Charlotte Church, the opera singer, thinks that “climate change” is responsible for the war between ISIS and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. She seems to believe that people develop their ideologies because of water shortages, drought and the inability to grow crops.
I think that is the general consensus. They want us to believe that climate is a major driver of everything bad. You MUST know that droughts cause blight on the land and then the result is a murderous and fundamentally radical group formation which now blows airlines out of the sky and inspires drug addled youth and other followers to commit heinous crimes after screaming something about Allah.
But wait a minute…….. Other places, namely America suffered droughts and changes in climate……. am I wrong? And as a result, did they experience a rise in terrorism?
If the climate is such a powerful hing , this SHOULD cause us to hanker for a “good old socialist” “climate change” to our political system. Am I right?
Lets take a look…..
The USA has gone through many droughts. The Dust Bowl or the Dirty Thirties was a period of severe dust storms causing major ecological and agricultural damage to American and Canadian prairie lands from 1930 to 1936 (in some areas until 1940). wiki
During 1993 the Southeastern United States experienced high temperatures and conditions of drought for extended periods. The heatwaves associated caused the deaths of seventeen people and overall damage from the Southeastern State Drought of 1993 was somewhere between $1 billion and $3 billion in damage.
The US Drought of 2002 was reminiscent of the 1988 Drought and was compared to the Droughts of the 1930s, the 1983 Drought and the Dry Spells of the 1950s.
These three aforementioned drought periods resulted in the migration of the population, displaced persons but the farmers, ranchers, business-people and other residents of the Midwest did not become members of worldwide terrorist organizations, destroying historical artifacts and chopping heads.
The climate is a powerful thing…. apparently. Enough for some followers of Bernie Sanders to hanker for a “good old socialist” “climate change” to our political system.
Quite frankly, I don’t think it is responsible for much that it gets credit for. I don’t think it is responsible for the rise of ISIS; I don’t think it is responsible as Prince Charles, Bernie Sanders and quite possibly our President might believe.
Painting the fear of the powerful forces of “Mother Nature” combined with dire predictions from politicians who live in homes that possess the carbon footprint of Godzilla while imploring YOU to flush the toilet one every other day (smile) has been pretty powerful. Images of melting glaciers, deaths from heat waves, droughts that ruin crops, acidic oceans, wildfires breaking out everywhere— may be even across the street from you. Also depicted is massive migration due to flooding in low lying areas due in part to those melting glaciers. The final whammy is the devastation of the stock market due to all of the aforementioned factors.
Jeeze, it is amazing the havoc a change in the global average temperature increased by more than 1.4°F over the last century. Just in case you did not accurately read the temp, it amounts to just under one and a half degrees Fahrenheit. Yikes, what could happen if it goes up 2 degrees? More terrorists? Economic collapse?
No…… The Earth does go through natural cycles of warming and cooling, caused by factors such as changes in the sun or volcanic activity. Further, to accommodate these natural cycles, human beings as all beings adapt. Adaptation is part of the natural continuation of life. This is not to say that we should NOT take steps to control the level of waste and pollution that we put into our environment. One only has to experience the air of Beijing to understand that human beings can not wantonly destroy their environment. Adaptation does not mean that you should adapt to what you destroy.
But in the phrase “Climate Change”, you will notice one word, “change”. Change can be good and it can be bad. CO2 is essential for plant growth, all agriculture depends also on steady water supplies, and climate change is likely to disrupt those supplies through floods and droughts. It has been suggested that higher latitudes—Siberia, for example—may become productive due to global warming. Warmer winters would mean fewer deaths, particularly among vulnerable groups like the aged. I have a home in Florida where I meet some of the most active and involved octogenarians on their way to their tennis and golf tournaments. It is not unlikely that on any given Saturday during the winter you would not come across a 70 year old racing past 40-somethings on their way to the finish line of a charity 5 or 10 K.
A year-round ice free Arctic passage between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans would confer some economic benefits, certainly. This might encroach on the lifestyle of the polar bear, however. Finally, much of the economic disaster which some say result in terrorism, is way out of line. People don’t have a natural inclination to form groups based upon negativity, that is the outcome of acculturation and value systems. In other words, a negative culture combined with religious beliefs calling for destruction of those who believe differently will produce terrorism …. even in the most beautiful, environmentally friendly atmosphere.
In addition, those calling for MORE regulation and MORE control only mean that they want this concept of “MORE” exercised on YOU…. it does not apply to them. Many of them live in many very big houses, drive many very big cars and fly in private jets. Not to mention one recent environmental rally in New York was not only huge in numbers, but also in the amount of non-environmental -friendly waste they left behind for the city to dispose of.
19 See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.