by Lee Enochs
In recent years, the controversial subject of
global warming and a potential
"climate disaster" has received a lot of media attention.
There are progressive politicians who are now arguing that unless
profound changes in public policy are made to reduce worldwide
carbon emissions, we face an impending world-wide climate related
Former Presidential aspirant and ex-Vice President
Al Gore was one of the first
national personalities to raise the subject of global warming and
the potentiality of an impending climate related catastrophe with
the release of his 'Oscar'-winning documentary, "An Inconvenient
Truth" in 2006.
Needless to say, such dire prognostications have gained the
attention of both the scientific and political communities.
So important is the issue
of global warming, in 2016, many different countries around the
world agreed to sign the "Paris
Agreement," an accord within the United States
Framework on Climate Change (UNFCCC),
pertaining to greenhouse gas-emissions and other climate related
The Paris Agreement's long-range aspiration is to regulate the
economy to keep the global average temperature to well below 2°C
above pre-industrial levels; and to limit the increase to 1.5°C,
since this, it is claimed, would substantially reduce the risks and
effects of climate change.
However, the Paris Agreement has had its detractors, as
evidenced by U.S. President
Donald Trump who announced in
June 2017, that he would
withdraw the United States from the
In the nation of France itself, the Paris Agreement has been
controversial and gave impetus to the "Yellow
Vests movement," a populist grassroots protest movement
that saw hundreds of thousands of citizens mobilize against French
President Emmanuel Marcon and his government for
significantly raising taxes at the pump in an effort to reduce
fossil fuel consumption out of concerns related to global warming.
Conversely, many political progressives in the United States have
decried and protested President Trump's decision to pull out of
the Paris Agreement and have argued that the citizens of earth
are sitting on a virtual ticking time bomb and have issued dire
warnings that we have just a decade to avert an unparalleled
catastrophe of unfathomable proportions.
Some of these progressive politicians and purveyors of the "Green
New Deal" have argued that unless the United States
government spends trillions of dollars on combating the epic
destruction almost certain to come in approximately a decade or a
little more, it is almost certain that the world will come to
'an end' due to climate related foods, droughts, epidemics and
killer heat waves without parallel in human history.
While I will not contest that we all need to care about the
avoid polluting the earth, I find
it interesting that those who say that there is an impending
climate 'disaster', keep pushing the date further into the
future when such a worldwide cataclysm is supposed to take place.
Case in point:
Al Gore distributed
An Inconvenient Truth to the
American public in 2006. In that film, Gore argued that the
world come to an 'end' in ten years due to global
warming from the release of that film.
However, that was
thirteen years ago, and we now find ourselves in the year 2019
and the global warming 'apocalypse' has not yet taken place.
Similarly, progressive superstar Rep.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.)
said recently that she thinks that there is an urgency needed in
addressing man-made climate change, warning that it will "destroy
the planet" in a dozen years if humans do not address the
issue, no matter the cost.
The fever pitched alarmism over global warming seen in the
contemporary progressive circles appears to be a form of "secular
apocalypticism," that foretells that the eminent destruction of
the earth is just right around the corner.
The main function appears to be to convince voters and taxpayers
to acquiesce to ever-higher taxes to combat climate change...
But it has apparently
become necessary to keep pushing the date for such an
impending climate related catastrophe further and further into the
As the Steve Miller
Band song once said,
"Time keeps on
slippin', slippin', slippin' into the future"...