Tuesday, May 6, 2014

First Health Care, Now The Weather

Gary L. Bauer

Having seized control of the nation's healthcare industries, the left is now aiming for the rest of the economy under the guise of fighting climate change. Today the government unveiled its "National Climate Assessment." The report is an action plan to combat global warming.

The "National Climate Assessment" warns of impending doom unless big government steps in to save us from ourselves. According to the White House, "The findings … underscore the need for urgent action to combat the threats from climate change, protect American citizens and communities today…"

We are getting this dire call to arms just as we have experienced below average hurricane seasons for the past three years and late starts to the tornado seasons. We've just had the coldest winter on record. In most of the country, folks would have paid good money for a little "global warming."

Government bureaucrats couldn't make the Obamacare website work. But we're supposed to believe they can control the weather?

Several years ago, Professor Walter Williams published a great column about the wild predictions of environmentalists. Consider these excerpts:

"In 1968, Professor Paul Ehrlich … predicted there would be a major food shortage in the U.S. and 'in the 1970s ... hundreds of millions of people are going to starve to death.' … Ehrlich's predictions about England were gloomier: 'If I were a gambler, I would take even money that England will not exist in the year 2000.'

"Here are my questions: In 1970, when environmentalists were making predictions of manmade global cooling and the threat of an ice age and millions of Americans starving to death, what kind of government policy should we have undertaken to prevent such a calamity? When Ehrlich predicted that England would not exist in the year 2000, what steps should the British Parliament have taken in 1970 to prevent such a dire outcome?"

The left's environmental alarmism borders on the "big lie." The extremists have been so wrong, for so long, yet they keep coming back to it. But one thing hasn't changed -- their solution is always the same: bigger government, higher taxes and less freedom. The environmentalist movement is riddled with socialists and some proudly admit it.