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Extreme Environmentalists Are Anti-Human

Environmentalists, and especially climate change activists, would have us believe that they are great humanitarians -- “social justice warriors” fighting for the oppressed. But many of the policies they promote would seriously harm people, especially the poor and disadvantaged. Often, leaders in the movement reveal attitudes that are decidedly anti-human.

For example, a common theme of the massive September 12-14 Global Climate Action Summit (GCAS) in San Francisco was “decarbonization,” or quickly ending our use of fossil fuels to supposedly save the climate. Speaking at the summit, former Vice-President Al Gore said:

We have to make the decarbonization of the global economy the central organizing principle of human civilization in order to stave off the climate crisis.

It is revealing to compare Gore’s stance that decarbonization trumps all other concerns of human civilization with the results of the United Nations’ “My World global survey.” After polling over 9.7 million people from 194 countries, the poll found that “action taken on climate change” rates last out of the 16 suggested priorities for the organization. Access to reliable energy, better health care, government honesty, a good education, etc., are clearly of greater concern to people across the world.

This is not surprising. In contrast to important, well-understood issues people face every day, man-made climate change is based merely on a theoretical hypothesis programmed into computer models. And the averaged output of those models does not come even remotely close to reality.

When showing the below graph at a panel organized last month by the Heartland Institute and the European Institute for Climate and Energy, Dr. Craig Idso, founder of the Center for the Study of Carbon Dioxide and Global Change, said:

[R]adiosondes’ [balloon] measurements shown in blue reveal that the actual warming rate is three times smaller than that predicted by the models [red bars show warming that should have occurred from 1979-2017, as predicted from 102 different climate models].

As the models have failed, what would really happen if supporters of, say, the Climate Damages Tax (CDT) promoted at last month’s UN climate conference succeeded in their goal of making fossil fuel use so expensive that there would be a global phase-out by 2050?

It would result in catastrophic human suffering.

Dr. Roger H. Bezdek of Management Information Services, Inc. explained the importance of fossil fuels at the America First Energy Conference in Houston in November 2017:

They are the foundation of our current economy. They created (and sustained) the modern world. They permit the current high quality of life we all enjoy. ... Artificially reducing fossil fuels would destroy world economies.

Concerning the impact of decarbonization, Dr. Terry L. Gannon of The Independent Institute spoke at the Heartland Institute panel which was held to counter September’s GCAS: