They’re scaring the children.
“We have come to a point where our Earth is dying,” said the adult who escorted terrified grade-schoolers to Washington to berate Sen. Dianne Feinstein over climate change policy. And now, because California moved its 2020 primary from June to March, the end of the world has arrived three months earlier.
Democratic presidential candidate and former Texas Congressman Beto O’Rourke was in Los Angeles last week warning of the coming climate apocalypse. He dropped by the NBC4 studios in Los Angeles to appear on NewsConference with Conan Nolan, who asked him about energy policy.
“We know we have to get to net-zero greenhouse gas emissions as soon as humanly possible, or this planet will cook to a degree that human life is no longer possible in some of the cities that we call home today,” O’Rourke said, “Maybe here in Los Angeles, certainly cities along the coast, and the desert Southwest, where I live. So the 10 years that the scientists say we have left to us, we’ve got to use every second of it to convert from fossil fuels to renewable energy …”
But in the next moment these dire predictions of doom were set aside with an acknowledgment by the candidate that he doesn’t have “a magic wand” to make the country run on breezes and sunbeams.
“So as long as we still depend on oil and gas, and to a large degree we do, I want us to find that here at home,” O’Rourke said.
That sounds like a “yes” to domestic oil and gas production.
It also sounds as if O’Rourke had a fundraiser with environmental activists in the morning and oil company executives in the afternoon.
Meanwhile, “the 10 years that the scientists say we have left to us” is not quite what was said by any scientist, let alone all of them.
But don’t try telling that to the nearest 12-year-old child, freshly indoctrinated into the environmental death cult. Ten years is all we have to avert a macabre ending to the human race, extinction, cooked to death on the very spot where we stand.
If anything about that scenario sounds familiar, you may be old enough to remember the morbid warnings of the Cold War years. The threat of nuclear annihilation inspired protests, anger and despair much like the climate scare does today.
To get a sense of the times, look up a video of mathematician and songwriter Tom Lehrer performing “We Will All Go Together When We Go.”
“Universal bereavement, an inspiring achievement!” Lehrer sang. At a 1967 performance in Copenhagen, he sarcastically dedicated the song to President Lyndon Johnson.
The threat of nuclear war was real and it is still with us, but worrying about it has gone out of style. Climate alarmism is the hot new thing for end-of-days enthusiasts.
Maybe there’s some inner human need to be terrified of the sky. Scottish author Charles Mackay wrote a book in the mid-19th century that included a chapter on “Modern Prophecies.”
“An epidemic terror of the end of the world has several times spread over the nations,” Mackay wrote. He describes the scene in the year 999, when people became so convinced that the last judgment was imminent that buildings fell into ruins throughout Europe. “It was thought useless to repair them, when the end of the world was so near,” Mackay wrote.
During the year 1000, as an increasing number of pilgrims headed to Jerusalem for the big finish, “Every phenomenon of nature filled them with alarm. A thunderstorm sent them all upon their knees.”
In 1832, “the danger of our globe was gravely discussed” due to a prediction by astronomers that a comet would appear in the sky. “Many persons refrained from undertaking or concluding any business during that year, in consequence solely of their apprehension that this terrible comet would dash us and our world to atoms.”
A plague in Europe between 1345 and 1350 brought predictions of the end of the world. In 1736, a prophecy in London said the world would be destroyed on the 13th of October. There was an end-of-the-world panic in 1806 in a town in England after a hen laid eggs inscribed with the words, “Christ is coming.” It turned out that the message was written on the eggs before some joker forced them back into the chicken.
Then there was that time in the summer of 1523 when all the expert astrological forecasters agreed that the Thames would overflow its banks on precisely Feb. 1, 1524, flooding the entire city of London and washing away 10,000 houses. Tens of thousands of people abandoned their homes and trudged to villages as far as 20 miles away. When the day arrived and nothing unusual happened to the river, the experts declared that the stars were correct, but due to human error, the flood was predicted a century too early.
Climate models have always been a little glitchy.
So the next time you meet someone who is terrified and depressed that “the scientists” tell us we have only 10 years left to save the world before, as Tom Lehrer put it, “we will all fry together when we fry,” buy that person a copy of Charles Mackay’s book.
It’s titled, “Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds.”
Susan Shelley is an editorial writer and columnist for the Southern California News Group. Susan@SusanShelley.com. Twitter: @Susan_Shelley.
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