I stole this post title from Ayn Rand, but it seems appropriate to this story by James Delingpole. Apparently James Hansen, leader of NASA's GISS, which does most of its climate research, wants to turn back the clock on industrialized civilization. A new book by Keith Farnish writes:
The only way to prevent global ecological collapse and thus ensure the survival of humanity is to rid the world of Industrial Civilization.
I'm rarely afraid of stating the truth, but some truths are far harder to give than others; one of them is that people will die in huge numbers when civilization collapses. Step outside of civilization and you stand a pretty good chance of surviving the inevitable; stay inside and when the crash happens there may be nothing at all you can do to save yourself. The speed and intensity of the crash will depend an awful lot on the number of people who are caught up in it: greater numbers of people have more structural needs "“ such as food production, power generation and healthcare "“ which need to be provided by the collapsing civilization; greater numbers of people create more social tension and more opportunity for extremism and violence; greater numbers of people create more sewage, more waste, more bodies "“ all of which cause further illness and death.
I wonder what Mr. Farnish thinks the average life expectancy was before the industrial revolution, or even "civilization?" But my intention here is not to shoot fish in Mr. Farnish's barrel. What is interesting is who approached Farnish and offered, unsolicited, to blurb his book: James Hansen. Here is Hansen's endorsement:
Keith Farnish has it right: time has practically run out, and the 'system' is the problem. Governments are under the thumb of fossil fuel special interests "“ they will not look after our and the planet's well-being until we force them to do so, and that is going to require enormous effort.
Does anyone believe that a person who believes this wouldn't misrepresent the science or fudge his temperature metrics to support his cause. If he expects civilization to crash, why do we expect him to operate by the rules of civilized society?