Climate change as ‘leftist malware’ – has it come to this?

Posted: March 29, 2015 by oldbrew in alarmism, Politics, propaganda

Shouting match?

Shouting match?

Is the political element of the climate change debate taking over from the science factors? That seems to be the implication of the opinion piece reported on here.

An excellent new meme has entered the climate change debate thanks to David Harsanyi, writing in The Federalist. In his article he articulates why wide acceptance of catastrophic climate change is failing to manifest: because it comes along with an enormous amount of left wing baggage. He summarises it as ‘leftist malware’.

For those not familiar, ‘malware’ is a term used to describe software that is often harmful or intrusive and usually installs itself on your computer without your consent or knowledge. I can’t think of a better metaphor that captures the essential noxiousness of the climate change movement so neatly.

As Harsanyi points out, an entire ideological framework is implicit in left wing talk of “climate change”. And it is implicit in two ways. One, in the acceptance (and sole recognition of) the catastrophic scenarios considered by the IPCC. And a necessary corollary to this first aspect is ignoring how unlikely the IPCC actually considers these catastrophic scenarios to be.

The second aspect is acceptance of the policy prescriptions. The cost/benefit of which Harsayni considers in his piece. Scientist and academics who are not climate sceptics themselves have fallen foul of this. People such as climate scientist Roger Pielke or economist Bjørn Lomborg have received incredibly harsh treatment for departing from the orthodoxy in this way. Pielke is even being explicitly politically targeted.

Even if you have a genuine interest in the topic, accessing the primary portals for information and opinion on this such as the Guardian or BBC necessitates exposure to the whole gamut of carefully cherrypicked IPCC science and insane political, economic or energy directives. Because the media is still almost completely dominated by hysterical catastrophist voices, sceptical opinions will be the very last to be encountered.

Thus in a very real sense, the popularised concept of “climate change” has indeed come bundled together like a malware package with lots of very unwelcome nasties indeed. Just try googling the phrase under the ‘news’ tab to see what comes to the surface first. What you are seeing is ‘leftist malware’. Unfortunately Google itself has recently been considering becoming a literal embodiment of malware in this respect. Hopefully we can use memes like ‘leftist malware’ to dissuade them from such colossal idiocy.

Report: Climate change as ‘leftist malware’ – Breitbart.

Hard to get a fair hearing when so many establishment forces are lined up on one side with the majority of the media happy to be in their pockets.

  1. craigm350 says:

    Reblogged this on the WeatherAction News Blog and commented:
    Malware – it changes everything 😉

  2. gymnosperm says:

    “Is the political element of the climate change debate taking over from the science factors?”

    Long since…long since.

  3. Dave Lewis says:

    Just tried googling “Climate Change” – the first skeptical entry came on page 14, and it was Watts Up With That – Just shows how extensive this malware really is!

    [reply] Absolutely

  4. oldbrew says:

    At people are invited to sign a ‘Petition to the WMO to name extreme storms after climate change deniers.’ (Republican politicians seem to be the main target).

    This shows how ludicrous and pathetic things have become, in some quarters at least.

  5. oldbrew says:

    Unsurprising poll result:

    ‘In Gallup’s view, “These opposing trends by party suggest that higher levels of education reinforce core partisan positions; in this case, Republicans’ strong tendency to question or deny global warming and Democrats’ inclination to affirm it. The trends also suggest that partisanship rather than education is a main lens through which Americans view global warming and its effects, particularly for those who claim allegiance to one of the two major political parties.” ‘

    Report: ‘Democrats simply swallow whatever a tendentious bore like Al Gore tells them and then repeat it without question. That’s easier than going to the effort of thinking for themselves.’

  6. manicbeancounter says:

    I think Harsanyi misses the point. It is not that people deny “climate change” because of the political baggage that comes with it. The flip side is far more important. “Climate change” fits very well into the extreme left world view.
    “Exploiting capitalists are polluting the environment at the expense of the poorest on the planet”
    Stephan Lewandowsky in his famous surveys has inadvertently confirmed this. Those who frequent the “pro-climate” blogs not only have strong beliefs in climate science (green in the graph), but also have strong “anti-free market” views (lower score).

    Compare this to an internet survey of the US population with the same questions, but with a 1-5 responses with a neutral middle option, instead of a 1-4 response of the blog survey.

    Further details at

  7. Gary says:

    More like the Borg of Star Trek: Resistance is futile. You will be assimilated.

  8. oldbrew says:

    ‘The United States on Tuesday formally submitted its climate change strategy to the United Nations.’

    Summary: Blah blah blah blah blah

  9. oldbrew says:

    Guardian newspaper: ‘Do as we say not as we do’ over its multi-million pound investments in fossil fuel companies.

    Josh cartoon: