Lawrence Solomon, the anti-democratic oaf employed by the National Post to make spurious claims about the falsehoods of climate change, has a new and even more bizarre conspiracy theory about climate change. In the past, I have grown familiar with Solomon and his ilk claiming that climate change isn’t real, that socialists are rigging the debate, and even that would-be carbon traders like Al Gore are trying to scam us into making them billions of dollars. But in his latest column Solomon ascends to new heights of paranoia and ridiculousness:
The insurance industry has been behind the global-warming fraud since the 1970s… The insurance industry wants more money to cover its poor stock picks.
The insurance industry is powerful indeed, if it not only managed to get in on the ground floor of the climate change lobby forty years ago (as Solomon claims) but that, still talking forty years ago here, they realized they would be making “poor stock picks” during the 2007-2008 recession and would need an excuse to jack up their rates to restore profitability. And anyways, since when did insurance companies need an excuse to up our rates?
I’ve been wondering for some time now what would happen when insurance companies decided climate change was a serious enough risk to build into their rate calculations. This has been a turninng point in social movements before — in the provision of running tap water, for instance, which had the helpful side effect of creating a legion of fire hydrants. I guess I was overly optimistic. It turns out they just get slotted into their place in the conspiracy. As with the Conservative paranoia about Liberals, we are witnessing the creation of a profound, grand conspiracy theory which has the dual effects of creating a fount of magic knowledge for misguided followers to rally around, and a ready-made tool for instantly (if spuriously) discrediting any criticism.Tweet