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Our World Gone (Climate) Mad


Each day the media are filled with “news” stories blaming various events and conditions on “climate change,” which are of course code words for “humans are overheating their planet.” Never do these reports offer evidence that mankind’s carbon dioxide emissions are to blame. That the press feels there’s no reason to back its claims with facts indicates that a large segment of the West has bought fully and uncritically into the narrative.

Some days it seems as if it’s useless to continue to fight the fight against global warming. Politicians, “journalists,” activists, activist scientists, celebrities, and a substantial portion of the public tell us that human activity is causing Earth to warm and there’s no more to the story than that. Skepticism is equated with denial. Questions are verboten. Aligning with the alarmists’ account is the only acceptable response.

This is how batty our world has become: According to a local newspaper, a British Columbia doctor diagnosed a patient to be suffering from “climate change.” Which might be the case, since the global and local climates are always in a state of change, and can at times be severe enough to cause injuries and death, though risk of climate-related fatalities has fallen 99% over the last 100 years.

But was the good doctor referring to natural climate cycles? Or was his diagnosis intended as a complaint about modern living that requires the consumption of fossil fuels? No one would go wrong by guessing the latter.

While much of the First World is suffering from climate derangement syndrome, the global warming scare offers great opportunities for graft, corruption, and greater political power to “leaders” who know better but use the ginned-up crisis to harden the bubbles they live in.

Leave it to Greta Thunberg, maybe the most well-known victim of CDS, to expose the charade. The perpetual protester noticed that the still-in-progress United Nations climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland, “has turned into a (public relations) event, where leaders are giving beautiful speeches and announcing fancy commitments and targets, while behind the curtains governments of the global north countries are still refusing to take any drastic climate action.”

The Swedish teen, who is not only mad but angry too, has come to realize what many knew before she was born: Inside the meeting halls of any climate conference, “there are just politicians and people in power pretending to take our future seriously.”

How we ever made it to 2021, to the U.N.’s 26th global warming shindig that attracted more than 100 CO2-spewing private jets, is a mystery. Five years ago, Donald Trump’s win over Hillary Clinton was a death sentence, according to the real smart people we should all be listening to.

Ten years earlier, another of those real smart people said “we have a very brief window of opportunity to deal with climate change … no longer than a decade, at the most.”

Let’s not forget that in 1989, the media, naturally relying on revered experts, warned that “entire nations could be wiped off the face of the Earth by rising sea levels if the global warming trend is not reversed by the year 2000.”

The world has reached a tipping point, but not the one the climate alarmists have been screeching about for more than a generation. We have entered an era in which claims without evidence are presented as unassailable fact, and much of the advanced world is buying the story. Charles Mackay warned about the dangers of this sort of behavior in 1841’s “Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds.”

“We find that whole communities suddenly fix their minds upon one object and go mad in its pursuit; that millions of people become simultaneously impressed with one delusion, and run after it,” he wrote.

Mackay was a Scotsman, and if alive today, would find he couldn’t possibly have enough time to observe the totality of the mania brought out by the U.N.’s bash in Glasgow.

— Written by the I&I Editorial Board

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  • The world has indeed gone bonkers. But it is important to keep struggling to spread the truth. One day the CO2 hoax will be the subject of books, like the Salem and European witch hunts. Too bad no prosecutor like Durham for the CO2 lies. The fact that half the nation and almost all Democrats still believe the Russia-Trump Steele dossier hoax created by the Clinton campaign shows that a good hoax can go a long way when the mainstream media propaganda machine is on your side and big tech and social media combine to suppress and cancel any opposing views. But you have to keep telling the truth that CO2 is not correlated with climate change, and hope for the best.

    I was recently watching a live stream from a scientific organization going full Marxist race, gender, climate agenda, etc. A scientist speaker railed against the 33% of scientists she called climate deniers. You would think a scientific organization might be open to debating the facts, but no, these climate heretics should be forced to sign oaths adhering to certain “values” which preclude scientific debate. It is a world gone bonkers on many levels. Let’s just hope it does not end up in blood baths like the French and Bolshevik revolutions or Rwanda or Cambodia’s killing fields. But when I see the “Jabs of Obedience” moving from workers to vulnerable children and teens, I fear that the politicians are operating in fully Killing Field mode. California’s communist ruling elite are as arrogant in vaxxing children against all medical evidence as they are in their equally unscientific CO2 climate hoax agenda.

  • Still waiting for anyone, even one, of the advocates of AGW to explain why any observed warming in modern times is not just an extension of the same global warming trend that began 14,000 years ago, when the last ice age began its modern thaw cycle.

  • Without fossil fuel infrastructure we’re supposed to have an ENERGY CRISIS!

    For decades, the ASCE Infrastructure Report Cards have taught us those infrastructures deteriorate with under-investment.

    Socially responsible investing is decades old, but ESG (Environmental, social, and governance) considerations now propagating throughout the world continues to make firms reluctant to invest in oil and gas exploration and infrastructure which is destined to lead to deteriorated infrastructures. Tinkering with the supply chain of oil could impact the supply chain and shortages of thousands of products, and fuels, needed by current lifestyles and worldwide economies.

  • Long term I’m optimistic, at least as far as the USA is concerned. Climate change is low on most voters priority lists despite all the climate change hysteria and the experience in states like California is proving sobering as they struggle toward ‘net zero’. That is not a recipe for getting broad voter buy-in. Nevertheless, it will certainly get worse before it gets better. Advocates won’t easily give up on their dreams. But you simply can’t fake physics, chemistry and engineering. Eventually reality imposes itself no matter how many arms are waved or earnest speeches given. As projects struggle to attain their promised benefits and the demonizing of fossil fuels turns out to be a disaster, the tide will turn. In the meantime energy policy will be a train wreck.

  • The fear seems to be of a slightly increased amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. But CO2 is not a poisonous gas, but natural plant food. Nurseries pump extra CO2 into their greenhouses to increase plant growth and health.Australia took to the international press to extol their bountiful crops, and even Afghanistan reported superior crops!

    Back after the last Davos meeting, whence came the CO2 panic, Christiana Figueres, who was at the time the general secretary of the IPCC, held a press conference to tell the press that the CO2 scare was their best chance to get rid of hated Capitalism.

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