Now, I’m a die hard Beatles fan from way back, bought all the singles, bought all the albums up to and including the double White Album and bought Beatles Monthly every month.
Having to sell them to put food on the table was heart-breaking but at least I kept the records.
Today, sadly Sir Paul strayed away from music into an area where I suspect his knowledge is much more limited than is his knowledge of music: climate change – or global warming as they used to call it up until the earth stopped warming up in 1998.
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Today on the BBC, (where else), Sir Paul directly likened climate change “deniers” to Holocaust “deniers”.
This is on the basis that we’ve all seen the footage of the liberation of the concentration camps. Equally, we’ve all seen Al Gore’s now discredited global warming documentary, the one with the polar bear stranded on an ice flow about 6ft from the shore, so we all know it’s true. And presented by a former US vice-president looking for a role in the world, stands to reason it must be true.
It was interesting that when global warming stopped in 1998 the anti-capitalist, green lobby behind the warming scare quickly rebranded it “climate change”.
I’m surprised no one thought of it before. Of course there is climate change, there always has been.
The advantage of peddling climate change is: a) that climate change is undeniable; b) every natural disaster of any magnitude can be blamed on it.
And because no one can deny climate change is happening, it is easy for the anti-capitalist front to jump on it as a sort of passing, green bandwagon from which western society can be attacked.
You never see green campaigners demonstrating against new coal fired power stations in China or India. No, it’s much easier to antagonise a few hard working blokes harmlessly fracking for shale gas in order to keep our lights on when the wind isn’t blowing.
The reality is that the whole climate change thing has become commandeered by those with their own agenda.
Politicians have climbed on board without looking at the other passengers or too deeply into the science and quasi-science involved while big business has spotted an opportunity and moved in to exploit the gullible. Twas ever thus!
In the meantime the earth rolls on doing its own thing. The climate may or may not be changing and if it is, mankind may or may not be having an influence. Of course being man and being hubristic we even want to take credit for the natural disasters that occur.
What we ought to recognise is that over the centuries the earth has warmed and cooled and it is probably going through another phase now.
If it is natural, as I believe, then all the windmills in the world won’t make a jot of difference.
What we should be doing is embracing the approach of one academic which is to say: “Ok, if the world is warming up, let’s prepare for a warmer world, less deaths from cold, more from heat, a changing pattern of agriculture, some areas becoming more arid and others more cultivatable and crucially the risk of flooding of low lying areas driving immense migrations of people.”
Instead we say: “Somehow we must stop the earth warming.”
So, back to Macca and his views: climate change “deniers” are not the same as Holocaust “deniers”.
To say so undermines the enormity of the Holocaust and the suffering it caused while at the same time offending those with reservations about what is being said or done about climate change.
The whole thing is much more complex that can be dealt with just by labelling thoughtful opponents “deniers”.