Originally published in the Institute for Principle Studies’ Principle Perspective, Summer 2011 issue. I am re-publishing the text as originally submitted. This may not reflect editorial changes by the staff of IPS. In other words all errors, spelling and grammatical, are mine, and should not reflect upon the excellent editorial staff at IPS, an organization for which I have a profound respect. Many of you have heard me talk about the direction of this nation, and my dissatisfaction with its departures from the Constitution and its founding principles. The only solution is education, and that is not happening in public schools. It is in the government’s best interests to ensure the population remains relatively ignorant of the principles which founded this nation, for then they can take it in whatever direction they wish. The enemy to tyranny has always been the tyrannized, but only when they are educated and passionate about this nation and the principles upon which it is founded. To that end, I beg of you to donate and support the work of the Institute for Principle Studies. Their home on the web is http://www.principlestudies.org. I thank you in advance for your generosity. Now, the review:
In journalism, it is imperative to answer the “five W’s” (and an H), to ensure the whole story is presented. Who did what? When and how did they accomplish it? Perhaps most importantly, especially in a criminal investigation, why did they do it? As an emmy-winning journalist, meteorologist, and conservative talk show host in San Francisco, Brian Sussman sets out to dramatically answer all of these questions in Climategate. In turning over the stones and exposing the ugly underbelly of global warming debate, Mr. Sussman cannot help but throw in a few jabs with some vitriolic language, designed to inflame. This is not a tame, dry science book. In the Foreword to Climategate Mr. Sussman immediately reveals his own political viewpoint with a brief, but scathing explanation of Marxism and its creators, Friederich Engels and Karl Marx. Indeed, anyone unsure of the author’s political leanings need only note that the topic of global warming does not appear until page seven of the eight page Foreword. According to Sussman, the genesis of anthropogenic global warming is Communism, and he wants his readers to be informed of the evils of this political system as he begins to unveil his case against the proponents of what he calls “the scam of anthropogenic global warming.” (“Anthropogenic” is a word of Greek origins which means “man-caused”.)
As a primer on Communism, it is not without its own bias. In the first two sentences, Sussman writes that Marx had a “twisted mind”, conceived an “atrocious plot”, planned to “infect the world”, and calls Marx a name which questions the legitimacy of his parentage. This is not, by any stretch of the imagination, an unbiased book. Sussman aims in this Foreword to show that Communism’s goals are to control and reduce the populace such that the leaders of such a system obtain power in perpetuity. The path to fooling the populace into thinking their actions control what is the realm of God alone is a convoluted one. Mr. Sussman’s aim in answering the Why before all else is for clarity’s sake. In reviewing the large body of evidence that has been suppressed because it did not conform to the concept of anthropogenic global warming, the question arises: Why go to great lengths to create such an elaborate fiction? By giving a brief explanation of socialism and its aims, Sussman provides a framework upon which we can begin to hang the evidence he will provide.
The science he presents usually takes the form of a call and response, using Al Gore (and others) as the call and presenting contrary studies and reports as the response. From the impending doom of the polar bears, to the fact that the 1930′s was actually the hottest decade in the last century, Brian Sussman sets out to show that the evidence presented by anthropogenic global warming is not accurate, complete, or free of bias and special interest. According to Sussman, we are actually in the midst of a slight cooling trend and have seen far hotter years, such as the Medieval Warm Period in which average temperatures around the globe were 2°F higher than they are today despite the lower amount of anthropogenic CO2 in the earth’s atmosphere. Sussman challenges the claims made by global warming promoters and presents a large number of footnotes for the reader to check. (After all, as Sussman reminds his readers, challenging the hypotheses of others is the foundation of the scientific method.)
After having exhaustively attacked the claims of global warming, he moves on to the claimants. Here, Sussman attempts to further answer the Why of global warming, involving politics and money. Al Gore, according to Sussman, is not only a consistent embellisher of the truth, he will make a great deal of money if anthropogenic global warming is the prevailing scientific opinion. Certainly, those who would promote government as the ultimate solution for population control, climate control, and overall control of the lives of all people stand to increase their power significantly if anthropogenic global warming deniers are silenced. In addition, to those who subscribe to the problem and solution created by Karl Marx, global warming is a means to the end of bringing socialism to the United States of America.
Of course, for anthropogenic global warming to become the prevailing scientific opinion, those scientists who dissent from this view must be converted, silenced, or ignored. Currently, according to Sussman, the game plan is the latter. Despite loud claims of scientific consensus, a significant number of deniers have signed petitions such as the Heidelberg Appeal and the Oregon Petition. The Oregon Petition alone, a response to the Kyoto Protocol penned in 1997, has been signed by over 30,000. There are a number of scientists who do not agree with the concept of anthropogenic global warming, though these scientists do not tend to get much airplay in the media today.
From discussing global warming in terms of its science, supporters and sycophants, Mr. Sussman moves to discussing climate change in terms of an action plan. Not surprisingly, he points the finger at the legislation of obvious liberal politicians, from the Clintons to President Obama. Also not surprisingly, for those who are aware of the shift from national sovereignty to an increasing focus on globalism, the other means for action he points to is the body known as the United Nations. Beginning in 1976, Mr. Sussman points out some of the agenda items and resolutions released by the U.N. that have led the United States down the path of concessions to what is now known as climate change. From these beginnings, he begins to cast an increasingly wider net until the culprits include most of President Obama’s cabinet, including “Energy Czar” Carol Browner, along with quotes from their most climate change-friendly statements, replete with more footnotes.
In an interesting chapter, Brian Sussman also details why alternatives to fossil fuels are not being promoted as assiduously as one might think. Indeed, if fossil fuels are to be eliminated as quickly as possible, one might think the environmentalists would be beating a path to renewable, alternative energy sources, such as wind, solar, and water. This does not appear to be the case, as Sussman demonstrates, since environmentalists have been some of the biggest opponents to wind farms, solar plains, and hydroelectric dams. Nuclear power has been off the table since the late 1970′s, with no new nuclear power facilities being built or planned. Of course, despite environmentalist opposition to alternative energy, coal and natural gas are not considered safe alternatives either. Ultimately, Sussman points out, all of this is because it is not the socialist’s goal for society to have inexpensive power.
The only solution being promoted by proponents of global warming, Sussman concludes, is that of controlling the consumption (and by extension, well-being) of the population. If no currently viable power generation is palatable for the environment, and alternative sources of energy are also untenable to the wildlife, what else is there to do but to mandate control of consumption and Americans are already seeing this plan put into action. Sussman explains that new appliances are already being implemented in test markets that respond to signals from SmartGrids, or power grids that do more than simply provide power. These SmartGrids monitor and, depending on logic built into these monitors, can signal receptive devices that usage thresholds have been reached. Couple this with the proposed “Cap-and-Trade” legislation of which President Obama is so fond, and a pattern of liberty elimination immediately emerges. All of this monitoring and usurpation of individual liberty, Sussman adeptly demonstrates, is completely unnecessary because it is all predicated on the assumption that climate change is scientific fact.
From a Christian’s perspective, Brian Sussman appears to believe in God, though the substance of that belief is not fleshed out, nor does it need to be in a book of this type. He does make mention of “old-earth” timeframes in discussing age in terms of geology, though this is not unexpected. The book contains very limited swearing, mostly involving the word “damn”. Prayer is encouraged, alongside calls to political action by conservatives. An aspect of the book that could potentially have been expanded is that of the Lord being sovereign over all things, including the climate of the planet He created. However, this book makes no claims to being a religious treatise of any sort.
By and large, this is a book centered around politics. Brian Sussman’s response to anthropogenic global warming is a heated, but eminently readable, rebuttal to the claims made by its supporters. It is loaded with rhetoric and ridicule, to the point where he finally compares the current direction of the United States to Germany’s descent into Nazism. Sussman makes no claims in this book to objectivity, and the politically and emotionally charged presentation of the science and evidence will necessarily turn off any left-leaning climate change-supporting readers. Still, looking past the rhetoric, this book provokes a great deal of thought on a topic that ought certainly be of concern to those who support individual liberty and Constitutional government. Ultimately, this is certainly a book worth reading, if for no other reason than it is one of the most complete expositions of the opposite viewpoint from the mainstream media available. The entire point of the journalistic media is to present the news from an unbiased perspective, but the only viewpoint on anthropogenic global warming one can find in the media is that being pushed by those with something to gain from its broad acceptance. From what this reviewer has been able to corroborate, the scientific claims made in Climategate are accurate and complete, which is something the alarmist global warming proponents cannot boast. To that end, it is an important work in its own right as one of only a few efforts to stem the tide of mindless agreement with a politically-motivated agenda. It is highly recommended reading for those who would like to see why every climate scientist does not agree with the findings of Al Gore.