Listen to propaganda from the EPA and MDE, and you would think "Climate Change" programs are about saving the environment, but you would be wrong.
I'll start by defining a term I created: Climateer — Someone with a vested interest in believing in catastrophic anthropogenic climate change. Two most interesting attributes of climateers are the facts that (a) they have no conclusive facts, but rely on anecdotal assertions like "97 percent of scientists believe in climate change," and (b) climateers are genuinely disappointed when evidence indicates their fears are exaggerated.
The fact is, exaggerated Climate Change has little to do with the E-word (Environment), but has everything to do with the C-words: Communism vs. free-market Capitalism.
I know you're thinking, "There you go again commissioner."
Consider this: The question of whether there is climate change is not the question. Climate has been changing since the beginning of time. The more relevant questions are these: Is change exceeding regular cyclical norms, and to what extent is it anthropogenic, i.e. man-made?
Let's return to the question of whether climate change doctrine is motivated by the E-word or the C-word. Nothing I say will convince climateers they've been duped, so I'll let the leftist "experts" tell us in their own words. Fasten your seat belts.
Ottmar Edenhofer, vice chair of the U.N. International Panel on Climate Change says, "One must say clearly that we… redistribute the world's wealth by climate policy." Hmmm.
Harvey Ruvin, former Vice Chair of the International Council on Local Environmental Initiatives, "Individual rights will have to take a back seat to the collective" in the process of implementing sustainable development. Interesting vernacular.
Naomi Klein of Nation Magazine, "So when [Commissioner Rothschild] reacts to… climate change as if capitalism itself were coming under threat, it's not because [he's] paranoid… It's because [he's] paying attention. … most leftists have yet to realize that climate science has handed them the most powerful argument against capitalism."
Third Annual Conference of the World Association for Political Economy in Lang Fang, China, May 2008: "…global ecological sustainability will be possible only with fundamental social transformations and a new global economic system organized on the principles of social ownership of land and other major means of production … only socialism and the global solidarity of all working peoples can free both humanity and the earth from the fatal threat of global capitalism."
Are you catching these not so subtle undercurrents of Marxism?
A top-10 favorite comes from David Foreman, founder of Earth First, and director of the Sierra Club, "We must make this an insecure and inhospitable place for capitalists and their projects ... We must reclaim the roads and plowed land, halt dam construction, tear down existing dams, free shackled rivers and return to wilderness tens of millions of acres of presently settled land."
Truth is stranger than fiction.
In the book, "Ecology and Socialism: Solutions to Capitalist Ecological Crisis" by Chris Williams, the author writes, "It is utterly impossible for Capitalism to view the world as a single interlocking system." He asserts the only political system that can holistically address the challenges of the 21st century is "Marxism."
The frontal attack on free-market capitalism is self-evident.
They regularly change phraseology, so rebutting them is like playing a game of whack-a-mole.
A lack of conclusive evidence forced climateers to change their vernacular four times in three decades. First it was "Global Cooling." Then, "Global Warming." Next, "Climate Change." And now, drum roll please, they have adopted their most ambiguous term. They call it, "Climate Disruption."
Climateers shifted vernacular related to "Sea Level Rise." In an effort to Band-aid unsustainable hysteria, it's now called, "Storm Surge." Convenient.
There you have it. Hilarious, pathetic and a threat to America.
Climate Change is all about attempts to put a stake through the heart of America's free-market economy, and replace it with a government controlled Marxist economy — all in the name of social justice — to save the world from free market capitalism.
Remember, this was in their own words, not mine.
It's time to stop scaring our children and refocus them on the morality of free markets and individual liberty.
Richard Rothschild, R-District 4, is a member of the Carroll County Board of Commissioners.