The Tide Is Turning
I've been predicting for a while now that in the fullness of time--meaning 15 or 20 years down the road from now--climate change would come to resemble the population bomb of the late 1960s: a real phenomenon whose extent was vastly overestimated, and whose proposed coercive political remedies were completely wrongheaded and disproportionate to the matter. One signpost along the way is that the media would grow bored with the subject. When was the last time you saw a "population bomb" cover on one of the major news magazines? Probably about the time of Michael Jackson's last hit record.
That's what makes this BBC story, "What Happened to Global Warming
?", an important signpost of the turn I expect will become more pronounced (especially if more baseball playoff games keep getting snowed out). This story is significant because the BBC has been more in the bag for climate alarmism than practically any other media organization (though the competition for that is fierce, I admit). Eventually I expect the media will grow increasingly bored with climate alarmism, and start passing up the breathy press releases from the climate campaigners. In political terms, there is now a race on to see whether our global political class can gain a stranglehold over the energy sector before the already minimal public support for this policy nonsense collapses completely.
2:34 PM / October 11, 2009