Jews know all too well how the vast majority of the world can have a grossly distorted view of reality. Fed a diet of propaganda and lies by their religious leaders, politicians, academicians and media, much of the world is led to believe absurdities such as that Israel is the biggest danger to the world and that Jews are the sons of monkeys and pigs.
Just as much of the world has a very clear, but wrong, picture of Jews and Israel, it also has a very clear picture of “climate change.” But as the climate summiteers gather in Copenhagen, we should not assume that climate picture is any more accurate than the picture that the world holds of us. After all, it is largely the same cabal of European media, academics and political elites leading both the climate change and anti-Israel causes.
That is only the beginning of the similarities.
Recent disclosures by NGO Monitor revealed that European governments have been funding anti-Israel non-profits — and that financing skews the debate about Middle East issues. For a longer time it has been known that anti-semitic Saudi money goes to American universities, such as Georgetown and Harvard, so as to spread its antithetical views.
Likewise, the climate change alarmists are also the beneficiaries of government and other financial largess, but even on a much larger scale.One estimate is that the U.S. government alone has spent more than $79 billion since 1989 on global warming research and related policies. You can get quite a few people to agree with you with that kind of money.
And just as the anti-semites and Israel-haters seek to squelch debate about Israel by silencing pro-Israel voices and demonizing Israel and her defenders, the man-made climate change alarmists have for many years sought to squelch debate about their alarmist claims by demonizing their critics and declaring “the debate is over”.
We know that Israel’s enemies lie about Israel, whether, for example, it is that Israel deliberately targets civilians, steals organs, or lacks an historical connection to the land. Now the recently disclosed East Anglia Climate Research Unit emails reveal that prominent, supposedly reputable, climate change alarmists have also been engaging in shenanigans. To cement their case, they have distorted data to falsify the picture presented to the public, and attempted to marginalize their critics.
On the facts, Jews rightly know that Israelis have built a largely just and decent society – one that compares favorably with the rest of the world. Likewise, those not on board the on the climate change bandwagon have a strong case behind them. Here are a few notes to that effect, but they are ones you may have not seen before, as they do not serve the establishment media’s agenda:
- For at least the past ten years, the globe has not warmed. The climate models did not predict and cannot explain this deviation from the predicted warming. Those models are the only basis for the alarmist theory, which is only that – a theory, albeit a popularly accepted one.
- In fact, the lack of warming may explain the otherwise inexplicable change in the name of the crisis from “global warming” to “climate change.” (Perhaps like how “Arabs” became “Palestinians”?)
- Carbon dioxide, the major so-called “greenhouse gas” is harmless. We exhale it, and plant life requires it. In the distant past, it was almost as much as ten times more concentrated in the atmosphere as it is now, and was much more so than even any doomsday scenario contemplates for the future.
- The biggest alleged threat from warming seems to be rising sea levels. Yet there have been previous periods of warming, and during these periods, what are now our port cities and coasts were not inundated and under water.
So just as we Jews and Israel and our defenders have a solid case but are a minority in the world, so too for those who don’t buy the man-made global warming alarmism. We should understand that before we join in with that crowd. For better or worse, this could be another instance of Jews’ calling of being a people apart.
It is important to state that debunking of man-made global warming does not contradict the fact that ecological stewardship, energy and resource conservation, and reducing dependence on foreign oil are all good and worthy goals. But it does not follow that cleanly burning fossil fuels and producing carbon dioxide is in any way harmful. And we should certainly not cause our societies damage by acting on the false premise that it is.