Tomorrow is Earth Day, an opportunity for well-intentioned environmentalists to preach the gospel of man-made global warming.
People are free to believe as they wish. The problem with the green movement is that it seeks to marginalize anyone who may have a different view.
Those of us who are unconvinced of their teachings are branded as “Climate Change Deniers.” And as outlandish as this is going to sound, there are those who want to criminalize our opinion.
As this column reported last year, those who disagree with the Obama administration’s view on climate change were in danger of being targeted under RICO (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization) laws, which were designed to fight the Mafia. “In fact, Attorney General Loretta Lynch recently confirmed that she had asked the FBI to determine if climate change ‘deniers’ should be taken to court on racketeering charges.”
As far as I know, Ms. Lynch didn’t make good on her treat. But it was frightening that the nation’s highest-ranking law enforcement officer spoke openly of criminalizing an unapproved opinion on a political issue.
Where was the American Civil Liberties Union and others who claim to support free speech?
And evoking memories of McCarthyism, Rep. Raul Grijalva of Arizona, the ranking Democrat on the House Committee on Natural Resources, once demanded information on the financial records of certain professors who were skeptical of climate change.
“Let’s pause a moment to reflect on what this means,” Kim Holmes of the Heritage Foundation wrote at the time. “A government official demands the private records of an American citizen solely on the basis of where that person stands on a political issue. The professor has committed no crime, but merely holds a scientific view opposed, for political reasons, by a congressman.”
As I wrote then, “It may not be 1984, but it’s beginning to feel like it.”
Such intolerance of an opposing view might be somewhat more understandable if these climate scientists were always right. But that’s far from the case.
Two years ago during the week of Earth Day I wrote the following: “Here’s what one noted ecologist told us 45 years ago: ‘The world has been chilling sharply for about 20 years. If present trends continue, the world will be about four degrees colder for the global mean temperature in 1990, but eleven degrees colder in the year 2000. This is about twice what it would take to put us into an ice age.’ “And Life magazine reported, ‘by 1985 air pollution will have reduced the amount of sunlight reaching earth by one half.’ “Now we’re told to forget all the debunked predictions of the past and to have faith in all the new predictions: Because now we’ve got it right. Really. Trust us. And any scientist who disagrees with our view of global warming is an academic pariah who is not to be listened to.”
And let’s not forget the Hollywood celebrities who want ordinary Americans to cut back on our air conditioning and shorten our showers while they ride around in jets and limousines.
In 2014 actor Leonardo DeCaprio addressed the United Nations, saying, “I am not a scientist, but I don’t need to be. Because the world’s scientific community has spoken, and they have given us our prognosis, if we do not act together, we will surely perish.”
But the Daily Mail in London reported that Mr. DeCaprio spent his World Cup vacation that year “on the fifth largest yacht in the world, a 482-foot behemoth owned by Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan — a billionaire oil tycoon from the UAE [United Arab Emirates]?”
And then there was our last president’s war on coal miners.
Here’s the bottom line: Environmentalists want to wreck our economy over the boogeyman of man-made global warming. Before we let them, we should at least make them prove they are right. But so far, despite their insistence to the contrary, man-made global warming is at least as much theory as fact.
Contact Bart Adams at (910) 230-2001 or firstname.lastname@example.org.