The more I think about it, the more the Wuhan virus fiasco strikes me as a microcosm (not too micro, unfortunately) of the climate change hysteria. Both are “Do Something!” debacles; both have demonstrated that those who argue for lock-step compliance with ideologically driven “science” don’t understand the science they demand we bow to. And, as we have seen, the policies applied to both problems have proved to be irresponsible, reckless, expensive, and destructive. Nevertheless, a substantial portion of the population remains brainwashed by climate change hysteria, even those individuals with brains one would think are too substantial to wash, much like the once sane and competent Americans who wear masks alone in their automobiles and while walking their dogs. I am seeing this in my college reunion report, as I slog through hundreds of life stories. A majority of them express terror at the looming climate apocalypse. Their solution is massive “structural change”…you know, “one world” government, though few are bold or honest enough to say so clearly.
Aiding and abetting the hysteria that is so useful to those who find democracy an inconvenience is the mainstream media. Just as it hyped the risks of the pandemic, never clearly explaining that the virus was overwhelmingly a mortal threat only to the already sick, elderly or obese—all the better to justify shutting down schools, businesses, social interaction and the economy, the news media continued to exaggerate and misrepresent the effects of climate change in 2022.I haven’t seen or heard claims from “experts” that the unusually cold weather in late December is one more example of approaching climate doom, but I’m sure that argument has been made. It would follow the pattern. The Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI), the Heartland Institute, the Energy & Environmental Legal Institute, the Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow (CFACT), and the International Climate Science Coalition (ICSC) put together a “factcheck” report on climate change hype during the year, pointing out egregious cases where media sources told the public that a weather event was triggered by the relentless warming of the planet. For example,
- The Washington Post stated that Pakistan’s flooding, resulting in over 1,700 deaths between June and
October, was caused by climate change.While the 2022 monsoon season was the wettest since 1961, the fact that there was more flooding then makes the conclusion that this year’s flooding can be traced to new cliamte developments. And average peak monsoonal rainfall actually has declined
somewhat since the 1950s.
- The US. news media blamed climate change for Hurricane Ian, one of the top three most damaging
storms to strike the U.S. But Ian struck during hurricane season after a historically quiet first few months. There was less storm activity than past trends had predicted, and Atlantic basin hurricane activity is within natural variability, according to NOAA.
- New York Times reporter Derrick Bryson Taylor claimed that Britain’s heatwaves this summer were intensified by climate change, though heat waves have dramatically declined in duration and frequency in the U.S. for the past 90 years.The hypothesis that Great Britain is being beset with heat waves due to global warming while the U.S. is not cannot be stated as fact, or even as likely.
- The New York Times said that China experienced “record drought” in 2022, though the “records” are incomplete and there is substantial evidence that mega droughts had occurred periodically in China before records were kept.
And so on. The idea is to bombard the public with scaremongering “facts” based on opinions and speculation, This is, as now know, misinformation of the good kind, like Dr. Fauci’s admitted obfuscations regarding the Wuhan virus for “the greater good.”
All of the organizations involved in the climate change factcheck report are conservative groups, and the report reads like it was translated from Japanese by the same people who do appliance instruction manuals. Nonetheless, its point is valid, and important.
Pointer: The Blaze