Contrary to popular belief, liberalism isn’t a philosophy that belongs solely to the Democrat Party. Indeed, the insatiable appetite for power and centralized authority exists on both sides of the political spectrum. This is true for the issue of climate change, which nearly all Democrats and several Republicans believe is caused by human activity. Environmentalists and those who believe in man-made climate change, whether they know it or not, are advocates of more government because, as they tell us, only more government can save us from our impending doom.
If you take a look at all of the proposed “solutions” to man-made climate change, almost every single one of them involves more government in one way or another. The earth is warming, they say, so the government should have more regulatory power over automobiles to ensure that they’re not emitting too much carbon dioxide. Certain light bulbs aren’t good for the environment so the government should regulate which ones in specific we are allowed to purchase. The oceans are going to rise and flood coastal cities unless the government comes in and regulates the kinds of air conditioners we have in our homes, and so on and so forth.
It has now been confirmed that seventeen Republican members of congress have hopped on board with the global warming hysteria, ten of which are in their first or second terms. On Wednesday of this week, these Republicans announced their plans to support a clear statement that outlines the threats climate change poses to our world, as well as ways to fight it.
In the “Republican Climate Resolution,” as its been dubbed by supporters, House members make the case that human beings are having an impact on the climate, and therefore we must use “our tradition of American ingenuity, innovation and exceptionalism” to deal with this threat. Fortunately, support from seventeen congressional Republicans is nowhere near the amount needed to pass the resolution.
It is hard to tell whether these man-made climate change believers, whether they’re on the left or the right, actually think that humans can affect the weather or if this is all just an excuse to expand the role of government. Truthfully, it’s most likely a combination of both. Regardless of the thought process behind it, the push to reduce the effects of human activity on the weather is not only tyrannical, but also based solely on lies and misinformation.
To date, over 31,000 American scientists have signed on to a petition that challenges the narrative of man-made climate change, 9,029 of which are Ph.D. holders. John Coleman, the founder of The Weather Channel, has said in the past that human activity plays a minimal role, if any, in the changing climate. (RELATED: Do 97% of scientists really agree that climate change is caused by human activity?)
As recently as a few months ago, Coleman warned that the election could have been a tipping point in favor of radical environmentalists like Al Gore if Clinton had been elected. “Al Gore may emerge from the shadows to declare victory in the ‘global warming’ debate if Hillary Clinton moves into the White House,” he said. “Yes, if that happens and the new climate regulations become the law of the land, they will be next to impossible to overturn for four to eight years.”
Furthermore, in 2013, Australia’s National Snow and Ice Data Centre found that Antarctic sea ice grew by a record amount in April of that year, from a rate of over 110,000 square kilometers each day to a total of nine million square kilometers. Common sense suggests that if the earth really were warming at an alarming rate, the sea ice would be melting, not expanding.