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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

UPDATED: Global warming is the Y2K of our generation

Ian Plimer said it first, but the similarities between the scaremongering of today, and those associated with Y2K (and the ozone layer) are too hard to ignore:
REMEMBER Y2K? This was the new millennium bug that we were told threatened to throw the world's computer systems into chaos as we entered the year 2000.

Aircraft could fall from the sky and businesses crash in a global digital catastrophe, we were warned. Panic set in and billions of dollars were spent across the world to head off this impending armageddon.

In this mad rush there was no room for sceptics. The evidence of the looming danger was overwhelming and undeniable, regardless of the fact that it sounded like something out of a science-fiction movie. Action had to be taken and no price was too high.

Well, the tsunami turned out to be nothing more than a ripple in a pond, if that.

Does all this have a familiar ring to it? Of course. It is the same type of argument that is being foisted on us by the Rudd government over global warming and its threat to the future of civilisation as we know it.

Read it here.

UPDATED: Actually, Chris Abood claims first prize for this, see here (thanks for the link, Chris)


  • Actually I said it first two years ago :-)

    But hey, as long as everyone gets the message.

    By Anonymous Chris of Sydney, At August 18, 2009 at 3:50 PM  

  • Y2K?? Hardly.

    My impression of Y2K at that time was that it was plausible for there to be problems in any machine containing date calculations and in some cases defects were actually found and were fixed before the key rollover dates arrived.
    The fact that planes didn't fall out of the sky and world electronic commerce didn't grind to a halt was not because (as in AGW) it was physically impossible for there to be any problem, but rather it was because enough people took it seriously enough to at least check and put risk mitigation plans into place.

    I wish I could think of a better analogy for the AGW hysteria, but can't. Hysteria, yes, but the Y2K fish inhabits a different water boiling receptacle than AGW.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At August 18, 2009 at 7:20 PM  

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