About time too. Michael Shellenberger, a self-confessed “climate activist”, last month issued a “formal apology” for the “climate scare” environmentalists had “created over the last 30 years”.
Climate change was happening, but it was not the end of the world or even its most serious environmental problem. Mr Shellenberger, who has himself been an activist for 20 years, said that until last year he had mostly avoided speaking out against the climate scare. This was partly out of embarrassment because he had been “as guilty of alarmism as any other environmentalist”.
Mostly, however, “I was scared.” He had remained quiet during the “climate disinformation campaign” because he was scared of losing friends and funding. So he mostly “stood by and did next to nothing as my fellow environmentalists terrified the public”. Last year, however, “things spiralled out of control” with apocalyptic warnings that the world would end in 12 years if climate change was not addressed and that civilisations would be wiped out, while one in five British children had been having “nightmares about climate change”.
Such warnings have been issued year in and year out over the past three decades. “Project fear” was perfected by climate alarmists long before British European Union enthusiasts cooked up their own Project Fear about the apocalypse that Brexit would bring about.
And the scare-mongering continues. Last week, for example, Daily Maverick ran an article by a Stellenbosch professor under the headline “A terrifying glimpse of a future where overpopulation and climate crisis overwhelm earth”. The professor managed to describe people who moved from country to town as “climate migrants”. Rising temperatures and pollution were likely to cause premature, underweight, and even stillborn births.
Two months ago an academic at the University of Cape Town had an article in the Daily Maverick under the headline “Donald Trump’s disdain for climate science is an existential threat to the planet”. Helpfully informing readers that “I am a scientist”, the writer declared that “air that transmits Covid-19” was also “heating the planet to a metaphorical boiling point”. The response to this existential threat should not simply be “fuck any carbon guilt”.