Tom Rand ( email: firstname.lastname@example.org) advertises himself as an ‘adviser, speaker, and author’ on global warming and is a fellow of Action Canada, an activist organization funded by the Canadian Government.
In a recent article, The Catastrophe of Climate Change Skepticism, Rand takes aim at ‘skeptics’ who dare to challenge the consensus handed down regarding the imminent heat death of earth. Rand starts off the article with the bald statement:
Unlike in politics or painting, when it comes to climate change, the opinions of laypersons are not relevant.
He then goes on to berate his own government (which funds the organization he works for) for failing to follow the example of Germany, which he says is surging ahead into a clean, renewable energy future. As we pointed out on this blog a while ago, Germany is in fact surging ahead into a coal powered future, and laughing at the useful idiots who believe its platitudes about investing in renewable energy.
Germany clearly doesn’t agree with Rand’s comment elsewhere that “We’re kidding ourselves if we think we can escape peak oil or move the needle on carbon emissions for anything less than trillions“. Nope. Germans will get their power from coal, and still have enough carbon credits left over to sell to well-meaning dupes in other countries.
Rand says that discussion and debate are irrelevant, as a switch to a low-carbon world “is not optional”. As such, scepticism on global warming is a “vice” as the opinions of mere “laypersons” are meaningless compared to the consensus of “expert opinion”:
Skepticism becomes a vice when applied to a broad consensus of expert opinion warning of existential danger. The policy commitments demanded by climate science need broad public support. Skeptics erode that support without intellectual justification
The only area of debate over global warming, Rand says, is over “how volatile nature has become, and how angry it will get”.
I don’t know about nature, but I get pretty angry with jumped-up little men like Rand trying to lord it over “laypersons” like me with their dismissal of discussion and debate.