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Ed Brodow: Sorry Greta, Climate Crisis is UN-Sponsored Hysteria

By Ed Brodow:

Protestors from over 150 countries, led by battalions of brainwashed children, took part in demonstrations this week aiming to put pressure on governments and decision-makers to do more about what the protestors refer to as the “climate crisis.” This is thought to be the largest climate action ever staged.

“We want to show the government that we aren’t going to stand for inaction on climate change any more,” said Beth, a student marcher from Wales in the UK. Greta Thunberg, the Swedish teenager/Joan of Arc-knockoff who has inspired school strikes for climate around the globe, warned, “This is only the beginning. Change is coming whether they like it or not.”

The strikes are taking place ahead of the upcoming United Nations Climate Change Summit, staged by UN Secretary-General António Guterres in support of the 2015 Paris Agreement. There is only one problem with all of this furious activity. The so-called “climate crisis” is a massive hoax created by the UN to further its globalist ambitions by redistributing the world's resources. It has nothing to do with climate. The involvement of children as pawns in this game is strictly a political ploy and ought to be condemned.

The threat of horrific global warming was set in motion in 1972 by the UN-sponsored Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Its conclusions were based on faulty science that has been refuted by thousands of scientists, including the 31,000 physicists and physical chemists of the Global Warming Petition Project. These experts contend that “there is no convincing scientific evidence that human release of carbon dioxide, methane, or other greenhouse gases is causing or will, in the foreseeable future, cause catastrophic heating of the Earth’s atmosphere and disruption of the Earth’s climate.”

John Coleman, founder of the Weather Channel, is typical of the many “deniers” who contradict the validity of GW science. “There is no significant man-made global warming at this time,” said Coleman, “there has been none in the past and there is no reason to fear any in the future.” According to Nobel laureate Ivar Giaever, “climate changes all the time and it’s nothing to do with global warming.” MIT Professor Richard Lindzen refers to the global warming crowd as a cult. “As with any cult,” Lindzen says, “once the mythology begins falling apart, instead of saying, oh, we were wrong, they get more and more fanatical.”

We can thank opportunists like Al Gore and Barack Obama for spreading the hysteria that the ice will melt, the oceans will rise, and we will all die from heat exhaustion. Alarmism over climate was used to justify Obama’s appetite for bigger government and to reinforce his globalist aspirations. “The government scares people into thinking that the end is nigh,” The Federalist Papers Project explained, “and that the only way to turn it around is to cede control to the federal government and allow them to force their economy-killing policies on business.”

The actual purpose of the UN climate strategy is out in the open. “One has to free oneself from the illusion that international climate policy is environmental policy,” confessed German economist and UN official Ottmar Edenhofer. “Climate policy has almost nothing to do anymore with environmental protection. The next world climate summit is actually an economy summit during which the distribution of the world’s resources will be negotiated.”

Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of the UN’s Framework Convention on Climate Change and the driving force behind the 2015 Paris Agreement, admitted that the goal of environmental activists is not to save the world from ecological calamity but to destroy capitalism. “This is the first time in the history of mankind,” Figueres said, “that we are setting ourselves the task of intentionally, within a defined period of time, to change the economic development model that has been reigning for at least 150 years, since the Industrial Revolution.”

In case you don’t understand what that means, UN bureaucrats—under the guise of responding to climate change—want to take what you have and give it to people in the less developed parts of the world. The inevitable result: destruction of the US economy and standard of living. Climate Change Business Journal quantified the cost to the US of proposed anti-GW measures at a whopping $1.5 trillion per year. That’s $1.5 trillion subtracted from our economy to solve a non-existent problem.

How do we justify crippling the US economy in pursuit of ghosts? What do we get for this waste of time, money, and effort? Danish environmentalist Bjorn Lomborg calculates that even if every nation in the world adheres to its climate change commitments by 2030, by the end of this century it will reduce the world’s temperatures by a mere 0.048°C or 1/20th of a degree Celsius. In other words, the whole thing is a bad joke.

Author Ben Shapiro summed it up when he observed that the environmental movement creates a crisis and then lies about it, falsifying evidence to convince people to give up their standard of living or we will all die. The truth is just the opposite. If we allow special interest groups like the UN to have their way, it means economic suicide. We are fortunate that President Trump refuses to sacrifice the US economy on the counterfeit altar of climate change.

Ed Brodow is a political commentator, negotiation expert, and author of seven books including his latest, Tyranny of the Minority: How the Left is Destroying America.

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