As we have noted before, one of the most basic principles of strategy is that we have to adjust to changes in the climate. This principle is based on the fact that any type climate--economic, business, political, or physical--is too large and complex for anyone to change. Climate, by definition, involves a interaction of every part of that environment. Even the smallest elements may have a huge impact. Today, science studies this principle under the heading of "chaos theory" and "complexity," but the idea remains the same in the 2,500 years since Sun Tzu articulated it.
Today, the political "global warming" movement attempts to stand this simple fact of nature on its head. It calls upon us to believe that a world government of some sort could actually pass legislation that can control the climate. The consequence of acting as if you can control the climate are always disasterous. Science is designed to leverage the natural forces of nature (both human and otherwise), not fight agianst these forces. The "global warming" movement illustrates the impossibility of fighting against the forces of nature and how destructive such a battle is. In this case, the credibility of the scientific community is at stake as many within that community seek to change science into a political force. A great recent article explains how "global warming" politics are corrupting the scientific community.