It’s that time of year again! As the summer heat continues, Democrats are feverishly whipping up hysteria about global warming in an effort to induce a national panic attack and frighten us into surrendering more of our freedoms. This means spending more on energy, paying higher taxes, and radically changing our way of life. But it’s not just the fearmongering that energizes certain politicians, they also like to condemn their political enemies for having the astounding power of making it hot outside.
On Twitter, Hillary Clinton managed to put down her glass of chardonnay to furiously blame “MAGA Republicans” for the summer heat. That’s right—it’s not enough to indict Donald Trump on everything from waking up in the morning to the Lindbergh baby kidnapping; now Monica Lewinsky’s ex-boyfriend’s wife wants to indict Trump’s 75 million supporters for…the weather.
The left-wing media are joining in this effort, disseminating misleading stories about how greenhouse gases — emitted by the combustion of coal, oil, and natural gas — are creating hell on Earth this month with soaring temperatures.
Gotta keep the fear ramped up. So forget about global warming, our betters have decided the new deadly nightmare of “global boiling” has arrived. Not enough fear? They’ll come up with a new, crazier theme. Like with the film “Jaws,” it’s no good to keep the threat regular-sized. The threatening creatures have got to be BIGGER and SCARIER.
Breaking news for global climate alarmists: Summer is always hot, and some Summers are hotter than others. But Democrats and their leftist handlers want us to believe we’re experiencing the hottest summer ever so that they can come to our rescue with their all-purpose solution for every perceived crisis: make Big Government even bigger, fund it with ever-higher taxes, empower it to impose ever-more draconian regulations and force us all to fall in line and follow orders.
Now we’re being told by the same egotistical and bumbling bureaucratic machine that forced onto us COVID measures causing social, cultural, and economic catastrophes that no price is too high to pay to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuels. Yet greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S. are already falling dramatically, plummeting by 20 percent from 2005 to 2020, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.
Fossil fuels account for over 80 percent of global energy consumption. Quickly ending or severely curtailing fossil fuel use would require the government to assume unprecedented control over our lives (which is the point)— telling us what vehicles we can drive, what energy sources we can use to provide heating, cooling, and electricity to our homes and businesses; and limiting our energy consumption so we’d be sweltering when temperatures are high and shivering when temperatures are low. Many of us would also likely experience electricity brownouts and blackouts.
The fearmongering about climate change buttresses the radical Democratic environmental agenda that calls for keeping trillions of dollars worth of America’s abundant, affordable, efficient, and reliable fossil fuel resources forever locked away underground, forcing much of the world to depend on fossil fuel imports from other nations for many years to come.
Instead of creating energy jobs in America and reducing our foreign trade deficit by selling more fossil fuel energy abroad, we are letting Saudi Arabia, Russia, Iran, and other nations meet global energy needs.
The latest scaremongering headline has the Democrat and the left-wing media loudly and misleadingly proclaiming global temperatures in June and July were the hottest ever and warning that temperatures will continue to rise due to greenhouse gas emissions. But there are several big problems with these claims.
First, there’s some dispute over exactly how to measure the average global temperature. In an op-ed, this month in The Wall Street Journal, Steve Milloy, a senior legal fellow at the Energy and Environment Legal Institute, presents a convincing case that the average global temperature on July 3 and 4 this year was actually 57.5 degrees Fahrenheit and not the 62.6 degrees estimated by the University of Maine. If true, this means the temperature was not a record high.
Second, in 2021 the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration excitedly told us that another summer heat record was broken – by less than a hundredth of a degree—beating the previous hottest summer of all time…in 1936. But now, don’t fret. It really, really, is getting worse and worse, and we must implement President Biden’s policies to save our lives and our economy from the unrelenting summer heat, except for those pesky 85 years between 1936 and 2021.
Third, global temperatures have only been tracked since 1850 — a tiny fraction of the Earth’s history, which goes back more than 4.5 billion years. “Compared to most of Earth’s history, today is unusually cold; we now live in what geologists call an interglacial — a period between glaciations of an ice age,” according to the U.S. government website Climate.gov. For example, some 55 million years ago, the North and South Poles were free of ice caps, and palm trees and crocodiles thrived north of the Arctic Circle.
The most recent period of global cooling, known as the Little Ice Age, lasted from about 1300 to 1850 — the time global temperature recordkeeping began. Scientists believe global temperatures dropped by up to 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit during the Little Ice Age. Since then, global temperatures have risen about 2.2 degrees Fahrenheit — still below where they were before the Little Ice Age.
All this shows that the only thing constant about global temperatures is that they have always been changing, with and without human beings being in the picture.
In the meantime, human achievement and invention continue to improve our ability to adapt to nature’s extreme weather events. Today our energy infrastructure and modern inventions such as air-conditioning, heating, and refrigeration save lives all around the world while improving the quality of life for us all.
We should never underestimate the power of new scientific discoveries to change our world for the better and solve problems that now seem insurmountable. This has happened over and over again throughout human history.
What’s most important to understand about the global warming hysteria preached by progressives is that it’s not really about the environment at all. It’s a pretext to give the government greater power to control our lives. As free men and women, we must see their agenda for what it is and refuse to submit to the loss of our liberty.