I have previously predicted that when the global warming climate scam finally dies, none of the perpetrators will ever be called to admit they were wrong. It's just that nobody will mention the subject any more. It will be like it never happened. What used to be news every day in mainstream outlets will just quietly disappear. In the most likely scenario, leaders of the climate apocalypse movement like Al Gore will just move on to some other end-of-days scare.
Actually, much of this is already happening. On Sunday, the UN's IPCC announced the release of the latest of its climate reports, the so-called Fifth Assessment Report, of AR5. Did you notice? It's definitely getting lots less play than these things once got, even as they ramp up the scare rhetoric to higher and higher levels. Look at them desperately trying to get somebody's attention. For example:
Continued emission of greenhouse gases will cause further warming and long-lasting changes in all components of the climate system, increasing the likelihood of severe, pervasive and irreversible impacts for people and ecosystems. Limiting climate change would require substantial and sustained reductions in greenhouse gas emissions which, together with adaptation, can limit climate change risks.
Turn to the usual mouthpiece to broadcast these scares, the New York Times, and what do you find? Yesterday's article has been relegated to page A8! Just a tiny reference on page A1. No charts, no pictures. (In the on-line version there is the usual scam picture of power plant cooling towers giving off steam, as if that has something to do with global warming.) Yes, the title tries to be frightening: "U.N. Panel Issues Its Starkest Warning Yet on Global Warming." Yes, it's written by the usual enviro activist Justin Gillis. Yes, it has some of the usual ridiculous scare lines:
Failure to reduce emissions, the group of scientists and other experts found, could threaten society with food shortages, refugee crises, the flooding of major cities and entire island nations, mass extinction of plants and animals, and a climate so drastically altered it might become dangerous for people to work or play outside during the hottest times of the year.
But relegated to A8? What's going on here?
Actually, it's not too hard to figure that out. The election is today. And if you're following this at all, you know that the Democrats are taking some notable hits specifically tied to the administration's war on coal and other fossil fuels. Number one coal state West Virginia, as recently as a decade ago the most reliably Democratic of states, has been turned completely red. The Republican candidate (Capito), running for the seat held by Democrat Jay Rockefeller for 30 years, is up by 22 points in the most recent CBS/NYT/YouGov poll. Previously West Virginia hadn't had a Republican Senator since the 50s; and now all of a sudden the seat is lock Republican and not even remotely competitive.
And how about Kentucky? The Dems seemed to have an attractive candidate in Alison Grimes, while Republican Minority Leader Mitch McConnell was vulnerable as out-of-touch with constituents. Well, Kentucky is a big coal state too. Grimes has tried to claim she is "independent," but plenty of voters are smart enough to figure out that if you vote for Harry Reid as majority leader, you are voting to continue the war on coal. The most recent polls have McConnell up by 8 and 9 points.
And West Virginia and Kentucky are just the start. Multiple other swing states are under attack by the administration in its war on fossil fuels. Pennsylvania is a mostly blue state today, but increasingly important in producing fossil-fuel energy. Ohio is the archetypical swing state, not small in the energy business, and very much at risk of becoming more and more red. Where West Virginia has 5 electoral votes and Kentucky 8, Ohio has 18 and Pennsylvania 20. Without a doubt, the Times is paying attention to this stuff.
Also involved in the fade of the climate scam is that more and more people are realizing that putting the UN's plans into effect means consigning the poor to perpetual poverty. Here's a great picture that recently appeared on Roy Spencer's web site:
Our President and his EPA (along with Gore, Kerry, and the UN) may be the last people on the planet to realize that the climate scam is over. As the administration continues the war on fossil fuels, a number of states, most notably in New England, are at risk from blackouts if this proves to be a severe winter, a result of closure of coal power plants and inadequate gas pipeline capacity. I don't wish you New Englanders ill, but you have cast the votes to put yourselves in this predicament. Anyway, a couple of good blackouts in January, intentionally caused by stupid government policy, could go a long way to turning states like Maine and New Hampshire red too. Let the games begin!