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Climate hysteria marches on

TOM BURGUM
Staff Columnist
burgum@lbknews.com

Climate hysteria had a pretty good week which is, I suspect, encouraging news for the folks living off the $1.5 trillion-a-year climate crisis and renewable energy industry. President Obama journeyed to Alaska to showcase his alleged interest in saving the earth from the depredations of the United States and a few other Western nations.

After all, Obama has to have a few dress rehearsals before venturing to Paris in late November to hopefully sign another executive agreement and Alaska is always a good bet for the environmental doom and gloom crowd. The claim that the polar ice caps are melting has been one of their staples. That claim, buttressed by a picture of an allegedly forlorn polar bear on an ice floe, caused distraught school children to seek comfort in their mothers’ arms and gullible adults to purchase environmental indulgences from one of Al Gore’s truly inventive billion-dollar capitalist enterprises.

Obama didn’t disappoint the global warming acolytes as, according to columnist Susan Stamper Brown, he predicted there would soon be “submerged countries, abandoned cities . . . Entire industries of people who can’t practice their livelihoods, desperate refugees seeking the sanctuary of nations not their own, and political disruptions that could trigger multiple conflicts around the globe.” Brown then noted, “Honestly, it sounded like he was describing the effects of his policies thus far, but I won’t go there.” I’m glad she didn’t go there as some would think it very partisan and offensive.

Unfortunately, or maybe it is fortunate, that so much of what the president had to say in Alaska was, to be blunt, bull s — t. The president stood at the foot of the glacier in Glacier Bay and pointed to the receding glacier as solid evidence that the earth is warming and humans are the cause of it.

The historical fact is the glacier in Glacier Bay began its retreat around 1750. An article in the Wall Street Journal pointed out that, “by the time Capt. George Vancouver arrived there in 1794 the glacier still filled most of the bay but had already retreated some miles. When John Muir, founder of the Sierra Club, visited in 1879, he found the glacier had retreated more than 30 miles from the mouth of the bay, according to the National Park Service, and by 1900 Glacier Bay was mostly ice-free.”

Oops. I suspect the president and his scientific minions were aware of this but it is just another one of those if-you-like-your-doctor-you-can-keep-your-doctor moments that beset this administration from time to time.

Give the president a break; he’s in a bit of a spot on this one. He has an agenda which might be a difficult sell all on its own. You see, concern for the environment and worries about a warming climate isn’t what this is all about. German economist and member of the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change official, Ottmar Edenhofer, told us in 2010, “One must say clearly that we redistribute de facto the world’s wealth by climate policy. Climate policy has almost nothing to do anymore with environmental protections.”

Should you seek some comfort in the belief that Mr. Edenhofer is an outlier, forget it. Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change, inadvertently let the cat out of the bag: “This is probably the most difficult task we have ever given ourselves, which is to intentionally transform the [world wide] economic development model, for the first time in human history.”

There you have it. Redistribution of wealth is a passion for Obama and here is his chance to go for it world wide. If you stop and think about it, it just can’t be concern for the environment. We really know that the climate has been changing for millions of years. There is no reason to believe all this has suddenly changed and now humans with their SUVs, supplemented by cow farts, have become the all powerful engine of global climate.

Recently, French president Francois Hollande put his imprimatur on the real motivation driving the coming Paris conference. He warned of “risks of failure” for a year-end Paris conference unless rich nations making firm financial commitments. According to the Associated Press, Hollande stated clearly that, “There will be no agreement… if there is no firm commitment on finance  for developing nations.” Meanwhile, as Hollande spoke, ministers and diplomats from 57 countries were meeting   elsewhere in the French capital to discuss exactly this issue.

Maybe I’m just one of those types who worry about every little thing, but it seems to me that if we are approaching a conference, the purpose of which according to the U.N. official in charge of the Paris agenda, is to reorder the world economic development model, wouldn’t it be appropriate for this administration to discuss this possibility with Democratic and Republican leaders in congress; or even be open and above board about what the president hopes to accomplish in Paris; or maybe even explain to the public just why he thinks the world economic order needs reordering; or why he believes that some dysfunctional committee of the dysfunctional U.N. is the vehicle to undertake such a monumental task.

The whole business will have a dismal end. Regardless of the motivation of those who would redistribute the wealth, it would likely accomplish little or nothing for the down trodden in the Third World other than to further fatten the 401Ks various Third World oligarchs have managed to hide in Swiss banks

If you doubt that Obama’s goal is redistribution, consider the new EPA emissions regulations that will seriously hobble the American economy. EPA’s own methodology tells us it will reduce the anticipated world wide temperature increase by the year 2100 by fifteen one-thousandths of a degree, not even a measurable amount.

You have to conclude that if it isn’t redistribution, that if it really is about global warming, Obama has no earthly idea of what he is doing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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