February 21, 2020 | David F. Coppedge

Unaccountable Fear-mongering Must Stop

Some activist scientists make predictions they could never prove, scaring the public. They must be held accountable.

Scientists are not prognosticators; they are demonstrators. Some of them make claims that cannot be demonstrated, because by the time results are available, they will be long dead. Their fear-mongering statements are making people worry and suffer for no good scientific reason. The following examples regard climate change, but Darwinists have a long record of committing the same fallacy. Bill Nye, for instance, has often claimed that if we don’t teach enough evolution (D.O.P.E.), our country will fall behind in scientific achievement. That’s an impossible thing to prove by cause and effect, but he gets away with it in the media.

Climate change and pollution could eliminate nearly all coral reefs by end of century (Fox News Science). Reporter Chris Ciaccia blindly trusts the ‘experts’ at the University of Hawaii, echoing their fearmongering uncritically. Of course, they and he will be long gone by 2100, not having to face somebody pointing the finger at them and saying, “You were wrong!” Get this: “By 2100, it’s looking quite grim,” said University of Hawaii Manoa biogeographer Renee Setter in a statement.” Science is not about statements. It’s about evidence.

Study: One-Third of Plant and Animal Species Could be Gone in 50 Years (University of Arizona). Forget corals; now it’s a third of the species on the planet in just 50 years! (Here comes another ‘study’ – prepare to be hoodwinked.) Where will you be in 2070? Probably dead or in a hospice somewhere unless you are under 35. This kind of headline could never be proved; it serves no purpose other than to scare people into following Greta off the cliff into despair and anger, so that they will vote for socialist globalist leaders who will tilt at the windmills of climate change, forcing draconian do-nothing feel-good programs on the public. Such prognosticators have a way of escape other than death, too; if nothing happens, they can thank the globalists who took drastic measures to prevent the catastrophe, even if nothing was going to happen no matter what people did.

Climate change could destroy half of Earth’s animal and plant species in the next 50 years, disturbing study says (Fox News Science). Wow! This rendition by Chris Ciaccia ups the scare stats to 50% by focusing on this quote from John J. Wiens, an ‘expert’ who will be dead by then, or perhaps drawing a safe pension.

If we stick to the Paris Agreement to combat climate change, we may lose fewer than two out of every 10 plant and animal species on Earth by 2070. But if humans cause larger temperature increases, we could lose more than a third or even half of all animal and plant species, based on our results.

New climate model projects major impact on coral, important fish habitats (Phys.org). Altering the conclusions of the other scaremongers about corals, scientists at the University of the Azores puts their chips on the year 2070 instead of the year 2100.

Goof and Consequences

These fearmongering experts are not just scaring people; they are making children, adults and businesses go out of their way unnecessarily to please the prognosticators.

World failing to provide children with a healthy life and a climate fit for their future: WHO-UNICEF-Lancet (Medical Xpress). A spoonful of sugar makes the medicine go down. Likewise, lumping climate scares in with other well-known scares nudges the peasants to cooperate with global values. This scare piece says, “the health and future of every child and adolescent worldwide is under immediate threat from ecological degradation, climate change and exploitative marketing practices that push fast food, sugary drinks, alcohol and tobacco at children.” This smorgasbord of causality permits the prognosticators to pick the one that matches future results. If it wasn’t climate change, it was sugary drinks.

Why tourism’s future lies in its past (Phys.org). The prognosticating experts at Victoria University of Wellington actually use the analogy of a ‘crystal ball’ to describe their scientific work.

Climate change and carbon footprints, political unrest, global epidemics—what does it all mean for the future of tourism?

While the crystal ball is murky, futurologist Associate Professor Ian Yeoman from Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington’s School of Management has some ideas about how the sector may change in the coming decades.

Dim the lights. Turn on the black light. Cue the spooky music. Make a ‘statement.’ When the lights come on and nothing has happened years later, will you be able to find the fortune tellers? What on earth is a ‘futurologist’ doing in a science news website?

Citizen scientists discover a new snail, name it after Greta Thunberg (Phys.org). In a way, this is funny. But they’re not intending to imply that the ignorant crybaby is a slimy, slow-witted bottom-feeder. They want to honor her.

Having conducted a vote on how to name the species, the expedition participants and the local staff of the National Park together decided to name the mollusc Craspedotropis gretathunbergae. The species name honours the young Swedish activist Greta Thunberg for her efforts to raise awareness about climate change.

Now taking sign-ups for the Children’s Crusade. Embrace the futility!

Though we cannot wait to see whose predictions will come to pass, we can learn from history. In 1968, Paul Ehrlich predicted a “population bomb” that would lead to the death of millions by starvation. He was wrong (see Dr Jerry Bergman’s account, 26 April 2019). For a list of other failed apocalyptic predictions over the past 50 years, see this link. But we learn from history that we do not learn from history, and those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it.

Ecclesiastes 1:8-10 (Solomon)
8 All things are full of weariness;
    a man cannot utter it;
the eye is not satisfied with seeing,
    nor the ear filled with hearing.
9 What has been is what will be,
    and what has been done is what will be done,
    and there is nothing new under the sun.
10 Is there a thing of which it is said,
    “See, this is new”?
It has been already
    in the ages before us.

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