Rupert Darwall: The Age Of Global Warming
The Global Warming Policy Foundation | March 28, 2013
… From this, Popper derived the criterion of falsifiability – the quality of a scientific theory is its capacity to give rise to experiments that in principle could yield empirical evidence that refutes it. Thus the more a theory precludes, the stronger a theory is.
On that basis, what hardened into the scientific orthodoxy underpinning global warming does not meet the threshold of being a scientific theory. It would be more accurate to describe it as a conjecture or speculation. …
… perhaps the most influential person you have never heard of.
I had not heard of Barbara Ward until I started researching the book. Other than the Queen, Barbara Ward must have been the best connected woman of the 20th century. Friends with Hebert Morrison and Ernest Bevin, she escorted a young American Naval officer – John F. Kennedy during the 1945 general election. Lyndon Johnson said hers were the only books he ever read. Harold Wilson and Ted Heath were both fervent admirers. She was friends with the first generation of African leaders and with Indira Gandhi. And she helped write Papal encyclicals. Ward believed in planning and she believed in world government. …
His conclusion after describing the history of this political power movement and its efforts to curb growth and make people poor, and its attitudes about population:
…The best defence against capricious nature and the best global warming policy is: Economic growth – and do not do anything that stops us and the developing world from growing. …
Some of the other history included in this speech:
- He mentions the Distributists and Major Douglas. Maybe there are pros and cons with those ideas and we can learn from them.
- Kindred of the Kibbo Kift
- Green Shirts vs. Black Shirts
- Rachel Carson and “Silent Spring”
- Maurice Strong
- Stockholm Conference, 1972
- New International Economic Order
- Brandt Report of 1981
- Brundtland Report of 1987
- “The Greening of Mrs Thatcher”. This was mentioned in The Great Global Warming Swindle.