Man-made Global Warming (AGW) is Real: Men Really Created It
By Dr. Tim Ball
Man-made global warming is real, because it was humans who created the idea and proved, independent of nature, that human activity was the cause. It is a real idea; it is not real in fact. It is in the same context as Goethe’s comment that “The unnatural, that too is natural.” Proponents of the idea believe it’s real, because they created an imaginary world called a computer model. It proved the idea was real, because they claimed the model represented the real world. Naturally, in this unreal real world, the science is settled, the debate is over. Nowhere is this more narrowly defined and vigorously promoted as real than in government and our schools.
Marshall McLuhan, philosopher of communication theory, created several important phrases and ideas that represent how we see the world. He identified the “global village” in his book, The Gutenberg Galaxy. The analogy has important applications, such as the fact that people living in the village think they know what is going on, but they don’t. In any village, the most destructive people are the gossips. They deliberately spread falsehoods that destroy people’s reputations and lives. The mainstream media are the gossips in the global village.
A second perceptive McLuhan phrase is that ”the medium is the message”. I learned what this meant for environmentalism and climate when asked to provide stories and examples for TV programs. At least half the ideas were rejected because, “they don’t lend themselves to television.” The medium was determining the message. The problem of imaging industrial pollution has long been discussed among skeptics because it usually devolves to showing a smokestack. Nowadays, the only thing emanating from most stacks is water vapor, made visible through condensation.
The most successful use of the media to determine the message was Gore’s movie, An Inconvenient Truth. UK judge, Justice Burton, ruled on the charge by a parent that the movie did not meet provisions of sections 406 and 407 of the 1996 Education Act. This reads,
“406. The local education authority, governing body and head teachers shall forbid … the promotion of partisan political views in the teaching of any subject in the school.
407. The local education authority, governing body and head teacher shall take such steps as are reasonably practicable to secure that where political issues are brought to the attention of pupils while they are (a) in attendance at a maintained school, or (b) taking part in extra-curricular activities which are provided or organised for registered pupils at the school by or on behalf of the school they are offered a balanced presentation of opposing views.”
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