To liberals, there are few causes so important as so-called “climate change.” They rant and they rave and they continually call for the “debate” on climate change to be over. They take small core samplings and use bought-and-paid-for “scientists” to back-up their foregone conclusions, conspicuously neglecting to notice that the Earth has not warmed or cooled in the past 17 years (19 years by some metrics).
Still, the left refuses to let a little thing like facts get in the way of a good narrative and as Americans slowly wake-up to the manufactured hysteria, liberals must rely on ever-more desperate tactics to stir emotional responses.
Enter The New York Times. According to an op-ed in the Gray Lady, “climate change” will bring upon mankind a second holocaust.
Sounds very scary, right? That’s the point…
According to Yale historian Timothy Snyder, we may soon be looking at a “Mad Max” meets “Hunger Games” scenario as mankind slaughters one another in desperation.
Snyder posits that changes in the Earth’s climate (these same changes which have been proven to not exist) will make resources and food scarcer and will breed a “them or us” mentality that will produce wholesale slaughter.
Hitler spread ecological panic by claiming that only land would bring Germany security and by denying the science that promised alternatives to war. By polluting the atmosphere with greenhouse gases, the United States has done more than any other nation to bring about the next ecological panic, yet it is the only country where climate science is still resisted by certain political and business elites. These deniers tend to present the empirical findings of scientists as a conspiracy and question the validity of science — an intellectual stance that is uncomfortably close to Hitler’s.
The full consequences of climate change may reach America only decades after warming wreaks havoc in other regions. And by then it will be too late for climate science and energy technology to make any difference. Indeed, by the time the door is open to the demagogy of ecological panic in the United States, Americans will have spent years spreading climate disaster around the world.
Snyder is a Yale historian and that is certainly impressive. I am not Yale-educated, but I do hold two degrees with one in history and I can safely say that neither in undergrad nor in post-bacc work did I ever receive any significant scientific training that would qualify me to explain authoritatively a linkage between global temperature trends and historical genocide. I can offer compelling evidence based on what I have read, but to author such an op-ed in the New York Times, one would think one would have to be an authority on science.
To be fair, Snyder does utilize his historical background and points-out that mass genocide has occurred in periods of famine or food scarcity. He points to the 1994 Rwandan genocide as evidence. Of course, when food is scarce, people get desperate. However, his warning of a second holocaust is predicated upon an erroneous belief that climate change exists. Yes, violence has occurred in third-world nations following food shortages and it’s absolutely tragic; however, to presume that this will happen on a worldwide scale is to first presume that climate change exists and is threatening our food supply.
I’ll happily award an “A” for effort, but Prof. Snyder’s assertion is as laughable as it is plainly transparent. By using historically and politically-charged words like “holocaust” and “genocide,” Snyder is attempting to illicit fear instead of reason while, ironically, posturing as the voice of cold, hard scientific fact.
Pollution is a problem and even the staunchest conservative can agree that we should be mindful of our effects on the environment. However, if the left wishes to honestly discuss “climate change,” they must first purge their ranks of those who so absurdly stoop to scare tactics and fearmongering as a substitute for rational discussion.
If liberals take issue with these “climate change deniers,” they have only themselves to blame as the conversation surrounding this potential issue has been irreparably polluted by these kinds of shenanigans and scams.
Like the boy who cried wolf, the left has blown their collective credibility on this issue. How can we listen with an open mind to those who wish to discuss this issue honestly when time and time again, we are bludgeoned with conjured “facts,” manipulated data, politically-manufactured “evidence” and naked fearmongering such as Mr. Snyder’s laughable op-ed that is well below the dignity of what one should expect to see from a Yale historian?