Opinion Contributed by Michelle Stirling © Sept. 11, 2017
I attended Al Gore’s latest movie when it premiered in Calgary. There were only two other people in the theatre. Gore’s movie seemed a rather rambling retrospective rather than a compelling case to “stop climate change.” I did not find it engaging and fell asleep partway through.
I awoke to sirens and the piece on Paris, only to be confronted by the horrific images of the Bataclan terrorist attack.
While it is somewhat relevant to his storyline, because the attack happened while he was planning to launch a 24-hour global broadcast event (which was then cancelled), I felt he exploited the tragedy by spending a lot of screen time on it.
I wondered if the families of the victims liked him making their loved ones’ part of his climate catastrophe narrative.
Though I was now awake for the rest of the movie, it held no attraction to me anymore.
An Inconvenient Truth had been revealed.
People who have been directly confronted by acts of terror don’t care much about climate change hype.
In 2016, the UK conducted a large survey of people in 17 countries and found that climate change is not the main concern of most people in most countries. Terrorism is. (See fuller list of countries and findings below this commentary).
A recent EU Reflection Paper on the Future of European Defence had similar findings.
That doesn’t mean we should abandon the planet to ‘business as usual’ with no care for pollution, overpopulation, rising food prices – especially in developing nations. Many of these factors do trigger civil unrest and unplanned migration.
The trillions of dollars that have been wasted on subsidies paid to green crony capitalists for ineffective, unreliable renewables, like wind and solar, could have gone a long way to addressing real world problems.
Billions of dollars have been spent subsidizing biofuels in the US, which has led to megatonnes of corn being moved off world markets, causing a steep rise in food prices. This in turn was an important driver of civil unrest and migration from the Middle East North Africa (MENA) region according to a complex systems study discussed in one of our earlier press releases. The New England Complex Systems (NECSI) study shows the effect of rising food prices and food speculation on civil unrest.
Another factor in the economic reason for mass migration, is that some of it is driven by the European Human Rights court ruling in the Hirsi Jamaa case, as discussed by Belgian philosopher and jurist, Drieu Godefridi.
One of our more recent press releases discusses how other climate policies have negatively affected people and the planet.
The point is that people want to live in peace and security. The ENGO climate catastrophe pundits tell us the worst risk is a climate crisis at hand. By contrast, the actual scientists state this is uncertain and it will be decades before any human influence, if any, can be ascertained in climate change because natural forces like solar variability, tectonic plate movement, volcanoes and ocean cycles are so powerful.
The evidence does show that many climate change policies are partly responsible for creating conditions that can be exploited by and give rise to civil unrest and terrorism in the here and now.
According to the World Bank report of 2006, there will be 100 million young people coming of age in Arab states across the Middle East North Africa (MENA) region….without jobs.
Even a powerhouse economy like that of the US would have trouble ramping up to meet that job demand. Some valuable insights on different national socio-economic conditions can be gleaned from Hernando de Soto’s ‘boots-on-the-ground’ study of “The Mystery of Capitalism,” some excerpts summarized in this article related to the 2010 “Arab Spring.”
While many try to blame climate change on the drought, that then led to the war in Syria, the evidence shows that drought is a recurring challenge in the Middle East/Fertile Crescent.
Maybe it is time to focus our energies and money on practical solutions like mitigating known, historic climate patterns and constructive programs for job creation while ensuring affordable food supply.
The inconvenient truth revealed in Al Gore’s latest movie had a powerful impact on me. I’m not worried about human-caused climate catastrophe claims anymore; instead I’m interested in practical measures to prevent more human catastrophes caused by a confluence of joblessness, unstable world food prices, bad climate change policies that only benefit green crony capitalists while increasing the suffering of the vulnerable and poor – and forces exploiting these scenarios.
See below for other country survey results.
Here are the stats from 2016 on various countries and their survey results. Hong Kong was the only one I found that was concerned about climate change (20.4) almost as much as it was concerned about terrorism (21.9). In other countries, the margin is extremely wide. The following are a few screenshots. Check out the interactive chart “The DNA of Country Concerns” on YouGov – once you are on that site, hover over the country name on the left side of the graph and the relevant stats will show up.