Op-ed: Hot air in Paris

  • By Cal Thomas
  • Monday, December 14, 2015 5:50pm
  • Opinion

If representatives of the nearly 200 nations gathered in Paris for the UN Conference on Climate Change had instead formed a coalition to fight a real threat — Islamic terrorism — they might have accomplished something useful. Instead, what they came up with is a document that even Secretary of State John Kerry, in a rare moment of candor, confessed is pointless.

Here’s Kerry: “…The fact is that even if every American citizen biked to work, carpooled to school, used only solar panels to power their homes, if we each planted a dozen trees, if we somehow eliminated all of our domestic greenhouse gas emissions, guess what — that still wouldn’t be enough to offset the carbon pollution coming from the rest of the world.”

Kerry added, “If all the industrial nations went down to zero emissions — remember what I just said, all the industrial emissions went down to zero emissions — it wouldn’t be enough, not when more than 65 percent of the world’s carbon pollution comes from the developing world.”

Being a liberal means never having to admit error. Liberalism, it appears, has always been about intentions and feelings, not results. Fighting “climate change” makes liberals feel good. There has been a near complete media blackout and intimidation of anyone presenting contrary scientific evidence disproving the theory that Earth is warming and humans are responsible. Quentin Letts, a BBC presenter, had his radio program pulled from the BBC’s iPlayer playback facility for, according to him, showing “disrespect for climate change,” after protests from global warming adherents, which the UK Daily Mail later dubbed the “Green Gestapo.”

This phony doctrine is being shoved down our throats by people who continue to fly in private jets and ride in gas-guzzling SUVs while telling the rest of us to walk or ride bikes.

Not that facts matter to the major media and others who have embraced the doctrines of this new religion, but here are some anyway because, in my opinion, belief in “climate change” is on a par with childhood faith in Santa Claus and the tooth fairy.

Remote Sensing Systems (RSS) is a scientific research company located in Northern California, specializing in satellite microwave remote sensing of the Earth. According to RSS, the Earth’s temperature has not increased in the last 18 years and nine months, a record.

As previously noted in this column, predictions of global warming have been based on imperfect computer models. That those models do not reflect reality has not affected the minds or policies of people who worship at the altar of government and wish to impose additional regulations on already overburdened corporations and individuals.

As The Daily Caller website reported last June, “Data from America’s most advanced climate monitoring system shows the U.S. has undergone a cooling trend over the last decade, despite recent claims by government scientists that warming has accelerated worldwide during that time.”

This reflects a pattern we have seen throughout history. In the 1970s, scientists and the media were promoting “global cooling” to advance their “chicken little” fantasy that life as we know it on Earth was about to end. They were wrong then and they are wrong now. But there is money and political power associated with climate change orthodoxy and next to sex, humans lust after these more than anything else.

If you are a climate change disciple, or confused, do yourself a favor. Visit climatedepot.org and see the film “Climate Hustle,” which premiered in Paris during the UN gathering. The film attracted protestors largely because global warming cultists want to suppress any information that runs counter to their beliefs.

There is nothing wrong and much right about the goal of reducing pollution, especially in China, the world’s worst polluter, but “global warming” shouldn’t be the reason.

If John Kerry is right — and the evidence suggests he is — why would the U.S. and other developed countries stifle their growth potential by embracing a false doctrine that could lead to predictable and even unforeseen economic consequences?

You will have to ask a climate change disciple.

Readers may email Cal Thomas at tcaeditors@tribpub.com.

More in Opinion

Anselm Staack (Courtesy Photo)
Opinion: Dunleavy’s fiscally irresponsible and deceptive plan

Constitutions are about broad policy objectives and legal boundaries — not about the day-to-day.

New direction for the Tongass will help grow businesses, a sustainable economy

Now is the time to chart a new course for Southeast’s future.

Alaska Chief Medical Officer Anne Zink promotes getting immunized with the flu shot this winter. (Photo courtesy Alaska Department of Health and Social Services)
Immunize when you winterize

An annual flu shot plus the COVID-19 vaccine protects Alaskans and our health care system, too.

(Peter Segall / Juneau Empire File)
Opinion: Dunleavy’s first act as governor was unconstitutional

That’s according to a ruling by Senior U.S. District Judge John Sedwick.

This Aug. 3, 2021, photo shows Juneau International Airport.  The Federal Aviation Administration shared recommendations on Thursday for improving aviation safety in the state. (Michael S. Lockett / Juneau Empire File)
Opinion: How the FAA will improve the margin of aviation safety in Alaska

Alaska depends on aviation more than any other state…

Central Peninsula Hospital is seen in Soldotna on Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021. (Camille Botello/Peninsula Clarion)
Voices of the Peninsula: Perspective of an educator in a ‘high-risk’ group, part 2

During some of the darkest days of my time in ICU, it was obvious where we all live is a special place.

Lawmakers havereturned to the Alaska State Capitol for a fourth special session. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire File)
Opinion: Revenues should be determined before more PFD spending

The governor believes the dividend drives the entire calculation. Sadly, he has it backwards

Ronnie Leach. (Photo provided)
Point of View: For Domestic Violence Awareness Month, #weareresilient

At the onset of COVID-19, we expanded our services in a way to ensure COVID-19 consciousness.

Rep. Don Young talks during a June 2021 interview with the Empire. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire File)
Opinion:Where’s Don Young when America needs him?

Once upon a time, avoiding political controversy was completely out of character for Young.

Peter Zuyus
Voices of the Peninsula: Seniors appreciate vaccination efforts

To those who have worked to encourage vaccination we say: Be proud, you are, in fact, saving lives.

Jackson Blackwell (courtesy photo)
Voices of the Peninsula: Carbon dividends are the bipartisan climate solution

By levying a gradually increasing price on carbon, U.S. emissions will be slashed by 50% in 15 years.

Gov. Mike Dunleavy holds a press conference at the Capitol on Tuesday, April 9, 2019. (Juneau Empire file photo)
Dunleavy: Facts Matter

Political opportunists care more about spreading political untruths than accepting the facts.