John Stossel is just so great at debunking myths.
This past week, he took on the myths surrounding climate change in a terrific video.
Stossel invited climate change activists to a debate at the Heartland Institute.
Small problem? They didn’t show up. As Stossel notes, climate change folks like Al Gore never show up to his invitations.
Scientists did show up to debunk some of the common myths being pushed by folks like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and other extremists.
Stossel noted how over the years he’d covered so many scares that had turned out not to be what people claimed, that in fact, we’re living longer than ever.
Yet the alarmists like Greta Thunberg say “entire ecosystems are collapsing” and we are on the brink of “mass extinction.” Politicians like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and former Vice President Joe Biden proclaim, “We have 12 years years left.”
The scientists took on that myth. “Please, let’s have a discussion!” begged astrophysicist Willie Soon.
Pat Michaels, former president of the American Association of State Climatologists, dissected the 12 year/extinction claim. “It’s warmed up around one degree Celsius since 1900, and life expectancy doubled, yet that temperature ticks up another half a degree and the entire system crashes? That’s the most absurd belief.”
And what happens when in all likelihood we’re all still here in pretty much the same condition in 12 years?
Climatology Professor David Legates predicted, “In twelve years it’ll be 12 more years.”
Exactly. How long has this been going on? Since at least the 1970s when folks pushed the spurious claim we might be entering a new ice age.
Willie Soon said it was all about emotional handwaving.
But, as the scientists explained, we adapt and address conditions. That’s the human way.
Stossel asked the scientists, “You acknowledge though the water is rising?”
Legates agreed. “Yes, the water has been rising for approximately 20,000 years.” Alrighty, now.
The scientists also debunked “global warming is making storms worse” and that carbon dioxide is only a harm both of which they pointed out are wrong.
Another myth? Government can somehow save us.
“The Obama’s administration’s model projects that the amount of global warming that would be saved going to zero emissions tomorrow … would be 14 hundredths of a degree Celsius,” according to Michaels.
An insignificant difference for global warning. But a killer for the country. “You’ll sure have an impoverished dark country,” he said.
But, as Stossel observes, the other side doesn’t want to debate, they just want to impose their will, without question.
So why are politicians so eager to push all this on us? One word: control.