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Fear-Mongering 101 June 2, 2009

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Fear-Mongering 101

Written by Thomas Richard
Climate Change Fraud, May 30, 2009

The excerpted article below, Hurricane barriers floated to keep sea out of NYC, written by Jennifer Peltz of the Associated Press, is a tutorial on how to create a groundless, baseless, fear-mongering hit piece. First, you begin with a frightening opening paragraph just in case the reader wasn’t paying attention to the headline:

When experts sketch out nightmare hurricane scenarios, a New York strike tends to be high on the list. Besides shaking skyscrapers, a major hurricane could send the Atlantic Ocean surging into the nation’s largest city, flooding Wall Street, subways and densely packed neighborhoods.

Continue with a possible, though improbable, solution as ridiculous and embarrassing as the subject itself:

As a new hurricane season starts Monday, some scientists and engineers are floating an ambitious solution: Barriers to choke off the surging sea and protect flood-prone areas. The plan involves deploying giant barriers and gates that would move into place — in some cases rising out of the water — for storms. One proposal calls for a 5-mile-long barrier between New Jersey and Queens.

Glob on some more alarm and what-if scenarios:

New Yorkers are “living under the volcano, and people haven’t thought about it,” says Douglas Hill, an engineer who began discussing the idea several years ago with Stony Brook University oceanography professor Malcolm J. Bowman.

Get a quote from someone with an official-sounding title:

…former National Hurricane Center director Max Mayfield told a congressional committee that “it is not a question of if a major hurricane will strike the New York area, but when.”

Tie it all back to global warming, the bogeyman trotted out by journalists, politicians, and grant-seeking scientists with equal aplomb:

Hurricanes aren’t the only flood threat. Nor’easters also have caused storm-surge problems in the city, and scientists have projected that the waters around the city could rise by 2 feet or more in the coming decades because of global warming, making coastal flooding more frequent.

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1. Russ - June 2, 2009

I find it interesting how massive information dissemination has limited the impact of fear tactics. While fear was once a great motivator, people are starting to get accustomed to it and the intended effect is decreased. With the threat of terror, global warming and every day catastrophes, it is a wonder that anyone still listens to the fear mongers.

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