And hurt my sleep as I ruminated over what I had read. Over the last few years, I’ve switched to lighter fiction; murder, suspense and weirdness are my favorite genres of fiction now. Okay, but I’m sleeping better…
Lately, I’ve been reading the Brilliance trilogy by Marcus Sakey and I recommend it to other burned out intellectual fiction readers. I won’t ruin your experience too much by revealing that it’s about the advent of a super class of humans that emerge called “Brilliants,” but most often referred to as “Twists” or “Abnorms.” They represent at most, a couple of percent of the population and their presence and intellectual dominance has created a rift in American Society (and the world).
You’ll be shocked to learn that each group distorts the truth to advance their cause. In particular, the rebel leader and the President (and government). I just learned of the crux of the subterfuge late last night. In fact, these lies have put the United States at the precipice of civil war.
So it was particularly interesting to find an example of how fiction has become reality in our world today. As I perused the World Wide Web’s political websites yesterday, that there was a story on Monday about a former Obama administration official named Steven Koonin – an Energy Department Undersecretary mind you- who told the Wall Street Journal that “What you saw coming out of the press releases about climate data, climate analysis, was, I’d say, misleading, sometimes just wrong.”
There’s a great synopsis of the Journal article in The Daily Caller written by Chris White (in case you’re not a WSJ suscriber). Koonin sites several examples of our government misleading us.This includes a 2014 National Climate Assessment report on hurricane activity that pointed to increased hurricane activity after 1980 as evidence of the effects of climate change. Of this, Koonin is quoted as saying: “What they forgot to tell you, and you don’t know until you read all the way into the fine print is that it actually decreased in the decades before that.”
The White article then goes on to discuss several examples of fudged data and analysis by NOAA and NASA. Well as we all know, climate change is “settled science.” So how many people and decisions are affected by this erroneous information put out by the U.S. government, NASA and NOAA ? A whole bunch of lives are affected by this largely politically expedient a but incomplete and sometimes downright false climate analysis.
You want examples?
How about all of the coal miners put out of work in Kentucky and West Virginia during the Obama years by an aggressive EPA? What about all of the businesses affected by artificially high energy prices because energy largely comes from fossil fuels. And don’t forget the delay of the Keystone X.L. Pipeline because of the evil it would bring, nasty dirty oil from Canada. There were plenty of folks who could’ve fed their families on that work. There are many more examples of economic dislocation based on this governmental fraud.
And what about me? I was politely accused of being a “climate change denier” at a wonderful dinner party given by friends on Saturday! And for the record, I told that person, and I’m telling you, that pollution alone is worth making sure we clean up energy some more. Trust me, it can be done. When I rowed in college back in the day, our home river (the Schuykill River in Philly) was incredibly polluted. But within just a few years of clean-up, shad and other “clean water” fish prospered there.
However, we can’t change the entire world’s economy by cutting off our path to economic prosperity all at once and hurting people. Believe me, I wish that wind and solar truly worked. We’re not there yet-but we will be. We’re smart; I trust humans. We’ll figure out our next energy sources.
We’re living in a world that is scarier than the fiction I’m reading in The Brilliance Trilogy, where we don’t know what’s real because the people in charge and in the opposition manipulate the truth to gain political influence and power, and it makes our lives dangerous. Climate change science is just one vehicle used to control us while the elites fight each other for dominance.
By sticking to our echo chambers on issues like climate, we play right into the power broker’s hands. It’s time to start listening to each other and engaging in real diologue, not accusations. If we don’t wise up, we will be just like the people in Marcus Sarkey’s fictional vision of the U.S., at each other’s throats and headed for civil war.
It’s not too late… yet.
Jon Saltzman is the Publisher and Senior Editor of Political Storm and he is a great dinner party guest.