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Climate Change: The Next Power Grab

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Certain politicians and special interest groups have brought out the pipes and drums to renew the Green New Deal. I recently heard our president on the radio shouting—and he was really shouting—about the perils we face if we don’t spend trillions of dollars fighting climate change. He told his audience that the scientists and our Department of Defense have warned us that we are now in a state of “code red” and that we need to spend truckloads of money trying to reverse some change in the weather.           

Is climate change real? Undoubtedly. Anyone who explores in even a cursory manner the past patterns and alterations in the world’s climate is aware of this natural phenomenon. Grapes supposedly once grew in Greenland, and between the 14th and 19th centuries Europe went through a “Little Ice Age.”        

Is climate change beneficial or harmful to the human race? I have no idea. I’m too ignorant to offer an opinion on this question.           

But I am certain of one thing. Any efforts by the government of the United States to change the climate are doomed to failure.

Columnist Ned Temko gives us a glimpse of just how much the government is seeking to work climate change into its agenda in “Saigon and Kabul: A connection that will shape the US global role.” He considersthe effect our disastrous exit from Afghanistan will have on American diplomacy and on our standing in the international community, casually remarking that America under President Biden “has moved to reclaim a leadership role on major international issues, especially climate change.”             

Even the most ardent proponent of the Green New Deal would surely agree that climate change is a global problem. It’s therefore obvious that the United States alone cannot halt the warming of the earth—or is it the cooling? I can never be certain—and so save the human race. We could all drive electric cars, live in tiny houses, and get rid of 50 percent of our population through various means, but without every other nation matching those measures, nothing would change.           

And that’s not about to happen any time soon, especially with China in the picture.           

“China’s bustling, coal-intensive economy” environmental scientist Tim De Chant reports in a recent article, accounts for “a whopping 27 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions worldwide.” He also points out that “while pollution from developed countries has largely been flat since 1990, it has more than tripled in China.”

About those coal plants: in 2020 China “built more than three times as much new coal power capacity as all the other countries in the world combined,” an article at Energy Live News tells us. The Chinese are constructing an average of one large coal plant every week to meet growing demands for energy. To ease criticism from other parts of the world, President Xi Jinping recently issued a statementannouncing China would be carbon neutral by 2060.           

Other countries are also pumping greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. Of the top 50 most polluted cities in the world, all may be found in China, India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh.           

Surely some of those who advocate bankrupting Americans while fighting climate change are aware of these circumstances, yet they never mention them. No—in their eyes, we are the ones responsible for warming up Mother Nature and threatening the world with catastrophe.           

Following Hurricane Ida, for example, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas blamed climate change for the storm. Previously, he held climate change as responsible for the illegal immigration at the border, saying in an interview with CNN, “The impact of climate change, extreme weather events, the reason people are fleeing their homes is quite significant.”   

For almost two years, we’ve seen our state and federal governments seizing unprecedented power on account of a virus, violating the Constitution, and stripping frightened citizens of their traditional rights.

Was this just a warm-up for a further expansion of government power in the name of fighting climate change? Are our bureaucrats and politicians truly interested in fighting climate change or will they be aiming to control and change us? 

I suspect we’ll find out sooner than later.

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Jeff Minick

Jeff Minick

Jeff Minick lives in Front Royal, Virginia, and may be found online at jeffminick.com. He is the author of two novels, Amanda Bell and Dust on Their Wings, and two works of non-fiction, Learning as I Go and Movies Make the Man.

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sshive73
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Very good article. You are spot on with your concerns and critique. As with so many who want to control our lives a major part of the plan is with the terms used. It used to be "Man-Made climate Change" vs simply, "Climate Change". And of course there is the history of the impending Ice Age which somehow morphed to Global Warming and on and on. Now it seems that we all assume that humans are solely to blame. Climate/Planetary cycles are not even considered anymore. Any way they can pick our pockets, stay in control, and propagate gloom and doom scenarios will keep them happy under the guise of saving the planet from us.
 
 

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Badass
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My question for the climate change gurus. If, mostly the leftist liberal government, can't solve the immediate crisis on the border how are they going to "fix" the weather fifty years out? And this after President Trump already showed the way to fixing the southern border. And like my mother used to say you can't fix a problem by throwing good money after bad. Especially when there's not a problem to fix in the first place.
 
 

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Margaret Owen
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"Are our bureaucrats and politicians truly interested in fighting climate change or will they be aiming to control and change us?" That is a rhetorical question, Jeff, right? You know as well as I do what they're interested in - and it ain't the climate. Somewhere underground, right now, there is a large, busy colony of ants debating among themselves what they can and should do to stop the climate change they believe is taking place in their tunnels because of some machine called a Bobcat operating on the surface. The faction that believes they can and should do something about the Bobcat is also the faction that believes it is responsible for controlling the other ants. Doesn't work for humans, ain't gonna work for ants, either.
 
 

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jiml8
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I am a physicist. I am qualified to study and talk about this. I also don't trust what I am told in the media, and the subject is both complex and highly politicized so getting good information is very challenging. I also don't work in climate science and don't get paid to know about climate science. But, since I wanted to know, I started building my own model and doing my own calculations. It took a long time - years - because I only worked on it from time to time, when my interest turned that way again. Finally, about a year ago now, I was satisfied that my model was accurate within its limits, and I started plugging in numbers and calculating. And what came out was numbers that were consistent with the numbers we have been getting from the IPCC. My model is relatively very simple, and does not account at all for many things. It has, though, satisfied me that the basic issue regarding CO2 buildup is real. So, I have gone from the side of the fence that was completely skeptical of all the politically charged BS I was hearing to the side of the fence that is satisfied that, yes it is happening, and yes we are doing it - or at least, we are doing enough of it to have a major impact. Now, of course, the USA cannot reverse the problem alone; it takes an effort by the entire world. But the reality is that when the US genuinely leads, the world follows. So, it is time for the US to genuinely lead.
 
 

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Rab33
This is interesting. Models are interesting. But, I still can't figure some of this out. If there have been ice ages in the past, before automobiles, what caused the earth to warm up after the ice age???? If we warmed up then, and cooled then, why would we not anticipate fluctuations in the future? We don't really know the cause of those things in the past...do we?
jiml8
Rab33 certainly there are fluctuations over time. The question I wanted to answer for myself was very simple: "will increasing CO2 concentrations continue to cause warming?" And the answer I reached was "yes". This does not account for any feedback mechanisms, or long-term climate trends and cycles. It merely states that what we are doing can be expected to provide a forcing function to drive the climate warmer. There are other factors that dictate how much warmer.
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