What do you think bothers the far left the most? A Republican in the White House? Income inequality? Flexing our military muscles overseas? Walmart remaining nonunion? The alleged power of Wall Street?
I could go on, but let me suggest what they devote the most energy to, with Al Gore as their poster child.
Yes, I’m talking about global warming.
Global warming, as you know, is now usually referred to as climate change, which supposedly takes into account unusual periods of cold. Please remember, weather is not climate, so a cold snap below zero for a week or so, does not indicate a change in alleged global warming. In fact, according to the true believers in globaloney, nothing shakes their belief that humans will destroy animal and plant life on the planet through indiscriminate carbon dioxide pollution.
There is a study that true believers regard as their bible. It’s called the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and although the new report hasn’t been released, The Wall Street Journal managed to see highlights of the 31-page summary of the full 1,914-page document.
Let me quote from the article by Matt Ridley: “The big news is that, for the first time since these reports started coming out in 1990, the new one dials back the alarm.”
The scientists who make up the prestigious IPCC conclude that the predicted temperature rise is lower than would have been expected when their 2007 report was released. The writer I am quoting is a member of the British House of Lords, so I think his analysis carries at least as much weight as Al Gore.
Here’s another quote that caught my eye: “It (the new report) is significant because it points to the very real possibility that, over the next several generations, the overall effect of climate change will be positive for humankind and the planet.”
There’s a certain frustration reading the highlights of the IPCC report knowing that although the 2007 report provided ammunition for climate-change believers, the new one will be ignored.
Can you imagine the greenies saying, “Hmm, maybe we should rethink our own predictions about the extent of, and the damage caused by, global warming?”
This is not to say that some of the things that, for example, automakers are doing, are not beneficial in their own right. But I would hope that this new report will cool off some of the warming hysteria.
Bud Stevenson, a retired stockbroker, lives in Fairfield. Reach him at Bsteven254@aol.com.