Like many conservatives, indeed, many of no particular political affiliation or ideological bent, I am skeptical of the creed of global warming for a great variety of reasons. First, the “science” seems more speculative than sound, based upon computer models dependent on dubious data. In addition, it just seems another excuse for liberals to push their favorite answer to all problems and to demonize their favorite villains. Not to mention the fact that some use this supposed science to explain all manner of extraordinary natural phenomena, as if earthquakes, cold spells, and hurricanes never occurred before the dawn of the Industrial Age.
It seems that every time liberals talk up the threat of global warming, they propose some vast new regulatory scheme, increasing the power of the state and reducing the freedom of individuals and enterprise. It’s all about control and vilifying that most hated economic system, capitalism. Yesterday, in writing about the president’s latest attack on “climate change deniers”, Doug Powers offers an interesting commentary on the dogma of global warming:
Gas prices are around $4 a gallon — and in some areas pushing $5 a gallon — and Chicago is seeing their lowest springtime temperatures since the 1940s. This means it’s the perfect time to talk about what needs to be done to combat global warming before our brains thaw out for a season called “summer” that used to be caused by earth tilt and the sun but is now blamed on capitalism.
Well, in the worldview of some, at least since the mid-nineteenth century, capitalism has been to blame all manner of ills — and not just global warming.