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Much ado (still) about climate change

By From page A11 | June 20, 2014

If you think I’ve turned into a monomaniac about global warming, there’s some truth to that. But since our scientifically grounded president brings up “climate change” several times a week, it’s hard to avoid the topic.

If I were disrespectful, I might say that Barack Obama is himself an obsessive-compulsive when it comes to impending doom. I came across an essay by Steven Hayward, a visiting professor at the University of Colorado and Pepperdine University. He begins, “The climate change crusaders, who have been at it for a quarter-century, appear to be going clinically mad.”

If you’ve been following the argument, you know that the true believers insist that the debate is over “because the matter is settled.” The believers use the alleged statistic that “97 percent of all scientists agree” that we – primarily Americans, of course – are bringing about the destruction of life on Earth.

The main rhetorical weapon the climatoids use is attempted humiliation of those who disagree with them. There were two headlines on consecutive pages in last Sunday’s edition of The New York Times that I’m sure were coincidental, but should have embarrassed the enviros. Last week was the time for college commencements and, no surprise, most of the invited speakers were liberals.

Here are the headlines:

“At commencement, Obama mocks lawmakers who deny climate change.” On the facing page, there were about 15 paragraphs from other commencement speeches. On the top of the page was this summary: “Graduates cautioned: Don’t shut out opposing views.”

Of course, the opposing views were on topics other than global warming. But why did these famous and not-so-famous speakers not mention probably the most contentious issue in the public arena today? Correction: It’s not contentious because allegedly anybody with an eighth-grade education and an IQ over 80 fully believes in anthropomorphic global warming. You see, not only is climate change becoming more and more dangerous, but it’s the work of capitalism. No joke: Automobiles are made by capitalists; and coal, gas, and oil-fired power plants are owned by utilities that care more about their profits than the air we breathe.

You know the old saying, “Don’t confuse me with the facts.” I think that should be the motto of the climate cultists. They are undaunted by the fact that average global surface temperatures are unchanged in 17 years. Professor Hayward suggests that the believers spend half their waking hours scrambling for a reason for the plateau. They also have to explain that the computer models that were used in the 1990s were dead wrong, since they virtually all predicted that average temperatures would be higher – perhaps much higher – by now.

So the climate establishment, seeing diminishing public alarm, have decided to take it out on the skeptics.

Hayward says that the so-called scientists, confounded by the stable temperature readings, have resorted to vilification and intimidation of those who disagree with them. But it’s nice to know, isn’t it, that the president of the United States, trained as a lawyer, is so certain of the science behind predicted global warming?

Bud Stevenson, a retired stockbroker, lives in Fairfield. Reach him at [email protected]

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  • DanialJune 20, 2014 - 7:39 am

    I still haven't heard how all the costs, taxes and forced redistribution are going to allow politicians (especially non-scientifically trained) to be able to significantly control the global climate and weather. Is the cost of destroying the private economy and deindustrializing worth the enormous costs and how much lower can the likes of Obama lower the global tempature and by how much?

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  • KenRJune 20, 2014 - 10:33 am

    What is wrong with you people. The conversation should be about ways to improve air quality. The is no denying the facts of climate change. We havee to live in this world doing things differently. To not do so, is to leave it to your children to live in a world with more untimely deaths, poor health, crop failures, shortages of food, dangerous weather related events, mass migrations as people have to move from area affected by the changes if sea level and severe changes in local weather patterns to name a few. It will cost , but that is part of the conversation. There are also new jobs involved. Maybe not enough to justify cost to some who want nothing done, which is ignorant, something that is evident from the column and the first response. To ignore the facts or deny it is even happening is doom future generations to do what we should have been doing at a higher cost, and a world changed forevermore.

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  • KenRJune 20, 2014 - 10:45 am

    This is not a politcal issue, no matter how much the right wing denies the truth they know to be evident already, but can't admit . When we have done things to improve the air in the past, which helped to improve the air guality (LA has improved air quality, less acid rain in the Northeast, as examples). There were those who used the same scare tactics to rally against those regulations that have helped improve things. They were wrong then and now.

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  • KenRJune 20, 2014 - 10:56 am

    The cost will be there. That should be in the conversation, not the reason to do nothing. To do nothing will subject your children and future generation to poor guality of life, loss of those jobs when people have to leave coastal areas inundated by the oceans, health issues related to air, ground, and water pollution, birth defects, to mention a few. To deny that somethings need done sooner than later is to worsen things as we are now doing.

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  • KenRJune 20, 2014 - 11:04 am

    Costs will be greater the longer we wait. There may be more different jobs. Maybe not enough, but we can't continue to do little because of those who make the conversation a political one. The right wing narrative sounds the same from whoever writes or talks about the subject. It does not makes sense to listen to anyone who has there head in the sand about the facts.

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