The normally humming French capital went quiet in the aftermath of last week’s terrorism, as any civilized city would. But one hardy group won’t be kept from its appointed rounds. Absurdity knows no bounds.
Much of Paris shut down in the hours and days after Friday’s terrorist attacks. Events were canceled; theaters, museums, schools, libraries and markets were closed, and the Eiffel Tower faded to black.
But not to worry: The horrific bloodshed won’t affect the United Nations climate summit scheduled to begin at month’s-end. It’s still on.
But then, that’s expected. The alarmist community has a crisis it can’t let go to waste. As Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of the U.N.’s Framework Convention on Climate Change, has tweeted, the meeting “proceeds as planned. Even more so now.”
Though at least 129 died and several hundred more were wounded in the attacks, and despite the deadly reality that played out in front of the world on television screens and computer monitors, some people still believe that global warming is mankind’s most serious security threat.
These people need to stop their glassy-eyed gazing and do some clear-eyed observing. The real world is different from the one they see in their heads.
One of the gazers wants to be leader of the free world — Sen. Bernie Sanders, who summarized the threat seen by leftists at the Democratic presidential debate last Saturday. Even as blood ran and ashes smoldered in the streets of Paris, he claimed, with the smarmy confidence found only in someone who doesn’t know what he’s talking about, that “climate change is directly related to the growth of terrorism.”
“If we do not get our act together and listen to what the scientists say, you’re going to see countries all over the world — this is what the CIA says — they’re going to be struggling over limited amounts of water, limited amounts of land to grow their crops. And you’re going to see all kinds of international conflict,” Sanders said.
A day later on CBS, Sanders elaborated: “When people migrate into cities and they don’t have jobs, there’s going to be a lot more instability, a lot more unemployment, and people will be subject to the types of propaganda that al-Qaida and ISIS are using right now.”
Even some government officials who are charged with keeping the country safe — not just those CIA officials whom Sanders spoke of but Pentagon officials as well — believe climate change is causing, or will cause in the future, more terrorism. If we could just beat global warming, they imply, we’d beat terrorism.
We don’t doubt that drought and famine can lead to unrest and violence. But blaming terrorism on man’s carbon dioxide emissions is a stretch no grade-schooler should make. Yet adults repeatedly make this argument in public and show no shame or embarrassment for carrying on like political hacks.
So come terror or heavy snow, the Paris talks will go on as planned. With that in mind, here are a few things to think about while the climate alarmists yammer on about what a threat global warming is:
- ¬ï Which of the two threats has actually killed someone, global warming or terrorism?
- ¬ï Which threat has guns and bombs, and is eager to use them on innocent lives?
- ¬ï Which said after the Paris attacks that “American blood is best, and we will taste it soon”?
- ¬ï Which threat beheads and burns alive innocent people?
- ¬ï Which threat believes it is doing the work of God?
- ¬ï Which threat is suicidal, making it all the more dangerous?
None of these questions will be answered by anyone attending the Conference of Parties to the U.N.’s Framework Convention on Climate Change in Paris, because none will be asked. Nor will anyone ask who’ll pay for the economic damage that the conferees’ “solutions” will cause.
But then, everyone knows the United States will be stuck with most of the bill — which is exactly what the global warming racket is all about.