And also to his credit, he is obviously responsible for a new psychiatric case: the "global warming delusion". As reported in Herald Sun of Australia by Andrew Bolt:
Writing in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, Joshua Wolf and Robert Salo of our Royal Children's Hospital say this delusion was a "previously unreported phenomenon".Bolt also reports that Australia's Prime Minister, Mr. Kevin Rudd, may also have this delusion since he announced his own apocalyptic vision:
"A 17-year-old man was referred to the inpatient psychiatric unit at Royal Children's Hospital Melbourne with an eight-month history of depressed mood . . . He also . . . had visions of apocalyptic events."
"The patient had also developed the belief that, due to climate change, his own water consumption could lead within days to the deaths of millions of people through exhaustion of water supplies."
"If we do not begin reducing the nation's levels of carbon pollution, Australia's economy will face more frequent and severe droughts, less water, reduced food production and devastation of areas such as the Great Barrier Reef and Kakadu wetlands."What make the article interesting is that Rudd tried to push his delusion to other Asian countries without much success. As Bolt reports:
the Indian experts went to the trouble to check what the climate was actually doing and why.There were talks about India or China might be the world leaders in the 21st century. Now I can see why India is aiming at that direction.
Their conclusion? They couldn't actually find anything bad in India that was caused by man-made warming: "No firm link between the documented (climate) changes described below and warming due to anthropogenic climate change has yet been established."
In fact, they couldn't find much change in the climate at all.
Yes, India's surface temperature over a century had inched up by 0.4 degrees, but there had been no change in trends for large-scale droughts and floods, or rain: "The observed monsoon rainfall at the all-India level does not show any significant trend . . ."
It even dismissed the panic Al Gore helped to whip up about melting Himalayan glaciers: "While recession of some glaciers has occurred in some Himalayan regions in recent years, the trend is not consistent across the entire mountain chain. It is, accordingly, too early to establish long-term trends, or their causation, in respect of which there are several hypotheses."
Now while U.S. is facing the peril of world leadership, even the Australia is beating the U.S. to advance the Psychiatric delusion. Though the two apparent presidential candidates are both likely to have varied degrees of this global warming delusion nevertheless -- depending upon what poll numbers reveal on any particular day. I am wondering who's going to wake up sooner, the people of Australia or the people of the U.S. before it's too late !!