More climate change nonsense
The White House is not giving upon its propaganda as evidenced by President Obama’s recent trip to California to golf and talk about “climate change.” This, of course, involved flying aboard Air Force One and spewing out tons of carbon emissions on his way across the entire country and back but there was no mention of that fact in his lecture, just that “the debate is settled. Climate change is a fact.”
Meanwhile, Secretary of State John Kerry jetted off to Indonesia where he declared climate change “the world’s most fearsome weapon of mass destruction.” (Are you nuts, John?) He went on to attack those who criticize this administration’s schemes as “shoddy scientists,” “flat-earthers” and “extreme ideologues.”
This is from Mr. Kerry, owner of mansions and a fabulous yacht that he moors in a different state —Maryland, I think — than at his residence in Massachusetts because of that state’s insanely high taxes. Kerry reminds me of another charlatan named John Edwards, who lived in a mansion and had a canned speech that could have been entitled “Two Americas.” (Edwards and his ilk live in one “America,” most of the rest of us in the other.) The gambit worked for a while until Edward’s peccadillos brought him down.
Meanwhile, my brother-in-law called from Marquette, Mich. and said Lake Superior is frozen, which eliminates all shipping in or out of Marquette. And in Billings, Mont. the minus-21 below zero temperature broke a record for March, and with almost 100 inches of snow that has fallen this winter, the snowfall record for Montana’s largest city also is likely to be broken.
Democrats still babble about “climate change” but not a lot this winter about “global warming.” (I predict that this summer we’ll once again get back to the original terminology, “global warming.”)
So when did “global warming” become “climate change?” That was the question Chris Wallace of Fox News Sunday presented to Kimberley Strassel, columnist for the Wall Street Journal. “It became ‘climate change’ when you couldn’t prove that there was much global warming anymore, as the temperatures didn’t change,” she replied. “So, suddenly we had to have this catch-all term that was responsible … (which) meant that any change in the weather somehow supported the theory.”Strassel was referring to the fact that there has been little increase in temperature during the last 15 to 17 years, a fact that makes climate change activists very uncomfortable.
Columnist George Will wrote, “When a politician says, concerning an issue involving science, that the debate is over, you may be sure the debate is rolling on and not going swimmingly for his side.”
Will goes on to say climate is always changing and points to the Medieval Warm Period (ninth to 13th centuries) and the Little Ice Age (about 1500-1850.)
But the Left now has billionaire Tom Steyer on its side. He has pledged to solicit $50 million from similar liberals and match it with his own $50 million to “pressure federal and state officials to enact climate change measures through a hard-edge campaign of attack ads against governors and lawmakers.”
I had to laugh when I read Mark Steyn’s take on all this: “… I figure the climate’s going to do what it wants no matter how many carbon credits I buy — and that a chump who can’t set up a health-insurance website that can process payments or correct errors is unlikely to be able (campaign speeches notwithstanding) to “heal the planet.” Steyn said he found it “far scarier” that leaders of Western nations now sound like “apocalyptic loons who used to wander the streets wearing sandwich boards and passing out homemade leaflets.”
Amen to that.
Bernie Kuntz, a Jamestown native, has been an Outdoors columnist for the Sun since 1974