"Climate change." It's a term of convenience, a term that means nothing in and of itself. Our climate changes, our weather is cyclical, and even the best attempts of our meteorologists result in seeming hit-or-miss accuracy. Despite the realities of an often unknowable climate, a certain political demographic uses the term "climate change" as a club with which to beat our economy. The climate-change believers – who adopted the much more vague terminology of "climate change" when "global warming" became inconvenient – use their belief system to pummel any who don't share it. Their goal is to slow or to stop human economic development. Their hatred of economic activity, of business, of commerce, of any use of natural resources whatsoever, is what drives their need to coerce their fellow humans into obeying their edicts.
This winter has been so cold in the Northeast that 70 percent of the Great Lakes are frozen over. January featured the "polar vortex," yet another in a string of oddly named weather phenomena that the people who predict our weather are forever using to explain the unusual. If it isn't the polar vortex, it's El Nino or El Nina or the jet stream or some other business. These terms are introduced to the news as if we are supposed to be aware of them already, as if only an idiot would question the explanation offered. In this way, our meteorologists speak to us in exactly the same way our automotive technicians do – as if we are simpletons who will accept whatever trade language they throw at us.
The harsh winter has caused a spike in upper respiratory infections (which can lead to nasty things like bronchitis and pneumonia). It also trapped a group of climate-change scientists (who were rarely reported as such) in Antarctic ice, an irony that was not lost on those who are not convinced that "man-made global warming" is an Al Gore-level threat sufficient to justify paralyzing our nation's economy and the motive engines of global development. The true believers of the Church of Climate Change were quick to make excuses for the scientists and the scientists' icy predicament. "The episode had little connection to climate change," sniffed Henry Fountain. … [T]his was far from the first time that a ship had been trapped, even in the Antarctic summer. But sea ice cover in the Antarctic is changing, and scientists see the influence of climate change, although they say natural climate variability may be at work, too."
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It is that "natural climate variability" that climate-change believers always seem to forget about when they are making their assaults on us. Variable climate activity is ALWAYS proof of climate change and never just the weather. This climate change is alleged to be first and foremost largely the product of human activity. Said human activity must be curtailed to prevent the global disaster Al Gore and his ilk have claimed should already be upon us: sea levels rising to disaster movie-like levels, beastly hot summers in which our elderly and unsupervised pets are cooked to death, blighted crops and dust-bowl-style famines to follow. There is no end to the horrors of climate change, according to its scions, and the only solution – the only method of combating this menace – is to hobble our economy and drastically lower every human being's standard of living.
If the liberals can agree on anything, it is that proven, successful technologies are bad, while unproven technologies whose businesses are constantly going bankrupt (despite the infusion of countless tax dollars) are preferable. Hence we get Obama's various green energy disasters, in which tax money has been wasted on politically correct schemes that always end in disaster. These range up to and include government-backed electric cars that people simply don't want ... but their common theme is always failure.
To liberals, the only good technology is an unpopular, government-mandated technology whose widespread use (as ordered by your government overlords) always has unintended consequences. Have you stopped to check the mercury content of your stupid compact fluorescent light bulbs yet? Oh, wait, you'd need to be able to see to read the packaging. At least these lights don't turn on instantly. And they produce an inferior quality and color of light, which is a relief. One would hate to think all that government coercion is going to waste.
This is why the bludgeon of "climate change" is so appealing to liberals. It is the ultimate rubber-science, stretchable to any implausible scenario. You don't need facts to back up your scientific beliefs if you have progressive outrage and left-wing invective instead. Is it colder than usual? That's climate change. Is it warmer than usual? Climate change. Too much rain? Climate change. Not enough rain? Climate change. Heavy snow? Climate change. Drought? Climate change. Rampant Antarctic ice? Climate change. All the ice is melting? Climate change. Polar bears dying? Definitely climate change, especially if the polar bear populations are actually increasing.
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No matter how many of these claims conflict, you are a climate change "denier" if you dare to question them. The term "denier" is chosen specifically to evoke holocaust imagery. You aren't merely wrong to disagree with the libs; you are also a bad person. The libs' most fervent desire is to silence you when you dissent, and if they could, they would gladly murder you to do it. It may even be the case that you are not a climate-change "skeptic" at all; you may simply be an American who would like to see more concrete evidence and less overt deception surrounding this issue.
Liberals always spread misery around when trying to make everyone equal; they never seek to elevate or to improve, but to undercut and to punish. Thus shall everyone be made to conform to a lower standard in order to appease the angry gods of climate change. When all humanity is your enemy, there is no functional technology you can accept. To the libs, the economy itself is the problem, and the existence of human beings is an evil they would gladly eradicate if they could.
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