Plenty of media attention focused on the green do-gooders who flooded Manhattan this weekend, marching for the good of the planet. It’s another exercise in futile symbolism by an ever-growing group of Americans who think that industry is destroying the Earth one smokestack at a time.
These climate marchers roll their eyes when confronted by someone who expresses skepticism about man-made global warming. They claim their opponents are anti-science, even when many of them actually are scientists themselves. They claim to understand the issue in a detailed manner, but few of them have ever engaged more deeply in the issue than watching An Inconvenient Truth.
Right alongside their ignorance and arrogance is their blatant hypocrisy. This was put in stark relief the other day when climate activist Leonardo DiCaprio had to feign sudden hearing loss when confronted with questions about his carbon-spewing yachts. It was also in plain display in New York as the marchers left Manhattan streets covered in wasted paper. This is the group shouting the loudest about the environment?
The truth is that it doesn’t really matter if the Climate Marchers were trashy or clean, came in Learjets or rode to New York on double-seated bicycles. Even if you want to believe that climate science is settled, the general consensus is still that man’s influence on global warming is extraordinarily limited. According to even the top experts, we could end American emissions tomorrow and it would have a negligible effect on the greenhouse effect.
Of course, many would agree that the issue is far from settled to begin with. Dr. Steven Koonin, a former undersecretary for science in Obama’s Energy Department, says that there is still plenty of room for debate on the topic. In a Wall Street Journal story this weekend, he claimed that scientific groupthink was straining “the policy discussions that we need to have about our climate future.”
“We often hear that there is a ‘scientific consensus’ about climate change,” wrote Koonin. “But as far as the computer models go, there isn’t a useful consensus at the level of detail relevant to assessing human influences.”
It would be one thing if these climate zealots simply wanted us to use our air conditioners a little less or take a shower that didn’t last 45 minutes, but they won’t be satisfied until they ruin the lifeblood of the world economy. It would be nice, for a variety of reasons, to get away from rampant fossil fuel consumption. And it’s going to happen sooner or later whether we like it or not. But to pretend like this is a global imperative…it’s nothing more than a cultural and political trend that has strayed far from the data.
Science – particularly in fields attempting to predict the future – is an ever-shifting, ongoing process. It isn’t one-and-done, no matter how much the Hollywood tree-huggers insist that it is. We still have much to learn about our planet’s past, present and future.
Now pick up your trash, climate nuts!