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“Indeed, when we wake up 20 years from now and find that the Atlantic
Ocean is just outside Washington, D.C., because the polar icecaps are
melting, we may look back at this pivotal election. We may wonder
whether it wasn’t the last moment when a U.S. policy to deal with global
warming might have made the difference, and we may ask why the party
most concerned about that, the Greens, helped to elect Mr. Bush by
casting 97,000 Nader votes in Florida.”

Who made that statement? A bitter official of the Democratic National
Committee? Richard Gephardt? Tom Daschle? The president of the Sierra
Club?

No. That quotation is by Thomas L. Friedman of the New York Times in
his Dec. 8 column on foreign affairs. I’m not kidding. Look it up.

I cite it not to humiliate Friedman or his newspaper, but to
illustrate just how widely accepted junk science has become in the
establishment press, the media culture in general and, most
distressingly, even in our schools.

That’s right. Open the average high-school physics textbook in
America today and you will find whole chapters on the dangers of global
warming. The hysterical claims made about this theory in search of
evidence are as fantastic as anything you will see in Greenpeace
propaganda. America’s schoolchildren are being indoctrinated to believe
that the industrial world is actually causing the earth’s atmosphere to
get warmer — despite the fact that there is not a shred of scientific
evidence to support that notion.

Is the earth warming? Maybe. Maybe not. The long-term trends are hard
to measure — even the most doctrinaire proponents of the theory will
acknowledge that. Not too long ago, about 30 years or so, some pop
scientists were predicting the earth was on the verge of a new ice age.

But, more importantly, most scientists not compromised by the desire
for government grants to study global warming or some political
motivation will tell you there is little if anything man could do to
heat up the earth’s atmosphere. The earth is just too big. Man’s
presence is just too small. That’s the way God planned it. Isn’t it
wonderful?

It wouldn’t make a bit of difference if we burned up all the oil
reserves in the world in a day and a night. There would be no noticeable
or measurable impact on the world’s temperatures.

But there’s even more to this story that few of us are hearing in the
media, during the political campaigns and from our major cultural
institutions. If — and it’s a very big “if” — there ever was any real
global warming caused by an increase of carbon dioxide in the
atmosphere, many scientists agree it would generally be a good thing, a
boon to the people of the earth. It would not be the end of the world.

So, why all the hysteria?

Because it fits a broad political agenda for further government
control — in this case, international government control — over the
lives of ordinary people. There is no other explanation for it. The
global-warming doomsdayers all believe Big Government is the only
answer. We need more centralized power, more command-and-control
bureaucracies, more regulations — all of which translates, like it or
not, to less freedom.

It’s December. It’s cold out. The Midwest is buried in snow.
Christmas packages are being delayed all over the country due to the
weather. Maybe this is as good a time as any for a little reality check.
Global warming is not real. It is make-believe. It’s fantasy. It’s,
pardon the expression, hot air. It is not science. It is politics.

The global-warming champions usually wait until 100-degree heat waves
are sweeping the nation in the middle of summer to announce their latest
pseudo-statistics. Maybe this is a good time for America to take another
look at global warming — without the hysteria of Thomas Friedman, the
New York Times and the statist political zealots who would use it as a
hammer to smash our liberty.

I haven’t heard President-elect George W. Bush sound off yet on
global warming. If he didn’t use it as a political weapon against Al
“Ban-the-internal-combustion-engine” Gore in Michigan, chances are good
he’s been swept up in the myths of conventional wisdom. With a new
president and a new Congress coming into power in Washington, maybe
there’s a chance — finally — to introduce facts, reason and science
into the political equation.

Anyway, it’s worth a try.

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