Environment

Don't Dismiss Climategate as a Conspiracy Theory

| by Ayn Rand Center for Individual Rights

By Dr. Keith Lockitch

WASHINGTON ---
Leaked Climategate documents have exposed breaches of scientific
integrity that include evidence of data suppression, excluding dissenting
opinion, and evasion of Freedom of Information requests. Yet climate alarmists
are trying to make the Climategate issue go away by framing their critics as conspiracy
theorists.

Keith Lockitch, fellow at the Ayn Rand Center, writes,
“The implication is that the only way the whole edifice of global warming
science could be a distortion of reality is if there was a huge, secret
conspiracy perpetrated by a fiction-like cabal of mad scientists, hidden away
in some smoke-filled room plotting the destruction of the world economy.

“Well, the fact is that there is a ‘massive international conspiracy’--only,
it’s not of the secret, smoke-filled-room type. The conspirators are united not
by a secret plot, but by a shared philosophy that they promote openly and
self-righteously: the philosophy of environmentalism.

“Environmentalism has for decades advanced the idea that any form of human
‘interference’ with nature is inherently wrong, and must therefore be
inherently dangerous. It has long advanced a deep animus against industrial
capitalism and a desire to see it restrained, undermined, even destroyed.

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What
explains the massive degree of support for green climate policies and the
distorted science used to bolster them is not some sort of secret
conspiratorial plot, but the widespread acceptance of green ideology. And the
green ideas driving people to distort the truth in the name of ‘saving the
planet’ are not hidden, they have been touted openly and proudly for decades in
books and newspapers and magazines and documentaries.

“The real lesson here is much deeper than some silly conspiracy
theory. It is the role of fundamental ideas in shaping political and cultural
events.”

Dr. Keith Lockitch has a PhD in physics from the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee and is a fellow at the Ayn Rand Center for Individual Rights. His writings have appeared
in publications such as the Washington Times, Orange County Register and the
San Francisco Chronicle.