The Bogeyman Will Get You!!

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To: Website Fans, Browsers, Clients
From: Jude Wanniski
Re: Fear Sells!!!

Something I read in one of the news magazines roughly 20 years ago
has stuck with me ever since. One of the new breed of environmentalists
was asked about claims his organization had been making that a certain
pollutant would cause an increase in so many incidents of cancer
among Americans. The fellow, who clearly knew the assertion was
so much hype, confided that there were so many organizations out
there raising money with scare stories about one thing or another
that “unless you multiply your numbers by ten you won’t get heard.”

was reminded of this rule of thumb most recently in reading a review
of Michael Crichton’s new novel, State
of Fear
. Crichton is of course the well-known author of
and Jurassic
and several other techno-thrillers, fiction and non-fiction.
What Crichton has discovered in his poking around for material is
something I’ve been writing about for at least a dozen years, the
fact that “Global Warming” is a giant hoax. By that I don’t mean
the earth is no warmer now than it was a century ago. It is, a bit.
The hoax is that the warming has been caused by mankind oxidizing
carbon, i.e., burning fossil fuels. How come so many serious people
seem to believe it is gospel (One its true believers, Al Gore, almost
became President)? Crichton’s novel is upsetting a lot of eco-wackoes
because it will almost certainly make a dent in the hoax when it
is read by millions of people, when it gets to paperback, and when
it is seen by tens of millions when it becomes a movie.

Dr. Fred Singer, an atmospheric and space physicist who serves as
president of the non-profit Science
& Environmental Policy Project
, has been one of a handful of
academic scientists valiantly pointing out the giant holes in the
GW hoax, but not getting very far because the News Media loves Global
Warming. Fear Sells!! The New York Times, which is the chief
advocate of the Hoax in the U.S., did not especially like Dr. Crichton’s
book, Crichton being an M.D. Dr. Singer, though, is overjoyed at
having the Hoax exposed by Crichton, especially knowing that Senators
John McCain [R AZ] and Joe Lieberman [D CN] will have to answer
to their novel-reading, movie-going constituents sometime soon about
why they have been promoting the Hoax with taxpayer’s money. As
far as I know, the only member of Congress who has even laid a glove
on the Hoax is Senator Ted Stevens of Alaska, who is dismissed by
the newsies because he wants to develop Alaska’s energy sources!!
Can you imagine?

Here is some of what Singer had to say in his review of State
of Fear, in which a 60-foot tsunami has a prominent role:

message conveyed is two-fold:

  • The
    scientific evidence does not support Global Warming fears
    – or even the occurrence of a significant warming trend.
  • The
    environmental movement and its well-paid leadership has jumped
    on the GW bandwagon because that’s where the money is….

Crichton’s story starts out with a series of seemingly disconnected
events in far-flung places: Paris, Malaysia, London, Tokyo, Vancouver,
Iceland, etc., and mostly California – but gradually comes
into focus as we discover that the National Environmental Resource
Fund (NERF), a fictitious environmental organization, is planning
a gigantic worldwide conspiracy: major catastrophes to simulate
imagined impacts of a sudden climate change. In contrast to the
notorious movie The
Day After Tomorrow
, these disasters are carefully engineered
by eco-terrorists and not at all connected to any climate change.

But our heroes, led by John Kenner, manage to scotch the nefarious
doings of NERF and its egomaniac chief, Nicholas Drake but just
barely. Drake and his minions want to surreptitiously trigger
a series of natural disasters, including a supersize hurricane
and a giant tsunami that would hit California with 60-foot waves;
these disasters would be timed to coincide with NERF’s big media
conference, thereby awakening the public to the dangers of climate
change wrought by Global Warming.

By coincidence, the tsunami that has caused so much death and destruction
in Asia has produced plenty of commentaries from the eco-wackoes
trying to somehow tie the earthquake to the GW Hoax.

It also provoked the following comment from Gary North, the political
economist whose writings I follow on
Lew Rockwell’s website.
Gary wonders why the News Media can
go bananas over 150,000 tsunami deaths and ignore other environmental
disasters that are orders of magnitude greater. He has also decided
that fear sells.

the number of estimated deaths directly attributable malaria,
a mosquito-borne disease. Western governments have been major
players in imposing this holocaust because they have banned the
production of DDT, which is the most effective anti-mosquito chemical
agent. Dr. Arthur Robinson, a chemist specializing in biochemistry,
has summarized the situation:

on the Earth, on average every 12 seconds, a child dies of DDT-preventable
malaria. The United States National Academy of Sciences estimated
that DDT saved 500 million lives before it was banned. The discoverer
of DDT was awarded the Nobel Prize.

came Silent
– a book filled with deliberate falsehoods
and blatantly marketed unreasoning and unjustified fear. The burgeoning
enviro movement chose these lies for one of their first big campaigns.
This campaign coincided with the rise of the United States Environmental
Protection Agency (EPA). The EPA was in search of a big win with
which to promote itself. The EPA studied the subject and its own
scientific review board reported that DDT is harmless to the environment
and is a very beneficial substance that should not be banned.

prevailed, however, over reason. DDT was banned, and the U.S.
government spread that ban throughout the world by tying it to
all sorts of international programs. The result: Malaria,
which was well on the way to control and eradication, now afflicts
250 million adults and kills about 3 million children per year

mentions other unnatural disasters that take the lives of millions
of people, including 45 million global abortions per year, or sanctions
on Iraq designed to cause so much suffering that the people will
overthrow their leaders. These are politically correct, though,
so they don’t sell. He reminds us that in 1996, then Secretary of
State Madeleine Albright was asked by Lesley Stahl on “Sixty Minutes”
about the reported half million deaths of Iraqi children due to
the sanctions on Iraq, and whether it was worth it. She replied:
“I think this is a very hard choice, but the price – we think
the price is worth it.”

The quote has been played a million times in the Arabic press, North
points out, and of course if you know of it, you saw it on the alternative
press. But when a Dow Jones search of mainstream news sources since
September 11 was made, the quote turns up only one reference to
the quote – in an op-ed in the Orange Country Register
(9/16/01). Says North: “This omission is striking, given the major
role that Iraq sanctions play in the ideology of archenemy Osama
bin Laden; his recruitment video features pictures of Iraqi babies
wasting away from malnutrition and lack of medicine (New York
Daily News, 9/28/01).

10, 2005

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