Earth Day, the highest of holy days for the Church of Climate Hysteria, has come and, mercifully, gone. Imagine if it were anything like the Old World’s 12 days of Christmas. We’d never get the National Mall out from beneath the garbage heap sacrificed to Mother Gaia by the climate-change faithful.
Then again, how different are those celebrants’ trashy proclivities from a president who burns more than 9,000 gallons of jet fuel to haul Air Force One to the Everglades for a politicized speech he could as easily have delivered from the Rose Garden? OK, maybe his jab at Gov. Rick Scott wouldn’t have been as effective without the big swamp’s flora as a backdrop, but that’s coming a long way and leaving a big carbon footprint just to poke a Republican in the eye.
Adding to the lunacy was Bill Nye the tagalong guy who, brandishing an apocalyptic lack of self-awareness, tweeted triumphantly, “Headed down to DC to catch an #EarthDay flight on Air Force One with the President. We’re going to #ActOnClimate.”
Yes, they were, and did. As Instapundit Glenn Reynolds is fond of saying, “I’ll believe it’s a crisis when the people who keep telling me it’s a crisis start acting like it’s a crisis.”
Then again, that’s how it always is with committed, irony-proof liberals: Stand up for Good Things, but shift the sacrifice.
Meanwhile, The Wall Street Journal’s James Taranto detects a fascinating trend not too far from where President Obama castigated the deniers last Wednesday — real estate prices along the Gold Coast are soaring — and concludes he will “believe [in climate change] when the market does.”
Furthermore, writes Taranto, “A global warmist who flies a private jet or air-conditions an enormous house isn’t necessarily insincere; he may just be selfish and hypocritical. But if you buy real estate in the expectation of a deluge, you’re throwing your money away.”
Putting a ribbon on this tidy South Florida package, National Review Online contributor and Miami resident Greg Pollowitz detected something educational from the planned relocation of the Frost Museum of Science to a park along the Intracoastal Waterway. Asks Pollowitz, “If Miami ... and architects and engineers of this ‘science’ museum aren’t worried about flooding from global warming or more powerful hurricanes, why should I?”
The path of faith is a thorny one, it seems. Still, it’s comforting at such times to remember that climate-change scientists, the high priests behind the religion of man-made global warming, are in nearly complete agreement. You know, the 97 percent. Except that it’s not 97 percent at all. It’s not even close. The study that produced it has been thoroughly debunked.
Nonetheless, there is no shortage of those eager to reshape a global economy that spreads prosperity most broadly, efficiently and equitably when energy is cheap, robust and abundant. In other words, when energy is fossil-based. Along those lines, Pope Francis — the first pope from South America, where leftism prevails — is soon to issue an encyclical summoning the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics to climate change action, reducing himself to becoming a tool of the United Nations, and condemning emerging economies to prolonged poverty.
Writing for Catholic Vote, Thomas Peters — with two graduate degrees in theology and an honorary degree in clear thinking — notes U.N. hostility to the Holy See’s traditional priorities: religious freedom, the meaning of marriage, the rights of the unborn. Only when the pope embraces the U.N.’s chief priority — wealth redistribution — does he find welcome, which is why his anticipated encyclical will find plenty of common ground at Turtle Bay: Proposed “solutions” for humankind’s influence on the global climate are nothing more than wealth redistribution by other means.
This would be a good time to remember when liberals start talking about sacrifice who’s really going to be on the hook.