Thursday, January 24, 2008

Global Warming or Climate Change?

by Joseph Farah
Posted: 01/23/2008

Maybe it's the weather -- cold. Maybe it's the season -- winter. Maybe it's the year -- election.

Or maybe it's a case of hedging one's bets. But I've noticed a not-so-subtle shift in the rhetoric from those who would like to do away with private property, nation-states, freedom, the rule of law, the will of the people, and all the other essentials of self-government -- people such as Al Gore, Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and other great scientific minds.

They're not talking about global warming anymore. They're talking about "climate change."

The power grabbers and money-grubbers who have been selling the notion that man's activity on the planet is heating it up are changing their tune. We're not hearing nearly as much about catastrophic man-made global warming this month.

Gee, I wonder why? Let's see.

On Dec. 4 in Seoul, South Korea, the temperature was a record minus 5 C.

On Nov. 24 in Meacham, Ore., the low temperature was 12 F -- colder than the previous record low set in 1952.

Last year, South America experienced one of its coldest winters in decades. In Buenos Aires, Argentina, snow fell for the first time since 1918. In Peru, 200 people died from the cold, and thousands more became infected with respiratory diseases. Crops failed, livestock perished and the Peruvian government declared a state of emergency.

Last week, it snowed in Iraq and Saudi Arabia.

It's hard, with a straight face, to blame these conditions on global warming, though the Kool-Aid drinkers among those who would remake the world in their own hopelessly humanistic and self-centered image will try.

More dramatic by far than any detectable warming of the atmosphere and oceans are the new word games played by the eco-freaks at the United Nations, who have dubbed today World Cooling Day.

Somehow, I doubt they will be celebrating with much enthusiasm in South America.
But think about the real absurdity of fighting "climate change" -- the new apocalyptic menace. As a political ax, it can't be beat. Any variation in the weather represents a reason for controlling human behavior by any means necessary and to any extent necessary.

In a few years, it will be evident to one and all they have been hoaxed by the doomsday salespeople about global warming. But there always will be shifts in the weather. And anytime we experience those shifts that have occurred since the beginning of the world, there will be justification for Draconian actions by government.

People will be blamed when it's hot. People will be blamed when it's cold. Ritual sacrifices will be required by the high priests of the climate change religion either way.

The whole program would be almost ludicrously funny if the Congress and president of the United States hadn't recently agreed to ban the production and sale of the incandescent light bulb as a step toward halting "climate change."

It's not funny when freedom is at stake.

The rules of this game will no doubt continue to change. That's because the predetermined outcome of the game is what is important to the rule makers.

It's about control -- absolute control. It's about power -- absolute power. It's about the ends justifying the means. It's about a big lie -- perhaps the biggest lie ever told.

The stakes are huge. There is only one thing that can save us from the bondage that inevitably will result from the spread of this climate change zealotry: the truth.

If you want to hold onto your property, your country and your freedom, spread it far and wide.

Mr. Farah is a nationally syndicated columnist.


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