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Tuesday, August 29, 2023

The Envoy

Over the past six months, I have noted the significant increase in apocalyptic "climate change/climate crisis" articles that have appeared throughout the propaganda media (e.g., here, here, and here). Every day, "climate change"  has been accused of everything from hot temperatures in the month of August (generally hyperbole with other likely causes) or the catastrophic fires on the Island of Maui (provably false). This week, hurricane Idalia [1] moving through the Gulf will become all the rage among climate alarmists.

But the real question (as I've noted on other posts) is "why?" Why the sudden uptick in apocalyptic articles? Why the near-hysterical projections of everything from famine to death?

Some believe that the media is doing battlefield prep for an upcoming "climate emergency" declaration by the Biden administration. [2]  Such a declaration would give a cognitively-challenged Biden (well, actually, his anonymous puppet masters hidden deep in the West Wing) the ability to impose authoritarian mandates, lockdowns, and draconian industry regulations without congressional approval. These, much like their insane Covid counterparts, would do great damage to lives and livelihoods—and like their Covid counterparts, would do nothing to solve actual problems.

And yet, it seems those of us who have pushed back have had an impact. Except a relatively small cabal of climate change fanatics, the American public ranks climate change very low among its priorities. Maybe that's why Biden's climate envoy, John Kerry, has been dispatched by the anonymous puppet masters to demonize anyone with legitimate questions about their climate policies.

Ben Bartee reports:

The corporate state is intent, apparently, on ramping up its propaganda against so-called “climate deniers,” presumably to set the rhetorical groundwork for more extreme legal and social action against them in the future. So it dispatched something called its “climate envoy,” John Kerry, to Scotland with that aim.

Here is the most incendiary portion of his comments:

Without facts or economics on their side, they flatly deny what is happening to our planet and what we must do to save it. They incite a movement against what they falsely label ‘climate change fanaticism,’ as they conveniently forget that the dictionary definition of a cult is the dismissal of facts in devotion to a lie.
This is an obvious truism at this point, but, of course, I would be remiss not to point out that these people always do what they accuse their opponents of doing. Freud got it right. From the Hunter Biden laptop hoax to the “safe and effective” COVID vax lie, lying in the service of their various profiteering and social engineering projects is their modus operandi. Climate change is no exception.

The Left almost never engages in substantive debate with its opposition. It almost never tries to answer the questions [3] posed by its opponents; almost never examines the broad array of scientific and historical fact that refutes its claims; almost never provides context for its claims, and, almost never addresses the clear contradictions in its actions (e.g., Kerry's continuous use of private jet aircraft during what he characterizes as a "climate crisis"). The Left always engages in ad hominem attacks and bends an event so it fits the prevailing narrative (e.g., Maui fires were due to climate change), regardless of the true forcing function that precipitated the event.

But all of that is a given. If blue politicians at the federal level can't convince the broader public that we're in a climate crisis, they will do what the did during the Covid hysteria—use the broad array of communication sources that shill for their narrative and let fear, uncertainty, and doubt act as drivers to implement their authoritarian goals.

One thing is certain—climate envoys like Kerry or spokespeople like Bill Gates will continue to fly private, live in 20,000 square foot homes, and have access to the luxuries that the rest of us will no longer be able to afford. While the rest of us will be asked (no ... demanded) to take the hit for "the good of humanity." Yeah ... right.


[1]  James Freeman comments on this phenomenon when he writes:

Anticipating a possible tsunami of faulty media analysis, University of Colorado environmental studies professor Roger Pielke Jr. writes at The Honest Broker on Substack:

Tropical storm Idalia is projected to make landfall in Florida in a few days. That means hurricane hype will no doubt be dialed up to 11.

“For those who’d like to be able to place that hype into the context of evidence and research,” the professor encourages “everyone, especially journalists,” to check out the federal National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s overview of research on global warming and hurricanes.
The website, maintained by Tom Knutson, senior scientist at NOAA’s Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory, states:

There is no strong evidence of century-scale increasing trends in U.S. landfalling hurricanes or major hurricanes... 
We conclude that the historical Atlantic hurricane data at this stage do not provide compelling evidence for a substantial greenhouse warming-induced century-scale increase in: frequency of tropical storms, hurricanes, or major hurricanes, or in the proportion of hurricanes that become major hurricanes. [emphasis mine]
[2]  Andy Kessler writes: [updated 09-04-2023]

Two years ago during Covid lockdowns, I wrote about climate control freaks, facetiously anticipating a future headline: “Bad CO2 Day, Lockdowns Enforced.” A joke that would never happen, right? Well . . .  

Last month President Biden was asked on the Weather Channel if he was ready to declare a national climate emergency and responded, “We’ve already done that.” Asked again if he declared a climate emergency, he said, “Practically speaking, yes.” There is no official emergency, but the president certainly thinks we need one. 

A quick review of their actions over the past few years indicates that Biden's party has normalized insanity—and make no mistake—apocalyptic climate hysteria is INSANITY. Now that insane policy positions are the norm, it's only a matter of time before authoritarian climate-related mandates become pervasive.

[3]  Here are just a few sample questions for Team Apocalypse on climate change:

  • No one disputes that climate changes over time. Why do you imply that those who ask questions like the ones that follow, deny climate change?
  • What percentage of world wide climate is directly impacted by anthropogenic activity?
  • If the USA goes to a carbon neutral society, what impact will that have on world wide carbon levels?
  • If the USA goes to a carbon neutral society, what short and mid-term economic impact will that have on the middle class? Follow-up: Where are the millions of green jobs that were already promised for the 2010s?
  • Why are so many climate change proponents violently against nuclear energy, the only true CO2-free energy source that is provably reliable 24 hours a day?
  • Why is it that climate projections in the 1970 indicated an upcoming ice age, but in the 21st century, those projections indicate global warming? Follow-up: If the earlier projects were wrong, why should we trust current projections?
  • Why is it that climate change models cannot accurately predict worldwide temperatures or ocean levels today when they are fed inputs from 40 years ago? Follow-up: Given that, why should we believe their projects for the next 40 years?
  • Assuming that every model is correct (they are not, but let's assume), why is a very slow change projected over 40 to 100 years deemed an "emergency" or "crisis?" Follow-up: Why is the human ability to adapt to very slow change never factored into this discussion?
  • Cold kills far more humans worldwide than heat. Why are warmer temperatures considered such a bad thing? 
  • Why is it that the strongest celebrity and political proponents of a "climate crisis" do not act in a way that demonstrates they believe a crisis is imminent? For example: private jet travel, mansions, multiple homes.

It's truly fascinating. Climate Change and Covid are two different forms of manufactured hysteria that just keep happening—over and over and over again. For that reason, the two topics are rapidly becoming interchangeable. Alex Berenson writes:

This morning, The New York Times (08-28-2023) announced a “Late-Summer Covid Wave Brings Warning of More To Come.”

Yes, that was THIS MORNING’S headline.

The Covidians are like five-year-olds hanging on to their favorite stuffy. They know they’re too old for Sarsie the unicorn, she’s beaten up and filthy and the thread is hanging out and their friends are making fun of them for her. But they just can’t give her up, not with school coming.

What a wonderful metaphor. Same is true for Climate Change. It's like 3-year olds' "blankie." Something that's dragged around the house by a small children, changing shape as it frays along the edges, but still something that makes them feel really, really good. At the same time, really, really frightened when they're not sure that blankie will protect them from the monster they think is under the bed. Switching to a Biden whisper:  the monster isn't real.

UPDATE-2 (09-02-2023):

Team Apocalypse and their elected representatives in the Democratic party are often so hypocritical things become silly. Here's an irresistible meme that conflates deep-blue NYC's new regulations on mom & pop pizza places and John Kerry's private jet. Enjoy:

Here's a thought for the Biden administration. Since we're in a "climate crisis" and must act quickly to stop "global boiling,"why not issue an executive order that bans all government travel by private jet. After all, we've got to save the planet, don't we?

UPDATE-2 (09-02-2023):

And then, of course, there are the "climate crisis" predictions that come hot and heavy but are proven wrong 98% percent of the time. Team Apocalypse knows that scary predictions, regardless of how ridiculous and/or incorrect, frighten enough impressionable people to make them a clear winner.

Here's CNN (a charter member of Team Apocalypse) in 2018 and again in 2022:

I'm pretty sure that at least 20 of the 245 people who still watch the idiots on CNN threw away their scuba gear back in 2018 ... and now regret it. Then again, I suspect that of those 20 people, 19 are celebrating the second headline as evidence of John Kerry's massive success in saving the planet—and in only 4 years!