climate change

California's Burning

Steven Greenhut, The American Spectator

You might have noticed that California is burning, as the state faces one of the most grueling wildfire seasons in history. To its credit, the Newsom administration is trying to increase some brush-clearance measures, but its difficulty in doing so speaks to the broader problem. Perhaps there’s not that much that any governor can do about this disaster at this late stage, but it would be ironic if this comes to define his governorship. Well, Newsom wouldn’t be the first politician who was undone because he was too focused on ideologically driven matters and not enough on the nuts-and-bolts issues of governance.

Radical Climate-Change Protests Coming Soon to a City Near You?

John Fund, National Review

Are European-style climate protests coming here? The real enablers of XR (Extinction Rebellion)’s extremism are the donors and celebrities who give it the money and publicity that allow it to attract fanatical followers. This humbug needs to be challenged. Average London commuters, thank goodness, finally started pushing back late last week, pointing out that poor, working-class people are most hurt if they can’t get to their jobs. If officials in Washington, D.C., and other cities want to avoid a similar fate, they should contact their British counterparts now and figure out how an American version of Extinction Rebellion can be neutralized.

Catastrophic Thinking Without Solutions

Ben Shapiro, CNS News

We don't expect children to have solutions. After all, they're children. But adults hiding behind children to avoid the difficult conversations that must take place about how to achieve solutions is nothing other than moral cowardice. Complaining without solutions isn't actually useful — at least if you're interested in solving problems. It's political pandering, designed to make solutions more difficult by adding moral condemnation to political infeasibility. That merely frustrates people with the "system," since such pandering falsely suggests that at the heart of the problem lies cruel apathy — and apathy directed at crying children — rather than serious political gridlock.

Climate change activism: The left's new power play

Tammy Bruce, Washington Times

Climate activism is a new power-play by the left, taking on a fanatical religious facade making manipulation of its followers even more assured. But this week made clear that it has nothing to do with saving people’s lives or the planet itself; it’s just another manipulative gambit by the worldwide left for political power. Climate change fanaticism is a cynical and dangerous distraction, frightening children and adults alike, into believing that those who are opposed to the leftist agenda want the planet to die. The real crimes of asteroids, tsunamis and earthquakes are that they aren’t the fault of humans, and their solutions rely on science, not politics.

Scoldilocks, Or the Story of Greta Thunberg

Scott McKay, The American Spectator

The rest of us will just have to pick up the pieces from The Traveling Thunberg Show. And that won’t be easy. Exactly how are you going to have a reasoned discussion with someone who believes that cow farts and Ford Explorers are going to kill the planet in 15 years? Greta Thunberg’s carved herself a position of fame and, likely, fortune on the rubber chicken circuit from Trondheim to Telluride lecturing insipid leftists like her parents on the evils of capitalism and prosperity, complete with foundation cash, ghostwritten environmentalist screeds, and Al Gore horror movie sequels as far as the eye can see. At least until the climate apocalypse comes.

Michael Knowles And The Crumbling Conservatism Of Fox News

Michael Knowles is unlikely to be invited back on FOX News any time soon, but Knowles was right about Greta Thunberg and the millions of children who have been rendered mentally ill by the Left’s effort to induce mass hysteria over “climate change.” Shame on FOX for caving to the Leftwing mob.

Earth Worship and Climate Confessions

L. Brent Bozell III and Tim Graham, CNS News

New York's Union Theological Seminary, a progressive Christian adjunct to Columbia University, put out a tweet that many people must have assumed was a satire from the religion pranksters at The Babylon Bee. "Today in chapel, we confessed to plants," it began. "Together, we held our grief, joy, regret, hope, guilt and sorrow in prayer; offering them to the beings who sustain us but whose gift we too often fail to honor." Then they asked for an Amen: "What do you confess to the plants in your life?" Liberal guilt has never been more pronounced. We recommend as proper corporal punishment using the switch, provided liberals then apologize to the bamboo.

Free Greta Thunberg From Her Cruel Political Exploitation By Leftists

Kurt Schlichter, Townhall

Let her go. Not because it would be to our side’s political advantage, because it isn’t.  She hurts the climate change scam here in the US of A. The Europeans are the Fredos/Chris Cuomos of Western civilization, weak and stupid, and they eagerly lap up this kind of nonsense. But the vast majority of Americans have too much common sense to allow their country’s energy policy to be dictated by a teenaged girl’s obsessions. Let her go, because this is terribly destructive to a child who is only trying to please those who she mistakenly believes have her best interests in mind. Free Greta, you monsters.

Democrats Debate Issues No One Cares About And Policies No One Wants

Based on the results of recent polls, racist pandering is getting Beto and Mayor Pete exactly nowhere. But lack of measurable impact didn’t drive the candidates away from talking about issues no one cares about and pushing policies no one wants and that was ultimately the overarching theme of last night’s Democrat debate.

Climate Change and the Democrats

R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr., The American Spectator

The Democrats’ obsession with Climate Change is more than odd. It is delusional. Not Climate Change but health care “matters to voters in a real, tangible way, and not in an abstract sense like climate change.” Health care consumes 18 percent of the American budget, trending upward toward 20 percent by mid-decade. Americans now spend $3.5 trillion or so on health care with the federal, state, and local government footing 45 percent of the bill. How will we pay for it in 2025? The subject was not even discussed last Wednesday by the leading Democratic contenders. Health care, not Climate Change, is an issue in 2020.

How Conservatives Can Protect the Environment and Win Voters, Too

Chris Buskirk, American Greatness

Conservatives should embrace this issue. The point is to stop letting the climate-change debate define everything about environmental policy and instead just pursue policies that are good for the environment. Here are a few ideas. Reducing urban heat islands through reforestation; Eliminating plastic in the ocean, and, Moving away from bisphenol A (BPA). These ideas are a start. Conservatives have to stop being afraid of the issue and realize that they don’t have to accept the Green’s climate creed in order to believe that the preservation and appreciation of the natural world is an inherently conservative issue—and a political winner, too.

“Climate Change” Is A Hoax

Kurt Schlichter, Townhall

Back in the 70s, I remember we were promised an ice age if we didn’t give liberals our money and freedom. Then in the 80s, we were promised death by ozone hole if we didn’t give liberals our money and freedom, and then doom by acid rain if we didn’t give liberals our money and freedom. By the time they started promising that we were all gonna die from global warming if we didn’t give liberals our money and freedom, I was still wanting my ice age. It would be nice to have a white Christmas in LA. You evidently hate “science” if you expect the “science” people to be correct at least one time in a half-century.

Democrats Once Again Embrace Population Control to Save the Planet

Stephen Moore, CNS News

Of all the preposterous proposals put forward by the Democratic presidential candidates during the CNN climate change town hall meeting last week, the dumbest (and most dangerous) idea was a rehash of the widely discredited authoritarian idea from the 1960s and '70s: population control. This is a fundamentally anti-Judeo-Christian ideology that disrespects human life and — as history proves all too well — can lead to dastardly consequences for basic human rights and economic progress. In regard to environmental problems and the constantly changing climate of our planet, human ingenuity is the solution, not the cause.

What AOC & co. get horribly wrong about Dorian and climate change

Bjorn Lomborg, New York Post

More prosperous communities are better able to cope with disasters. This is especially clear when we consider the poor shantytowns in developing countries hit by hurricanes. They don’t need people in rich countries piously trying to cut carbon emissions, which will at best slightly ease their increased suffering in 2100. They need to grow their economies, feed their kids, stop easily curable diseases and expand access to education so they can move into the 21st century and boost resilience. Activists and pundits divert our attention from smart policies to ineffective ones when they insist on linking today’s hurricanes wrongly to global warming.

Suicidal Fossil Fuels Exec Hosts Biden Fundraiser

You can take your pick from our reasons why a fossil fuels executive would host a fundraiser for Joe Biden, or add your own, but one thing is for sure, Andrew Goldman IS a fossil fuels executive and he has his reasons for backing Biden.

The Duke and Duchess of Climate are disappointed in you

Editors, Washington Examiner

It’s hardly the first time European royalty have displayed laughably elitist and clueless condescension (Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan Markle, living on inherited wealth, don’t have jobs in the same way most of us do.). It’s not even the worst current scandal involving a British royal and a private jet. But the spectacle of a prince and a princess jetting around the globe in private jets (including a visit to Sir Elton John’s estate in Nice, France) while scolding the rest of us about carbon emissions is a telling one about the West’s elites and the climate change fight, and more beyond.

The Real Threat To Civilization Is Our Liberal Elites

Kurt Schlichter, Townhall

The looming existential challenge we face is not the failure to appease some angry climate goddess but, rather, the frivolous priorities of these bored beneficiaries of the bounty of Western civilization. They got handed a world of peace and prosperity unparalleled in human history and instead of appreciating and protecting it they want to toss it all away. Why? Precisely because they got handed it. The dummies who make up our elite don’t value the society they inherited because think this is the natural state of man - that all this just sort of happened and that it will go on just sort of happening.

Summer Heat Wave? It's Global Warming... Or Is It?

Roger L. Simon, PJ Media

Everyone knows that politicians are basically liars or envelope-pushers, but when it comes to science they are idiots as well, at least the vast majority of them. That we have to listen to them opine about climate is like having our brains drilled. This is not to say that any of this proves the truth of global warming one way or another. The Democrats are copycats and have pretty much the same (enforced) views on everything with only the slightest nuances. But didn't we already know that? It's all a game show, basically.  Maybe Ryszard Legutko — the Polish author of The Demon in Democracy — is right. Communism and liberal democracy have some eerie similarities.

Australia’s Voters Reject Leftist Ideas

John Fund, National Review

Hell hath no fury greater than left-wingers who lose an election in a surprise upset. Think Brexit in 2016. Think Trump’s victory the same year. Now add Australia. Conservative prime minister Scott Morrison shocked pollsters and pundits alike with his victory on Saturday, and the reaction has been brutal from supporters of the opposition Labor party. They can’t seem to decide whether Australia’s electorate is stupid, evil, or both. For every seat that shifted left over climate change, there were several more where working-class voters broke with the Labor party they had long backed.

Blowhard Democrats Are Green Phonies

Roger L. Simon, PJ Media

The Democratic Party at the moment seems to be in a knockdown, drag-out fight for who can be the greenest of the green and push us forward to a brave new world propelled exclusively by solar and wind energy. Only the strongest (i. e. most slavishly devoted to renewable energy at all costs) will survive. Bernie and AOC are currently beating Joe Biden over the head about this. Poor Joe is frantically shoring up his "environmental" credentials. But those who've tried renewables (like Germany) discovered it doesn't work. I doubt this would mean much to true believers like Bernie and AOC, but the rest of us might pay attention.