Bjorn Lomborg throws cold water all over the radical environmentalist agenda behind the upcoming disaster flick The Day After Tomorrow. He notes, quite correctly, that the movie is displaying a completely ludicrous situation and trying to imply that A:) such a thing could happen and B:) we should immediately pass public policy trying to stop it.
It’s as if someone gave me a $200 million budget to produce The Day Mikey’s Head Exploded, a movie that graphically depicts the dangers of consuming Pop Rocks and soda, while arguing that the government must do something to stop the spread of Pop Rocks now or millions might die from sudden candy-related explosions.
Of course, the environmentalists will argue that a 100-foot title wave really could swamp New York, ignoring the fact that climate change is perfectly natural. When Eric the Red visited Greenland a millennia ago it was a verdant land of prarie where cattle could graze – now it’s a vast sheet of ice. If anything, our current climate could be an aberration – there simply is not enough of an understanding of the Earth’s natural climate cycle to start making half-assed and usually completely wrong predictions – see the 1970’s cries of "a new Ice Age" and Paul Erlich’s cries that half the Earth would starve to death by 1980.
The environmentalist movement is based entirely around fear-mongering, the same professional class of worryworts who staffed the offices of the Witchfinder General centuries ago and argued that those newfangled "horseless carriages" would suffocate their drivers if they passed the incredible speed of 20 miles per hour. Yet these same people running around like Chicken Little want the rest of us to bear an incredible burden, costing millions of jobs, plunging millions into poverty, and draining trillions from the world economy in order to fix a problem that doesn’t exist. The fact that we take such things seriously is proof that we really to live in The Demon-Haunted World.