A comment about the Global Warming fiasco currently in the news.
Climate Change True Believers remain among us, even after all the evidence of manipulated data, lies, deletions, etc.
And many are talking and writing about the “reality” of climate change (as though the climate has ever NOT been changing), and that the “damage [from global warming] is real.”
So let’s admit that, yes, environmental damage IS real. Whether this “damage” (must “change” be “damage”?) is caused by Anthropogenic Global Warming (AGW) seems now to be a closed case – it is NOT.
Those who enjoy the outdoors and a clean environment want to ensure continuance of a clean environment. I’ve backpacked all over the Sierras, Rockies, Rim-to-Rim in the Grand Canyon (summer and winter) and skied, ridden horses and camped all over the western US and scuba dived from the Exumas to Tonga. I want the environment to be as clean as possible without reverting to the Stone Age.
Those on the Right who are against all environmental laws are plainly misguided. It was the Left who gave us the Clean Water and Clean Air Acts, the Left who gave us most if not all of the environmental legislation we have today. And it’s obvious the Right does not care as much about a clean environment as the Left.
However, two points:
1. The AGW warmers have been exposed – they’ve been lying about their “science” for political reasons. The probable backlash will be that real environmental issues and legislation will be hurt BECAUSE of their over-reach and mis-use of science to support a non-scientific premise and goal. This will be BAD for the environment, and will have been CAUSED by the AGW crowd. Basically the Center will begin to ignore the environmental Left, having been lied to already by them at the cost of billions, and – perhaps – the future cost of trillions more should Obama/Waxman/Pelosi get their way – all wasted. This will be bad for the environment. They’ve cried “Wolf!” once too often and now may be ignored, to the detriment of us all.
2. The Enviro crowd completely reject drilling for oil here in the US, complaining about environmental damage. HOWEVER… it isn’t as though oil is not being drilled. But – BECAUSE OF THE ENVIRO REFUSAL to drill HERE where we have huge environmental safeguards in-place, said drilling is going on in South Asia, Africa, all over the world where few, if any, environmental regulations exist. The net is that NOT drilling here is causing HUGE environmental damage that WOULD NOT BE CAUSED if we drilled here. So the enviro folks are hugely damaging the environment. (This seems to be akin to the “multiculturalists” who also are the anti-globalists. I guess they think that we must view other cultures as superior to our own….. but only WE deserve jobs and wealth.)
If the hard-Left enviros really cared about the environment, they’d hammer the folks who just dumped all over climate science, ultimately harming their cause, and they’d allow drilling HERE where laws ensure the place is kept clean.
But that’s likely WAAAY too much logic for a leftie.