Confronting Climate Change

With all the talk about a Green New Deal, cow farts and doomsday predictions, I figured it’s time to address the Global Warming/ Climate Change issue once again.

No matter how many times the doomsday predictions fail, some politicians continue to sound the alarm on climate change, along with the approval of their friends in the media, and it’s all done in an effort to promote policies that would actually harm the very people they claim to care about.

The Green New Deal was supposed to be an economic stimulus program proposed by Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC), intended to combat climate change through a nonbinding resolution released on February 7, 2019. The program would transition America into using 100% renewable, zero-emission energy sources, such as electric cars and high-speed rails, through a 10-year national mobilization. Opponents have estimated the deal would cost anywhere from 50 to 93 trillion dollars, while supporters conveniently claim it’s too early to know what it would cost. The program, however, has been debunked as unrealistic and ridiculed by both Republicans and Democrats.

Included in an FAQ sheet distributed to news outlets, the Green New Deal “envisions enough high-speed rail to make air travel unnecessary.” There are so many problems with that line of thinking that it deserves criticism; and it helps to recognize the liberal agenda that’s trying to control and limit our freedom. Air travel is safe and efficient compared to other forms of travel, but the left’s climate change agenda seeks to convince as many people as possible that airplanes and cow farts are threats that will cause the sea level to rise, turn forests into deserts, and produce extreme weather of all kinds. Therefore, they claim, we must resort to drastic changes, like overhauling our transportation system.

And what about cow farts? Seriously, as comical as it sounds, the left has been promoting this idea for decades, and AOC included this in her original proposal. They really do believe methane from cow farts is causing extreme weather conditions… all because we eat too many hamburgers. According to AOC, “In the deal, what we talk about is … that we need to take a look at factory farming, period. It’s wild.” Huh? Wild? Really? She goes on to say, “And so, it’s not to say you get rid of agriculture. It’s not to say we’re going to force everybody to go vegan or anything crazy like that. But it’s to say, listen, we’ve got to address factory farming. Maybe we shouldn’t be eating a hamburger for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Like, let’s keep it real. We have to take a look at everything,”

Comments like this leave me dumbfounded and ready to hit my head against a wall. Is this what today’s millennials and young people are being taught? If so, it explains why education in America is behind so many other countries around the world. Students are being brainwashed by political propaganda masquerading as science. Yeah, let’s not force anything ‘crazy’ on Americans, like getting rid of agriculture or making us all vegans; no, let’s ‘keep it real’ by getting rid of cows so that people can’t eat hamburgers for breakfast, lunch and dinner! Just, wow.

Former Greenpeace President Patrick Moore weighed in with his own criticism: “You don’t have a plan to grow food for 8 billion people without fossil fuels, or get food into the cities. Horses? If fossil fuels were banned every tree in the world would be cut down for fuel for cooking and heating. You would bring about mass death.”

I’m glad there are reasonable people who get it. Fossil fuels are a good thing for people all over the world, and without them we wouldn’t be able to sustain the billions of people around the world. Aside from nuclear power, there just aren’t any other realistic options.

And what about the science? Studies show that more carbon dioxide actually increases photosynthesis, which means more trees and plants. Actually, this has been known since 1796 when Swiss botanist Jean Senebier discovered that plants absorb carbon dioxide. But this fact seems to escape those who believe CO2 is a pollutant and must be regulated. Further, the climate is much more complex than anyone realizes. The more CO2 in the atmosphere, the more other factors- like the ocean- balance it out.

Honestly, it’s a shame we must address these people who reject fundamental science. They keep getting elected to important positions, trying to impose their political beliefs and agenda upon everyone else. And that means we must remain diligent, oppose harmful legislation, and point out the absurdities.

Thankfully, the Green New Deal was soundly defeated in congress on Tuesday, with the Senate shooting it down 57-0, and that’s good news indeed! Even those Democrats sounding the alarm on climate change weren’t interested in the deal, as 43 voted “Present”.

The doom-and-gloom and fear mongering by the left has been demonstrated to be wrong based on observation alone. We can point to every doomsday prediction that has failed as a case-in-point. We also know that the alarmists have used worst-case scenarios based on flawed computer models in order to advance their agenda. The AFP, for example, tells us that scientists have had to drastically revise their predictions on how greenhouse gases effect the climate, but you wouldn’t know that from listening to the alarmists.

Just for fun, here are some links to failed predictions, reminding us that climate change is a political hoax, not science. See how many of these you remember: one, two, three, four.

But instead of the earth being fragile, I’d point out that the earth is finely tuned for human existence, and resources like fossil fuels have been placed here for our well-being. God created the earth to be our temporary home, and he made it robust and adaptable to sustain life; we don’t have to fear destroying it (God will do that on his own timing), but we do need to be good stewards.

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