Exaggerating climate change impacts will “enhance global welfare”

You honestly can’t make this sort of thing up.

A peer-reviewed paper was recently published in the American Journal of Agricultural Economics. The paper was titled “Information Manipulation and Climate Agreements.” The abstract reads,

It appears that news media and some pro-environmental organizations have the tendency to accentuate or even exaggerate the damage caused by climate change. This article provides a rationale for this tendency by using a modified International Environmental Agreement (IEA) model with asymmetric information. We find that the information manipulation has an instrumental value, as it ex post induces more countries to participate in an IEA, which will eventually enhance global welfare. From the ex ante perspective, however, the impact that manipulating information has on the level of participation in an IEA and on welfare is ambiguous.

For those who may not have caught the obvious, the authors actually argued that “information manipulation” by the media and environmental groups when reporting the impacts of climate change – read: deliberately exaggerating or lying about the causes and effects of climate change – was an acceptable and beneficial plan of action. They argued that when media and environmental groups do this, they encourage worldwide participation in environmental agreements to stop or slow climate change and, thereby, “enhance global welfare.” On the flip side, the author’s claim that impacts related to lying and deceiving the public and elected officials about climate change impacts were not clear (“ambiguous”).

Although final findings are also slightly ambiguous, initial research suggests that there is a never-ending line of  “academics” who are willing to sell their credibility for a portion of the billions in climate change research funding that arises as a result of these worldwide climate agreements. Furthermore, research also appears to suggest that these “academics” are willing to pad their CV’s by publishing a continuous supply of “peer-reviewed” bumf that essentially argues that when dealing with climate change, “the ends justifies any means.”

Look people, when it gets to the point that you’re advocating lying and deception as an acceptable means of advancing your climate change ideology, it  is time to pack it in and call it a day.

As I said, you can’t make this stuff up.

04. April 2014 by Jason Hayes
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