Saturday, December 29, 2007
Across The Great Carbon Divide
The metro elite spends loads of our money on propaganda telling us to reduce our "carbon footprint" (eg see this blog on the entirely useless £103m pa Carbon Trust). But despite all the money, and despite 24/7 propaganda from the BBC and the rest of the lib media, they have never convinced voting taxpayers.
As if to underline this, Defra recently paid YouGov even more money to probe how all that scare propaganda is being received out in the real world.
It turns out to have been an abject failure: when asked about their New Year's resolution, 38% said "to lose weight", 31% to "get fit", but only 15% "to reduce my carbon footprint" (and remember, being an opinion poll, these answers weren't even what respondents really thought, but rather what they thought would be well received by the questioner).
Which is all a great result for common sense, and a terrible result for the commissars.
The fact is that we have never had an open and honest public debate about climate change. For all the usual reasons, our Big Government elite grabbed at an idea which demands yet more government intervention in our lives, well before anyone understood the science or the economics. And with one or two notable exceptions, all we've had since then is one-sided propaganda.
It has certainly spawned a massive new tax-funded industry: ten thousand politicos, bureaucrats and eco correspondents attended the recent Bali bunfight. All dedicated to repeating the same apocalyptic message of DOOM and TINA.
Yet whatever the BBC and the rest of them may have decided about the "consensus" case being proven, and however much propaganda we're fed, it seems we peasants need to see some actual evidence.
After all, most of us moved on from primitive earth worship a millenium or two ago.