A few weeks ago, the White House released a new report on the horrors of "Global Climate Change," and what America must do to keep this menace from killing us all. The report and its conclusions included the typical hype, and as expected, the Left took the opportunity once again to hammer home their derision of those evil "deniers."
But skepticism seems to be increasingly warranted, especially when it comes to government entities telling us how much we need to increase the size and power of government to fight the latest scourge that will kill us all. Whenever I hear another left-wing talking head declare that "the science is settled," I tend to paraphrase Shakespeare: "Methinks they doth protest too much."
After all, for "settled" science, the narrative on climate change has certainly changed often enough. Just a few decades ago, the big threat was Global Cooling, with hysteric claims of an oncoming ice age, and death and destruction. But as the cooling trend began to level off and then reverse, "Global Warming" became the new narrative. Technological advances allowed the alarmists to make even more hysterical predictions, of floods and an ice age, with death and destruction and hell-fire, now with accompanying computer models. As time went on, and global temperatures once again began to level off, and the alarmists' predictions failed to come true, the narrative shifted yet again, this time to "Global Climate Change." When freaking out over specific changes didn't work, they decided to decry the evils of "change" in general.
And yet, every time the story changes, we are told that "the science is settled." Every time the alarmists' predictions fail to come true, we are told "the science is settled." Every time the scientists are caught fudging the numbers, we are told "the science is settled." But at this point, the "science" has become so intertwined in big-government politics, it has become impossible to tell where the politics end and the science begins'if there is any real science left in the "climate change" debate.
It reminds me of an episode of Parks and Recreation,
where a group holds their annual gathering at a local park to hail the coming of the lizard god "Zorp," who will destroy the world. Every year they gather, and every year Zorp fails to show. In order to avoid criticism, they call themselves the "Reasonablists," because no wants to say they are against being reasonable.
Yet no matter how often the climate story changes, the solutions are always the same: more government control, fewer freedoms for Americans.
Like most things political, if you want to get the real story, follow the money.
Climate change hysteria brings with it massive amounts of money and power. Want to get that research grant? Better push the Climate Change narrative. Want to get that government subsidy or government-guaranteed loan? Start a "green energy" company. Don't worry, the taxpayers will pick up the slack when you go belly-up. Want to revive your company's ailing reputation? Get that government bailout and build a new electric car. And don't worry if no one wants to buy one, there are plenty of government agencies that could use some new cars.
On the domestic stage, climate change hysteria has fueled a whole new level of cronyism, with connected politicians facilitating business deals for their biggest donors...and it never hurts to hire a politician's kid, either. Meanwhile, the government dictates what kind of light bulbs we must use, what kind of shopping bags we must use, what kinds of cars we must drive, how we can and can't heat our homes. As usual, the politicians make out like bandits, while the people get the shaft.
On a global scale, climate change hysteria fuels the United Nations' ambitions to become global overlords. It is a great vehicle for our enemies on the world stage to push policies and restrictions that damage us economically, even as we commit our own economic suicide by pushing those same policies within our own nation.
Over the years, the names have changed, the "settled" science has changed, the level of hysteria has changed, yet through it all, one thing has remained the same: no matter what, the solutions inevitably involve more power for government, and less freedom for the people ' and that alone is plenty of reason to be skeptical.