Sarkozy is not exactly famous for precision of thought. His “position” as expressed in a press interview, translates thus:
“We’ve had a climate conference and there’s been a lot of talk about climate chaos. It’s very interesting, but the climate has been changing for 4.5 billion years. Man is not wholly responsible for this change.”
As Benoît notes, the importance lies, not in the specifics of Sarkozy’s intimate convictions on the subject, (he is well-known for making outrageous off-the-cuff statements which are later retracted or simply forgotten) but in the fact that discussion is no longer taboo.
Let’s be clear: this is not an appeal to vote for Sarkozy in the forthcoming presidential elections, especially as his simultaneous declarations on the so-called “demographic time bomb” were just as anti-scientific and backward-looking as the most extreme forms of climate alarmism.
And quotes a relevant warning from his book “La Peur Exponentielle”:
Climate sceptics are often asked to explain what they think are the “real problems” facing the planet, as if it was taken for granted that the end of the world is nigh and the only question was how this end was to come about. “Let us be afraid” is the demand of those who reproach sceptics for their refusal of the idea of a coming climate disaster.
In the face of such a question, the natural reaction is to demonstrate one’s good faith by proposing some alternative apocalypse: access to drinking water; urban pollution; problems of energy resources; inequality, and so on. Whatever one thinks of these other problems, their highlighting allows them to become integrated into the dominant discourse, which is based above all on the concepts of fear and repentance.
And finishes with a quote from the presentation he gave (in English) at the recent London “New Dawn of Truth” conference.
So, in a sense, the climate fear is the newest avatar of the irrational exponential fear. It is not the first one. And it is probably not the last. Hence, we should be concerned by the fact that, sooner or later, it will be replaced by another one. (…)
May we be able to prevent its emergence.