So, Earth Day is here…again. Don’t get me wrong; I firmly believe we should use the planet’s God-given resources wisely and not at all in a wasteful manner, but that’s not really the point of this day every April, is it? The “celebration” is usually a blitz from celebrities and anointed media-types whose goal is to impart their passion for “Mother Earth”. And by passion I mean borderline lunacy. It’s always refreshing to hear how harmful I’m being toward the environment from those who jetted in from somewhere with an entourage and an enormous carbon footprint. Then again, self-awareness has never been a hallmark of those in the environmental movement.
Just last year, this came from our Secretary of State:
Saying that climate change ranks among the world’s most serious problems — such as disease outbreaks, poverty, terrorism and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction — U.S. Secretary of State [mc_name name=’Sen. John Kerry (D-MA)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’K000148′ ] called on all nations to respond to “the greatest challenge of our generation.”
Yes. The chief foreign affairs advisor to the president believes climate change is just as bad as terrorism and weapons of mass destruction.
In a recent survey, the Yale Project on Climate Change reported that almost two-thirds of respondents said the issue of global warming was not often or not ever discussed. In a brief article concerning these results, The National Journal stated:
The lack of buzz may signal apathy from the American public when it comes time to talk about climate change. People tend to be far less concerned about climate change than they are about other threats that they believe are more immediate, like a flailing economy or terrorist attack.
[mc_name name=’Sen. John Kerry (D-MA)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’K000148′ ] would be frustrated at respondents’ “inability” to see climate change as he views it, but this says much about the American people and their priorities. Chief among them? Providing for their families in an uncertain financial climate. Staying safe in a world where ISIS continues to behead their captives. We are not unaware of what the media claims. We are just most concerned with the very real aspects of the here and now.
Presidential candidates should take note of the main concerns among the electorate, which clearly don’t include climate change. GOP contenders are already aware of this, and that has resulted in much derision from the Left. They’re always thirsty to find one more thing which might solidify their claims of an out-of-touch and anti-science crowd among the ranks of Republicans. The mania is clearly seen, as it was recently after [mc_name name=’Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’C001098′ ] shared his horrific (gasp!) belief that science has not backed up claims of global warming. As reported in the L.A. Times:
It fell to California Gov. Jerry Brown to call out Cruz. On NBC’s “Meet the Press” Sunday, Brown said, “That man betokens such a level of ignorance and a direct falsification of the existing scientific data. It’s shocking and I think that man has rendered himself absolutely unfit to be running for office.”
While I haven’t firmly committed to a candidate yet, the criteria for determining someone is unfit for office is most assuredly not centered around their “denying” of a claim which many people (including plenty of scientists) also deny. If a pro-global warming stance is how you decide who you want to vote for, then you’ll be disappointed when the actual operations of the presidency barely touch such a theme. This won’t stop the media from hounding conservative candidates when it comes to their beliefs on the issue of climate change, though. We’re reminded of this yet again, as we mark another Earth Day. What should be a level-headed promotion of responsibly taking care of our planet is the exact opposite. Hysteria.