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  • Writer's pictureDale Hanks

Cloudy With a Chance of Hype

There’s a derogatory name being hurled around a lot that’s difficult for me to swallow.

“Climate denier.”

There's no question that the Earth’s climate is changing. It’s been changing for 4-1/2 billion years. But how much of climate change is man-made and how much occurs naturally? That is a debate that will continue to rage on. You’ll hear the environmentalists say a “consensus” of scientists agree that humans are responsible for what will be our planet's ultimate demise. But a “consensus” doesn’t make it science.

Thanks to a compilation of articles and newspaper clippings from the past, Myron Bell, in his article entitled “Wrong Again: Fifty Years of Failed Eco-pocalyptic Predictions,” allows us to look back in time at some golden oldies of climate "science" that we were told to trust and believe. All the doomsayers, in cahoots with politicians and the media, were in it to push an environmentalist agenda. Keep in mind that NONE of these predictions with a timetable have come true, yet they were all breathlessly touted by notable “scientists” of the day.

In the late 60’s and early 70’s, “science” declared we would all be dead from some apocalyptic climate event. If it wasn’t a mini-ice age, it was famine, rising oceans or overpopulation. One classic from the golden oldies collection is Dr. Paul Ehrlich declaring that, unless “science” can convince all the non-believers, the world will run out of time. He claimed that drastic action was needed immediately to head off a “catastrophic explosion fueled by overpopulation, limited food supply and contamination of the planet by man.“ “Unless we’re extremely lucky,” he said, “we’re all going to disappear in a cloud of blue steam in 20 years.” That steam cloud would have been 1989. We missed it.

Source, The New York Times, August 10, 1969

Then in, 1974, the fear was of a new Ice Age. And climate “science,” along with space technology, said it was coming fast!

Source: The Guardian, January 29, 1974

In a few years, when “science” wasn’t scaring us any more with Ice Age predictions, they switched it up to global WARMING.

Source: Agence France Press, September 26, 1988

As we entered the new millennium, we saw the global warming fear amp up to say that children will never know what snow is.

Source: The Independent, March 20, 2000.

Okay, you get the idea. Let’s come forward a bit to more recent history.

Ah, yes. Environmental “science” expert, Al Gore, breathlessly proclaimed that the polar ice caps would be gone by 2014 and polar bears would all drown without icebergs to float on. He has managed to terrify a generation of millennials who watched in school, his propaganda documentary, An Inconvenient Truth. He made millions, while leaving a sizeable carbon footprint of his own with his private jets and mansion. (He claims he offsets his carbon emissions by purchasing emission credits. Okay. Got it. Thanks, Al.)

In 2008, after Barack Obama clinched the Democratic nomination, he proclaimed that it "was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow, and our planet began to heal." NASA scientist, Jim Hansen, even pinned his hopes on Obama himself when this quote was published in the The [UK] Guardian, 1/17/09: “Barack Obama has only four years to save the world.”

But, the sea levels kept rising during Obama’s eight years in the White House, just like they’ve been doing for the last 10,000 years. If he was so worried about rising sea levels, why did he and Michelle spend $12 million in 2019 to buy an oceanfront mansion on Martha’s Vineyard?

The 2010's brought us more apocalyptic deadlines that have since come and gone.

Did you know Prince Charles is an environmental climatologist? His assessment for us all to ponder is summed up in this headline: “Just 96 months to save world, says Prince Charles: The price of capitalism and consumerism is just too high…” The [UK] Independent, 10/23/11

Notice now that it’s CAPITALISM that’s the culprit.

It’s certainly interesting to see how the proverbial climate catastrophe goalposts keep getting moved.

Look at the timeline on these fearful headlines:

“World Has Three Years Left to Stop Dangerous Climate Change, Warn Experts.” The [UK] Guardian, 6/28/17

“Four Years to Save the Earth: 2020 Is the Deadline to Avert Climate Catastrophe, Experts Claim in Chilling Commentary.” The [UK] Daily Mail, 6/29/17

“The World Has Just Over a Decade to Get Climate Change Under Control, UN Scientists Say.” The Washington Post, 10/7/18

“We have just 12 years to make massive and unprecedented changes to global energy infrastructure to limit global warming to moderate levels, the United Nation’s climate science body said in a monumental new report…” Vox, 10/8/18

Of course, other great minds have weighed in. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (“AOC”), in proposing the Green New Deal, says, “World Will End in 12 Years’ If Climate Change Not Addressed.” The Hill, 1/22/19

But here’s the best quote from just a little over a month ago, on June 30, 2021, from The New York Times: “Democrats Have a Year to Save the Planet.”

I’ve always wondered why, over the last 50 years, with all the environmental controls and restrictions, EPA efficiency regulations, automobile mileage standards, windmills, solar panels, carbon emission reductions and credits, smart electric meters, etc., we NEVER hear of a single improvement to the environment?

It’s constant fear and never-ending predictions of the apocalypse. And it's propaganda.

If you don’t believe this is how it all works, then listen to Charlie Chester, Technical Director at CNN. He was caught on a Project Veritas hidden camera bragging that CNN knows how to twist public opinion. Chester says that, now that they’ve gotten rid of Trump, and when the COVID-19 pandemic “tapers off to a point that it’s not a problem anymore,” the next thing they’ll be pushing is climate change. “The climate thing is gonna take years. So they’ll probably be able to milk that for quite a bit.”

There you are, folks. That’s how it works.

According to the progressive left, the blame ALWAYS falls on America and American capitalism. And, their solution is ALWAYS socialism and population control.

Just remember that, whenever the left changes the vocabulary, as in “global warming”, to “global cooling”, to “climate change” to “climate disruption,” it means that they can’t defend their position. But that doesn’t keep them from forging ahead with their agenda to “transform America.”

"It's about panic. It's about fear. It's about instilling the American populace with terror, dread, and apprehension about the future. It's all about making you think that your way of life is destroying the world." -- Rush Limbaugh

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