Failing Everything Else, The Left Returns to Climate Change
Bruce Burleson -- April 23, 2017
This week the left has hit the streets—once again—to protest President Trump’s cuts to the EPA and to climate change research.

One of the common arguments we hear is that 97% of scientists believe that human activity is causing climate change.  That may or may not be true.  I doubt it, as that figure seems awful high and there is plenty of reason to reject the alarmism that tends to surround this issue.

First of all, remember how the polar icecaps were supposed to melt, thereby causing the oceans to rise?  Former President Al Gore predicted that by this year, the destruction would be real.  It was the “inconvenient truth” from which he produced a movie several years ago.  And yet the real inconvenient truth facing the left is that the polar ice caps are in fact growing, not shrinking.

Several scientists who once believed in human-induced climate change have in recent years reversed their positions.  One founder of Greenpeace, Dr. Patrick Moore, pointed out a few years ago that the proof that CO2 emissions over the past century has warmed the planet just isn’t there.  In fact, he told the Senate Environmental and Public Works Committee that “when modern life evolved over 500 million years ago, CO2 was more than 10 times higher than today, yet life flourished [at that time]. Then an ice age occurred 450 million years ago when carbon dioxide was 10 times higher than today.”  He went on to state that global temperature increases in the latter half of the 20th century were similar to those in the first half of the century.  Another scientist, James Lovelock, told MSNBC that “We don’t know what the climate is doing. We thought we knew 20 years ago. That led to some alarmist books, mine included, because it looked clear cut [at that time].  But it hasn’t happened.”

The reality is that the earth has gone through periods of rapid warming and cooling during its entire 4.5 billion year history.  The idea that somehow human activity during the past century—a drop in the bucket compared to the world’s lengthy history—has had a significant effect on the climate is highly suspect.

There are two reasons why the climate change movement continues.  Firstly, there’s a lot of money to be made in research grants.  The president’s cuts to EPA and other agencies affect the bottom line of those who have made careers out of promoting what is essentially a pseudoscience.  Secondly, climate change is a convenient excuse to prop up the globalist United Nations and the European Union at the expense of the American economy and the American position as a world power.  Excessive regulations also nearly destroyed the coal industry in the United States before Trump took office.  Excessive taxation and regulation of fossil fuels overwhelming impacts people in the lower economic strata—certainly not the wealthy liberals whose money continues to fuel the environmental movement.  In short, climate change is a pretext for the left to continue to attack capitalism even though its own socialist experiments have consistently failed.

The left has returned to climate change because its earlier arguments—that Trump colluded with the Russians, that Trump should release his tax returns, that Trump is deporting 11 million illegal migrants—haven’t worked for them.  The left will use any issue to further its political interests in its Machiavellian quest for total social control. Climate change is merely a means to that end for them.

The oceans aren’t rising.  What has been rising is poverty due to climate-change-related job losses, not to mention the national debt.  The left claims to be all about poor and working people.  But as we’ve seen, with numerous issues including climate change, its policies are destructive to the very people they claim to represent. 

The real climate change taking place in America is the political climate.  Americans are sick and tired of being lectured to by so-called climate-change experts.  That’s why we put Donald J. Trump in office.