From President Obama and UN Secretary Ban Ki-Moon on down to most scientists, academics, media people and leftist pols they are truly and frighteningly convinced that the world is going to hell from the massive, growing use of hydrocarbon fuels powering world economies especially in developing countries. And while the battle rages to drastically cut carbon emissions many on the Left are at the edge of despair or falling off of the cliff thinking it may be too late; that the war against dirty energy is unwinnable and being lost; that the human race they tried to scare with the "truth" and collectively save has reached the tipping point headed for Armageddon before the century's end. What a horror this is for them! Powerless they watch like mad Cassandras as the ignorant, selfish, gas guzzling masses (more concerned with ISIS than the global warming "crisis") head toward a future of worsening bad weather events: heatwaves, fires, droughts, more powerful storms and rising flood waters from melting ice caps at either pole. Climate catastrophe is at hand. The unthinkable is here. And all they can do is curse and scream at the stupidity of man as he races toward extinction in a genocidal, climate-crashing holocaust. What a nightmare!
But we've seen this doomsday movie before. For the Anthropogenic Global Warming (AGW) scare is a leftist variation of the ban the bomb movement (BTB) where the lunatic fringe insanely believed that America was the cause of the Cold War with Russia-which could get hot; and that if we hadn't built the bomb the Soviets wouldn't have it (they built it out of fear); and that if this country unilaterally disarmed and became nuke free Russia (no longer feeling threatened by a nuclear armed US) would follow suit and peace would reign and humanity saved from World War III-a world ending nuclear holocaust where "the living would envy the dead," as Jonathan Schell said. And what was the outcome? We didn't disarm, there was no war, and the Soviet Union peacefully disappeared-taking with it the threat of nuclear war-as they were its cause.
But ending the Cold War didn't end the Left's need for global social movements and world saving schemes; and into the vacuüm leapt Climate Change. Banning the hydrogen bomb was replaced by hysteria over the lethal, growing, global warming use of dirty, polluting hydrocarbon fuels-now seen as the new existential threat the Left would compassionately save us from.
In short, the global warming movement is the new incarnation of the failed ban the bomb movement-and headed for the same fate. BTB started in the 1950s and peaked in the 80s with the Soviet-backed Nuclear Freeze Movement (supported by our President and VP) before it slid into decline and near extinction (there's still a bit of it left). AGW started in the 1990s and peaked in the winter of 2009-2010 with the East Anglia e-mail scandal and Copenhagen Conference (held during record breaking snow and cold). Since then AGW has been in free fall headed (like its predecessor) into the ash heap of leftist history.
But what I wonder lies ahead for the compassionate, socialist, bleeding heart Left? With what will they fill the vacuüm caused by the coming of AGW's death? Or, is that it? Is AGW its last hurrah for large world-saving social schemes? Its last hysterical doomsday cry for global solutions to human survival? I hope so. But I wouldn't bet on it. For the Left is very deft when it comes to dreaming up existential-global threats.