The left has been telling us for more than a decade that 99.99999% of scientists agree that global warming is happening, it’s manmade, and that it will mean the near-certain extinction of all human and animal life on the planet within the next fifty years. Okay, maybe the predictions were not quite that dire, but they were getting damn close to that ridiculous hyperbole. Certainly, we have seen mainstream Democrats strutting around, telling us that we would see magnificent SUPERHURRICANES, the death of all polar bears, and the catastrophic loss of major coastal cities like Miami and New York due to the rise in global temperatures.
Unless, of course, we ACT NOW!
But now that the Trump administration has essentially turned off the lights at the EPA’s climate change division, pulled out of the Paris Agreement, and put this whole issue on the backburner in favor of a domestic energy movement, scientists are telling us…Wellll, maybe it ain’t so bad after all.
In this month’s issue of Scientific American, two essays point out that there is really no reason for Earth-huggers to despair. Written by Harvard professor Steven Pinker and Will Boisvert, the articles maintain that while climate change may be real and the potential effects serious, modernization and human adaptability will be more than able to rise to the task of facing the challenges ahead.
“It has fed billions, doubled lifespans, slashed extreme poverty, and, by replacing muscle with machinery, made it easier to end slavery, emancipate women, and educate children,” Pinker wrote of the much-maligned industrialization of the world. “It has allowed people to read at night, live where they want, stay warm in winter, see the world, and multiply human contact. Any costs in pollution and habitat loss have to be weighed against these gifts.”
Boisvert, too, said that humans were highly capable of finding solutions to the problems in front of them. “Throughout history humans not only weathered climate crises but deliberately flung ourselves into them as we migrated away from our African homeland into deserts, mountains, floodplains, and taiga.”
He said that humanity’s impending wrestling match with climate change “amounts to just another problem in economic and technological development, and a middling-scale one at that.”
This is a far different tone than we’re using to hearing from the oft-hysterical left, much of which is overlapped by the (popular) science community. You’re certainly not going to sell many movie tickets to a documentary entitled, A (Mildly) Inconvenient Truth.
Hopefully, these essays and their publication by a major scientific magazine will herald a new era in rational thinking. An era in which we can stop trying to “do something” about the climate and instead come up with some inventive ways to deal with the consequences, whatever they may be. Knowing the ingenuity of the human spirit, we’re quite confident that we’re up to the task.