The public promotion of the “man-made global warming” theory has obviously been extremely political and ideological, not based on genuine rational science. Scare tactics, fraudulent scientific studies, along with exaggerated, biased and blatantly false news reports are all used as substitutes for real scientific evidence, and all indicate political agendas behind the AGW movement that are about issues other than “saving the world from catastrophic global warming”. However, it is not easy to clearly identify what these political agendas are.
The man-made global warming movement has always been mostly a British-American movement. Although some scientists had been investigating the phenomenon of greenhouse gases from as far back as 100 years ago or even earlier, the theory of man-made global warming did not achieve any real political traction until the late 1970’s.
It seems that there are several inter-linked political agendas behind the AGW movement, all leading back to the financial elites (the private investment bankers) of “The City of London” as well as Wall Street in the U.S. and related financial centres in Europe. The social ideology, which is really the political ideology of these people is expressed in the statements that come out of The Club of Rome, a conservative “think tank” or discussion group. Related to all this, but usually mentioned in understated tones, has been a push to privatize the nuclear power stations in Britain and to greatly expand the nuclear power industry.
The notes here are just an introduction to what I and many other people feel are the various interconnected strands of the political agenda that is really behind the fraudulent science of “man-made global warming”. In order to fully understand the political agenda, you will need to do your own further research on the topics mentioned below.
The Late 1960’s & Mid-1970’s
Environmental Pressure Groups Emerge in the Late 1960’s
The late 1960’s and early 1970’s saw the rise of environmental activist groups such as Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth. These groups were concerned about such issues as conservation of natural resources, the protection of wildlife, and pollution and were usually very much anti-nuclear power. Many (but not all) of the activists in these movements were also quite leftist and anti-establishment with the result that they were also active in other social movements of the time such as the anti-Vietnam War movement, anti-militarism and anti-imperialism in general, the struggle to gain equal rights for blacks in the U.S., and feminism.
These movements gained quite a lot of popular support and sympathy in society. As a result of these successes, it is well know that certain people or groups were worried about a possible mass ideological shift of the populations of the West towards the left, i.e., towards various degrees of socialism.
The Formation of the Club of Rome, 1968
The formation of the Club of Rome in 1968 seems to have been, at least in part, an attempt to co-opt the environmental movement of the 1960’s so that environmental activism would become “business friendly”, including friendly to the nuclear industry, and not in opposition to the established political power structures, as leftists are. And this attempt has largely been successful! Today, the traditional issues of environmental activism have more or less been pushed to the background in favour of just one issue – reducing mankind’s production of CO2 and imposing worldwide “carbon taxes”. However, even though the anti-nuclear power stance of the environmental activists has been softened by their antipathy towards the use of coal, a strong anti-nuclear sentiment still exists among most of these activists.
The Club of Rome is a conservative “think tank”, an organization that is composed of some of the world’s financial and political elites, including some European royalty and several former national leaders. The majority of members are wealthy business people, academics, activists, scientists, economists, former or current United Nations office-holders, and former of current government officials from various nations, all of whom hold leadership or influential positions in society. Many of these people are “careerists” who seek to improve their own position in life simply by aligning themselves with whoever holds power.
The Club of Rome is strongly in favor of global governance and the manipulation of society in order to achieve what they perceive as needed global social changes. Although many of their plans for change seem to be socially desirable and “humanitarian” on the surface, it is notable that these changes, if they come about, will further entrench in power those groups who currently hold power. [If you do an internet search for “global governance”, you might be surprised to see how much this term is being used nowadays, especially in relation to the United Nations.]
The ideology that is behind most of the quotes above at Mixing Climate Change with the Problem of Sustainable Development has its origin in the Club of Rome. In fact, many of the people quoted in that list are members of the Club of Rome (or were, before they died). It seems very likely that it was the Club of Rome’s early interest in the environment in general, as a tool for gaining global political control, that eventually grew into the theory of “man-made global warming” in the mid to late 1970’s.
One aim of the Club of Rome is to give the political/financial elites of the Western world a rationale for instituting depopulation measures, especially in the poor countries of the world but not limited to those countries. This is based on the fraudulent and simplistic claim that the world is warming because, “too many people are using too much stuff”. The depopulation ideology (see here), which is a sub-section of the global governance plan, is closely related to (but is not exactly the same as) the ideology called, “eugenics”. There is a lot of good sense in controlling the world’s population but some of the proposed methods for achieving this are disturbing. For example, forms of genocide are being proposed, where “genocide” means the killing of large numbers of certain populations by the spread of viruses, (not necessarily all of these populations). Ironically, it has been proven that the two best ways to reduce population growth are to, a) teach girls to read and, b) develop economically. All of the most economically advanced parts of the world, such as Europe, Japan and North America are experiencing almost zero population growth among their non-immigrant populations.
Another aim of the Club of Rome, in line with a “low carbon lifestyle”, is to limit economic development in the developing world, such as in Africa. These poor parts of the world will find it virtually impossible to develop economically if they are not allowed to build coal-burning power stations. The main reason they want to limit the development of these under-developed countries is that, as nations become more developed, they will use more of the world’s oil and other scarce natural resources, thereby reducing what will be available for the rich developed world. As well as that, it is much easier to politically and financially control (by way of debt) poor nations than wealthy nations. Control of Africa’s rich natural resources, primarily mineral resources, has always been important for the wealth of the financial elites of the ‘developed’ world.
Overall, we see that the ideology of the Club of Rome is the ideology of the political and especially the financial elites of Western society. This ideology is really just a continuation of the ideology of the elites of the 19th and early 20th century, especially in Britain, which was strongly based on eugenics theory. They look down on the bulk of humanity as if we were nothing more than cattle (or, “useless eaters”) and they believe that their political, and especially their financial power gives them the right to decide, in fact to dictate, humanity’s future. In fact, they believe (and have stated that) their position in society, especially their wealth, gives them not just superior wisdom but is even an indication of “superior intelligence”. As such, they believe they are the “natural leaders” of humanity. Human society really hasn’t made as much progress since the days of feudalism as we’d like to believe.
Although this outline of the political background to the man-made global warming movement is being written in chronological order, it is instructive to look at the The 1992 Club of Rome report called, “The First Global Revolution”, which includes the following:
“In searching for a new enemy to unite us, we came up with the idea that pollution, the threat of global
warming, water shortages, famine and the like would fit the bill. All these dangers are caused by human intervention, and it is only through
changed attitudes and behavior that they can be overcome. The real enemy then, is humanity itself.” (Page 75)
Previous to that statement, the authors had been lamenting the difficulty of finding an ideology that they could use to unify the people of the world in order to bring about the great social and political changes to the whole world that they want to achieve. The words, “fit the bill” obviously implies that the authors felt that the threat of global warming was more an excuse, or a tool to be used to unify people by the use of fear, rather than a genuine threat itself.
A copy of this report can be downloaded from http://archive.org/details/TheFirstGlobalRevolution or http://www.geoengineeringwatch.org/documents/TheFirstGlobalRevolution_text.pdf. [Suspiciously, that copy has many “missing pages” and it seems that all copies that are available on the internet are the same. But the quotation above still exists on Page 75.]
The website for the Club of Rome is http://www.clubofrome.org/.
[It seems that many known former members who are still alive are not currently listed on the website as members. This is probably because some members relinquish their membership in order to allow others to join, since membership is restricted to 100 individuals at any one time.]
Club of Rome proponents in action – http://www.reversethefuture.org/discussions/
The “Coming Ice Age” Scare Campaign of the 1970’s
In the 1970’s many apocalyptic reports appeared in the U.S. and British media warning of a devastating coming new ice age. This was in response to the 35 years of continuous global cooling that occurred between 1940 and 1975. (See here on Page 2.)
On this page you can see a list of just some examples of this media campaign. Notably, this list begins in 1969, the year after the Club of Rome was formed.
This campaign had so many striking similarities to the current AGW promotion campaign of the recent three decades that it cannot have been a co-incidence. Notably, some scientists were suggesting that man-made pollution was partially to blame for the coming ice age.
Connections with the Nuclear Power Industry
It seems that, for various reasons, the financial elites are very interested in greatly expanding the nuclear power industry and, in the case of Britain, privatizing the nuclear power companies. However, there is one major problem — coal-fired power stations are more economical to run than nuclear power stations. The only way that nuclear power stations can be made economically viable is to make the use of coal more expensive. A carbon tax would do that.
In Britain – Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher (1979–1990)
It is well-known that Margaret Thatcher was a great promoter in Britain, and worldwide, of the theory of man-made global warming. In fact, it was Margaret Thatcher who more or less “got the ball rolling” with her strong government promotion of “scientific” backing for this theory. She was also a strong proponent of expanding the nuclear power industry.
Thatcher Speech to the Royal Society (1988) – http://www.margaretthatcher.org/speeches/displaydocument.asp?docid=107346
Thatcher Speech to United Nations General Assembly (Global Environment), 1989 – http://www.margaretthatcher.org/document/107817 (Search the page, using the word “nuclear”, for her comments about nuclear power.)
Thatcher Speech at 2nd World Climate Conference (1990) – http://www.margaretthatcher.org/document/108237
In the U.S.A.
In the U.S., the Three Mile Island nuclear power station accident of March 28, 1979 was obviously seen as a potential threat to the future viability of the nuclear power industry. This was followed shortly afterwards by a report issued by the U.S. government organization called Jason, “The Long Term Impact of Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide on Climate, JSR-78-07, April 1979” and “The Charney Report”, Report of an Ad Hoc Study Group on Carbon Dioxide and Climate, Woods Hole, Massachusetts, July 23-27, 1979. (“Ad hoc” implies that this study group was put together quickly.) Both of these reports were, more or less, the first government-commissioned reports in the U.S. and both state the “official” position about man-made global warming that has not changed much until today. I have saved a copy of the Charney Report here.
It is notable that on Page 28 of the Jason Report, in the Conclusions section, we find the following sentence: “Clearly a significant shift to a nuclear or solar energy economy would postpone carbon-induced climate shifts.” Since solar power is technically not feasible on a large scale at the moment, that leaves nuclear power as the only option. (The writer forgot to mention wind power.)
The political blog, “alethonews.wordpress.com” has further interesting information on this topic. In the following article, we learn that Al Gore is a strong advocate of the nuclear power industry: http://alethonews.wordpress.com/2009/12/03/theres-more-to-climate-fraud-than-just-tax-hikes/, just like his father, who was a U.S. Senator. No doubt the Gore family have considerable investments in this industry.
[In China, put that url into http://www.ztunnel.com or put a “t” before the url to make it thttp://alethonews.wordpress.com/2009/12/03/theres-more-to-climate-fraud-than-just-tax-hikes/, then put that url into https://startpage.com then click on “View by Ixquick Proxy” to read it. Using ztunnel is better because the result is normal and more attractive to look at.)
Aletho also wrote an article called “US Climate Change Bill Promotes Nuclear Industry”, which can be found on this page: http://alethonews.wordpress.com/2009/12/02/
Yet another Aletho article on this topic is http://alethonews.wordpress.com/2012/01/08/three-mile-island-global-warming-and-the-cia/