The actual challenges presented by the threat of global warming look a lot more like California’s current situation than Waterworld or The Day After Tomorrow. As a matter of political rhetoric, it is attractive to frame the choice as a matter of affiliation: Cast your lot with the truth-speaking scientists on one side or the oil-addicted pre-Enlightenment goobers on the other. The actual choice is between making a naïve attempt to reorganize the world’s economy — an attempt that certainly will fail — and embarking on a series of discrete, manageable adaptations, such as improving the water-management facilities of millions of people who live, let’s remember, in a desert. The Left’s potted moral outrage notwithstanding, that isn’t a brief for denial, but a brief for adaptation. And if the Left really believed half as much in global warming as its rhetoric suggests, its leaders would be moving forward with a robust program for adaptation — especially in California, a large and prosperous jurisdiction that is under nearly complete progressive political control.
"Climate change," of course, has nothing at all to do with climate science, it's about control. It is a reflection of the fact that millions of dupes are more than willing to give up their economic and personal freedoms to authority in exchange for token amounts of ego validation -- a fact which the powers-that-be in the Democrat party recognized many years ago.
It's really quite a straightforward three-step process for psychological control of large groups of people:
1) Tell that portion of the population which is of middling intelligence that following your lead makes them smart and well-informed. Deep down, most of them know this to be untrue, but they desperately want to believe it. This is the result of a fundamental character flaw, often stemming from a nascent inferiority complex, and it makes them ideal for your needs.
2) Being that they're none too bright, it's a relatively simple matter to concoct some complicated pseudo-intellectual horse manure, write it down in a complex alternate language of which these dupes have no functional understanding -- mathematics, for example -- then watch as they proceed to tell everyone around them about this great new Truth of which they have been Enlightened.
3) Shout down any objections to your viewpoint as the backward babbling of the ignorant, ridicule the opposition as benighted and deceived, all while stroking the fur of your trained minions, and you can get away with murder. Literally, in some cases.
Now substitute "Latin" for "mathematics" in the above process and read it again. It's a functional description of another massive psychological manipulation in human history: the medieval Catholic Church. In fact, with only very minor alterations, that process can explain any number of examples of mass hysteria throughout history, from the Mormons to the UFO movement. Easily manipulated people are all the same; only the goals of those doing the manipulating ever change.