Former Obama Chief of Staff and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel once said “never let a disaster go to waste.” The Democrats have certainly made that their marching chant by using the Hurricane Ida to reignite their cry of climate change and divert attention away from the botched, fatal exit from Afghanistan.
But, in the minds of the Left, let’s not let pesky facts get in the way.
The first question is: “is there such a thing as climate change?”
Well, if you “follow the science”, as they like to tell the rest of us to do, it is no secret that the earth has been going through climate change since day 1 of its formation. There have been periods where the earth hasn’t been much more than a giant ice ball. Obviously, the ice melted due to warming with it all happening long before polluting man came on the scene. There have been many periods of climate variation that could not have been caused by offending humans.
But, getting back to more modern history, bad hurricanes and extreme weather anomalies are not something unique and only recent. Galveston had a killer hurricane that killed nearly 10,000 people in 1900. Miami had 372 deaths from a hurricane in 1926. Katrina, which hit New Orleans in 2005 was only a Category 3. Yet the destruction here was not due to climate change but ill-prepared systems for such a storm.
Even the most superficial perusal of history clearly shows that man has been in a constant struggle with an ever changing climate. Historically, 0.07% of all worldwide deaths have been weather related. Even prehistoric migrations were due to climate change.
Rest assured, the Left is looking to apply recent authoritarian COVID lockdowns and restrictions on freedom to the so-called “climate change emergency.” We already hear that from the White House. And, of course, the Left thinks that socialistic tools will miraculously change climate phenomena. I am reminded of P.J. O’Rourke’s famous joke: “World To End — Poor and Minorities Hardest-Hit.”
Living in New Jersey I saw horrendous pollution years ago. However, in the past 20 years or so I have also seen tremendous cleanups and reductions in that pollution. However, if we are going to strongly push technology like Electric Vehicles we are going to need to drastically increase the generation of electricity. If we continue with our unreasonable aversion to nuclear power, we will need to produce that needed power with carbon emitting techniques. Nuclear technology is not what it was even 20 or so years ago and Europe gets a sizable percentage of their power from nuclear plants. Renewables, such as wind and solar power are, at present, are just not viable for projected future needs.
Now that the Left has seen what they can do with a virus, I have to wonder what awaits us under the guise of “climate change.” I shudder to think.