UK PM Tony Blair, former US VP Al Gore and so many other politicians: why have they been so eager to jump on the Climate-Change-is-Humanity’s-Fault bandwagon?
A cynical explanation is in order: because they can’t lose by joining in.
They risk losing a lot instead, by staying out.
In fact, if (a) they can appear to be doing something about Human-induced Climate Change (CC):
- a1. If CC doesn’t happen, they will claim victory, or
- a2. If CC does happen, they will blame us all for not trying hard enough, and introduce ever harsher policies in order to… appear to be doing something about CC
On the other hand, the opposite position, of (b) publicly expressing doubts that Climate Change is caused by humans if it is happening at all, will mean:
- b1. If CC doesn’t happen, they will claim victory, but
- b2. If CC does happen, they will be blamed by us all for not trying hard enough
Worse, as climate is bound to naturally change if we just observe it for long enough a time, the “If CC doesn’t happen” options are simply immaterial.
It is self-evident then that (a) provides unlimited reward and no risk, while (b) vice-versa carries little reward and career-breaking risks.
Only naive or honest politicians, provided they exist, will refrain from shouting that Humanity is bound to destroy the planet by overheating it with carbon dioxide.
If anybody believes that the above is going to inspire good policies, I’ve got a bridge to sell them
(blog inspired by messages on the Climate Sceptics mailing list)