I long ago realized the correctness of the H. L Mencken maxim that the whole aim of politics is to keep the populace alarmed by an endless series of “hobgoblins,” as he called them—most of them imaginary, and from which they beg to be led to safety. People are not driven by scientific or technical rationality, but by fear and emotion. In politics, it is the irrational passions that must be appealed to, and it’s necessary to do that on a regular basis. You’ll notice, however, that the end point for the benefits of fighting global warming has now been pushed well out into the future—as have the consequences of doing nothing. That’s something we’ve learned.
– The George Kyros Interview