Opinion by John Tutten:
I picked up my shiny, new Ford F150 last night. You know there’s just something good and right about getting behind the wheel of such a classic American machine. I couldn’t resist keeping the turbocharger whining all the way back to the homestead. I like the idea of recklessly expanding my carbon footprint too. I have to admit that I revel in being accused by Al Gore acolytes of being a climate change “denier”. It’s half the fun of getting a new truck that only gets 20 miles to the gallon and eats “smart cars” for breakfast.
However, admitting to being a denier of anthropogenic global warming could soon become hazardous if our perpetually irritated leftist bureaucrats in Washington have their way. Yes, Attorney General Loretta Lynch in an exchange with climate change zealot and all around wackadoo, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, admitted that there are discussions within the Department of Justice about taking civil action against those that would deny that prosperity and capitalism are destroying the planet.
Lynch stated this week at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, “This matter has been discussed. We have received information about it and have referred it to the FBI to consider whether or not it meets the criteria for which we could take action on”.
Has been discussed? Has been referred to the FBI for further consideration? Dear readers, this should have been laughed right out of the Capital building. Instead, our cranky leftists have conjured up using the RICO statutes against “deniers” in much the same way as was used to fleece the tobacco companies. Do you really think the FBI will not find criteria to take action on?
Whitehouse justified the strategy by saying, “The similarities between the mischief of the tobacco industry pretending that the science of tobacco’s dangers was unsettled and the fossil fuel industry pretending that the science of carbon emissions’ dangers is unsettled has been remarked on widely, particularly by those who study the climate denial apparatus that the fossil fuel industry has erected.”
Despite that fact that reams of data clearly show the rise of atmospheric carbon dioxide FOLLOWS temperature rise and does not precede it, despite the fact that there really is a consensus that global temperatures HAVEN’T RISEN for over eighteen years, and despite the fact that there HAVE BEEN WARMER PERIODS in pre-industrial times, these boneheads are moving full speed ahead with a scheme to wreck our economy.
Whitehouse in an op-ed in the New York Times last May stated the energy industry was following a three-part strategy to mislead Americans. Quoting from his piece, the strategy consists of:
- Pay scientists to produce studies defending your product
- Develop an intricate web of PR experts and front groups to spread doubt about real science
- Relentlessly attack your opponents.
Does this look familiar to you? It should. This is exactly the strategy the global warming wingnuts are following. The Left does that a lot, accusing their opponents of doing just what they do.
The Left owns academia and lavishly funds it to produce the data it wants. If you’re a professor who wants tenure or a department chair, just produce a study that shows a looming sea ice catastrophe or that some cute animal’s mass migration patterns are being devastated by soccer mom SUV use. Do that and you’re in, baby!
They use their long labored on political correctness mechanism to silence us with the charge of “Denier!” They’ve seeded the media with nattering nabobs that spread bumper slogan deep claims of scientific consensus, settled science, and sure calamity straight ahead! Yet their stewards live lives of limousines, private jets, and mansions measured in tens of thousands of square feet, an ever-expanding carbon footprint of decadence.
However, since their efforts to alarm and stampede the American people have failed, now we see the leftists ratcheting up their attack by bringing the ultra-coercive power of the Federal Government to bear on those that would deny them and their efforts to reduce the United States to neo-feudalistic misery.
My fellow Patriots, this can’t stand. The Left is becoming more brazen in showing their desire to rule us with an iron fist. Their decades long effort to reengineer the electorate for an unassailable majority is near completion. We must have a wave election in November for Republicans at all levels of government. We must reverse the tide now or being forced to accept climate change nonsense as true will be the least of our worries.