In recent years, media has been feeding us almost daily with the alarming message of an ongoing global climate change which might have catastrophic consequences. We have heard that an overwhelming majority of the world’s climate researchers agree on what this climate change is caused by, and what it will lead to: The Earth is warmed because of our emissions of greenhouse gases in general, and carbon dioxide in particular. Unless we drastically reduce our emissions of carbon dioxide, the world will henceforth be plagued by all kinds of natural disasters.
It is easy to scare people with catastrophic scenarios even though they fail to materialize, and temperature keeps being modest at most, despite the ever-increasing emissions of fossil CO2 . Eventually, more and more people will reasonably start asking themselves just how much influence humanity has over global climate. Nobody doubts that pretty much everything we humans do has a climate effect. If I paint my red cottage white, I change the albedo of the Earth, and thus the radiative equilibrium and the climate. Anthropogenic effects do exist. But how strong are they, how much do they influence the climate and what measures are reasonable to take in order to tackle climate change in the short and long term?
Many feel that we should put our tax money into improving our schools, healthcare, infrastructure and social services rather than into subsidies for wind- and solar energy. Our priorities are governed by our own political orientation and personal assessment of the scientific knowledge.
At the same time as our politicians in Sweden are demolishing what was one of the world’s best and most effective energy systems in order to save the climate, more and more people are sitting in cold and snowy conditions and worrying about how they will be able to afford to heat their homes. Perhaps the people of Sweden will have to get used to the same living standard as in England, where it is not uncommon for people to suffer from cold temperatures in their homes. Especially, many elderly people have difficulty affording gas and electricity for heating and go to bed early to avoid sitting up shivering. The climate crisis trumps everything and shows no mercy for people’s lives and health, even though the alarmism may be totally unfounded.
As individuals, we need to free ourselves from this juggernaut of alarmism and rediscover our power of common sense. We must realise that the constant drumbeat telling us how we must think, and act is factually irrelevant and meaningless. The power of thinking is strong enough for most of us to be able to see that the climate policies being pursued are in fact pointless. I deeply hope and believe that people will turn their backs on the clamour of alarmism and free themselves from today’s entrenched dogma that stands in the way of independent thinking and rational coexistence with the complex, dynamic and constantly changing nature of climate.
• Science means questioning what is regarded as accepted knowledge!
• Propaganda means consolidating knowledge which must be accepted!
• Common sense means critically evaluating what is seen as accepted!