By Al Benson Jr.
Decades ago now, I remember when the first “Earth Day” was celebrated and all kinds of bogus “scientists” crawled out of the woodwork and from beneath various rocks and informed us that we would have to be regulated to death to “save the earth.” We would have to begin to give up life as we knew it, surrender the liberty to do this or that or to go here or there because we were just leaving too much of a carbon footprint on the earth’s surface, so we’d all have to learn to do with a little less freedom and a lot more regulation of our daily lives, surrendering our liberties to those benevolent dictatorships we refer to as governments for the good of the world. Oh, it all sounded so noble, so completely altruistic—and the first “Earth Day” just, by the sheerest of coincidences, happened to be celebrated on the 100th anniversary of Lenin’s birthday. How amazing! Really? No, not amazing, it was all orchestrated that way and we have been living with this socialist blather ever since.
First, we were treated to the “Nuclear Winter” theory where, if we didn’t cease trying to use nuclear power we would destroy the world and be living in concrete caves we used to call apartments when we were still able to heat them. There were questions asked about the Soviet Union’s use of nuclear power. We were told not to be concerned about that, to just be concerned that we made sure we didn’t use too much or have enough nuclear capability to defend ourselves because if we couldn’t defend ourselves the Soviets would never attack us. They were much too honorable for that. Befuddled liberals actually believed this twaddle. But it never seemed to catch on all that much with other folks and so we had to have a new bugaboo to scare people with—global warming. This soon became the new theology in liberal land—cut those greenhouse gases, regulate industry out of business in this country. Get the United Nations involved—now there’s a winner!
It seemed, a few years ago, that the high priests of global warming were about to sweep their opponents off the battlefield—until all those emails from the research facility in Great Britain turned up that showed that the high priests there were, basically, “cooking the books” when it came to how dastardly global warming really was. Turned out that real science didn’t have as much to do with it as globalist (one world) theology did. After that, and one of the coldest winters on record, the Global Warming High Priests took a little sabbatical and we didn’t hear much from them for awhile. In the last year or so they’ve returned with a vengeance, surpassed only by Comrade Obama’s desire to pass whatever legislation they want.
At the end of April, an article by John Hayward, who writes for several conservative publications, appeared on http://www.breitbart.com in which Mr. Hayward plainly stated: “If the Church of Global Warming still had any real credibility, the bombshell revelations by Harvard professor Robert Stavins in an open letter published Friday would be devastating. As it is, the fanatics will probably scream that Stavins has become a Nazi-like ‘climate denier’ or tool of Big Oil or something.”
Hayward noted: “It was already known that the summary of the latest U.N. climate report was substantially edited by political interests. Very few media figures or politicians are going to read the full report—they generally make do with the summary. In this case the summary wasn’t merely ‘sexed up’ to fool gullible reporters and politicians; it actually directly contradicts the full U.N. report in places.’”
And Hayward continued: “Science was bludgeoned into submission with a hockey stick graph long ago; the Church of Global Warming is pure politics now. Climate change hysteria provides a perfect excuse for higher taxes and more regulations, combined with a pseudo-religious cause around which left-wingers can rally with a sense of supreme righteousness. They even feel confident in outlawing dissent, because if you try to debate the latest climate-change fatwa, you’re threatening the very survival of the Earth. Sure, every single one of their doomsday predictions has been wrong thus far, but we can’t take the chance they’ll be wrong with the next twenty predictions, so shut up and pay up.”
This thesis is backed up by George Will, who I don’t always agree with, but this time he has got it right. This time he really called it. In an article on http://www.newsmax.com Courtney Coren, on April 28th noted: “Conservative columnist George Will says global warming is just another way for liberals to get what liberals want: more government power. ‘Global warming is socialism by the back door’ Will told the Daily Caller. ‘I mean, the whole point of global warming is it is a rationalization for progressives to do what progressives want to do, which is concentrate more and more power in Washington, more and more Washington power in the executive branch, more and more executive power in independent czars and agencies, to micromanage the lives of the American people’.” Will also noted that one thing that makes global warming so hard to refute is that it “is essentially a religion.”
An article on http://www.freerepublic.com quotes Dr. David Kear, former Director-General of New Zealand Scientific Research, who says that global warming, basically, “is NOT.” Dr. Kear has noted that “An innocent gas, CO2, has been demonized and criminalized…The widespread obsession with Global-Warming-Climate-Change, in opposition to all factual evidence, is quite incredible” and he bemoans the “Astronomical cost of major measures to combat a non-existent threat.” In other words the government is prepared to spend more billions on programs that may make some of their corporate friends even more wealthy and average Americans even poorer, and according to Dr. Kear, it is all over a non-existent threat. So what else is new in Washington? George Will has got it right. It’s “back-door socialism” and it’s also lousy environmental theology posing as “science.” It’s past time we contacted our Congresspersons and told them flat out to vote against anymore of Obama’s environmental schemes that will enrich his friends and shaft the American public, no matter how good and necessary they are made to sound. It’s all hogwash, folks, and nothing more than a not-so-subtle excuse to redistribute your wealth to their buddies. Business as usual in Sodom on the Potomac.