MINOT, NORTH DAKOTA — The sweat is rolling down our bodies. Global warming, say world leaders like Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, is a crisis that is upon us, one we must address to save the world and mankind. This crisis demands a global network of partners, we are told, and a global tax to fund it.
For two decades, we have heard claims that global warming will dramatically, harmfully, and irreversibly change human life and the balance of nature. The science to support these claims, including projections of temperature increases, is problematic. The historical temperature data, to the extent they exist, do not support the claims.
Global warming, according to those seeking to solve it, is caused primarily by human activity, and this activity must be regulated and controlled. Those seeking to save the earth from becoming an oven of unmanageable torment assure us that immediate action is necessary. Failure to act will result in a certain Armageddon.
However, these global warming activists have failed to address several key questions:
• If global warming is occurring, are there any positive impacts, or are all impacts negative?
• If global warming is occurring, has anyone offered an analysis of the net positive/negative impacts?
• For those living in places like North Dakota, which over the past two years has seen unseasonably warm weather, has this warm weather been positive or negative? If negative, what are the negatives?
• Geologists tell us there have been seven ice ages that have affected the globe. Apparently, there have been at least seven warming periods as well. What caused these warming periods? What was it that stopped each and resulted in the following ice age?
In the 1970s, scientists and climate change activists told us the earth was facing a global ice age. They insisted that unless worldwide action was taken, earth and mankind as we know it would cease. Were they wrong then, or are they wrong now?
Secretary Clinton recently told an audience at an event sponsored by the Foreign Policy Group that climate change was a "cross-cutting and interconnected global challenge" that requires a global network of partners. These partners would include businesses, international and regional organizations, academic institutions, civil society groups, and even individuals. In short, she is laying the groundwork for an international network to set in motion worldwide legislation.
The United Nations for decades has pushed for worldwide taxing authority. It appears this authority, using climate change as the justification, may become a reality. Once initiated, this authority will, as with all other inroads to regulatory authority and taxing power, grow like a cancer. The web of rules, regulations, and taxes will increase geometrically. The red tape generated will shrink the world to an inescapable prison run by the few, forcibly funded by the rest.
Such power structures, although none as encompassing as what we see today, have emerged throughout human history. In all cases, these too big and too powerful to fall empires have all fallen. What is being created and forced upon the world today will have the same end as all the others schemes of control and dominance — failure.
The tragedy is the harm, grief, and suffering these megalomaniacs will impose on those over whom they claim superiority and governing authority. What we are seeing is the unprecedented rise of unlimited government worldwide and cooperation among these governmental bodies to repress, tax, and control their citizens.
Climate change may be the catalyst… to justify imposition of worldwide taxation and regulation.
It appears that climate change may be the catalyst that brings about the end of mankind as we have known it. This end will not have anything to do with temperature, rain, snow, wind, rising water levels, or anything else actually weather-related. It will have to do with those seeking to control mankind finally finding something they can use to justify the imposition of worldwide taxation and regulation.
Climate change rhetoric is the perfect foil. Global cooling, then global warming, did not work, since neither could actually be demonstrated or proven. But "climate change" was the perfect answer. Weather changes hourly, so who can challenge the claim that the world is experiencing climate change?
Since climate is truly global, it requires a truly global reach. While it may not result in the "one-world government" feared by those who are often labeled as nut cases, it can and is being used to justify the imposition of worldwide rules, regulations, and soon a worldwide climate change tax.
Those carrying the banner of climate change are on the march to impose central government control over mankind as never before known.
A Voice from Fly-Over
A Voice from Fly-Over Country is copyright © 2013
by Robert L. Hale and the Fitzgerald
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Robert L. Hale received his J.D. in law from Gonzaga University Law
School in Spokane, Washington. He is founder and director of a non-profit
public interest law firm. For more than three decades he has been involved
in drafting proposed laws and counseling elected officials in ways
to remove burdensome and unnecessary rules and regulations.
See a complete biographical sketch.
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