Fast Focus 'What should we do about global warming?' Lost credibility

February 10, 2013 

I would wager my favorite gas guzzler that 98 percent of the world's population, obeying their own experience and enlightened personal observations would, rightly, take no particular action regarding global temperature. They would -- and should -- continue to work, produce, reproduce, play, pray, learn, and live life to its fullest -- unperturbed by the demise of the dodo bird or even an imperceptible change in temperature.

But, sadly, there are those who, if told loudly and passionately enough that the sun was being depleted, would give up tanning and sanctimoniously retreat behind reflective blankets in hopes of returning the precious rays back to their source. Sun depletion skeptics would be contemptuously branded as conservative wackos, ignorant knuckle-draggers, or even "deniers."

There exists a powerful and menacing group of politicians and some scientists (collectively, the heat police) which insists that the Earth is heating up, and failure on the part of the rest of us to repent will result in terrible calamity to polar bears and all of humanity -- perhaps as soon as 10, 20, or 50 years down the road.

I myself am not indifferent to calamity in general or even the notion of man-made global warming. But some years back when thinking and observant people began to take note of frequent extremely cold global temperatures, the heat police panicked. They renamed global warming "climate change" to cover all unpleasant conditions and in so doing, lost any real credibility. Now climate change has become the favored progenitor of evil phenomena -- heat, drought, rainstorms, hurricanes, and yes, the burgeoning murder rate in Chicago (it's true -- Google it -- you can't make this stuff up.)

For the climate police, the remedy against climate change in America always involves expensive big-government programs, smothering restraints on job-supporting industries and loss of freedom for citizens to choose a lifestyle they prefer.

-- HENRY JOHNSON, Kennewick

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