The 44th annual “Earth Day” folderol has now passed. Interestingly, its observance falls on the birthday of Soviet dictator Vladimir Lenin. This year’s event was particularly noteworthy as some 130 nations signed the Paris Climate Agreement containing language barring all signatory nations from withdrawing from it prior to 2020.
Way back in 2008, a study at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (no right-wing bastion that) demonstrated “extensive weathering earlier than four billion years ago,” along with acid rain — all before the advent of fossil fuels. Such studies have been routinely ignored by the political hacks who have hijacked climate science (recall the “Climategate” email scandal at the University of East Anglia’s climate-change research unit.) Climate “scientists” remain mute as to the cause of an ancient four-century period of warming and the advance (and subsequent receding) of the Little Ice Age for over 50 years in the 17th century. Memo to President Obama et al: these phenomena occurred well before the development of the commercial coal industry or the invention of the internal combustion engine.
As columnist George Will points out (Sheridan Press, April 23), the overt politicization of a so-called “scientific consensus” has now resulted in 16 states’ attorneys general (all Democrats, coincidentally) recommending criminal referrals to the FBI with allegation that certain companies had “misled investors and the public about climate change.” As Will points out, never mind that carbon multi-millionaire Al Gore has made wildly unsubstantiated claims of impending climatic disaster which have never materialized. He and his cronies, of course, haven’t “misled” anyone!
American consumers would do well to note that last year alone the EPA’s burgeoning environmental regulations have resulted in significant increases in the price of a host of goods and services! And all this to “solve” a “crisis” which remains manifestly hypothetical in nature, the left’s attempt at stifling debate on the matter notwithstanding.
As Ayn Rand famously noted: “The uncontested absurdities of today are the accepted slogans of tomorrow. They come to be accepted by degrees, by precedent, by implication, by erosion, by default, by dint of constant pressure on one side and constant retreat on the other — until the day when they are suddenly declared to be the country’s official ideology.”
Thanks to the fringe environmentalist movement and their sycophants in the media, in academia, and now, dangerously, in government, America is moving closer to Rand’s ominous prediction with each passing “Earth Day.”