It’s a rule of thumb that all of the left’s craziest ideas begin as baby, fringe proposals in California, and there’s no better incubator for this nonsense than Berkeley, where one generation of hippie radicals has given way to the next. The town and its surrounding neighborhoods would remain a mildly amusing bit of trivia in our larger political landscape if it weren’t for the Democratic Party’s habit of slowly but surely adopting some of the worst fringe initiatives and turning them into mainstream policy. Berkeley’s slogan should be like a reverse Las Vegas: What Happens in California Almost NEVER Stays in California.
Forget about splitting this state into thirds; maybe we should just change the location of the Wall.
This week, the Berkeley City Council voted unanimously to “initiate a just local, state, national, and global climate emergency mobilization to restore a safe climate.” Looks like someone is suffering from a wee delusion of grandeur, but that’s beside the point. Seeing as how the left has been telling us we’re in a state of climate emergency for at least the last fifteen years, what is it that this city council vote aims to actually do for our rapidly-disintegrating (in their view) planet?
Well, that’s where things get a little disturbing.
The resolution determined that climate change was “driving a global fresh water scarcity crisis and the sixth mass extinction of species, which could devastate much of life on earth for the next 10 million years.”
“Reversing global warming and restoring a safe and stable climate requires an emergency mobilization to reach zero greenhouse gas emissions across all sectors at wartime speed, to rapidly and safely drawdown or remove all the excess carbon from the atmosphere, and to implement safe measures to protect all people and species from the consequences of abrupt warming in the near-term,” the resolution says.
Well, after stating things in the starkest of catastrophic terms, you can get away with suggesting even the most outlandish solutions, can’t you? And, well, they did just that.
According to the Berkeley City Council, combating climate change “requires an effort to preserve and restore half Earth’s biodiversity in interconnected wildlife corridors and to humanely stabilize population.”
It’s not clear if by “population” they are talking about humans or wildlife, but we’ll just say this: Nothing the left has done on the issue of climate change has earned them the benefit of the doubt. And since we are, after all, talking about people who would open up an abortion clinic in the back of every 7-11 in the country if they could, we’re not optimistic about the benevolence of their goals.
Like most things the left gets frenzied about, this climate change movement is going to get worse before it gets better. By the time they’re done, they might just fulfill their own doomsday predictions and destroy the planet as we know it.