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]