Fear. And control.

There’s a new way of selling ideas today. Fear.

I opened my morning paper on Friday to see an article about how to explain global warming to your children so that they won’t be afraid of it. But the whole global warming pitch is all about creating fear, even in children. David Suzuki spoke on global warming at an elementary school in Edmonton, Canadalast week:

Suzuki, who was invited to speak at Calgary’s Altadore elementary school and accept $835 collected by the students for his foundation, asked kids what Harper’s main priority was after being elected last year.

"The only thing he cares about is getting re-elected with a majority government," he said, adding any of the PM’s pledges to preserve the environment are cynical ploys to that end.

"I don’t believe there is a green bone in Harper’s body – he has never, ever indicated he cares about the environment."

He told the room some of his message was directed at the adults, because the youngsters don’t vote and Harper and other politicians don’t care about them.

"It’s up to your moms and dads to ensure your futures and livelihoods are part of the agenda," he said to about 185 students ranging from kindergarten to Grade 6.

Yes kids, your futures and your lives are in danger. It’s a bit like Chicken Little. Tell people that the sky is falling. Back it up with snippets of science that suggest a scenario that is "very likely". And if someone diagrees with you just accuse them of being "deniers"; say that they don’t care.Ignore conflicting information. Supress discussion and dissent. Create more fear.

The goal? To solve the problem? We if that were true, then more information and discussion would be a good thing, right?

No this is all about control.

Experts like Al Gore and David Suzuki who have become self-appointed experts on the issue of global warming, who clearly know that they are right and all who disagree are wrong, want to exert control over the way we live – because we live the wrong way apparently. But don’t dare question them:

David Suzuki became a walking advertisement for global warming proof positive when he angrily stormed out of a radio interview with Toronto AM640′s John Oakley one week ago today.

Suzuki, a prominent Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) television commentator, who motors around Canada in a bus garishly painted with climate change logos, registered hot air when Oakley suggested that global warming might not be the "totally settled issue" Suzuki is out there shilling.

It reminds me of the movie American President, in which the title character Michael Douglas comments on a potential presidential challenger:

Whatever your particular problem is I promise you, Bob Rumson is not the least bit interested in solving it. He is interested in two things, and two things only; making you afraid of it, and telling you who is to blame for it. And that ladies and gentlemen is how you win elections.

As the story goes, we need to be very afraid of global warming. Oh and by the way, it is our very successes that have caused this problem. We are to blame – if we live in the western world that is.

The solution is simple though. The United Nations and the governments of the world will solve the problem by creating much more bureaucracy and assuming much more control over the way we live and the way our economies work. Unless we live in a developing country such as China or India that is.

Just as a sanity check, when was the last time the UN or any government actually successfully solved any kind of problem?The thought of bureaucrats telling me how to live my life? Now that’s fear.

Tip of the hat to small dead animals.

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