May 9, 2014
THE WEALTH TRANSFER TROJAN HORSE: I’m talking about
global warming “climate change” (a mighty convenient moniker), of course. The White House’s newly released National Climate Assessment contains the usual Gorean “the sky is falling!” exclamations. But as the Wall Street Journal points out,
[T]he report has the feel of that infomercial footage of the people who can’t crack an egg or perform routine household tasks until they acquire this or that as-seen-on-TV product. The cautious findings of serious empirical climate literature are so obviously exaggerated and colored that the document is best understood as a political tract with a few scientific footnotes.
For instance, the report’s “overview” summary asserts that “extreme weather events with links to climate change have become more frequent and/or intense,” climate change is already “disrupting people’s lives,” and “this evidence tells an unambiguous story.” Good thing we’ve been building that ark in the backyard.
But the fine print that few will ever read acknowledges the real uncertainties of something as complex as the planet’s atmosphere. “There has been no universal trend in the overall extent of drought across the continental U.S. since 1900,” the authors observe. We also learn that “trends in severe storms, including the intensity and frequency of tornadoes, hail, and damaging thunderstorm winds, are uncertain and are being studied intensively.” And so on.
But hey, why are those pesky conservatives so insistent on “facts, facts, facts” all the time (Benghazi, IRS,
global warming climate change, etc., etc.)??? Don’t they realize that all that really matters is achieving “justice,” as defined by Democrats, and thus inevitably involves massive taxation or spending (i.e., wealth transfer)? Geez.