COMMENTARY | One of the latest gambits coming from the White House to try to distract people from the bad economy, the ravages of Obamacare, and various foreign policy disasters is to issue a report to try to scare people about the crisis formerly known as global warming.
Ed Rogers, writing in the Washington Post, notes why this maneuver is not going to work. To summarize, an increasing number of people do not believe climate disruption, the latest label for what ails the planet, is real or if it is real is a problem. The administration certainly lacks credibility that it either knows what it is talking about or has a solution set that does not involve impoverishing everyone.
People are warming skeptics not because they have been gulled by a group of “deniers” pontificating on Fox News. They look askance at the global warming hysteria because they have eyes and they can really see what is going on.
The problem is that the administration and its environmental backers may actually be drinking their own Kool Aid. If global warming was simply a cynical ploy to try to separate more people from their money and grab more power for the government, a sensible group of politicians would have moved on to other doom and gloom scenarios, like asteroid strikes or the zombie apocalypse. Indeed, considering the popularity of shows like “The Walking Dead” more people are likely to believe that CO2 emissions are likely to cause an outbreak of zombieism than global warming.
Come to think of it, that might not be a half bad gambit to make. President Obama could hold a press conference, backed by scientists willing to say anything in exchange for grant money, and declare that the science is settled and unless we impose a carbon tax, soon hordes of flesh eating undead will be roaming the streets and countryside snacking on the living. Why not? What do they have to lose now?