by J. Paul Day
In the 1970s, at about the time of imminent global cooling, the Unification Church was prominent. Commonly called the Moonies after their leader Rev. Moon, they became known for, among other things, the doctrine of “Heavenly Deception”; that deception is justified if there is a righteous goal. Obviously the old “end justifies the means” dressed up in fancy new clothes.
Although out of favor as a stated belief, the practice is alive and well in at least one religious group, the congregation of Global Warming Believers. Let me illustrate with two examples.
In June of 1988, the U. S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works held a landmark hearing on global warming, at which Dr. James Hansen declared a global warming emergency. Many are aware of this testimony, if only because the Senate last year celebrated the 20th anniversary of that event with more testimony from Dr. Hansen. Few, however, know the role that stagecraft played in making that hearing all it could be.
According to then-Sen. Timothy Wirth, a member of the committee, they (members of the committee) called the weather service and determined the likely hottest day of June and scheduled the hearing for that day. They then went into the hearing room the night before, disabled the air conditioner and opened all the windows so that when the hearing time arrived, the room “was really hot”. Hansen, in front of cameras and hot lights in an already hot room, wiped the sweat from his face and testified that the earth was warming and that it was the result of human actions. The rest is history.
The stage was manipulated to create the impression of excessive and unusually high temperatures that were the result of human-caused global warming.
The next instance is regarding the Medieval Warm Period (MWP), which has been accepted historical fact for centuries. During the MWP the Vikings settled Greenland; wetlands in Europe dried up, thus eliminating breeding grounds for malaria-bearing mosquitoes; crop yields increased; and the population flourished. The MWP was an embarrassment to the global warming believers because it contradicted the rhetoric about the abnormally warm temperatures of the 20th century.
David Deming related the story that a “major person working in the area of global warming and climate change,” thinking Deming a believer, sent him an e-mail with the statement, “We must get rid of the Medieval Warm Period.” And so they did.
Dr. Michael Mann published what has come to be known as the hockey stick graph. The graph represented the temperature over the past approximately 1,000 years as almost flat except for an abrupt and dramatic rise during the 20th century, similar to the shape of a hockey stick. Mann concluded that “the latter 20th century is anomalous in the context of at least the past millennium”. The hockey stick graph played an important role in “An Inconvenient Truth” and in convincing an unknowing public that this current period was starkly different from any other period for at least the past 1,000 years.
Unfortunately for Dr. Mann, a couple of Canadian scientists analyzed the data and found that the Mann paper “contains collation errors, unjustifiable truncation or extrapolation of source data, obsolete data, geographical location errors, incorrect calculation of principal components, and other quality control defects.” In fact, one analyst found that random data fed into the Mann analysis would yield a similar hockey stick shape. Clearly the hockey stick graph was a fabrication. In spite of global warming believers’ efforts, the medieval warm period is real, it was warmer than present, and the temperature rise in the 20th century is not nearly as dramatic as they would have us believe.
These are just two of many documented cases of ‘Heavenly Deception’ related to the promotion of the religion of global warming. More in the next installment.
These two cases are substantially abstracted, respectively, from:
“Stagecraft” by Chris Horner
and “GlobalWarming, the Politicization of Science, and Michael Crichton’s State of Fear” by David Deming