"De-Industrialize or Die!"
What you are about to read is an entirely novel approach to discrediting the Catastrophic Anthropogenic Global Warming (CAGW) orthodoxy of scientists, activists and media tools using radical extremist. climate change nihilist Guy (de-industrialize or die) McPherson. Who is this Guy? A former professor emeritus (now banished from academia) of conservation biology from the University of Arizona who published the "Extinction Dialogues" and "Going Dark"-controversial books of leftist, nihilistic, doomsday despair over CAGW that are nevertheless right on one very important point: that the apocalyptic, CAGW movement (to save mankind from climate collapse and extinction) has lost the "climate wars," and that we pro-industrial-capitalist "denialists" have triumphantly won.
Now just a short time ago Prof. McPherson was a relatively unknown, unremarkable mainstream climate change scientist battling (like his heroes Al Gore and ex-NASA scientist turned activist Jim Hanson) "catastrophic" man-made global warming chiefly caused (so they believe) by mankind's massive use of fossil fuels. But in the course of his researches McPherson had a revelation from hell that caused him to suffer a mental breakdown: he realized that industrial (fossil fuel burning) civilization was unstoppable; that the "unprecedented 40%" man-caused increase in heat trapping, atmospheric CO2 since the start of the "deadly Industrial Age" was the "tipping point of no return" to Armageddon; that man had crossed the terrible threshold of climate chaos and collapse and was absolutely, irreversibly headed toward extinction. Indeed, McPherson likens industrial society to a red-hot huffing puffing steam engine consuming greater and greater amounts of fossil fuel (giving off more steam, energy, heat) until it gets so explosively hot KA-BOOM! it shatters into smithereens.
Consequently, according to McPherson, the warmunist crusade of saving the world by transitioning to a green-clean energy future was pointless and lost. That the gains made in using renewables (solar, wind, hydro power, etc) were too little too late. To his horror McPherson realized with painful clarity that after 250 years the Industrial-Capitalist Revolution (the greatest wealth creating engine in history that's lifted billions out of poverty) was roaring relentlessly ahead stronger than ever-with millions of poor people in developing nations greedily, stupidly and recklessly craving its benefits and blessings without realizing the devastating consequences. And, adds McPherson, warmunists are powerless to stop it because they have nothing more productive to replace it, i.e. the Industrial-Capitalist ("killing") Machine.
Moreover, McPherson claimed that Al Gore, Jim Hanson and the heads of IPCC, NASA and NOAA secretly agreed with his depressing analysis; that all of them know the terrible truth that humanity is irrevocably doomed (with only 15-30 years left of existence) but lack the guts to say it. Needless to say, in the climate wars between "warmunists" and "deniers" McPherson became a defeatist. Realizing the superiority and invincibility of the enemy, "INDUSTRIAL CAPITALISM," and its astounding but "ruinous" achievements McPherson became a radical pessimist engulfed in nihilistic gloom with the message that all was virtually lost; that humanity's hope for survival was the immediate shutdown of industrial society and ending the use of fossil fuels. "De-industrialize or Die" was McPherson's fearlessly insane message.
Warmunists were appalled. Instead of heeding McPherson's insight that the enemy was invincibly strong his peers and students branded him a dangerous crackpot kook who completely got the science wrong. As word got out on the internet about this "kook" professor and his message of imminent doom he was roundly denounced and demonized as the enemy within-worse than the worse denialists-depressing and demoralizing the troops (undermining the cause) while they bravely battle for human survival and saving the world. But instead of shutting him up the attacks emboldened McPherson to speak out with greater force; he was a man with a mission hell-bent on spreading the truth; like Nietzsche he became an "active nihilist" making himself even more feared and hated than before. Banished from academia McPherson writes books and articles, travels abroad giving lectures and posts blogs on his website "Nature Bats Last." Needless to say McPherson is a deranged lunatic-a bat sh*t crazy Al Gore. But his lunacy is useful for demoralizing warmunists and discrediting their cause. This is what I mean.
Moderate warmunists and nihilists like McPherson agree that coal burning, gas guzzling, CO2 polluting humanity is destroying itself; but where they disagree with him on is the 40% rise in CO2 (or 400 ppms) that it's the "tipping point of no return" making our demise inevitable. But if not 40% or 400 ppms then what? How much CO2 will raise global temperatures to mass extinction levels wiping out all life on earth? 50%? 80%? 100%? More?
I relentlessly questioned warmunist bloggers on this tipping point issue and couldn't get an answer. I asked them to tell me what the great, all-knowing "consensus" of climate scientists had to say on the subject; but they didn't know. I pressed on and on hammering away telling them that "If CAGW is "settled science," as Obama, Kerry, Al Gore, Hansen and others claim, then surely there must be a settled consensus on the "tipping point." Surely the experts must know how much heat trapping CO2 the atmosphere can sustain before triggering world ending, runaway climate change" But they had nothing to say. Apparently there is no consensus on this vitally important issue. As I was to learn the "tipping point" to climate Armageddon is unknown to climatologists. No one, it seems, has figured it out. It's a mystery to be solved.
What this means is this: from the warmunist perspective Guy McPherson may be 1000% correct. That it's way too late to save the Earth and there's no scientific basis for hope. That the planet is unfixably broken and all is lost. That we've passed the midnight hour and crossed the climate threshold into certain inevitable doom. And those warmunists who are battling on trying to keep hope alive that all isn't lost and man can be saved and survive are struggling against the grim reality fearlessly faced by the nihilist and his followers: that right-wing denialists, big oil, Fox News and Anthony Watts have won. Industrial Man is irredeemable; he's the "Destroyer of Nature and Worlds" hardened in his evil ways and can't be reformed and changed.
The CAGW orthodoxy can characterize and ridicule Guy McPherson as a pessimistic extremist nut all they want. Truth is they are closer to him in heart and mind than they are willing to admit. McPherson's hopeless, defeatist "doom is upon us" nihilism, and the little more hopeful "doom has not yet come" angst of the "consensus" is a distinction without any real difference.
As the "tipping point" is unknown and McPherson may be right the only honest and logical position for warmunists to take is to suspend their judgment and say: "We hope and pray that McPherson's has it wrong, and that the war on AGW isn't lost. More research needs to be done to determine just how much anthropogenic CO2 would cause the dreaded "tipping point" and confirm or refute his depressing view."
Nevertheless, McPherson's basic insight that reduced him to total despair is absolutely correct: the progressive "dirty" industrialization of the planet and third world peoples unstoppably roars on-ignoring warmunists' END TIME fears and imaginary schemes to save mankind who isn't in peril and doing fine, and absolutely doesn't need them.
INDUSTRIAL CIVILIZATION ROARS ON