And the method used by almost all of these false prophets to justify their criticism of those with differing views is to accuse their opponents of being in “denial” of reality.
It is as if the accusation would have the effect of leaving the word scarred on the forehead of anyone brave enough to voice an opinion contrary to the party line - a bit like pointing the Christian cross at Count Dracula’s sweaty brow or branding the Jews with serial numbers during the Holocaust.
The truth of course is that, in most instances, the false prophets (ie those promoting human responsibility for virtually every extraordinary climate event) are the ones who are in denial.
It gets worse!
Ironically, the false accusations are usually the end result of a disingenuous mis-representation of the opponents’ position in the debate.
How does this happen?
Let’s start with a few home truths.
Most of those who share my beliefs about the current climate change phenomenon are amongst the first to acknowledge the existence of climate change in all its forms.
No one is more aware of nature’s warning signals than those who are most likely to be suffering the effects of these adverse events at the coal face - ie farmers or those who support the agricultural industry. Yet we are the ones on the receiving end of most of these deliberate false representations of our views.
Our point of difference in this debate is that climate change is real but is more likely to be as the result of cyclical planetary changes that happen from time to time with varying degrees of frequency. Nothing difficult to understand there.
For example, the last “mini ice age” was recorded as recently as 400 years ago when the Thames froze over yet you could mow the lawns in Lapland, such was the impact on the main natural directors of world climate at any one time ie The Atlantic Current.
Unsurprisingly, our theory is backed by many of the world’s top climate scientists including those who are subsequently demonised for their honest interpretation of facts as they see them.
The classic example of the damage inflicted on the reputation of these brave individuals, which can only be described as deliberate persecution, is the case of the Australian marine scientist, Dr Peter Ridd, who has been fighting world authorities and his own university employers in an attempt to discredit the false view that human activity has caused the collapse of the Great Barrier Reef. Thankfully, Dr Ridd has been proved correct in holding his minority view.
This case more than any other shows how wrong even eminent scientists can be if they have vested interests in proving their own theory against one which isn’t as popular.
Farmers hold similar views that are simply based on what they know to be true and are prepared to fight to express those views until the government of the day recognises this fascist indoctrination and imposition of false agendas has no place in a society that demands to be free.
We need to work together to prepare for the effects of these cyclical variations.
The horse has already bolted and we must learn to live with, making the best of, whatever nature has in store.
Unfortunately, reducing our use of fossil fuels will have little effect on the inevitable outcome.
We need to develop policies that work and protect all groups but we don’t do that by blaming one group for all our sins. That only breeds division and hatred - supposedly the two things we are told will do us the most harm.
Who will save us then!
Clive Bibby is a commentator, consultant, farmer and community leader, who lives in Tolaga Bay.