The Incredible Strength Of Apathy – Over Hyping?

For about 30 years now we’ve had “Global Warming”, no, “Climate Change”, no, “Climate Chaos”, etc. etc. shoved down our collective throats in ever more shrill language. IMHO, the “Jump The Shark” moment came about 18 years ago when we had a bit of a peak, then plunge, and the screaming about it became deafening.

Well, lots of folks seem to have followed a path similar to mine. First thinking “OMG, that looks bad!”. Then looking into it and finding out “It’s not really much at all”. Then looking further and figuring out “They are just making shit up!”. Now tuning out. Literally and figuratively.

Here’s some evidence:

Berkeley Scholar: Climate Change Is Officially Dead. But Blame Activists, Not Trump.
“Causes that live by politics, die by politics.”

By James Barrett
June 5, 2018

In an op-ed for The Wall Street Journal Monday, Steven F. Hayward, senior resident scholar at the Institute of Governmental Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, declared that climate change as a pre-eminent policy issue has officially “run its course.” And if you’re looking for someone to blame, he suggests, don’t look at President Trump, look instead at left-wing activists who’ve let their social justice and “green utopian vision” sabotage viable solutions.

“All that remains” of the climate change political movement, writes Hayward, “is boilerplate rhetoric from the political class, frivolous nuisance lawsuits, and bureaucratic mandates on behalf of special-interest renewable-energy rent seekers.”
Most national governments, he explains, have been steadily “backing away from forced-marched decarbonization.” The arc of climate change as a policy priority, he declares, can officially be dated from 1988 to 2018.

But while the issue has run its course in the early years of Trump’s presidency, he notes, Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris Agreement “merely ratified a trend long becoming evident.” No, Trump isn’t to blame for the demise of the issue; in the end, the self-defeating ideological agenda of social justice and climate activists have finally buried it.

“The descent of climate change into the abyss of social-justice identity politics represents the last gasp of a cause that has lost its vitality. Climate alarm is like a car alarm—a blaring noise people are tuning out,”
writes Hayward. And this collapse of the movement, he explains, was utterly “predictable.”

Notice that this is coming from Berkeley! We’re talking real hard core believers here.

But what about out in the industrial news land?

MSNBC’s Chris Hayes fuels outcry by describing climate change as ‘ratings killer’

Liberal network accused of being too concerned with profits

MSNBC anchor Chris Hayes’ admission that climate change is a “ratings killer” has infuriated environmentalists who accused the liberal network of being more concerned about its bottom line than with fighting global warming.

Asked about his network’s lack of climate-change coverage, Mr. Hayes tweeted Tuesday that “almost without exception. every single time we’ve covered it’s been a palpable ratings killer. so incentives are not great.”

MSNBC is the home of the True Believer, the most progressive of the Progressives, the most rabid Social Justice Warriors and their favored topics.

When even the rabid SJWs are tired of this crap and grab the remote, well, it’s pretty well toast as a topic.

Any news show or paper that doesn’t “get that” will find a rapidly dropping circulation and audience.

All that said: It is still no time to declare victory and go home. Too much money and too much power hang in the balance. They will not go quietly into that good night.

But the worm has turned…

All the screaming about how horribly record hot ever it was all the time year after year; while farmers were losing crops to frost, our heating bills were skyrocketing, and we were looking for our coats; well, it wears folks down, then pisses them off.

I suspect the TDS (Trump Derangement Syndrome) topics du jour are headed for a similar fate. The spouse was watching a TV in the hospital the other day (no, nothing to worry about) and it was set on the news. Then the connection died. (Guess I’m not the only one with a dodgy internet provider…) She said to the room “It doesn’t matter. All the news is the same every day anyway: California is on fire, there are storms back East, the traffic is a mess, and everybody hates Trump”. Other random folks in the room agreed saying things like “Oh yeah”.

Think on that for just a moment. My spouse hardly ever watches the news, mostly just catching bits of it when I’m watching and she’s doing something else. She doesn’t really get engaged in the news topics. Even she is bored silly with the TDS ranting and is tired of the monotony of it so much that “dead air” was just as acceptable as the news.

The Public has basically entered the “Wa Wha Wa Wha Wha” zone for all things Climate and Trump Bashing. We have collectively tuned it out, literally in some cases, figuratively in many of the rest.

Once folks enter that stage, it is nearly impossible to get them out of their lethargy about it. They are done.

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About E.M.Smith

A technical managerial sort interested in things from Stonehenge to computer science. My present "hot buttons' are the mythology of Climate Change and ancient metrology; but things change...
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10 Responses to The Incredible Strength Of Apathy – Over Hyping?

  1. hillrj says:

    EM: you are right, but…. Here in Australia apathy is on the side of the “Green Blob”. They are wrecking the country with useless renewable electric schemes, but nobody cares.

  2. A C Osborn says:

    hillrj , that is the big problem, although people don’t scare (or care) anymore the apathy has spread to stopping what is going on in the name of the scare.
    We are steadily heading for 1984, only Trump and possibly Putin are trying to do anything about it.
    The problem with Putin though is he is quite happy to use it for Russia’s advantage.

  3. Ian W says:

    One standard way to get into moderation at WUWT is to add more than one
    URL. So your post would be held for someone to check it.

  4. dfhunter says:

    Hi EM
    you have to remember that most young people (15-40) have been fed this Global Warming/Change/Extreme Weather narrative from the MSM,IPCC & Governments since birth.

    they have no benchmark to compare the events they see on telly/online media.
    so, anyone of a certain age, 40,50+ ? are likely to think “yes its bad, but I remember xxx”
    as for “Trump Bashing” – I have never in 40 years of watching news/current affairs progs seen the UK media so Biased against a USA President.
    they look for a negative angle on every story/press release.

  5. dfhunter says:

    forgot the ps –
    so I think you are correct, too many negative stories without a outcome that was promised/predicted by the so called experts piss people off.

    1 or 3 you could get away with, but after that you begin to lose my interest in someone worth listening to.

  6. John F. Hultquist says:

    Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris Agreement ” was mostly an economic/political decision. During the fading days of the previous administration, money was shipped overseas, and had the woman won, more would have followed. He said he would stop that, and did.
    The Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) were a farce. Paul Homewood did a nice job of exposing the nonsense. On the other hand, the USA – because of the switch to gas for power – was (is) about the only country whose emissions have been dropping.
    The outcome (known from the get go — that’s why the things were called “intended”) was a kludge to try and keep the climate train on the track when the wheels were already off.
    So I agree with the writer” “don’t look at President Trump ” as the person/thing to blame.

  7. A C Osborn says:

    John F, the UK is another one, also for basically the same reason, with some very expensive Wind & Solar added to the mix.

  8. philjourdan says:

    The species man (like most species) has a “fight or flight” instinct. It is based on a real threat and serves the purpose of maintaining the species. But it is short in duration as it does entail adrenalin. That is what both these hysterias tried to feed off of. But adrenalin is a life shortener. You cannot maintain a high level of adrenalin all the time. Eventually, when the sky does not fall, the earth does not swallow you up, the sun rises and the grass grows, instinct tells us that the perceived crises is not a threat.

    Neither Trump nor climate change is a threat. At least not to the vast majority of folks in going about their daily lives.

  9. clive hoskin says:

    So,when do the hangings begin?And I am serious.There have been”Trillions”of dollars wasted and 10 of thousands of people bullied,killed and ridiculed because of one of the biggest rorts ever.I want heads on spikes and public hangings.Nothing less will do!!!!!

  10. gallopingcamel says:

    My friend John Staddon was a founder member of the “Apathy Club” but never did anything about it.

    Here is John’s take on the British single payer health system:

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