by Peter Glover and Michael J. Economides
For at least a decade, intimately connected with energy use, have been claims on climate change.
Professor Richard Lindzen, arguably the world’s most renowned climate scientist, describes our understanding of the science of climate as “primitive”. Yet many in the media persist in treating alarmist ‘climate experts’ as ‘all-knowing’. But then the same media have a long history of taking up ‘end is nigh’ scaremongering. It’s good for ratings. We have had a litany of warnings that ‘billions could die’ when AIDS, Avian flu, SARS, Ebola, mad cow disease, the millennium bug - the list is endless - hit the headlines. When they didn’t of course, media alarmists shrugged, claimed they ‘simply report the facts’ and moved on to warn about the next looming disaster.
Since man set foot on the earth however, nothing has quite gripped the angst-ridden imagination like the weather gods visiting their fury at human behaviour and life, so much connected with the use of fossil fuel energy. Media editors know this. Where once we banished such ‘end is nigh’ eccentrics to the limits of society, today, they are feted for spinning prediction as science and conducting publicly-funded research to “save the planet.” Their messages are aided by apocalyptic video game scenarios passing for media news reports.