December 15, 2010

There are ominous signs that the Earth’s weather patterns have begun to change dramatically and that these changes may portend a drastic decline in food production – with serious political implications for just about every nation on Earth. The drop in food output could begin quite soon, perhaps only 10 years from now. The regions destined to feel its impact are the great wheat-producing lands of Canada and the U.S.S.R. in the North, along with a number of marginally self-sufficient tropical areas – parts of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Indochina and Indonesia – where the growing season is dependent upon the rains brought by the monsoon.

The evidence in support of these predictions has now begun to accumulate so massively that meteorologists are hard-pressed to keep up with it.

The two paragraphs above were the opening lines to Newsweek's cover story on April 28, 1975. Just two years before, PBS produced a three-part documentary on the "Upcoming Ice Age," in which scientists from all over the world collaborated to convince viewers that we were headed toward an expansion of the polar ice caps and average temperatures dropping some three degrees over the forthcoming 150 years.

Fast forward twenty or so years. Global warming alarmists have been saying the exact opposite lies in the not too distant future and instead of the ice caps expanding, over half of the ice will be melting, producing huge flooding problems and possibly reducing land mass and remapping continents within the next 200 years.

Move ahead to July 22, 2010. Climatologists and meteorologists with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicted that the winter of 2010-2011 would be "the mildest winter on record, with little or no snow fall and unseasonably warmer temperatures, possibly signaling the hottest summer ever recorded in 2011."

I live on the East Coast, in a pocket of land called Hampton Roads, Virginia, home of seven independent cities including Norfolk. With water basically encompassing three sides of the region, including the Atlantic Ocean and Chesapeake Bay, the water temperatures rarely fall low enough to allow snowfall from the mountains and beyond to stick on the ground.  Weather forecasters on the local television and radio stations are often heard saying the words, "there will be snow points north and west of Hampton Roads, but as usual, in Hampton Roads proper, we'll seen only rain."

Something happened in mid November. No longer were these same climatologists and meteorologists saying we were destined to have the mildest winter on record. Instead, by November 30th we had snow flurries in Hampton Roads and two inches of snow points north and west. On December 6th we had another snow shower, with little accumulation.

Then came Monday Morning. On December 13th, Hampton Roads had its third snow shower and this one brought some accumulation! The forecast for the rest of this week calls for snow and sleet on Thursday with a possible 1 to 2 inch accumulation and a better chance for a larger accumulation of snow on Sunday! The coast of Virginia has never had more than three snow showers in December since records began to be kept in 1872.

So much for Global Warming! Well, not so fast!

The global warming prophets and propagandists, who enjoy living in style on other people's money, gathered last month in the plush resort of Cancun, Mexico, where January temperatures usually hover around 80 degrees. God must have a sense of humor because Cancun was hit by its coldest temperature in a hundred years.

The first day of the conference featured an address from Mexico's President Felipe Calderon, who spoke with much concern about global warming and the damage that humans are perpetrating on the planet. He cited the deaths of 60 people in Mexico because of weather extremes, but didn't mention Mexico's 22,000 deaths caused by the illegal drug trade.

U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon announced that "we need to fundamentally transform the global economy, based on low-carbon, clean-energy resources." Barack Obama's announced goal of fundamentally transforming the United States has morphed into transforming the world.

This 16th annual conference of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), called COP 16 (Conference of the Parties 16), attracted some 20,000 delegates from 194 countries. It had little to do with any science about climate change and everything to do with trying to get the United States and other industrialized nations to redistribute their wealth to the poorer nations under the supervision of eager United Nations bureaucrats.

Like previous climate change conferences, COP 16 deliberately pitted the poor countries against the rich countries, encouraging the poor countries to demand what the rich countries have without earning or paying for it. This is the internationalist version of the basic Marxist tactic called the class war.

COP 16 propagandists blame every human tragedy on the high standard of living enjoyed (and earned) by the rich countries. Our over-consumption is alleged to cause global warming. We are guilty because we are prosperous, so we supposedly owe reparations to the poor nations.

At COP 15 in Copenhagen a year ago, the poor countries ganged up on us and agreed that the United States should create a $30 billion "Fast Start" global climate fund by 2012 and reduce U.S. greenhouse gases by 17 percent below the 2005 levels. This Fast Start climate fund would be committed to grow to $100 billion by 2020.

Fortunately, the Copenhagen proposals were never formally adopted. President Obama came and left empty-handed, Communist China refused to limit its emissions, and the Third World dictators didn't get the $100 billion handouts they expected.

The poor countries now say they want cash handouts, not loans, because they don't want to take on any debt. They also floated a scheme to force 37 industrialized nations to transfer their technologies along with huge financial bonuses to the poorer 155 nations.

Donations to the Fast Start Fund are not coming in as rapidly as the avaricious countries want, so COP 16 participants decided it's time to call for a global tax. They want it to be unlimited in scope and unlinked to national treasuries so that tax receipts can flow without the nuisance of having to be approved by the rich countries' legislatures.

The U.N. Secretary General's High Level Advisory Group confirmed that the goal is to impose taxes on international shipping, aviation and financial transactions involving stocks, bonds and foreign exchanges, as well as a carbon tax. Those taxes could raise at least $100 billion annually, and the International Maritime Organization is ready to be the assessor-collector.

COP 16 agitators consider all these payments compensatory for damages caused by the rich nations. The World Wildlife Foundation estimates that the amounts needed to protect against climate change will run to $160 billion to $200 billion yearly by 2020.

COP 16's bag of tricks also includes plans for global governance. The new UNFCCC executive secretary, Christiana Figueres, said that COP 16 "is a litmus test for global governance capacity" and that "Cancun will be successful if governments compromise" by launching "a new era."

The poor nations at COP 16 presented a document called "Declaration From the South-South Summit on Climate Justice and Finance." It claimed that climate change is "an economic and social crisis, a political crisis, a food and energy crisis, and an ecological crisis."

This diatribe called for "climate justice, ecological justice, economic justice, gender justice and historical justice." Its presenters concluded by chanting, "Let's globalize the struggle!"

The main cause of poverty in other countries is the lack of enough energy. We should be increasing the use of energy rather than expanding government powers to restrict energy.

It's getting cold out there and I rather suspect nature's God is trying to open some eyes. But radical leftists don't see it because they simply think the cold weather we are experiencing today is just a fluke, "an enigmatic symptom of global warming."

Besides, radical leftists who have President Obama's ear, don't believe in God. As far as I am concerned, they need to take a "chill pill" and Lord, let it freeze!

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