This came in a week or so ago from one of my favorite sights, Issues & Insights: An Infinite Number Of Days To Flatten The CO2 Curve. The I&I Editorial Board makes some interesting parallels to the COVID-19 panic.
When three years ago we were told that if we stayed inside for 15 days we could flatten the curve of COVID-19 cases, there was no real effort to respond with civil disobedience. It was a profound mistake, one we paid dearly for and will again, if we don’t stand up to the tyranny.
Yes, we know it was President Donald Trump who issued in March 2020 a set of guidelines that called for 15 days to slow the spread by limiting our travel and staying away from social settings. At the end of March, under more pressure from “experts” he should have fired, he extended the guidelines for another month.
Trump eventually, though tacitly, acknowledged that he made a mistake, when during the summer he said, to great caterwauling from the “closers” on the left, that it was “important for all Americans to recognize that a permanent lockdown is not a viable path forward and would ultimately inflict more harm than it would prevent.”
It was an admission no single Democrat ever made. Indeed, the Democrats wanted the lockdowns to be open-ended. They not only enjoyed taking captive society and commerce in the way that true authoritarians amuse themselves by being in control of others, they took notes so that the next time they will be able to more easily bump restrictions to the next level.
Here’s the climate comparison:
It was all meant to stir up fear and continue the conditioning of the West for the next round of policy shackles.
We regret that it will have its intended effect on many, even though, as our friend Steve Milloy from junkscience.com wrote in the Wall Street Journal, “the notion of ‘average global temperature’ is meaningless.”
“Average global temperature is a concept invented by and for the global-warming hypothesis. It is more a political concept than a scientific one. The Earth and its atmosphere is large and diverse, and no place is meaningfully average,” says Milloy.
He also pointed out the that temperature data “are imprecise,” with an estimated 96% of U.S. temperature stations producing corrupted data, and “about 92% of them reportedly have a margin of error of a full degree Celsius, or nearly 2 degrees Fahrenheit.”
Our suspicions of a future under a climate boot have also been confirmed by other developments, such as: the influential World Economic Forum treating the pandemic lockdowns as a model for climate lockdowns and, according to PJ Media, eliminate private automobile ownership; zero chance of reparations for the hundreds of millions who suffered because of of COVID lockdowns; the Red Cross insisting that the world should respond to climate change with the same urgency it showed in addressing the coronavirus outbreak; Bill Gates ominously saying that “if we learn the lessons of COVID-19, we can approach climate change more informed about the consequences of inaction”; and the almost unthinkable possibility that the pandemic was a manufactured crisis.
The dire warning here is that the COVID crisis seems to have revealed to statist nuts everywhere that, given a good crisis, whether backed up by facts or not, most people will cheerfully truckle under and obey. Not all, but most. Don’t believe me? Look at the reactions to COVID.
We are already seeing shouts from environmental activists about effectively shutting down the global economy to save us from a degree or two increase in temperatures – some places. We have protestors in North America and Europe screeching to “end oil,” apparently not realizing – or caring – that without oil, our modern technological society cannot exist. We Greta Thunberg, the Doom Pixie, wagging her autistic finger at us daily, while she leads followers in illegal protests to attempt to shut down oil and natural gas shipments. We have heavily subsidized electric cars, devices that would fail in an open market but are seeing market share increase because of heavy subsidies of borrowed Imperial dollars. And as I&I points out, it’s only a matter of time before this manufactured crisis brings increasingly tyrannical manufactured solutions.