Monday, December 17, 2007

An Avalanche of Nonsense

By Alan Caruba

I have to remind myself that I may well be in the minority whenever I protest the lies and nonsense that assail me daily regarding “global warming” or just about anything that issues forth, flatulently, from the United Nations.

An Agence France Press story on Monday is a splendid example. Some moronic scribe labored to produce “Global warming may soon see Santa don shorts.” It began with the assertion that Europe’s far north was “already feeling the effects of global warming” and proceeded from there with the usual assurance that “global warming” is actually happening.

This is such a commonplace journalistic device and deception as to drive better-informed people crazy. However, on where I found the story, more than thirty seriously annoyed people weighed in with their comments and all of them derided the fatuous piece of idiocy. In fact, some of Europe’s glaciers have been growing and a quick check of recent winters will reveal the continent has had some major cold spells.

Similarly, the International Herald Tribune, owned I believe by The New York Times, spewed forth a story, “Global food supply is dwindling rapidly, UN agency warns.” Having just gone through two weeks of stories out of Bali, filled with dire predictions that we’re all just toast, thanks to the latest vacation-cum-conference on global warming, it totally escapes me why anyone believes anything this bloated, corrupt, and ineffectual international excuse for bad information, bad ideas, and bad performance has to say on any subject.

A teacher of mine long ago said that, “No nation is more than two weeks away from a revolution if it runs out of food.” There’s some truth to that. The French Revolution that devolved into a bloodbath began when the price of bread and other staples rose to a point that it emboldened the peasants to go looking for the king and his family with a view to beheading them. The reason for the problem was that Europe (and North America) was in the grip of a mini-ice age that had begun around 1300 and would not abate until around 1850.

But! The UN says we are in the midst of a “global warming” and from this one might conclude that the growing season for crops is longer and therefore more productive. Silly you. Applying any kind of logic to “global warming” is a fool’s game.

The price of basic food crops is going up. Why? Because geniuses like those in our Congress keep mandating that useless fuel additives such as ethanol drain off vast quantities of corn for its production. Elsewhere in the effort to insure crop failure, everything that could be done to thwart the introduction of genetically modified crops—crops that are resistant to drought or various forms of predation—has been one of the environmental movement’s rallying cries for a very long time.

It’s all part of the avalanche of nonsense the citizens of the world must suffer thanks to those who, in their hearts, would prefer to return the earth to penguins, polar bears, pandas, and weeds.


NJCommonSenseSolutions said...

Great article. Let's not forget about the mountains of money that people are prepared to make off of "carbon offsets". Also, as I'm sure you've heard that a gas company wanted to drill off of the NJ coast and has already been attacked by enviornmental groups and threatened with lawsuits, never mind that this would ease the burden on hard-working families. The solution to global warming is to wait 25 years than the libs will be talking about global cooling, just like the earth has cycles so do liberals and their causes.

Alan Caruba said...

Thank you. BTW, the proposal for offshore NJ is a natural gas terminal, not to drill. NJ refuses to permit any exploration for oil or natural gas off its part of the continental shelf. You can bet the environmentals will protest the terminal and you can bet I will be writing about it.