My sainted father described common sense as having the good judgment to come in out of the rain. A lot of our self-anointed guardians of all that is good and appropriate are getting drenched these days in a hailstrom of facts they lack the good sense to recognize.
Global-warming advocates continue to shout from the rooftops that our godlike planet is about to be barbecued unless we allow them to take severe action.
They continue to sound the alarm despite the simple reality that any warming of the planet that might have been occurring stopped dead a decade ago, and it was replaced with a pronounced cooling.
Panic is abroad among the fanatics who see their decades-long campaign to persuade the world that the planet is warming and only Draconian government action can prevent a looming catastrophe from slowly destroying us.
Every horrendous occurrence is deplored as somehow the result of AGW (anthroprogenic [human caused] global warming) — even the downing of the Air France jetliner for which a Russian scientist found it to be responsible.
All but frothing at the mouth in frustration over the growing disbelief in AGW, Joe Romm of the Climate Progress blog posted a warning from one "Creative Greenius" that those who dissent from the fear of human caused global warming will be severely punished when "an entire generation . . . Will soon be ready to strangle you and your kind while you sleep in your beds."
Romm removed the quote from his blog but he continues to defend the strangling-skeptics-in-their-beds comment as being "clearly not a threat but a prediction" he disagrees with that people "somehow misread," according to Marc Morano's Climate Depot.
Despite the increasingly inflamed rhetoric, the fact remains that the planet has entered a cooling phase that top scientists say could last at least 30 years or even usher in a new little, or even big, ice age.
Yet House Democrats are rushing the Waxman-Markey cap-and-trade bill through the House. The legislation amounts to a $9 trillion tax that will reduce personal consumption by up to $2 trillion by mid-century, according to an analysis by the liberal Brookings Institution. It aims at reducing atmospheric levels of CO2 in the absurd belief that this benign gas necessary for plant health somehow causes global warming.
Across the pond, reality has set in. Benny Peyser writes, “All over Europe, the centre-left has been haemorrhaging core voters. The fact that UKIP, an openly climate skeptical party, has beaten Labour to second place is a clear signal. It suggests that any party promoting unpopular climate policies and green taxes that will further increase the cost of energy, transport and travel for ordinary families risks being punished in future elections. As far as Britain is concerned, the Labour government and its green agenda is finished. Let that be a warning to President Obama and other would-be salvationists."
They aren't heeding that warning. As far as they are concerned, the planet may be demonstrably cooling, but global warming remains a deadly threat to the planet they must forestall.
In the meantime, in the balmy month of June, on the fifth, it snowed in North Dakota. On June 6, northern England got enough snow to allow kids to build a snowman.
Thus, the Daily Mail reported: "Parts of Britain resembled Siberia today as freakish snow flurries fell in the middle of the summer . . . a phenomenon considered to be 'remarkable' so late in the season."
In the United States, expert Joe Bastardi warns that areas from the Northern Plains into the Northeast will have a "year without a summer."
Under the title "Alaska's Ice Thickens Over Unusual Summer," climatologist Cliff Harris wrote, "Unusually large amounts of winter snow were followed by abnormally chilly temperatures in June, July and August.
He cited a story Craig Medred wrote in the McClatchy Newspapers quoting U.S. Geological Survey glaciologist Bruce Molnia as saying, "In mid-June, I was surprised to see snow still at sea level in Prince William Sound. On the Juneau Icefield, there was still 20 feet of new snow on the surface of the Taku Glacier in late July.
"At Bering Glacier, a landslide I am studying, located at about 1,500 feet elevation, did not become snow free until early August. In general, the weather this summer was the worst I have seen in at least 20 years. Never before in the history of a research project dating back to 1946 had the Juneau Icefield witnessed the kind of snow buildup that came this year. It was similar on a lot of other glaciers too."
Phil Brennan writes for Newsmax.com. He is editor and publisher of Wednesday on the Web (http://WWW.pvbr.Com) and was Washington columnist (Cato) for National Review magazine in the 1960s. He is a trustee of the Lincoln Heritage Institute and a member of the Association For Intelligence Officers.
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