April 1, 2013 5 Comments
The British left-wing publication The Economist has had the unmitigated audacity to point out that global warming hasn’t occurred in a decade. The Economist has been harping climate change/global warming for years. They note that 25% of the man made CO2 since 1750 was released during the last decade yet there is no evidence of global warming. World temperatures are flat. They have arguably been flat for 20 years. No doubt The Economist will be labeled a heretic publication by diehard climate change adherents. Such people have taken this issue to near religious levels of faith. For the rest of us, it confirms our skepticism and it confirms our opposition to massive government intrusion into our economic lives.
The environmentalist left made a fundamental error decades ago. They tried to scare to world into supporting their socialist policies by making up wild stories about the world practically ending if we didn’t “do something” about global warming. When I was a kid, in 5th grade, we were taught that in a few years there would be no Amazon Rainforest. It was a total lie of course but generally speaking 5th graders aren’t in a position to know that. From there we’ve been told tales of rising oceans, stifling heat, massive weather events and the end of civilization as we know it. None of it has happened.
Even with the media hyping every weather event, most people have retained at least a bit of common sense. It’s hot in the summer here in the US, it’s hardly shocking when it hits 100 for a week or two. There are hurricanes that hit the southeast and Gulf coast, it’s hardly surprising when they happen. In fact, they’re down over the past few years and their intensity isn’t nearly as high today as it was in the 50′s and 60′s. There are big thunderstorms in the plains and midwest, it’s hardly surprising when they happen and it’s surely no evidence of some sort of dire man made climate change that will end civilization.
Just a few years ago the media was hyping the “hottest” summer ever in Europe. Where are they now as Europe experiences cold winters and mild summers? Just because it’s hot during a few summers in the two parts of the Earth that are dominated by the world’s media, it doesn’t prove global warming. In fact, world temperatures are at best flat over the last 20 years. All of the dire predictions have been proven wrong. The oceans aren’t rising, civilization isn’t threatened, weather isn’t dramatically changing. In short, the socialists made a fundamental error when they decided to try to scare people into action. They didn’t take into account that 1. countries wouldn’t do much and 2. that their predictions would turn out wrong.
With all of the dire predictions proven false, no one believes the climate change socialists anymore. No one is particularly scared about the future of weather and as such no one is compelled to demand action. In fact, m0st people laugh at the foolishness of it all. No doubt climate change still has it’s diehard believers. Some are scientists who have staked their careers and reputations on climate change. They’re unlikely to change no matter how inaccurate their predictions are, to do so would admit their careers were a waste and a failure. There are still socialists out there who view climate change as a means to an end but even these folks are beginning to look elsewhere for such a means. In short, climate change is a crock, we all know it and the left is just beginning to acknowledge the lie.