cite as: F. Bi. 2008. Further results in climate conspiracy genealogy. Intl. J. Inact., 1:43–44
One thing I discovered about climate conspiracy theories today is this: I’d not seen them all yet. I realized this while I was reading about the brouhaha surrounding Chapter 8 of the 1995 IPCC report, in Myanna Lahsen‘s book chapter [Lah99]. Lahsen’s account by the way is quite balanced — she points out that part of the problem was that the rules of the IPCC process back in 1995 were “imprecise, sufficiently ambiguous to enable different persons to draw markedly divergent conclusions”; and she faults not only the inactivists, but also Greenpeace and mainstream scientists, for engaging in unwarranted conspiracy theorizing. (Though, as will be evident, the inactivists’ conspiracy theories are invariably more entertaining…)
So, besides the Soviets, Al Gore, and Margaret Thatcher, who else had been credited as the ‘inventors’ of global warming? Well, check this out for yourself:
We are dealing with an unholy alliance of special interest groups determined to bring about the resurrection of the New International Economic Order (NIEO) […]. Cynics referred to NIEO as a scheme in which money is transferred from the poor in the rich countries to the rich in the poor countries. Third World kleptocrats now see their chance to reconstitute the NIEO in the guise of ecology. Central planners and starry-eyed utopians want to see natural resources and even national economies brought under international control — preferably theirs. Then there are the environmental activist groups, collectively a $400-million-a-year lobby in Washington. Although the foot soldiers are still sincerely concerned about our environmental future, the generals are more interested in the perks — traveling from international conference to international conference and extorting funds from U.S. industry.
Yes, you just read it: global warming is a plot invented by environmentalists and “Third World kleptocrats” to usher in a New World Order, among other things. No, the proponent of this theory isn’t some lunatic fringe wacko nobody cares about; the above excerpt was from an op-ed by space scientist S. Fred Singer, now recognized as another of the great men behind climate inactivism.
And that’s not all… Lahsen also mentions the theories of the LaRouchies and Ellsaesser. Really, read the whole thing [Lah99], as they say. And check out the whole diagram to the upper right.
- [Lah99] M. Lahsen. 1999. The detection and attribution of conspiracies: The controversy over Chapter 8. In G. E. Marcus ed., Paranoia Within Reason: A Casebook on Conspiracy as Explanation, Chapter 5, pp. 111–136.
Update 2008-05-30: Some wag on Yahoo Canada has decided to misrepresent this blog entry. Don’t ask me why.
Update 2008-10-24: I stand corrected on one minor point: the NIEO was a very real proposal, not a product of conspiracy theorists’ fertile imaginations.