Commentary

McClaughry: “Stop telling kids that climate change will destroy their world”

by John McClaughry

Columnist Holman Jenkins of the Wall Street Journal has long been a critic of exaggerated and fictitious claims about the menace of climate change – while at the same time advocating for a global carbon tax to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.

A week ago Wednesday he pointed out that “a headline at the liberal site Vox.com invited readers to “stop telling kids that climate change will destroy their world.” The consensus science championed by the IPCC, writer Kelsey Piper points out, does not “add up to an uninhabitable Earth, or even one that’d be an awful place to live . . . Because of progress on many fronts in addressing extreme poverty and disease, as well as general economic growth, our kids’ lives will be better than our parents’ lives were” notwithstanding a warming planet.

“The greatest imbecility of all is not drawing the obvious lesson from political failure. Doom-mongering and demonization have not produced rational or effective climate policy. Advocates might claim some progress in producing neurotic reactions in teenage Swedish girls and 60-something New York architects. Most of all, though, they’ve succeeded in convincing millions of voters that climate activism is a bigger threat to their future well-being than climate change is.”

I completely agree. I have said not that “climate change” itself is a scam – climate is always changing – , but the frantic campaign to combat it has become a scam. The climate doomsayers need to rethink their message.

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  1. Yep. Got visited by one of VPIRG’s climate change canvassers. Young and totally drank the KoolAid; no reasoning with her. They literally can’t accept any other viewpoints and have been so thoroughly indoctrinated. It doesn’t matter how knowledgeable or well educated on the subject one is either; gotta parrot the accepted talking points…..

  2. Remember Chicken Little ? As long as fear mongering is profitable, there will be those who sell it. That does not mean you have to buy it. I remember a show on TV about Nostradamus, where Penn and Teller basically debunked his predictions by saying that if you want to predict something , and have it perceived as having come true at some point in time, all you have to do is qualify it by having as many if, ands, and buts as possible so as to cover all contingencies. They then went about dismantling his predictions by exposing this tactic. How can you go wrong if you make a case for all possibilities ?

  3. The leftwing-climate change-lunatic fringe is seemingly the loudest compared to the silent majority, the bastion behind common sense. Grunge-derelict drama queens protesting combustion engines, coal and oil, and in their other clowncar, attempting to asassinate Supreme Court Justice Cavanaugh just because he wont endorse killing unborn infants. Do these intellectual simpletons ever consider that they are lucky they were not aborted.

  4. When we were kids the “teachers” (non-union back then) & “Civil Defense” scared the bejeezus out of US w/”Duck & Cover” drills for a thermonuclear war that the planet would NEVER survive..What did WE do? When we got older we IGNORED their “warnings” & went on w/our lives & are NOW watching a Demented Crypt-keeper play chicken w/a nuclear armed country with over 6,000 warheads? Thank GOD the SCOTUS has allowed for PARENTS to extract their kids from the clutches of these Lefty Lunatics molding minds into compliant “climate warriors”. So what happens to the kids trapped in the socialist indoctrination child-prisons? Repeat after me..”you want fries with that?” The kids who attended “religious schools”? THEY will become doctors, engineers, lawyers, etc..I saw something similar in California 40+ years ago where companies would immediately hire a New Englander over a local as their schools were SO crappy back THEN & their “work ethic” was non-existent .

  5. Who, when and where did anyone say to kids that climate change will destroy their world? Citations? Or did you just set up a strawman?

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