By Alan Caruba
Has it occurred to you that constantly telling children and teens that "global warming" is real and that the Earth is in deadly peril constitutes child abuse?
That thought came to me as I enjoyed some of the excellent seminars and speeches during the March 8-10 second annual Conference on Climate Change. Here were some of the nation’s leading climatologists and others spelling out in detail precisely why there is no global warming and, indeed, why the Earth is now into a decade-old cooling trend. The experts believe that the Earth will stay in this trend for easily another decade or two, maybe three.
Sponsored by The Heartland Institute, a Chicago-based non-profit, free market think tank, the conference was, of course, slandered by the few mainstream media “journalists” who took note of it.
My complaint, however, is about the vast media coverage of global warming as something that is actually happening. The other element of this “reporting” is that the GW predictions made always seem to self-adjust forward ten, twenty, fifty or a hundred years. The current cooling trend is giving the global warming alarmists fits.
Back in the 1970s the news was filled with reports of a coming ice age. In the 1980s the reports changed to “global warming” and they took off as the defeated Al Gore made global warming his highway to vast wealth, selling bogus “carbon credits.”
Requiring school children to watch, often many times, Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth”, is part of the child abuse to which I refer. It is so filled with inaccuracies that a British court ruled that it could not be shown in schools without a laundry list of disclaimers and corrections being made by the teachers.
This is not to say that adults, too, aren’t subject to the same abuse as the children. However, it is about to become far worse if the Obama administration’s intention of imposing “cap and trade” regulations on CO2 emissions comes true. This carbon tax is anticipated to raise $646 billion for the federal government and we all know how careful it is when it comes to spending taxpayer’s money.
Speaking before the House Ways and Means Committee last year, Peter Orszag, formerly the Director of the Congressional Budget Office and now President Obama’s Director for the Office of Management and Budget, said that a “cap and trade” law to cut carbon emissions by 15% would cost the average household about $1,300 in higher energy costs. He added the working class families would be hardest hit.
Actually, the Obama gang wants to cut carbon emissions by more than three times the original figure, 83%. Using Orszag’s calculations, that means the average family will pay close to $4,000 a year or $333 a month. For nothing!
There is no scientific justification to cut carbon dioxide emissions. They play no role in global warming. At a time when CO2 emissions have risen, the Earth is still cooling and likely to do so for a long time to come.
This is a vicious tax to be imposed on Americans for the purpose of rendering them further impoverished in the midst of a financial crisis of worldwide proportions. And when you tax the parents, you tax the children too.
If the Green organizations are the shock troops of global warming, President Obama is the Abuser-in-Chief.