My wife and I have been fruitful and we have multiplied, including a pair of now 7-year old twins. And, as a result, I get a steady dose of kids’ shows, particularly the Disney Channel. And one reoccurring segment on Disney is a promo for a group called Friends for Change. This is charity group formed by Disney in 2009 as a “green” initiative to promote environmental activism among the channel’s viewers. The promos consist of various groupings of the channel’s stars (The Jonas Brothers, Demi Lovato, Selena Gomez, Miley Cyrus, etc…I know them all!) telling their viewing audience what they can do to be pint-sized Captain Planets: plant a tree, take shorter showers, ban incandescent bulbs from your house (or, if you have already done so, harass friends and neighbors to do the same), and research ways to make you own, natural household cleaners. What fun for the whole family!
What is noticeably absent from the Friends for Change promos is any acknowledgment that the foundation for the whole movement they support (i.e. man-made climate change) is falling apart. While many of the claims of the eco-alarmists are being discredited and their so-called solutions are shown to be nothing more than politically motivated snake oil, the Green Left is moving full-steam ahead and targeting the less intellectually discerning: the young. The hope is that if they indoctrinate the next generation, it will carry over into adulthood and there will be less need for pesky little things like facts. If Disney has its way, the battle will be won without and need for ammunition.
The “sustainable” lunacy of the radical environmental movement took a huge hit when a hacker broke into the computers at the University of East Anglia’s Climate Research Unit and released confidential files onto the internet that greatly wounded the credibility of what had been considered one of the leading institutions concerned with the study of natural and anthropogenic climate change (aka. man-made global warming). What was found was that data had been manipulated to show a warming trend that was not there:
I’ve just completed Mike’s Nature trick of adding in the real temps to each series for the last 20 years (i.e. from 1981 onwards) and from 1961 for Keith’s to hide the decline.
That the scientists themselves had their own doubts about global warming:
The fact is that we can’t account for the lack of warming at the moment and it is a travesty that we can’t.
And how to discredit or marginalize any scientists who failed to fall into line with manmade global warming dogma:
This was the danger of always criticizing the skeptics for not publishing in the “peer-reviewed literature”. Obviously, they found a solution to that–take over a journal! So what do we do about this? I think we have to stop considering “Climate Research” as a legitimate peer-reviewed journal. Perhaps we should encourage our colleagues in the climate research community to no longer submit to, or cite papers in, this journal. We would also need to consider what we tell or request of our more reasonable colleagues who currently sit on the editorial board…What do others think?”
I will be emailing the journal to tell them I’m having nothing more to do with it until they rid themselves of this troublesome editor.
The Church of ManBearPig simply can’t abide heresy! But there is no real concern with actually trying to link human activity to global warming or even trying to prove that the globe is even warming. Friends for Change assume it, accept it, and move on.