Our Political Climate

Rob Lyons put it best: In claiming that climate change is “the greatest challenge of our time,” global warming alarmists and the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) have “delivered, it seems, with brass balls, (a message) that the science is settled, the debate is over, and everything must come second to tackling global warming.”

On a global scale, one would think that alleviating poverty, a lack of fresh drinking water, and the continued existence of terrible diseases (such as polio, malaria, and radical Islam) in many parts of the world would be more important than climate worries. After all, the fact that "climate changes" is an unsurprising truism, and a fact humans have adapted to throughout our existence.

On a domestic scale, one would think that slow economic growth, persistently high unemployment and historic low levels of labor participation, the failure of our public school systems (outside of the richest suburbs), and the imminent implosion of our health insurance and health care systems would be higher policy priorities than the Quixotic and fundamentally egomaniacal quest for humans to change (or stop changing) the climate of our planet. After all, there are no demonstrable negative effects of moderate temperature increases so far — increases for which science still does not have a good, coherent explanation and which likely have little human causation. (No alarmist model can explain the last 15 years of non-warming in the presence of increasing atmospheric carbon dioxide levels.)

Still, Secretary of State John Kerry is, like his predecessor in failing to defeat George Bush, obsessed with the non-threat of mostly-non-human-caused climate change. As the New York Times noted, “Shortly after Mr. Kerry was sworn in last February, he issued a directive that all meetings between senior American diplomats and top foreign officials include a discussion of climate change.”

So it was no surprise when last week the Times reported that Kerry is going to make climate change a top priority for the next two years: “His goal is to become the lead broker of a global climate treaty in 2015 that will commit the United States and other nations to historic reductions in fossil fuel pollution.”

And the Washington Times tells us that President Obama will use executive branch agencies and executive orders to “combat climate change,” since he knows his destructive agenda could not pass the Democrat-controlled Senate, much less the House of Representatives. This will show up in large measure in the administration’s continued “war on coal,” which imperils Democratic electoral hopes across Appalachia.

Yet nature seems to have a particular sense of humor, constantly and publicly tweaking the anti-rationality anti-capitalist global warming loons with what has come to be known as the Gore Effect.

Please read the entirely of my article for The American Spectator here:
http://spectator.org/articles/57355/our-political-climate

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