The other night I watched a very eerie program on HDNet. The eeriness was a report on this new, I mean old, energy that is clean and green. In fact while watching this show I was reminded continuously (by the miners) that we need to do something about global warning and this was as clean as it got.
The Cap Times had a piece on a Madison climatologist who called global warming a bunch of hooey. In all honesty I do get the same feeling about the science on global warming that I did with Bush’s Reading First and other initiatives. While Bryson does bring up some interesting criticisms I think he hits it on the head when he says,
“There is a lot of money to be made in this,” he added. “If you want to be an eminent scientist you have to have a lot of grad students and a lot of grants. You can’t get grants unless you say, ‘Oh global warming, yes, yes, carbon dioxide.'”
For the past month or so in the Nation’s Alexander Cockburn has been giving us his contrarian views on global warming. Cockburn argues along similar lines as Bryson and he points out scientists like him are the norm. Cockburn points out its the computer modelers, the beneficiaries of 2 billion dollars a year in grants, who are really pushing for global warming. Cockburn’s strength is not so much in his skepticism but where it leads us.
In fact, when it comes to corporate sponsorship of crackpot theories about why the world is getting warmer, the best documented conspiracy of interest is between the fearmongers and the nuclear industry, now largely owned by oil companies, whose prospects twenty years ago looked dark. The apex fearmongers are well aware that the only exit from the imaginary crisis they have been sponsoring is through a big door marked “nuclear power,” with a servants’ side door labeled “clean coal.”
Yes, that clean and green energy from the World Report on HD Net was all about nuclear. Every time the uranium miners would talk about nuclear power, they reminded us how serious global warming was and how uranium was our way to promise land.
I believe in global warming because of its truthiness (truth from the gut) not its truthfulness (truth from science). What’s important to take from skeptics like Bryson and Cockburn is the role of money, particularly nuclear money, in the global warming scare. As was crystal clear in watching this show, global warming is the new code word for uranium mining.
So, the next time you say global warming remember there is someone out who hears nuclear.