Letters to the Editor

Eco-alarm leads to financial gain

Desperation is starting to set in among the arrogant elitists who have been attempting to con the American people into accepting the theory of man-made climate change. They know that we are on to the game of deception in which they have been engaged. In recent articles by Dan Abel and Ian McLaren, the authors are upset that people are not buying the snake oil they are selling. I cannot understand why they are so surprised.

Because scientists (and some members of the media) have been dishonest and sloppy with their research for so many years, the public is beginning to see them for what they really are - extremists, alarmists, and political activists. I cry when I think about the direction in which my chosen profession has turned.

The alarmists have co-opted science for financial gain and quickly jump from one "crisis" to another as soon as the well runs dry. Do you remember reading about how the end of humanity was because of overpopulation, killer bees, swine flu, ozone holes, SARS, mad cow disease, nuclear winters, bird flu, AIDS, genetically modified foods, low sperm counts, and toxic tampons? It makes you wonder - what's next?

Bret Stephens nailed it in his Wall Street Journal article on April 6, when he wrote this: "This world is now several decades into the era of environmental panic. The subject of the panic changes every few years, but the basic ingredients tend to be fairly constant. A trend, a hypothesis, an invention or a discovery disturbs the sense of global equilibrium. Often the agent of distress is undetectable to the senses, like a malign spirit. A villain - invariably corporate and right wing - is identified.

"Then money begins to flow toward grant-seeking institutions and bureaucracies, which have an interest in raising the level of alarm. Environmentalists counsel their version of virtue, typically some totalitarian demands on the pattern of human behavior. Politicians assemble expert panels and propose sweeping and expensive legislation. Eventually, the problem vanishes. Few people stop to consider that perhaps it wasn't such a crisis in the first place."

Stephens went on to propose that we have a contest to invent the next panic. Perhaps The Sun News would care to do this in the Myrtle Beach area. We could make the prize a seafood buffet at your favorite restaurant.

The writer is a retired earth sciences teacher and lives in Myrtle Beach.