Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Welcome to the 5th & final stage of AGW hysteria

Quoting page 8 of
“In Denial - The meltdown of the climate campaign”:
“[Anthony] Downs laid out a five-stage cycle through which political issues of all kinds typically pass.”
The 5 stages are described as
(I inserted the links):
1) A group of experts and interest groups begin promoting [or fabricating] a problem or crisis.

2) Stage one is soon followed by the alarmed discovery of the problem by the news media and broader political class.

3) There comes “a gradually spreading realization that the cost of ‘solving’ the [alleged] problem is very high indeed.”

4) A gradual decline in the intensity of public interest in the problem.

5) “In the final [post-problem] stage,” Downs concluded, “an issue that has been replaced at the center of public concern moves into a prolonged limbo—a twilight realm of lesser attention or spasmodic recurrences of interest.”
“In Denial - The meltdown of the climate campaign”
then concludes:
“The death rattle of the climate campaign will be deafening. It has too much political momentum and fanatical devotion to go quietly. The climate campaigners have been fond of warning of catastrophic ‘tipping points’ for years. Well, a tipping point has indeed arrived—just not the one the climate campaigners expected.

The lingering question is whether the collapse of the climate campaign is also a sign of a broader collapse in public enthusiasm for environmentalism in general. Ted Nordhaus and Michael Shellenberger, two of the more thoughtful and independent-minded figures in the environmental movement, have been warning their green friends that the public has reached the point of ‘apocalypse fatigue.’ They’ve been met with denunciations from the climate campaign enforcers for their heresy. The climate campaign has no idea that it is on the cusp of becoming as ludicrous and forlorn as the World -Esperanto Association.”
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