Are the Leaders of the Global Warming Movement Sociopaths?

When I look at the behavior of folks like Algore, there is a pattern that is rather similar to that seen in folks who are Sociopaths. For example, the video referenced in this article:

But first, a digression. There is much confusion of terms about “sociopath” vs “psychopath”; which isn’t all that surprising given that Psychology changes what words they use, and what those words mean, with astounding speed and regularity. (See the Wiki on it for examples of change over time. Note that at one point homosexuality was classed as ‘psychopathy’ by the professionals. One wonders if it was a ‘consensus’…) For my purposes, I’m going to reserve “psychopathy” for those folks with zero moral compass, zero ability to have one, zero “connection” and a broken brain. While “sociopathy”, in my point of view, is someone who may have a glimmer of those abilities, but often leaves them turned off or just doesn’t “get it” why they ought to care. In short, one is crazy and the other is just functionally immoral and lacking empathy.

Now, one reason for pointing out that distinction is that I believe all of us have some capacity to “turn on” or “turn off” brain functions. (Well, at least I know I can and I know many other folks who do at various times, so I think it fair to generalize the ability – though clearly some folks can not “control themselves” and many can’t do it enough…) I mention this for the simple reason that I can choose to meet or not meet some of the “criteria” given for a sociopath. I’m pretty sure I’m not one (for reasons that I’ve mentioned before, in particular the excess of “empathy” that causes me pain, but that I can “turn off” with effort) but there are some folks who would count those abilities in the “are too” side of the checklist. Oh, and I’ve been in a NASA study that set the personality profile selected for shuttle astronauts and had hours of interviews with a shrink and a load of psych tests that all asserted I’m very very normal, but able to control myself and act appropriately in any circumstances. That “right stuff” metric… But there are similarities between “does not care about others” and “can not allow self to care at this moment” that can lead folks astray in their thinking.

So it is quite possible that the folks in leadership positions are NOT sociopaths clinically, but are just able to be “functional sociopaths for the cause” at the moment. Again, perhaps some of that “right stuff”, just for the wrong reasons.

With that preamble, what makes for a sociopath?

Largely, it’s a self centered egotistical person who does not learn from their mistakes and does not give a damn about others as they have low / no empathy. They are also, often, very successful as they don’t care who they crush or how as they climb to the top of organizations and can be very skilled social manipulators. (There is a strong excess of sociopaths and sociopathic behaviour at the tops of businesses and especially governments.)

Has an interesting “checklist” for lay folks. At the end, though, they have one particular idiocy that is horrific. I’ll get it out of the way now:

“Sociopathic tendencies can often be confused with that of conditions such as aspergers or vice versa. The key difference is that sociopaths lack conscience, whereas people with aspergers simply lack theory of mind.”

Completely stupid. Aspergers is being used here as though it were Autism (yet even there we have folks who were / are autistic who have shown they do have a ‘theory of mind’ and knew other folks where thinking, but had other issues) and is asserting that Aspergers folks do not know other folks have a mind (i.e. only conceive of themselves as thinking and everyone else as a kind of prop on stage).

The spouse is a Special Ed. teacher who specializes in such folks and “we talk”. (She also has asserted I’m on the normal side of the cut-off but “on the spectrum” of the behaviors; so “normal with quirks” like high memory function and tendency to over-concentrate on things of interest…) We are both very aware that Aspies quite clearly do have a ‘theory of mind’, just often not liking what those other minds are doing to them… For me (and many others like me) it is TOO MUCH empathy and being too connected to others that’s the issue, not too little. Like Temple Grandin who used her excess empathy for cows to understand them and change the entire industry. Not only had a ‘theory of mind’ but a theory of mind in cows when “professionals” asserted other animals didn’t have a mind. I “talk to bunnies” (and yes, they talk back… it is a very simple tone based language but getting the tones just right is hard; I once had the whole herd scatter when I said “Look up for raptor!” that is just a bit tighter and louder than “I’m here, anything going on?”… they all stopped, looked up, didn’t see a bird but decided to look at me and trust me, then headed for cover; later I got the tone softer and lower and it was the correct inquiry / greeting) and I sometimes talk to other animals. Mammals DO have a mind. Emotionally much like ours, analytically more narrow, less burdened with crazy ideas… most cats are sociopaths, though.) But I digress… So skip that “stupid bit” at the end and it has some nice easy tips.

A sociopath can be defined as a person who has Antisocial Personality Disorder. This disorder is characterized by a disregard for the feelings of others, a lack of remorse or shame, manipulative behavior, unchecked egocentricity, and the ability to lie in order to achieve one’s goals. Sociopaths can be dangerous at worst or simply very difficult to deal with, and it’s important to know if you’ve found yourself with a sociopath, whether it’s someone you’re dating or an impossible coworker. If you want to know how to spot a sociopath, then you have to pay careful attention to what the person says or does.

What does one see in those calling out “Denier!!”? The leaders of Global Warming groups?

Disregard for the feelings of others? Check.
Lack of remorse or shame when caught? Check.
Manipulative behaviour? Check.
Unchecked egocentricity? Check.
Ability to lie for goals? Check.


I offer as examples:

Name calling and assertions of “denier” and suggestions of ostracism or bodily / career harm to opponents.

Climategate email and the Hockey Stick debunking (including errors shown). (Also Puchy and his sex poodle book…)

W.W.C. and his rewrites of Wiki; also the rewriting of climate history and “adjustments” of temperature data.

Algore, Puchy, Hansen, and so many more…

And a 1000 and One papers (or likely more) published and peer reviewed that are clearly trash but P.C. “for effect” finding an untold number of things caused by “Global Warming” including both more and less snow and more and less rain and more and less, well, everything. Oh, and that “Inconvenient Truth” movie that was found to be lying by a British court (despite official Britain being very on board with AGW) and forced to include a disclaimer when shown…

And need I even mention the ig- Nobel Prize committee and their awards to Algore and the IPCC and all the folks claiming to be Prize Winners as a hanger on to the IPCC?

The slime, it burns…

So, in conclusion, it sure looks to me like we have clear Sociopathic behaviour in the main / lead participants in the Global Warming scam. (Without even touching on the hidden manipulators like Maurice Strong, Club Of Rome, et. al.). Perhaps it was my “people reader” screaming “Sociopath!” at me when I’d seen these folks that first got me a bit tepid about them. Having met a couple now, it gets worse in person… But my “diagnosis” would be that they do, generally, have a personality disorder. And not one of being capable of “the right stuff” when needed… no, they are “stuck in it” with the wrong stuff.

At least, that’s my opinion as a lay person with little to go on but my own observations of their actions and attitudes. Maybe they are fine folks who love their dog and pat their children on the head… or maybe they just know how to fake it…

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18 Responses to Are the Leaders of the Global Warming Movement Sociopaths?

  1. adrianvance says:

    The madness is one for money and power of the kind that has driven Albert Gore, Jr., his father, and so on up the line since the beginnings of the Gore clan, but the facts of the matter are very simple.

    Earth makes 166 gigatons of CO2 every year. Most of it is from the decomposition of limestone and 1,000 volcanoes that errupt every year Some is from the decay of dead plants and animals. Man produces six gigatons, 3.22%, and of that the US makes 20%, 0.64% of the total, but with it we make 50% of Earth’s fuel, fiber and food. Three billion would starve if we did not.

    Earth is not a “greenhouse.” They have covers made of transparent matterial with surfaces, usually glass. Surfaces can only form on solids and liquids where molecules are in contact. They are not in contact in gases, thus there is no “greenhouse effect” over our atmosphere.

    CO2 is a “trace gas” in air, insignificant by definition. It absorbs 1/7th as much IR, heat energy, from sunlight as water vapor which typically has 188 times as many molecules capturing 1200 times as much heat as CO2 or 99.9% of all “global warming.” CO2 does only 0.1% of it. For this we should destroy our economy?

    The Medieval Warming from 800 AD to 1300 AD Micheal Mann erased to make his “hockey stick” was several degrees warmer than anything “global warmers” fear. It was the longest recorded time of great abundance and peace, over 500 years.

    The Vostock Ice Core data analysis show CO2 increases followed temperature increases by 800 years 19 times over 440,000 years. That makes temperature change cause and CO2 change effect. This alone refutes man-caused global warming.

    Carbon combustion generates 80% of our energy. Control and taxing of carbon would give the elected ruling class more power and money than anything since the Magna Carta of 1215 AD. They thirst for power.

    Most scientists and science educators work for tax supported institutions eager to help government raise more money for them. And, they love being seen as “saving the planet.”

    Google “Two Minute Conservative,” for clarity.

  2. sure not sociopath, it look more like religious extremist.
    My wife know how it work in her country. people seems to believe in the doctrine of the integrist, but what motivate them is chance to get money, and opportunities that they would not have out of the group of believers.
    If was the same for the Nazi general, because in Germany Military elite was locked to aristocracy, and the new system allowed people out of that aristocracy to clim in the hierarchy.

    beside that I don’t believe in real psychiatric difference, it is pure rationality, simple Mutual Assured Delusion. and simply skeptic have different incentive, more freedom from their peers.

    I advise you to read the Groupthink of Roland Benabou. it is enlightening.
    Note that he wrote article with Jean Tirole, no less… he shares a similar mix of economics and game theory.

    Click to access Groupthink%20IOM%202012_07_02%20BW.pdf

    Click to access Groupthink%20Slides%20for%20Posting_s.pdf

    If you are surprised that some warmist dare to make kids head explod in 10/10/10

    of to behead skeptic


    don’t forget is started green

    it is honest people, following the group, for goodness of Nature/God/Party. not a herd of assassin.

    what makes the worst monsters is groupthink, not psychiatry. remember Nankin…

  3. omanuel says:

    Selfishness, self-centeredness is the root of the problem. Mental laziness contributes too.

  4. Sandy McClintock says:

    I suspect its not only the ‘leaders of the climate brigade’ that show these sociopathic tendencies. I have seen too many senior people in other organisations that are on this spectrum also. I am reminded of the old saying that ’empty vessels make most noise’. In other words, all you need is the conviction that you know it all and you can sell your ‘truth’ to many people.

  5. omanuel says:

    They are not sociopaths. They are following a 1945 decision to save the world from annihilation by hiding the source of energy that destroyed Hiroshima.

    Here is the rest of the story:

    Click to access Solar_Energy.pdf

  6. An impressive article, EM!

  7. DocMartyn says:

    I worked with a biophysicist with Aspergers; he ’emulated’ a lot of responses and you could sometimes see him thinking ‘what would a normal person do now’, with a lag between cause and response. He married a lovely woman with empathy in spades.

  8. The leaders of the phony ”global” warming are controlled by their prevalent psychopathic genes!

    When in Australia 170 people were burning in the bush-fires – Warmist leader Tim Flannery was on TV and saying to the people: ” the CO2 and global warming are doing the fires” When people were still burning – When human / animal is in big fire – first water in the blood turns into vapor and creates blisters – then exposed parts as fingers, ears and nose start melting and flames are going into the lungs, to collect the oxygen- but he was using the people’s suffering, to tell more lies

    Here is the truth #1: in the same week when people were burned in Australian fires – in Europe people were freezing to death

    #2: CO2 is ”fire retardant gas” – you can put a fire off with it!

    #3: the forest fires in Australia are happening – because for the previous 11 months from the inland deserts dry heat was cumming and vacuumed the moisture from the mulch and from foliage / moist only smolders, never intensive fire. Flannery is against saving storm-water to improve the climate, they are against dams ; because he needs all the water into the sea, for what?!
    Same as: Sahara’s dry heat create bushfires in Spain and Greece – California fires are prepared in advance, by the dry heat coming from Californian desert, nothing complicated. Stormwater can be saved and diverted in the deserts, to produce LASS dry heat and reverse the damages. Only the Red psychopaths under green camouflage can enjoy people’s suffering – and of course psychopaths ALWAYS blame ”the others”

    Water improves the climate – unfortunately: Warmist & Skeptics are constantly crapping about : ”positive / negative forcing” === because of fundamentalism; they cannot see where is better climate, in the forest or in the desert AND WHY?! Earthworm refuses to live in the desert, because earthworms know that: in the desert is no H2, no water vapor = bad climate!!! I don’t pretend to know what is the IQ of an earthworm, but they know much more about the climate than fundamentalist Warmist & skeptics… If CO2 was regulating the climate – Sahara and Brazil would have had same climate; because they have SAME amount of CO2::Here are some informations:

  9. gallopingcamel says:

    adrianvance, 19 March 2015 at 8:45 pm ,

    Thanks for a concise summary of so many cogent arguments explaining why nations should not commit economic suicide by “Mitigating” CO2. So why do governments act like sociopaths who manipulate the weak (little people like you and me)?

    The big people like algore don’t care whether electricity costs $0.10 per KVAh or $10.00 per kVAh. Our elites can cheerfully pay whatever it costs without regard to the suffering caused to the weakest members of our society, IMHO we are seeeing a new Lysenkoism that Charles Mackay would have called the “Madness of Crowds”:

  10. adrianvance says:

    There are many of us and our Dollars add up. It is just that simple, but we have to appreciate that we are dealing with madmen, men who are mentally ill, have a power compulsion that will not be satisfied until on arriving at a location where they are to speak they are not greeted by a crowd on its knees chanting, “We are not worthy! We are not worthy!” Our electoral process, which reduces to “show-biz for ugly people.” That is wrapped into the package.

  11. Larry Ledwick says:

    I recently read a very interesting book “The Sociopath Next Door” by Martha Stout. She has spent years studying sociopaths and describes them in the book using short story segments to let you see how true sociopaths behave, based on her clinical experience. In the book she also lists the signature characteristics of sociopaths you can use to help recognize them in the wild.

    Like you, she mentions that it is a spectrum of behavior some are high functioning sociopaths like the brilliant surgeon who has no problem making life and death decisions because like Spock it is only logic, vs the sinister sociopath who thinks nothing of killing someone to get their sneakers.

    If you catalog the well documented behavior of most of the leading promoters of catastrophic global warming narrative I think there is little doubt that they score rather high on the sociopaths scoring scale. Tey are literally taking money from retired pensioners and stealing future earnings from a generation of young people, to line their own pockets based on a fear mongering scam. This in my mind makes them no different than the manipulative furnace salesman who scares old people into buying furnaces they don’t need with scare stories about carbon monoxide. Or the school yard bully who steals lunch money through intimidation.

    As a former boss of mine said about judging other people you work with, “If they will do it to x they will do it to you”. These folks are absolutely not to be trusted with anything important or of value. I wouldn’t let them watch my brief case while I ran to the bathroom, let alone the future prosperity of the world.

  12. adrianvance says:

    Yes, I think you have analyzed and documented what we are dealing with very well. The problem remains, how do we deal with this as it has become critical that we do sooner than later.

  13. hannuko says:

    My father has probably asperger’s. Not at all good with people. Has very weird theories about why people behave as they do. Can throw incredible insults towards people with no idea what he said was wrong.

    (My favourite was him saying to the grandmother of a newborn baby that her daughter should probably stop having more children, because although she has been lucky that she has had only sons, she might eventuqlly have a daughter. This would be bad because she obviously has no genes to produce beautiful girls and it is terrible to grow up as an ugly girl. He conceded that the fact that the grandmother never talked to him again was because he was not a sosialist.)

    He is extremely obsessed with thing he finds interesting and expects everyone else to share his passion. Likes to talk but hates listening. There are people easier to live with than him.

    But he is definitely not a sociopath. He goes to great lenghts trying not to hurt anyone’s feelings, often just doesn’t know how not to.

    I detect some asperger features in myself. Not that interested in people. Easily obsessed with interesting things, like AGW. Strong dislike in authority and social norms. It is quite possible that I would be much less good at interacting with people, if I had not grown up in a family with a very weirdly behaving father. He forced me to think constantly why people do what they do and think what they think. It took me 27 years to find out what exactly was wrong with him.

  14. John Robertson says:

    What about an extremely narrow world view and overwhelming fear?
    Such a person would be prone to projecting their defects upon all they meet and imagine, would obsess over controlling all .
    Those who lust for power over all aspects of other peoples lives are ill.
    Sick with fear.
    This seems to be the reason, they cannot reason further.
    When the in group controls the masses, they then proceed to eat their own, until the masses refuse to play.
    It is the conflict between controlling all and then having to be constantly responsible for all, that usually does them in.
    Logically suicide bombers are most likely the freest members in a repressive society.
    As fear does not work on those who expect death.
    Most of our “leaders” are better described as expert freeloaders, having chosen a life path of parasitism and self agrandization. Quick to claim credit for societies successes and even quicker to pass the blame when their stupid ideas crash and burn.

    The CAGW crew and the UN are seeking bureaucratic heaven, constant income with zero accountability.
    Of course they want to rule the world, anyone else would not recognize how truly special they are, why they might even be forced to get a job.. doing something actually useful.
    Now that would be catastrophic.

  15. cdquarles says:

    These folk are misanthropes, if nothing else. They hate people and are willing to inflict harm on others so long as their faith in the cause requires it.

  16. Jason Calley says:

    Are the leaders of the CAGW movement sociopaths? You aren’t the only one who thinks so! Yeah, they have all the earmarks of it. Sadly, they are very adept at being sociopathic. As adrianvance points out, they seem to be addicted to power.

    Interesting what you say about talking with animals. I admit I am not good with it — but my wife is. For example, some years back, we were standing in our side yard when we heard our dog, Min, bark off in the back yard. My wife says “Min’s found a snake!” Realize that snakes in the yard are very uncommon; I have seen only two or three in a 12 year period. “How do you know?” I asked. She replied, “That’s what she just said!” Of course, I walked to the back and found Min, nose down to the grass, pointing out a small garter snake. I asked my wife later how she knew. “Oh, she has different barks for different things. One bark for a strange human. One bark for a big animal like a cow or a horse. One bark for a strange dog. One for a bird, and another one for any sort of reptile or cold blooded animal. That was her reptile bark. We have a lot of lizards around the house, so I knew she wouldn’t bark for just a common lizard — so it had to be a snake!”

  17. p.g.sharrow says:

    Some people are just better listeners, ;-) pg

  18. omanuel says:

    Are Leaders of the Global Warming Movement Sociopaths?

    I believe the answer is yes because I too was addicted to the delusion of power until 1996.

    That may be the root of all addictions.

    Bill Wilson and Dr. Bob Smith found and reported the only viable solution for such addictions in 1939: A twelve step program that begins with:

    1. We admitted we were powerless . . .

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