Darkness At Noon

I know there are many folks out there who have some doubts about the agenda of President Obama and Nancy Pelosi. There are many of you out there who have doubts about Global Warming (or Climate Change or whatever they’re calling it this week). Heck, I wouldn’t be surprised if there are even some of you who somehow doubt that Alec Baldwin is the world’s greatest living actor. And I know these thoughts trouble you, even as you curl up nestled all snug in your Gunclingyland cocoon. But have no fear, friends, for I have the answer. You see, your problem isn’t that you’re engaged in an epic struggle against an over-reaching Government that wants to control every facet of your life. No. Your problem, Gentle Readers, is that you’re whacked in the head

Psychological barriers like uncertainty, mistrust and denial keep most Americans from acting to fight climate change, a task force of the American Psychological Association said on Wednesday. Skip related content

Policymakers, scientists and marketers should look at these factors to figure out what might prod people take action, the task force reported at the association’s annual convention in Toronto.

While most Americans — 75 percent to 80 percent in a Pew Research Center poll — said climate change is an important issue, it still ranked last in a list of 20 compelling issues such as the economy or terrorism, the task force said.

Despite warnings from scientists that humans need to make changes now if they want to avoid the worst effects of climate change, “people don’t feel a sense of urgency,” the association said in a statement.

Numerous psychological barriers are to blame, the task force found, including: uncertainty over climate change, mistrust of the messages about risk from scientists or government officials, denial that climate change is occurring or that it is related to human activity, consumption of green M&Ms, and daily usage of Twitter.

I’m so glad these Scientists and Doctors-of-the-PhD-variety have told me what is wrong. It is very comforting to know that if perchance I happen to disagree with them on an issue the source of the disagreement is not based on something as mutable as an opinion or as inherently fascistic as say a fact (and certainly can not be traced in any way shape or form to any semblance of “error” on their part; I mean, that’s just such an obvious “given” that I’m frankly more than a tad embarrassed to even mention it) but rather can be easily traced to a mental problem/defect lying between my ears. You know, it’s amazing really, and in fact quite a sign of the continued munificence and tender mercies of our Dear Leaders, that they even allow so obviously mentally challenged folks, such as, say, myself, to continue to distract them from their Very Important Duties. We are truly blessed to have them.

As for me, well, I’m not despairing because I believe there is hope

But habits can be changed, especially if changing saves money and people are quickly made aware of it. People are more likely to use energy-efficient appliances if they get immediate energy-use feedback, the task force said.

“Immediate energy-use feedback” such as electric-shock therapy; I’m sure there’s a provision for that buried somewhere in those 1000+ pages.

Friends, never underestimate the power of the properly trained and focused Scientific Mind.

It identified other areas where psychology can help limit the effects of climate change, such as developing environmental regulations, economic incentives, better energy-efficient technology and communication methods.

If psychology alone can change the physical world, just imagine what could happen if a group of properly psychologically motivated people got together.

Rejoice, and be glad.

8 Responses to “Darkness At Noon”

  1. I’m sure someone will find a study that proves red wine can cure this. As a matter of fact, I feel a red wine study coming on right now.

  2. JeffS says:

    Sounds like someone wants to get on board the gravy train fed by the global warming scam.

    And this is yet another reason not to trust shrinks.

  3. mojo says:

    Rubashov? Is that you?

  4. Mr. Bingley says:

    I’m glad someone is paying attention, mojo.

  5. mojo says:

    I’m feeling the cold muzzle of a Makarov pressed against the back of my neck, Bingley.

  6. RebeccaH says:

    People are more likely to use energy-efficient appliances if they get immediate energy-use feedback, the task force said.

    Feedback like lower electrical rates, for instance? If not, forget it.

  7. J.M. Heinrichs says:

    So the solution to Global Climate Change is more Coke.


  8. Robert of Ottawa says:

    Aha, so… it is the evil Coke multinational that is corrodin g our mkinds, otherwise I would see the light and … and … ….
    change the world! Whoo!

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