mandate. Several years ago, I took part in a Silicon Valley summit comprised of representatives from key companies and industries throughout the region. The first part of the conference dealt with various environmental issues. The second (more important) part featured the presence of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. During his time there, he told the executives he remained committed to protecting California’s environment. At that point, the business leaders began asking him how he could help them – “…and California businesses” – by pushing through legislation that would mandate the citizenry use their “green” products and services. It wasn’t about getting good science or finding out what would be best for the environment, it was about using the force of law to extract as much money as possible from the public.
  • The idea of “carbon trading was created for one reason only (and it's in the name): making money. Back during the Middle Ages, the Roman Catholic church earned the ire of folks like Martin Luther for selling indulgences (essentially, profiting from “clearance sales”…i.e.: profiting off the act of absolving sins). Following a time-tested method, the Climate Change profiteers have been scaring the hell out of people by scaring the fear of hell/warming into them. And as a way of making money off these fears and alleviating guilt, they have sold The New Absolution: carbon credits. Official “exchanges” have been established to handle carbon credits. They are not unlike other institutions like the New York Stock Exchange and NASDAQ…well, except for the fact that unlike those established financial trading floors, the carbon exchanges don’t actually trade anything real.
  • International climate accords – as well as the United States’ own “Low Carbon Economy Act” (LCEA) and “Cap and Trade” plan – have significant portions devoted to the redistribution of wealth (and have nothing to do with climate change, global warming or weather). Earlier this year, “one of Gore's leading scientific resources, Goddard Institute for Space Studies chief James Hansen, sent a letter to Barack and Michelle Obama specifically urging the president-elect to enact a tax on carbon emissions that would take money from higher-income Americans and distribute the proceeds to the less fortunate.” (h/t: Newsbusters) Here is a video of Hansen “advocating a green distribution of wealth scheme.” Tom DeWeese of the American Policy Center in a recent issue of his DeWeese Report observes, “It is a political movement led by those who seek to control the world economies, dictate development, and redistribute the world's wealth." (h/t: America’s Future).
  • The United Nations is involved. (Need I say more?) In March of this year, it was discovered that a “United Nations document on ‘climate change’ that will be distributed to a major environmental conclave…envisions a huge reordering of the world economy, likely involving trillions of dollars in wealth transfer, millions of job losses and gains, new taxes, industrial relocations, new tariffs and subsidies, and complicated payments for greenhouse gas abatement schemes and carbon taxes — all under the supervision of the world body.

The UN has their eyes on your prize(s)...

Now the latest wave of evidence against the “Warmers” has hit. As the New York Times reported today, Hundreds of private e-mail messages and documents hacked from a computer server at a British university are causing a stir among global warming skeptics, who say they show that climate scientists conspired to overstate the case for a human influence on climate change. The e-mail messages, attributed to prominent American and British climate researchers, include discussions of scientific data and whether it should be released, exchanges about how best to combat the arguments of skeptics, and casual comments — in some cases derisive — about specific people known for their skeptical views. Drafts of scientific papers and a photo collage that portrays climate skeptics on an ice floe were also among the hacked data, some of which dates back 13 years.

As noted skeptic James Delingpole writes in The Telegraph UK: “[Is] Climategate: the final nail in the coffin of 'Anthropogenic Global Warming'? When you read some of those files – including 1,079 emails and 72 documents – you realise just why the boffins at Hadley CRU might have preferred to keep them confidential. As Andrew Bolt puts it, this scandal could well be ‘the greatest in modern science.’ These alleged emails – supposedly exchanged by some of the most prominent scientists pushing AGW theory – suggest: Conspiracy, collusion in exaggerating warming data, possibly illegal destruction of embarrassing information, organised resistance to disclosure, manipulation of data, private admissions of flaws in their public claims and much more.”

The most damning of the hacked e-mails...

Notably, the emails also allegedly show that significant sums of money – millions and millions of dollars – bought the “findings/evidence/findings/consensus/opinions” of numerous “experts.”


"Just... follow the money..."

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