by David Archibald
Google’s motto is “Don’t be evil”. Well, a couple of years ago Google had sided with the forces of darkness in the global warming battle – a position that when their lives are weighed in the balance would earn them a place in the deepest circle of Hell. Reuters reported in March 2011 that Google had “brought together a team of 21 climate researchers to improve the way the science of global warming is communicated by new media.” The foot soldiers in this propaganda effort, called Science Communication Fellows, are listed here. That is a list of 21 souls doing their best to sell their fellow Americans into the slavery and servitude of a carbon tax. If some of the smartest people in Silicon Valley couldn’t see through the used car salesman’s pitch that is the global warming scare, that is bad enough in itself. But then they compounded the error by funding the scaremongering with their considerable resources.
A couple of years have passed since then and Google seems to have shed its self-delusion about global warming. On 11th July, Google hosted a fund-raising lunch for the noble Senator James Inhofe of Oklahoma. Google’s science fellows noticed this and became upset, writing a letter of moaning to the Google management. The letter serves one useful purpose in that it tells us that Apple has hired Lisa Jackson, the former head of the EPA. The EPA is continuing the damage to the US economy through the war on coal that Ms Jackson started. So we have one further fact to consider in the choice between Apple and Samsung, beyond the fact that Al Gore has made $30 million-odd sitting on Apple’s board for the last 10 years.
The Inhofe lunch may have been just as Google justified it – they have a data center in Oklahoma that is powered by wind turbines. Google was also the largest donor to the Competitive Enterprise Institute annual dinner in June with a donation of $50,000. But the most telling thing about Google’s change of heart is perhaps what its Youtube subsidiary is doing.
Global warming wisdom from the mouths of cartoon figures
Being ever helpful, Youtube sends me suggestions of videos that it thinks I might like to watch. Recently Youtube sent me a link to this video: The Global Warming Hoax Explained for Dummies. Importantly, that video treats the warmers with derision. The male cartoon figure calls the female one an “ignorant slut” for believing in global warming amidst a good explanation of the physics involved in the greenhouse effect. At the end he notes that it took 40 years for the Piltdown Hoax to be shown to be based on the jaw of an orangutan and he hopes that it doesn’t take 40 years for the global warming hoax to be shown to be based on the jawbones of asses.
$50,000 is less than pin money for Google but YouTube videos are the zeitgeist and far, far more important. Derision is the final stage in the abandonment of an idea. Thus YouTube’s promotion of that video is perhaps a sign of the end of the global warming scare.
Avert your eyes. Google has obscured image of Scarborough Reef with fake cloud.
Google has a bit further to go though if it doesn’t want to be consigned to one of the circles of Hell. Google Earth is still blocking the image of Scarborough Reef, 300 km west of Manila Bay and occupied by Chinese military forces. It is also blocking the images of all the other reefs that the PLA have built bases on. Of course the betrayal of its core principle is the price it is paying so that it can make money in the Middle Kingdom. Google will find though that what it traded its soul for will become as dust.
[UPDATE] For further reading, folks might enjoy my 2011 post on this subject, entitled “An Open Letter To Google“. - willis]