Environmental activism for the sake of controlling the globe’s productive population is a mental disease in itself.
The global warming alarmists have become so desperate in light of ever-increasing numbers of skeptics that they are trying to tie everything to global warming. Take for instance the Congressional Report Service paper prepared specifically to inform members and committees of Congress (“SEC Climate Change Disclosure Guidance: An Overview and Congressional Concerns,” Gary Shorter, May 24, 2012)
The Securities and Exchange Commission published a document, describing how publicly traded companies should apply existing disclosure rules to the risk that climate change developments may have on their businesses. (“Commission Guidance Regarding Disclosure Related to Climate Change,” January 27, 2010)
In response to this resource-wasteful guidance, Senator John Barrasso and Representative Bill Posey of the 112th Congress introduced similar bills, S. 1393 and H.R. 2603, prohibiting the enforcement of the SEC’s climate change disclosure guidance.
Companies had no experience in the so-called risks associated with climate change, there is no tangible actual or potential reputational harm from climate change, and the whole process is highly speculative.
The most egregious stretch of manufactured global warming effects is a 55-page report published in February 2012 by the National Wildlife Federation titled, “The Psychological Effects of Global Warming on the United States: And Why the U.S. Mental Health Care System is Not Adequately Prepared.”
Prepared by a forensic psychiatrist and an attorney who adapted in 2006 Al Gore’s book and film, “An Inconvenient Truth,” into a training course curriculum, the lengthy psychobabble, a “national forum and research report,” chastises Americans for “the adolescent-like disregard for the dangers we are warned of, driving green house gases up with only casual concern.”
We are asked, “To find a place in our hearts that mobilizes us to fly into action, forewarned, determined, and relentless.” We are probed with very childish questions, “what would the rest of the world think of us,” “where will we be safe,” “how will we feel about ourselves?”
Rational adults do not care what the rest of the world thinks. Americans feel safe unless environmentalists who treat us like children want to alter our lives fundamentally in the image of their worldview. We feel quite good about ourselves, although lately our egos have taken a beating, given the state of economic despair and purposeful destruction around us wrought by Congress who acts against “we the people” and by this Marxist administration.
The report is calling on “mental health professionals to focus on this, the social justice issue of all times.” The twenty-four college professors, lawyers, doctors, and lobbyists who took part in the forum when this document was distributed represented medical colleges of psychiatry, the CDC, environmental NGOs, climate change lobbyists, and proponents of the UN Agenda 21 Convention on Biodiversity.
The doomsday scenarios described in this document include many frightening and preposterous statements that have no backing in fact or science. Presented with a veneer of truth, supposed global warming effects on the psyche of the United States are presented as consensus opinion of people affiliated with environmental groups and universities. Consensus statements by public figures with an agenda are not facts.
The National Forum and Research Report is divided into an executive summary, six chapters, and a conclusion. (February 2012)
The Executive Summary concentrates on “Climate change lessons from the severe weather of summer 2011.” Violent weather is blamed on global warming instead of focusing on the fact that violent weather existed long before man’s industrial revolution.
The entire report ignores the fact that we have a much larger population today, almost 7 billion people in the path of harm in case of violent weather, we are more aware of occurring disasters, and we are almost instantly informed with a click of a button, as the news of any climactic event travels fast via Internet.
“Global warming…in the coming years… will foster public trauma, depression, violence, alienation, suicide, psychotic episodes, post-traumatic stress disorders and many other mental health-related conditions.” (p. i)
“The U.S. mental health care system is only minimally prepared to address the effects of global climate change-related disasters and incidents.” (p. ii)
The writers are stretching the exploratory relationships between supposed global warming trends in climate and the state of the American public mental health. “An estimated 200 million Americans will be exposed to serious psychological distress from climate related events and incidents.” (p. v) “Some 50 million elderly people, and America’s 35 million low-income people will suffer a disproportionate amount of physical and psychological stress.” (p. vi) By what scientific method have they ascertained these findings?
On pages v and xi, suggesting that “anxieties could increase with continuous and frequent media reports on the subject,” (translation - ad nauseam reporting of one event on every alphabet soup channel for days on end), the Executive Summary recommends that “mental health practitioners, first responders and primary care professionals should have comprehensive plans and guidelines for climate change.”
People have problems finding doctors to treat them for actual ailments, have no insurance, cannot afford insurance anymore because of the expensive and choice-robbing of Obamacare, and now professionals in the mental health community are urged to “shape the best language” to allow environmentalists to control people based on non-existent climate change illnesses?
“Ramping up and sustaining pressure on public officials is imperative.” (p. xiii)
Chapter 1 laments the fact that public policy leaders are not implementing legislative proposals to” reduce gas emissions enough to restore balance to our world and avoid long term environmental damage.” (p. 3) Climate stability is so precarious, they say, that human stability and physical changes are “unprecedented in all of history.” (p. 2)
Chapter 2 uses hurricane Katrina, one of thousands of hurricanes in our collective history, as an example of the manufactured word “solastalgia”…a “palpable sense of dislocation and loss that people feel when they perceive changes in their local environment as harmful.” (p. 7)
I must be feeling “solastalgic” every day then as environmentalists are pushing UN Agenda 21 undesirable and property-robbing changes on our society without our approval.
The authors of the report, citing that 39 percent of Katrina evacuees experienced moderate PTSD, stated that “people suffer more from disasters that are “man made” than they do from natural disasters. How do they know?
I have PTSD every time I see communism around me (“man made” disaster) and I have experienced PTSD after a devastating earthquake (natural disaster). I cannot honestly discern which one is affecting or has affected me more. To answer such a question would be my opinion, my perception, which is neither scientific nor a fact.
“Climate change is already having an impact on biodiversity,...loss of Arctic sea ice threatens biodiversity across an entire biome and beyond.” (Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity, Outlook 3, May 2010)
I imagine that such bombastic statements have a frightening effect on ignorant and vulnerable adults and children who look up to authority for answers.
Chapter 3 discusses “traumatic global warming events” on vulnerable populations such as mentally ill, or the existence of epidemic levels of asthma among pre-school children. (p. 17)
Chapter 4 stretches global warming to unbelievable limits by connecting it to the stresses of war.
“As the U.S. military looks ahead to the likely causes of war in the next 30 years…global warming is front and center.” (p. 20)
Citing Army statistics that 20 out of 100,000 soldiers have killed themselves, the report attributes war, strife, social injustice, and suicide rates to global warming caused by the rich.
Redistribution of wealth will be necessary in order to avert the unleashing of global warming and the destruction of 30 percent of species and of humanity itself.
“The most profound danger to world peace in the coming years will stem not from the irrational acts of states or individuals but from the legitimate demands of the world’s dispossessed. Of these poor and disenfranchised, the majority live a marginal existence in equatorial climates. Global warming, not of their making but originating with the wealthy few, will affect their fragile ecologies most. Their situation will be desperate and manifestly unjust.” (p. 22)
Chapter 5 predicts nationwide anxiety. Dr. Eric Chivian “stated that the destructive potential of global warming is, in many ways, “greater than what we faced with nuclear war.”(p. 27)
The authors suggest that a green economy could fix everything for the common good, “would provide opportunities for struggling American workers and some stalled or outmoded enterprises dependent on older industries and burning fossil fuels.” (p. 28)
Hapless Americans should not worry though, “the discipline of psychology can be used to uncover what the barriers are to reducing our carbon footprint and adopting a green lifestyle.” (p. 31). The nanny control state will take care of everyone and everything. All you have to do is relinquish your freedom completely.
Chapter 6 addresses the high cost of ignoring mental health and climate change. “The American Journal of Psychiatry estimates that mental illness results in lost earnings of $193.2 billion per year.”(p. 35) How do lost earnings from mental illness connect to global warming? How is a person “grievously hurt by global warming?” I think liberals and environmentalists have the answer already figured out.
I do not know about you but I need to take something for my headache before a much-deserved Realityville break in order to restore my sanity. Environmental activism for the sake of controlling the globe’s productive population is a mental disease in itself.
Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh, ( Romanian Conservative
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