‘I Have Committed Intellectual Blasphemy’ – Alexander Cockburn On ‘Climate Change’

Following the death of Alexander Cockburn,  Spiked-Online.com republish his spiked piece on what happens to leftists who challenge climate-change alarmism:

‘I have committed intellectual blasphemy’ – Alexander Cockburn on ‘Climate Change’

The Irish-raised, America-based rabble-rousing journalist Alexander Cockburn, a columnist for The Nation and co-editor of Counterpunch, has died at the age of 71. In tribute, spiked republishes this piece on climate-change catastrophism that he contributed in 2008.

While the world’s climate is on a warming trend, there is zero evidence that the rise in CO2 levels has anthropogenic origins. For daring to say this I have been treated as if I have committed intellectual blasphemy.

In magazine articles and essays I have described in fairly considerable detail, with input from the scientist Martin Hertzberg, that you can account for the current warming by a number of well-known factors – to do with the elliptical course of the Earth in its relationship to the sun, the axis of the Earth in the current period, and possibly the influence of solar flares. There have been similar warming cycles in the past, such as the Medieval Warm Period, when the warming levels were considerably higher than they are now.

Yet from left to right, the warming that is occurring today is taken as being manmade, and many have made it into the central plank of their political campaigns. For reasons I find very hard to fathom, the environmental left movement has bought very heavily into the fantasy about anthropogenic global warming and the fantasy that humans can prevent or turn back the warming cycle.

This turn to climate catastrophism is tied into the decline of the left, and the decline of the left’s optimistic vision of altering the economic nature of things through a political programme…


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12 Comments on "‘I Have Committed Intellectual Blasphemy’ – Alexander Cockburn On ‘Climate Change’"

  1. I don’t get global warming debate:
    there’s 3 headed shrimp in the Gulf of Mexico
    Monsanto is poisoning the seed stock & the soil
    Banksters are robbing the planet blind

    to me this is just one more item on a list of items
    that I can’t do a friggin thing about
    maybe it’s something designed
    or make me receptive to the “help” of Big Homelander

    • Well said.  The hysteria around it is incredible. If you’re even remotely skeptical than you’re completely discounted and mocked. You can be as brilliant and right as Cockburn and it doesn’t matter! you’re a “denier” and fool, period.

      • Lookinfor Buford | Nov 12, 2013 at 11:13 am |

        Well, no you’re not. You’re just an unwilling victim of brainwashing techniques as old as humanity. The Big Lie. Don’t let it bother you. Allow reason and rationality to be your guide, and rage against the machine.

  2. Linsang811 | Jul 24, 2012 at 6:41 am |

    Apparently this asshole and a lot of other assholes don’t think the ENTIRE WORLD POPULATION OF CLIMATE SCIENTISTS can do their jobs which would necessarily include factoring in all those other possibilities. They DID and STILL concluded that we are the problem based on very solid evidence.

    • charlieprimero | Jul 24, 2012 at 9:01 am |

      Corporate bot.

    • Mary Microgram | Jul 24, 2012 at 10:43 am |

      Did you even read the essay in full?  I’ve always been on the fence about the issue, but he makes some very good points. 

      Not buying into global warming hype doesn’t mean a person is careless about environmental issues any more than criticizing Israel makes one an anti-semite.  Those are psychological tactics that have been used to quiet dissenting views for decades, and apparently they’re still working.  A little critical thinking and question-asking would do Americans some good right now. 

      Neither shouting, nor saying, “Everyone else believes it!” are scientific nor logical arguments.

      Maybe warming is anthropogenic and maybe it isn’t, but the IPCC and other climate models haven’t been reliably predicting it, so, they’re not good science. 
      If you have to bully people into believing what you believe instead of just showing rock solid data, then what you’re practicing is religion, not science.

      • Flxyrhead | Jul 24, 2012 at 1:17 pm |

        Do a little research into the myth of the flat earth and appreciate the irony of your first two sentences.

        • It’s a metaphor for the myriad of scientific ideas that were once taken for granted that have now been proven wrong.
          Think, ‘spontaneous generation’, or ‘ether drift’, or 19th century determinism.

          Bottom line: If you don’t have a predictive, provable theory, you’re not on solid ground.

    • You’re an asshole and a nobody. Sorry. Alexander Cockburn was one of the greatest journalists of the last 50 fucking years. I don’t care if he got global warming wrong or right since he obviously was a better journalist and had more reasonable politics than 90% of people out there.

  3. Jesus Borg | Jul 24, 2012 at 3:17 pm |


    That’s what people need to pay attention to. Like for example:

    Carbon trading-basically the same financial smoke and mirrors games
    Economic hits on developing countries designed to keep them down disguised as environmental legislation.
    techno-fixes to the weather that mad Scientists wanted to do anyway.

    Stuff like that. Authoritarian types like Doom and Gloom because they are full of solutions. They have these solutions already and simply retrofit them to whatever the doom and gloom of the day is

  4. Blasphemy?  How about idiocy?  Hope the tool suffered on his way out.

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