Climate alarmists change vocabulary for losing argument
In a season of rebranding, the White House has thrown the old "global warming" bugaboo under the bus in favor of a new propaganda campaign against so-called "global climate disruption." White House science adviser John P. Holdren, who has been promoting this term since at least 2007, calls "global warming" a "dangerous misnomer" that "implies something gradual, uniform and benign." According to his alarmist school, the world is facing a danger that is complex, chaotic and coming on fast.
Climate alarmists previously attempted to rebrand their pet peeve as "global climate change," but that term wasn't frightening enough to motivate an increasingly skeptical public. It also doesn't mesh with other Obama administration messaging; it's hard to take a stand against "change" when that word has been branded as one of the pillars of the Obama mystique.
Scary-sounding "disruption" is a much better propaganda tool than "warming" because warming can be quantified easily and thus disproved. The climate-change cult has had a difficult time the past decade or so as carbon emissions continued to rise but temperatures began to fall. They made many rhetorical attempts to salvage the situation, such as denying the decline, saying temperatures would rise later and making the classic nonsensical argument that global warming causes global cooling.
By contrast, "disruption" is vague and can be applied to just about anything that would - under other circumstances - simply be called "the weather." A tornado near New York City? Disruption. Massive blizzards hitting Washington D.C.? More disruption. A milder-than-usual summer? Yes, even that is disruption. Armed with this term, the climate Chicken Littles can point to whatever they want without fear of contradiction.
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