Captain America and
by Anthony Cox
I used to collect Marvel comics and Captain America was one of my favourites. He personified the Marvel narrative of the virtues of friendship, loyalty and respect. Captain America’s community was based on mutual support.
The Cap’s primary foe was the Red Skull. Skull wasn’t just a Nazi, he was the über Nazi who had obtained a mystical source of power and justification for wanting to conquer the world. Skull’s community, Hydra, was based on coercion and enslavement.
Marvel has come a long way since the old Jack Kirby and Stan Lee days. In the latest Hollywood blockbuster, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, new technologies and new values confront the Captain. And Hydra, the Captain’s old villain has reinvented itself. The similarity with man-made global warming [AGW] is manifest. AGW used to be cooling and has now reinvented itself as warming.
The old comics use to cost 12 cents; now the Winter Soldier costs $170 million. The money involved in AGW is astounding. So it is not just the themes of Captain America which invoke AGW but also the cost.
In Winter Soldier, Hydra has infiltrated SHEILD, which is the bastion protecting Western democracy and Captain America’s community. Hydra wants to ‘protect’ humanity by forcing humanity to accept enslavement. The Hydra villain, Robert Redford, notes the old attempt by Hydra to enslave humanity was not successful because humanity was not ready. This time Hydra is going to make humanity ready to accept Hydra’s slavery by creating chaos and fear so that humanity will be willing to forgo freedom for security.
Of course the advocates of AGW do not hijack huge gunships and plan to use them on humanity. That would be silly. AGW instead has infiltrated our universities and science bodies, claims a consensus and sows fear and discord by predicting the end of the world unless the world accepts the leadership of AGW as personified by the UN and gives up democracy everywhere. That’s not silly.
Advocates of AGW have really got into the spirit of sowing fear and discord. For instance Professor Stephen Schneider famously said:
So we have to offer up scary scenarios, make simplified, dramatic statements and make little mention of any doubts…Each of us has to decide what the right balance is between being effective and being honest
And the Hydra like Club of Rome really got into Marvel super-villain mode when it said:
The common enemy of humanity is man. In searching for a new enemy to unite us, we came up with the idea that pollution, the threat of global warming, water shortages, famine and the like would fit the bill. All these dangers are caused by human intervention, and it is only through changed attitudes and behavior that they can be overcome. The real enemy then, is humanity itself.
Misanthropy rears its head regularly in the AGW narrative. And when The Club of Rome says The real enemy then, is humanity itself it doesn’t take much imagination to hear the Skull or his modern incarnation, Robert Redford in the Winter Soldier saying the same thing as he gleefully kills millions of people. Even though Skull and Redford’s character say they want to protect humanity we know they don’t like humans very much at all.
In the Winter Soldier Captain America wins the day with the help of a few friends against the hordes of Hydra. However, in the movie’s teaser we see Hydra continuing as per its motto if one head is cut off two more will take its place.
In real life it’s proving equally difficult to defeat AGW. Unlike Hydra it’s not so much a case of cutting off heads as the heads never shut up. Take the esteemed Professor Peter Doherty interviewed on the very Hydra like ABC.
The good Professor cannot help himself and says:
I mean, the IPCC is talking about the possibility of a two-to-five-degree rise in global mean temperature by the end of the century. Over the last century, Australia has seen a one-degree rise. Last year was the hottest year on record…but then you think in terms of a two-to-five-degree rise, you're thinking of something very, very dramatic happening very quickly.
Last year wasn’t the hottest on record and the IPCC of course has no credibility at all, or at least after the audit by the InterAcademy Council [IAC] in 2010 should have no credibility. But the good Professor and many others like him continue to reference the IPCC as an undisputed source to base their scaremongering statements on. One senses the AGW fear mongers would like disasters to happen as this shows. That they don’t happen with extreme climate events not increasing must be a great source of disappointment to the AGW supporters. In fact they are so disappointed they regard each climate disaster as a good thing. For instance the UN’s Christiana Figueres saw a silver lining in the recent English floods because they got people talking about AGW again. That talk ceased abruptly when it was revealed the floods were largely due to Green policies.
Still Ms Figueres would make a splendid Hollywood villain. Her stern visage would sustain several subsequent further instalments of Hydra based spectaculars; she even appears to be in some super-villain outfit:
The only problem is while Captain America continues to fight Hydra in Hollywood who is going to fight Ms Figueres and the other AGW super villains in reality?