It’s been two years since thousands of emails were leaked from the Climatic Research Unit of the University of East Anglia in the United Kingdom. These emails showed clearly that a tiny cabal of highly-politicized and government grant dependent scientists had for years manipulated the raw data upon which the entire edifice of anthropogenic global warming (AGW) had been erected.
For longer than that, it had been known that other highly interested researchers, such as Michael Mann and NASA’s James Hansen, had been far overstating the case as well as fudging data. Many conservatives had assumed that by 2010 the corner had been turned and our nearly 20 year romance with AGW hysteria would go into decline. With large numbers of people in America and in other countries turning against alarmist claims, things were looking up, and indeed, they may yet be.
Our cultural Morlocks, however, will not let this central organizing principle of the Left die a natural death. Now, despite Climategate and the mountain of empirical evidence that has cascaded against it for well over a decade, OR books, an “alternative” publishing company that describes itself as embracing “progressive change in politics, culture and the way we do business” is set to release Welcome to the Greenhouse, a science fiction anthology whose central theme is, of course, the threat of human caused global warming.
Some readers will recognize a couple of big names from an earlier generation or sci-fi writers, Brit Brian W. Aldiss, and Alan Dean Foster, who each contribute a story to the anthology, the overall purpose of which is partially distilled in the preface by Elizibeth Kolbert as concern, both that the world is heating up (which is always has been and always will be, periodically) and that, because of this “we will experience more intense droughts” and humanity will “huddle behind growing seawalls and shrinking coasts.”
Despite the fact that quite literally each and every primary claim made by the proponents of AGW has been empirically falsified or placed in theoretical limbo, we are yet welcomed to the Greenhouse because it is within the Greenhouse that the best chance for the spirits of Rousseau, Marx, Comte, Dewy, Skinner, the Fabians, the Frankfurt School and Mustapha Mond can remain on life support, their lungs filled with what Patrick J. Michaels and Robert C. Balling have termed the Satanic gasses.