“This was the week when global warming jumped the shark. Just like it did last week. And the one before…”, James Delingpole writes at Breitbart London:
Doctors at a Washington, D.C. paediatric clinic are increasingly prescribing sunshine and outdoors – “nature time” – for their young clients, reports Lynne Peeples for HuffPo.
But the story isn’t as heartwarming as you might think from the first paragraphs. That’s because stalking this charming scene like a ravening, blood-crazed, razor-fanged death creature with a sinister cowl kind of like a wicked evil monk’s probably concealing a grinning death’s head face and an evil as old as time, is climate change.
Yes, Peeples has managed to find at least two eco campaigners so shameless and utterly desperate that they have been prepared to put their names to quotes suggesting that “climate change” is threatening to make outdoors a no-go zone.
“Nature is critical to health,” says Martha Berger, a children’s health officer with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Climate change, she added, could “further alienate kids from nature.”
“One of the things contributing to [kids not getting enough play outdoors], along with many societal factors, is that some of the conditions are becoming more difficult to deal with,” said Collin O’Mara, president and CEO of the National Wildlife Federation, during a media call last month for the group’s report, “Ticked Off: America’s Outdoor Experience and Climate Change.”
As Delingpole writes, “Soon children will have forgotten what outdoors looks like, claims HuffPo.”
Yes, it could happen as soon as 1978 — because in 1968, Bobby Kennedy was making these exact claims in his presidential campaign ads, which repudiated the New Frontier optimism of his late brothers. In ten years, JFK thought we’d be landing on the moon. In ten years, Bobby believed we’d all be wearing gas masks outdoors:
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As I noted in 2011, while Jimmy Carter didn’t make his infamous “Malaise Speech” until 1979, the intellectual rot and box canyon thinking that drove its depressing assumptions had seeped into the left shortly after it was obvious that LBJ’s Great Society was a failure — and as the excerpt above from James Delingpole’s post above spotlights, the left haven’t yet found a way to break the endless Mobius Loop they’ve been trapped in ever since.
For my interview in April with James on his Little Green Book of Eco-Fascism, click here to listen.