Rick Bradford wrote:
I won't spoil it any more, but its relevance to the climate change issue is clear, but only if you believe we are governed by credulous and gullible fools.
The clip didn't make a hard and fast link between credulity and intelligence. There were obvious counter examples.
It isn't useful to assume we are governed entirely by credulous and gullible fools. You can pick out all sorts of motives:
Some years back, when the costs were not understood, it was giving people what they wanted. There's an inertia in what has been done.
Some are true believers in the Al Gore message.
A few are gullible fools.
Some go along with it because it appears to be a problem soluble only by international action - weakening the nation state - and authoritarianism. It's a useful vehicle for political ideologies which couldn't be sold honestly.
Going against the flow, whatever they think about CAGW, would rock the boat and not enhance their immediate career prospects.
There are nice little earners in all of this; careers, rackets.
An external threat makes the populace easier to manage, solving real problems is messy and risky.
They're not spending their own money and are to a large extent insulated from the consequences.
From the point of view of UK government as a whole, rejecting CAGW outright and developing sensible energy policies for the UK would involve going against the EU and the UN. Sticking to their guns would lead to exit from the EU and although this may be in the interests of the UK, it is pretty clear that the political establishment does not regard it as in its interests, and that's all that's important to them.