Climatologists : The Fourth Branch Of Government Since 1976

2016-06-07 20 01 38

Page 9 – The Lowell Sun at

The prospect of domination of the nation’s scholars by Federal employment, project allocations, and the power of money is ever present  and is gravely to be regarded. Yet, in holding scientific research and discovery in respect, as we should, we must also be alert to the equal and opposite danger that public policy could itself become the captive of a scientific/technological elite.

  • President Dwight Eisenhower 1961
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15 Responses to Climatologists : The Fourth Branch Of Government Since 1976

  1. Andy DC says:

    Totally clueless, but always willing to take a Government hand out to try to predict the unpredictable.

  2. OrganicFool says:

    Now this same guy is predicting warming doom and trying to blindside farmers, ranchers and other food producers from potential catastrophic cold that could seriously hamper crops and livestock if the world turns colder. Of course, it will be all humans’ fault either way, in their book.

    Europe was just hit with major crop damage from unusual cold weather.

    “We need more government to control the economy and climate (Nature)” says the Democratic Socialist.
    “We need more common sense” says the Capitalist.

  3. AndyG55 says:

    Fully realised by 1984. !

    Orwell, such a clever prediction.

  4. Pathway says:

    Central planning worked out so well for the Soviets, didn’t it.

  5. Steve Case says:

    This fourth branch would do long-range planning ….

    And we could call it, “The Great Leap Forward”

    • Jason Calley says:

      Strangely, all their long rang planning involves the climatologist receiving more bread with more butter and jam spread on it (metaphorically speaking.)

  6. Anto says:

    Eisenhower was a wise a visionary man. Such a shame to see the upper echelons infested with lightweights, criminals and hucksters these days.

    Some more from that speech, think here about climate change:
    Crises there will continue to be. In meeting them, whether foreign or domestic, great or small, there is a recurring temptation to feel that some spectacular and costly action could become the miraculous solution to all current difficulties. A huge increase in the newer elements of our defenses; development of unrealistic programs to cure every ill in agriculture; a dramatic expansion in basic and applied research – these and many other possibilities, each possibly promising in itself, may be suggested as the only way to the road we wish to travel.

    His quote about the military-industrial establishment is often quoted, but his lead in paragraphs rarely are:
    A vital element in keeping the peace is our military establishment. Our arms must be mighty, ready for instant action, so that no potential aggressor may be tempted to risk his own destruction.

    Our military organization today bears little relation to that known by any of my predecessors in peacetime, or indeed by the fighting men of World War II or Korea.

    Until the latest of our world conflicts, the United States had no armaments industry. American makers of plowshares could, with time and as required, make swords as well. But now we can no longer risk emergency improvisation of national defense; we have been compelled to create a permanent armaments industry of vast proportions. Added to this, three and a half million men and women are directly engaged in the defense establishment. We annually spend on military security more than the net income of all United States corporations.

    This conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large arms industry is new in the American experience. The total influence – economic, political, even spiritual – is felt in every city, every Statehouse, every office of the Federal government. We recognize the imperative need for this development. Yet we must not fail to comprehend its grave implications. Our toil, resources and livelihood are all involved; so is the very structure of our society.

    In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.

    And yet more wisdom, this time in relation to the disastrous debt which governments around the world have chained so many nations with:
    Another factor in maintaining balance involves the element of time. As we peer into society’s future, we – you and I, and our government – must avoid the impulse to live only for today, plundering for, for our own ease and convenience, the precious resources of tomorrow. We cannot mortgage the material assets of our grandchildren without asking the loss also of their political and spiritual heritage. We want democracy to survive for all generations to come, not to become the insolvent phantom of tomorrow.

    As a society, we get the governments we deserve, and unfortunately, we no longer deserve an Ike. Which leads to the likes of realclimatescience readers feeling alienated and abused for simply expressing opinions which, two generations earlier, were widely admired and accepted as being some of the values which made Western civilisation great. Such a shame.

    • Jason Calley says:


      Current US military budget is almost equal to that of the militaries of every other nation on earth added together. And yet, and yet… we have veterans who cannot receive medical care and we have major weapons systems that do not work. The Pentagon is estimated to have over $8,000,000,000,000 (eight TRILLION dollars) in funding which it cannot account for how it was spent. Where is the money going to? It is not going into the soldiers or the weapons, not in any sort of reasonable way. The military of the US is like a charity scam where a million dollars is taken in and only a hundred dollars is spent in helping the needy. Who is getting the rest?!

    • “become the insolvent phantom of tomorrow.”

      Exactly what we have become! Only torches and pitchforks will correct this with much suffering! The combined military forces will only protect themselves, while setting up booths to sell beer and popcorn to the spectators.

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