Report: It’s OK to Hype Global Warming, Because It’s For a Good Cause

Next year, there’s a big United Nations conference being held in Paris. The goal of that international meeting is to come to a universal agreement regarding global warming policies.

In order to increase the likelihood of every country in the world signing such a treaty, it might be necessary for the next year or so to lie a little bit about how catastrophic manmade global warming is. Sure, the alarmism and end-of-world scenarios aren’t true and are pure fear mongering, but it’s for a good cause. I mean, what’s the worst that could come of it, that we get a cleaner Earth?

Two assistant economic professors authored a report that seemed to provide the rationale for lying about “climate change.” Except they don’t call it lying; they call it “information manipulation.” Here’s part of their report, published in a peer-reviewed journal:

“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.”

If the government and media actually told the truth about global warming, countries wouldn’t want to submit to international taxes, mandates, and controls in the name of “protecting the global environment.” They have to try to scare people as much as possible. Tell everyone that the human race will go extinct; that the world will blow up, unless we all “come together” and “do something” about “climate change.” Anything to get people to become willing slaves.