Green Zealots Back on Offense
Photo courtesy Akuppa.
Over the weekend I sat on the couch, relaxed and watched some American football. Home field advantage is big in football and prognosticators generally say that playing at home gives a team about a 3 1/2 point advantage over the visiting team. The visiting Atlanta Falcons were defeated in the University of Phoenix stadium by the Arizona Cardinals on Saturday and the visiting Indianapolis Colts were defeated by the San Diego Chargers in San Diego. On Sunday, the visiting Eagles defeated the Minnesota Vikings and the visiting Ravens beat the Dolphins. Maybe thereâ€™s some merit to this theory. Maybe it’s only applicable on Saturdays.
As I watched the games, I realized that there is a parallel between American football and the global warming debate. The superior teams have invested time and energy into developing a game plan and understand the weaknesses of their opponent. The dominant players are focused at the task at hand: to either move the ball down the field for a score or prevent the opposing teamâ€™s offense from getting the ball into the end zone. Once down by a couple of touchdowns late in the game, the losing team starts to make mistakes. They jump off the line before the ball is snapped. They fumble the football. They canâ€™t read the opposing teamâ€™s defense and are either sacked for a loss or throw an interception. Penalties mount until itâ€™s third-and-forever from their own end zone. In the end, the losing team will try any trick play to win. The odds are infinitely small but desperation is their only hope.
After listening to global warming alarmists go on for years about the warming planet, the melting Arctic, the hurricanes and everything else that goes along with global warming, the climate skeptics have come out of the locker room in the second half on fire. Weâ€™re up by three touchdowns now going late into the fourth quarter. The planet has cooled precipitously over the last two years. The planet hasnâ€™t warmed in the last decade. Big carbon doesnâ€™t seem to have a grasp on global temperatures any longer. Scientists are backing away from the global warming myth. The Arctic ice has rebounded like nothing seen in years. Arctic sea ice is back to levels not seen in almost three decades. Hurricane seasons are average at best. Some in the governments, and press, of the world have gone so far as to call global warming a myth.
Time is running out.
Down 21 points, the alarmists are using every trick in their playbook to plant the seed of doubt. No longer do they have the mainstream press connecting climate change to extreme weather events because, well, itâ€™s snowing just about everywhere it shouldnâ€™t snow. And, just for the record, the mainstream press does link individual weather events to global warming. While this isnâ€™t an officially-endorsed rule of the game sanctioned by climate alarmists, they always look the other way whenever it happens.
So what should we expect in terms of trick plays from now until the end of the game? More name-calling, more fear-mongering and more attempts to tie cooling temperatures to global warming. Theyâ€™ll declare that the planet is cooling because of global warming. Snowfall in places like Houston, Las Vegas, New Orleans and Mississippi will be declared a by-product of climate change. Any scientist that comes out against man-made global warming will be fiercely discredited but a scientist still in the alarmist camp with the same credentials will be quoted as holding the â€œproofâ€ of climate change. Skeptics will be referred to as moon landing hoaxers, holocaust deniers and 9/11 conspiracy theorists. The disputed science will take a backseat to personal attacks. If youâ€™ve ever owned a share of an oil company, youâ€™ll have a target painted on your back.
Itâ€™s win or go home for global warming alarmists. And this football match is about to become a steel cage match with no rules. After all, the climate alarmists make the rules. Why canâ€™t they change them?
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