By Chuck Pinkey
The Daily Star
---- — An old equipment dealer told me years ago, “It’s no laughing matter, but it doesn’t matter if you laugh.” There are two stories in the news lately. One is a laughing matter; the other is not.
According to Popular Science Magazine, in Antarctica “several of its large glaciers will probably melt into the ocean, raising global sea levels at least 10 feet in the coming centuries. And it cannot be stopped.” We’re doomed, but there’s always an upside. If you live in Lakeland, Fla., you will have beachfront property!
Don’t get the beach chairs out just yet. A friend of mine on Facebook posted an article claiming that the oceans will be dead within 40 years. That’s right, with global warming and pollution, the world’s oceans will be lifeless. This means that, if you live in Lakeland, you will have beachfront property on the Dead Sea!
In The New York Times, Justin Gillis quotes scientific reports that state, “The effects of human-induced climate change are being felt in every corner of the United States … with water growing scarcer in dry regions … heat waves becoming more common and more severe … forests dying under assault from heat-loving insects.
“If greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide and methane continue to escalate at a rapid pace, the warming could conceivably exceed 10 degrees by the end of the century. Summers are longer and hotter … winters are generally shorter and warmer.”
I obviously have a problem with all this, and I may tend to be a bit irreverent, even bordering on the irritating, but I can remember the late ‘60s and early ‘70s, when every scientist was convinced we were heading into an Ice Age. In fact, if you took articles from that era and substituted “global warming” for “global cooling,” you’d have today’s articles on climate change. It would be almost word-for-word.
Ah,” climate change.” All of a sudden we had “climate change” instead of “global warming.” I wonder why? Maybe, the words of Weather Channel co-founder John Coleman sum it up best.
He writes, “When the temperature data could no longer be bent to support global warming, they switched to climate change, and now blame every weather and climate event on CO2. … The current bad science is all based on a theory that the increase in the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, from the exhaust of the burning of fossil fuels, leads to a dramatic increase in “the greenhouse effect” causing temperatures to skyrocket uncontrollably.
“This theory has failed to verify, and is obviously dead wrong. But, the politically funded and agenda driven scientists, who have built their careers on this theory and live well on the $2.6 billion a year of Federal grants for global warming/climate change research, cling to this theory, and bend the data spread to support the glorified claims. ...”
It’s no laughing matter, and I’d bet this huge hoax has cost us trillions in jobs, added costs, expensive regulations, crippled industries, and opportunities lost to foreign countries. It has been used to advance income redistribution schemes. Remember the proposed “carbon tax?”
The second news story, if it wasn’t so tragic, would be a joke. In Nigeria, an Islamic terrorist group named Boko Haram raided a Christian school, and kidnapped about 275 teenage girls. This group threatens to sell the young girls into sex slavery, unless other terrorists are freed from prison.
Odd that it wasn’t reported, but in February, Boko Haram attacked another school. It seized 59 boys, and gunned them down or cut their throats with machetes.
Nigeria is 30th in the world in GDP, and it is the 12th largest oil producer. It maintains a 200,000-man army, navy and air force, and yet it can’t kill these cockroaches? No, they try to negotiate with the killers of children.
Makes one wonder about the world, the scum that inhabit it, and the conditions people allow themselves to live under. Sounds harsh, doesn’t it, but how many children have to die or be sold into slavery before someone in Nigeria will stand and say “Enough!”
Where is the rage? Boko Haram was founded in 2002, and has been responsible for an estimated 10,000 deaths. How can people allow these things to happen? At what point, if your government will not protect you, do you take it upon yourself to fight? I don’t understand.
Shamefully, too, look at the Western world. From Hollywood stars to the prime minister of England, we hold up signs saying, “Bring Back Our Girls.” Are there no men left in this world? What would Teddy Roosevelt or Ronald Reagan have done?
Chuck Pinkey is a retired area businessman. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. The views expressed in this column do not necessarily reflect those of The Daily Star and its editorial board, but the author thinks they ought to.