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Climate change has been a major issue over the last few decades. But is it as bad as scientists say? Over the years, the scientific community predicted apocalyptic-type outcomes if humankind did not follow their recommendations on environmentally friendly rules. They have alluded to the demise of the human race if we do not change our course. Yet, year after year, prediction after prediction, the human race has still prevailed on this planet, even if climate disasters continue.
After a while, the fear mongering about global warming and climate change becomes junk science since some scientists’ catastrophic predictions do not manifest. The scientists move the goalposts on the year that these supposed cataclysmic events will take place and the public eventually moves on to the next sensationalized research or prediction. All the while, it seems no one ever stops to ponder the reasoning and motivation behind these predictions. Why is it still that we allow these fears to grip our planet?
Further, it seems that the same entities and people that tell the public that the Earth is dying and that we must do everything in our power to “go green” hardly ever follow their suggestions. Governments all over the world are particularly guilty of this “do as I say, not as I do” attitude. They have imposed counterintuitive laws and regulations on their citizens in the name of being eco-friendly. Some of the common denominators in these regulations are that they always pass the burden onto their citizens using propaganda to make the citizens feel that they are doing their part.
One example is restaurants swapping out plastic straws for paper straws as if they are making a significant dent in climate change. This swap is virtue signaling at best and has no quantified demonstrable scientific evidence for this to be a policy. Straws make up only 0.025% of the 8 million tons of plastic that flows into the ocean each year, according to National Geographic. If the goal is to clean up plastic waste in the oceans to become more environmentally friendly, why focus on such a miniscule part of the problem?
One of the most recent and jarring examples showing that the ruling class do not care as much about the environment and global warming came as leaders of the world descended into the UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow (COP26) in November 2021. At least 50 private jets and 118 business jets carrying global leaders around the world made their way into Glasgow.
On the first day of the summit, inbound private planes to Glasgow and Edinburgh airports increased by 525 percent compared to the preceding seven days, according to Forbes. For people who are convening to discuss the best way to combat climate change, it was a blatant show of hypocrisy. They could have easily met remotely as leaders around the world have been doing during the pandemic. Instead, they chose to board private flights to meet in person, exacerbating gas and emissions.
The push for electric cars will go down in history as the greatest virtue signal of all. There are credible studies that detail how gas-powered cars and trucks can significantly contribute to climate change. However, they rarely address the climate impact electric vehicles cause as well.
Further, there are no credible reports of the U.S. politicians urging us to use electric vehicles using an electric vehicle themselves as their primary mode of transportation. The only exception would be New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. How did we allow world leaders that are chauffeured around in gas-run vehicles to convince us that we should ditch our gas vehicles for electricity to better help the environment?
Yet, they would like the public to come out of pocket to purchase Tesla’s and other electric vehicles to fulfill their green goals. The agenda to push the world to adopt electric vehicles is even more obvious by the politicization of gas prices. Complaints by the working class about the rise in fuel costs are met by the Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg suggesting to consider an electric vehicle. This is out of touch and tone-deaf for families who are simply trying to get by. The average cost of an electric vehicle was over $60,000 in March. Certainly, no one complaining about gas prices would have that type of money lying around.
However, these same outspoken climate change campaigners have made large investments in luxury coastal property along beaches. Bill Gates has purchased a home on the beach in Del Mar, California, according to the Washington Examiner. This same report says that Obama will likely be occupying a coastal home purchased by one of his colleagues. Simply put, climate alarmists are not putting their money where their mouths are. Their actions and investments make them appear to not be as concerned about the environment and climate change as they portray.
The last initiative that deserves scrutiny is the propaganda ushering in the use of solar panels in homes. Solar panels, according to critics, need more energy and fossil fuel-burning equipment to mine, manufacture, and transport than they save. On the other hand, it is said that solar panels produce more clean energy than they use. Whatever one’s position is, talk about solar power does not matter while Bill Gates is attempting to block out the sun in an asinine effort to combat global warming. There will be no solar-powered energy at all if the sun is not able to efficiently do its job.
The drastic overreactions by scientists and world leaders impact everyone on this planet. Further, their hypocrisy knows no limits. If these entities believed climate change will be as catastrophic as they say, their actions would be different. These are just a few examples of the people we pay to rule over us enforcing hypocritical policies.
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