Update, 10:15 AM: Good luck getting someone like Mr. Tidwell to confront the fallout from Climategate, including this revelation from one of the lead authors of the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), who said: “The process is so flawed that the result is tantamount to fraud. As an authority, the IPCC should be consigned to the scrapheap without delay.”
In the wake of the telling Climategate revelations, it’s very interesting to see the mask come off the fanatical climate change crowd. The Denver Post ran a Sunday opinion piece by Mike Tidwell of the Chesapeake Climate Action Network that ought to make your skin crawl.
See what I mean — Tidwell writes:
Instead of continuing our faddish and counterproductive emphasis on small, voluntary actions, we should follow the example of Americans during past moral crises and work toward large-scale change.
The country’s last real moral and social revolution was set in motion by the civil rights movement. And in the 1960s, civil rights activists didn’t ask bigoted Southern governors and sheriffs to consider “10 Ways to Go Integrated” at their convenience. [emphasis added]
A moral crisis compared to the entrenched evils of Jim Crow laws and segregation? I have no qualms in calling climate change fanatics like Tidwell the greatest moral idiots of our time. Of course, his livelihood comes from peddling the worst of climate scare stories:
As America joins the rest of the world in finally fighting global warming, we need to bring our battle plan up to scale. If you believe that astronauts have been to the moon and that the world is not flat, then you probably believe the satellite photos showing the Greenland ice sheet in full-on meltdown. Much of Manhattan and the Eastern Shore of Maryland may join the Atlantic Ocean in our lifetimes. Entire Pacific island nations will disappear. Hurricanes will bring untold destruction. Rising sea levels and crippling droughts will decimate crops and cause widespread famine. People will go hungry, and people will die.
This past weekend I watched the ridiculous science-fiction dystopian classic Soylent Green with Charlton Heston and Edward G. Robinson. Along with Tidwell’s opinion piece, the otherwise wasted 97 minutes of my life reminded me that there’s always a market for the worst sort of futuristic fearmongering.
Yet of course, as you see, not enough people out there are buying it anymore. So Tidwell has moved beyond the marketplace of ideas to the coercive power of government to forward his agenda. He continues:
All who appreciate the enormity of the climate crisis have a responsibility to make every change possible in their personal lives. Surveys show that very few people are willing to make significant voluntary changes, and those of us who do create the false impression of mass progress as the media hypes our actions.
Instead, most people want carbon reductions to be mandated by laws that will allow us to share both the responsibilities and the benefits of change. Ours is a nation of laws; if we want to alter our practices in a deep and lasting way, this is where we must start. After years of delay and denial and green half-measures, we must legislate a stop to the burning of coal, oil and natural gas. [emphasis added]
According to Tidwell, the masses are begging to have our liberties legislated away — whether by Congress or some United Nations treaty. Pardon me, but what planet is this man living on? Apparently one where oxygen is in short supply.
We ought to be thankful for the liberties we still have and what remains of our Constitution. For many of the climate change fanatics, however, these are mere “inconvenient” notions that stand in their way of controlling our behavior and crippling our economy for the sake of a largely discredited theory. If you can’t persuade the American people, well, maybe they’re just “inconvenient’ obstacles, too.
I know I shouldn’t be surprised by how frank the climate change fanatics have become. But it’s still disturbing nonetheless. And hopefully we are merely witnessing their agenda in its last throes before it collapses into the smoldering ash heap of history.