The forecast is for more blather about “manmade…”
Have you noticed that suddenly there is even more attention than normal being paid to the whole "climate change" issue? For some reason, this item is getting pushed even harder than before, and since it was already getting pretty much 24/7 airplay, that's saying something.With all the effort by the left, and it's very odd group of allies concerning this particular cause, It would be hard to find somebody, anywhere…, say, I have to wonder where the Taliban in their caves, (which literally means they're living under a rock) come down on the "climate change" issue, who hasn't at least heard something about "climate change". By the way, this particular political hot button (excuse the pun) topic used to be called "global warming" until some pretty widespread harshly cold winter weather kind of shot (as a reminder, I'm a conservative gun owner, I can use gun references) a hole in that particular concept for the general public. Don't get me wrong, the global warming crowd tries to explain to the public that the unusually cool weather is really a sign of "warming", but it looks like they're having a bit of a hard sell on that one. One of these days I need to get a poster of Al Gore dressed like an Eskimo, standing on a snow covered stage, trying to convince a freezing crowd of people that global warming is going to kill us all. You know, I don't know what's funnier about that. I can't decide if it would be the picture as I've described it, or just the thought that Al Gore would actually stoop to going outside and experiencing the weather.Anyway, it seems that the left in general, and Barack Obama in particular, are telling us that global warming, or climate change, or whatever it will be called next week is both man-made, and that we need to do something about it. While I certainly believe that the climate changes, and trust me, I'm ready for a switch back to more annual rainfall where I live, I'm not so ready to believe that man-made part.One thing that gets left out of all of this when we're being harangued by the left about fighting climate change (and don't you find it odd that a group of people who do a particularly bad job when they are in charge of any real conflict, use the term "fight" so much?) is that it presupposes that we can actually understand and control the climate. Since, despite what people who seed clouds for a living might tell you, I can't recall any examples I've ever seen of anybody, anywhere, ever, controlling even the local weather, much less the global climate, I find that part of the argument pretty doubtful. However, if despite what you might term the "inconvenient truth" that nobody has ever demonstrated a complete understanding of our global climate, much less an ability to control it, for the sake of an argument, let's assume that somehow, the government really does know what it's talking about and actually knows what It's going to take to "control" global warming. Okay, first of all, I don't see any possibility of a government that has demonstrated the level of mis-function that ours has, ever figuring out something as complex as a box of chocolate…, sorry, I meant to say, the climate. Still, if they do; who do I talk to about getting our summers made a little cooler and rainier? Not to mention that I'd like to have a discussion with someone about evening out that cold winter weather we've been having.Hey, if we're going to be able to control the weather, then there's no need for us to be worrying about achieving energy independence (good thing too, since despite the "efforts" of the federal Department of Energy, even though we are sitting on vast energy resources, we just can't seem to quite get rid of our dependence on foreign oil). If we are going to be able to control the weather the world will be coming to us for food and other agricultural products and will be willing to trade us whatever it is our little hearts desire as long as we return food stuffs to them. You know, if there's one problem man has struggled with as long as man has existed, other than excessive taxation that is, it has to be the vagaries of the weather. Individuals and whole civilizations have been, and continue to be, killed by the wrong weather at the wrong time. If Napoleon or Hitler either one had been able to dial down the Russian winter a little bit, the world might look very different than it does today. Then again, if the ancient Egyptians had been able to control the weather during the Biblical seven year drought, rather than rely on a foreign adviser to tell them how to live through it, then we probably never would have met Napoleon or Hitler to start with.Leaving aside all the musings about what might have been, I have to wonder about the modern left's attempt to imply that they have solved a critical life and death problem that nearly every human in existence has spent at least some time thinking about since the first human with enough mental capacity to form the thought walked the face of the earth. Personally I live in a perennially drought stricken area, and I doubt that there's very many people here over the age of ten who haven't spent a lot of time trying to understand our weather (or lack of it as the case may be). Granted, not every one of us is a meteorologist or weather scientist, but then again, some are. I have to say I'm not so sure I believe the people who claim to be "climate experts" and know exactly what it's going to take to "cure" global warming, yet can't forecast the weather accurately for even two days ahead of time. Before I go on, I want to say that I will be among the first to admit that science and technology have made giant leaps forward in a real short span of time. Not having room or need to go into it here, suffice it to say that as far as the total history of man goes, it wasn't long ago at all that crossing an ocean involved a ship with sails, and not for fun or sport either. For that matter, while we may not like to think about it, it hasn't been as long as people think it has since a time when if you wanted light a lamp to read by after the sun went down, somebody was going to go have to kill a whale and render the fat (blubber) into lamp oil for you (I'm still waiting for a Greenpeace ship to sidle up to the nearest offshore oil rig and thank them for saving the whales). However as far as advances in weather science go, when some scientist, government or otherwise, tells me what kind of weather we are going to have, and then flips a switch on their patented "weather control machine" and makes it happen, then I'll start listening to them. Until then, I think a much more skeptic attitude is called for, modern technology notwithstanding.Coincidentally (not really), this recent up-tick in beating the global warming drum coincides with the latest attempt by the Obama administration to shut down more (with the eventual goal probably being all) coal fired power plants. Basically, at least right at the moment, the left and anybody they can enlist to help them, are trying to convince the American people to let them further strangle our energy infrastructure by claiming there is a huge, man killing problem (global whatever) and that only they have the knowledge needed to stop it. What the real reason for shutting down large portions of our electrical infrastructure might be worries me a lot more than any supposed "global warming".Bruce Kreitler is the author of Obamageddon (the Culmination of the Progressive Looting of America) and posts this and other articles at BruceKreitler.com.