Scared Witless: Prophets and Profits of Climate Doom

Published May 31, 2015

I met Larry Bell shortly after reviewing his 2011 book Climate of Corruption: Politics and Power Behind The Global Warming Hoax. A book brought about through his friendship with renowned climate scientist Fred Singer to whom this new book is dedicated. Larry’s first book led to his selection as a columnist for Forbes and Newsmax. More than three hundred columns later he has become, in my opinion, the most astute analyst of all that goes on in our world of environmental terrorism, perpetrated by our government with the full but somewhat veiled support of the many environmental zealot groups whose vast income is derived from this very terror. Their intention for whatever reason is to bring society as we know it to its knees.

For a few years a number of us have implored Larry to consolidate his best columns into a book for posterity. He refused until now, and this new book makes it obvious why. He could not, in his words from the Preface, create a “patchwork of old articles”. He knew he would have to start from scratch and that is what he finally did. He reviewed his vast storehouse of knowledge gained from years of weekly analytical columns. He then created a perfectly coordinated fresh approach to explaining the fix we are in and how we got here at the hands of those who for whatever reason desire to march society backwards into The Dark Ages.

If you care about our environment, our government, our children, our future and society in general, you must read this amazing book. There have now been many outstanding books describing the damage being done by environmental zealotry, most of which I cited in my recent paper encouraging the phase out of the EPA as we know it. But none have chronologically and precisely taken you down the destructive path we will continue to follow if enough of us do not rise up with The Heartland Institute, and force an end to the socialist goal of destroying our productive capitalist society.

Larry works his magic in only 227 uncrowded narrative pages with a prose style equivalent to his chatting with you. His 18 brief chapters deal with laser like precision on the fraudulent climate consensus, the climate modeling travesty, the famous Hockey Stick, how real data is ignored, the political destruction of science, the climate religion, impacts on your neighborhood, melting glaciers, coral reef health, biodiversity fraud, green energy madness, biofuel pipe dreams, fossil fuel lies, the EPA Rampage, Green Fascism, carbon taxes, from Malthus to Ehrlich to Holdren to McCarthy, and finally the United Nation’s plan for America and how to defund it.

I can’t summarize this book but I can tantalize readers with some material that was new to me after 45 years of studying EPA. Larry quotes Mikhail Gorbachev in 1996′ “the threat of environmental crisis will be the international disaster key to unlock The New World Order”.

He quotes the U.S. Government Accounting Office as saying between 2003 and 2010 a total of $106.7 billion was spent on climate issues, which does not include the $79 billion spent for climate change technology research, tax breaks for green energy and foreign aid to other countries to address their climate problems.

He tells us “”the federal government regulatory operations cost $54 billion a year, bigger than the combined expenditures of McDonalds, Ford, Disney and Boeing”. Those many billions fund the growth of government agencies that depend upon public fear; university departments that bend objectivity to secure research grants; activist environmental groups that rely on crisis premised donations to support lobbying and media programs; anti-fossil alternative energy lobbies seeking special subsidies, and a wide range of politicians, prophets and profiteers who cash in on save the world hype.

Bigger problems ensue, he says, “when monstrous regulatory bureaucracies are allowed to inflict callous abuse and endangerment upon legal and economic structures of the very society they were established to protect. And this is clearly occurring.”

Until you read chapter 15 Green Fascism, you could not possibly imagine the collusion going on the past ten years between EPA and the Sierra Club, the American Lung Association, Environmental Defense and a host of other groups who receive grants from EPA then sue them and settle on a prearranged settlement plan. Concurrently their personnel move from EPA to those groups and back again through the revolving door of their coordinated attack on American industry.  And did you know that  many of these groups are funded secretly, escaping public notice, by a billionaires club described by Larry through a quote from a Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works Minority Staff Report (before the 2014 election) which said:

“While it is uncertain why they operate in the shadows and what they are hiding, what is clear is that these individuals and foundations go to tremendous lengths to avoid public association with the far left environmental movement they so generously fund”.

This book provides unlimited ammunition for the climate/energy realists who support the work of Heartland and other free market libertarian organizations.