Despite exhortations from the likes of the liberal blogosphere, the new climate change report from the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is not destined to become the ONLY story covered by the mainstream media. In fact, a perusal of the news over the last week or so shows that the report could barely scratch and claw its way to the front pages. It fared little better on cable news, drowned out by the latest Trump doings, the Kavanaugh controversies, and the real-world climate tragedy that just hit the Florida Panhandle.
The media, being populated by nothing other than climate hysterics who love to tell readers and viewers that the world is ending, can’t even get up the energy to cover this latest doomsday report with any enthusiasm? That’s when you know America has had enough with this nonsense.
The fact is, polls show that few Americans believe that climate change is going to have any serious effect on the planet within their lifetimes. This, even though Al Gore & Friends have been sounding the alarm bell for going on twenty years. What is the climate community to do in such a situation? Why, the Americans just had the indecency to elect a president who says climate change is a Chinese hoax! He just yanked the U.S. out of the Paris Climate Agreement! This calls for a REPORT!
And a report we got.
Using state-of-the-art computer models, the IPCC now tells us that we cannot wait any longer. After telling us for years that the world would perish once global temperatures rose 3.6 degrees over the 1850 baseline, we’re now to understand that devastating consequences will arrive the moment Earth hits the 2.7 degree mark. That is likely to happen very soon – UNLESS WE TAKE ACTION NOWWWWWW!
Indeed, the IPCC tells us breathlessly that we only have until 2030 to make drastic changes to our global economy. Without exorbitant carbon taxes – as much as $27,000 per ton on emissions – the world will fall victim to a catastrophic series of floods, fires, droughts, famines, and, we assume, pestilence.
And the world collectively yawns.
Or at least, Americans do. Why? Because these proposals are utterly ridiculous. We’re not going to throw away the world’s industrial economy because some eggheads sit behind a computer (that they wouldn’t have if it weren’t for the advances made possible by the very economy they want to destroy) and spin us a modern version of the Book of Revelation.
We’ll do what we can. We’ll frack. We’ll work with clean coal technology. And we’ll wait and watch as the private sector comes up with energy alternatives that actually make sense and are more efficient and inexpensive than fossil fuels. And when that happens, we’ll go with those.
In the meantime, 2030 will come and go, and the UN (if it still exists by then) will rush to tell us that doomsday is once again “just around the corner.”
And we’ll have ourselves another good yawn.