Rupert Murdoch's first speech to the Wall Street Journal Staff
A year ago Justin wrote "Rupert Murdoch, owner of News Corporation, has announced that he is becoming a green campaigner. He is making the whole of his worldwide operations carbon neutral and setting out to "educate and engage" his readers and viewers about global warming". According to Mark Bowden in this month's Atlantic, Murdoch "has announced his intention for the remade Journal not just to supplant The New York Times as the nation’s preeminent daily newspaper but to become the first truly global daily."
Therefore we were surprised to see Bret Stephen's article Global Warming as Mass Neurosis in the Journal. We won't argue with his statement "Much of the science [about global warming] has since been discredited."- the folks at DeSmogBlog did a great job of that. Having mangled the science, Stephens goes after religion.He describes global warming as " a vehicle of ideological convenience. Socialism may have failed as an economic theory, but global warming alarmism, with its dire warnings about the consequences of industry and consumerism, is equally a rebuke to capitalism. Take just about any other discredited leftist nostrum of yore – population control, higher taxes, a vast new regulatory regime, global economic redistribution, an enhanced role for the United Nations – and global warming provides a justification."
And a religion. "it is in keeping with this essentially religious outlook that the "solutions" chiefly offered to global warming involve radical changes to personal behavior, all of them with an ascetic, virtue-centric bent: drive less, buy less, walk lightly upon the earth and so on. A light carbon footprint has become the 21st-century equivalent of sexual abstinence."
So according to Bret Stephens,
a) Global warming doesn't exist;
b) It is a plot to create a new world order with the UN in charge and capitalism shackled;
c) It is a new religion; no wonder one of the biggest effects will be flooding.
It is really not worth arguing with this kind of drivel, what can one say? Only that Rupert Murdoch is not doing a very good job of getting his troops to "enthusiastically join the fight against climate change" nor does he have any hope of replacing the New York Times as the newspaper of record if this is what his editors let through. One could say about Bret Stephens what Mary McCarthy said about Lillian Hellman on the Dick Cavett show:
Every word she writes is a lie, including "and" and "the".
More on Rupert Murdoch "going green"
Fox News Corporation To Go Green :
Rupert Murdoch at the Clinton Global Initiative
Sun Rises Across Half-Green Media Empire