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Environmental Alarmism Killing Mankind’s Most Ancient Dream

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The alarmism engendered by computer models projecting damaging manmade changes in the Earth’s climate, and the often flawed – if not outright fraudulent – claims made by so-called environmental scientists have begun to have a devastating impact on the mental health and aspirations of many Americans.

Indicative of this effect is a recent column posted in the MENSA Bulletin, the monthly publication of the American chapter of the international high IQ society.

Titled “Forget Mars” the article begins with the plea, “Please stop with these reckless journey imaginings” and demands that humans stop “presenting space voyages as inevitable.” Instead, mankind is admonished to “throw our collective weight and brains into fixing the harm we’ve done here [on Earth] and to stop our expansionist pipe dreams.”

According to the author, who shall remain anonymous so this doesn’t appear to be a personal attack, mankind “cannot spare even one brilliant mind to leave orbit or to focus on anything” but undoing the alleged damage humans have done to the Earth.

The author claims, without citing any evidence, that “the world is projected to have a mere 10 to 12 years left for us to stop polluting it before it cannot heal itself.”

The author further alleges that, “Already coral reefs are something like 90 percent bleached out; plastics choke the intestines of whales, fish, and seabirds alike… What used to be fertile soils are degraded and carried away after forest fires, the trees eaten to oblivion by invasive beetles.”

The responsibility for mankind’s failure to act with the alacrity necessary to avert this looming disaster lies with “certain politicians [who] decry any mention of climate change, let alone spending to mitigate or abate it,” says the author.

That the waste products and detritus of modern industrial civilization are often disposed of carelessly is undeniable, but the cause and effect relationship between careless disposal and specific effects on the climate and environment have, in many cases, yet to be proven. Indeed, they are not even studied because “certain politicians,” academics and pressure groups have made applying scientific inquiry to these problems toxic to the careers of scientists who don’t start with politically correct assumptions and then sift the air for (or even invent) data that proves those politically motivated assumptions.

Moreover, environmental alarmists routinely ignore the devastating effects their simplistic solutions of banning politically incorrect products like plastics would have on human quality of life, particularly for some of Earth’s most vulnerable inhabitants.

According to the World Economic Forum 90 percent of the plastic in the oceans comes from just 10 of the world’s rivers. Eight of them are in Asia: the Yangtze; Indus; Yellow; Hai He; Ganges; Pearl; Amur; Mekong; and two in Africa – the Nile and the Niger.

These also happen to be some of the places on Earth where clean drinking water is least available to growing populations of some our planet’s poorest people. We know from empirical evidence that water borne diseases kill at as many as 3.4 million human beings annually. Should we ban the plastic bottles these poor people use to carry clean water and save the planet by consigning millions of poor people in Asia and Africa to early death from Cholera, and other serious illnesses such as Guinea worm disease, Typhoid, and Dysentery?

As bad as these alarmist effects on some of Earth’s inhabitants would be, what would be even worse is the narrowing of mankind’s horizons that would be engendered by abandoning humanity’s “reckless journey” to the stars.

The ventricular assist device, LASIK, artificial limbs, chemical detection, enriched baby food, freeze drying, air-scrubbers, water purification, solar cells, pollution remediation, water location and great advances in computer software and hardware have come from the American space program alone. Some of these technologies might contribute to solving the environmental challenges that alarm some otherwise intelligent people to the edge of hysteria… and beyond.

However, loss of the space program’s impetus to invention is not the worst effect climate and environmental alarmism are having on humanity. By abandoning the stars, we would be abandoning one of humanity’s most ancient aspirations – to journey to the realm of the Gods.

This urge, a combination of hubris and optimism is an inner motivation so deep and ancient that knowing the stars motivated the construction of some of mankind’s greatest monuments, such as Stonehenge, and it motivated the construction of two of the most complex machines humanity ever built, the Space Shuttle and the Apollo Command Module. To demand that humanity “stop with these reckless journey imaginings” is to demand that we stop dreaming one of our most ancient dreams and instead impose upon humanity a form of mental illness that denies the brainstem-level impulse that led the first creature to venture out of the oceans and look skyward.

George Rasley is editor of Richard Viguerie's ConservativeHQ.com and is a veteran of over 300 political campaigns. A member of American MENSA, he served on the staff of former Vice President Dan Quayle, as Director of Policy and Communication for former Congressman Adam Putnam (FL-12) then Vice Chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee's Subcommittee on National Security and Foreign Affairs, and as spokesman for Rep. Mac Thornberry former Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee.

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