The article first published in americanthinker.com on 02/04/2019.
As I started writing this on the balmy if increasingly socialist, left coast on January 27th, the US media were full of dire predictions of a catastrophic cold snap in the Midwest and New England. The same day, in Brussels, 70,000 people (35,000 of them clueless school children) demonstrated with slogans like “Winter is not coming anymore,” “Nature grows, capitalism blows” and “Stop denying the earth is dying.”
Alas, Winter did come to both the Midwest and Europe and did so with a vengeance. 21 people have died of hypothermia in the US so far and at least 10 in Poland. Temperatures dipped to a hellish minus 23 degrees Fahrenheit (- 30.5 Celsius) in Chicago, and minus 14 degrees Celsius ( 7 F) in Poland. 11 US states recorded temperatures lower than – 14 F, or below those measured north of the Arctic Circle in Barrow, Alaska.
More to the point, as powerlineblog’s John Hinderaker tells us in a perceptive piece, the deep freeze affecting his home state of Minnesota has much to tell us about the futility of green energy as the putative panacea of global warming doom. It turns out that as Minnesotans were freezing, renewable energy was nowhere to be found. The wind wasn’t blowing and in the entire MISO area (15 states in the Midwest and the South) it generated a measly 4% of the energy and operated at a miserable 24% of installed capacity, prompting Hinderaker to ask pointedly “why do we need wind farms.”? Why indeed? To answer this question it is worth delving into some of the other figures, Hinderaker provides.
The MISO area energy is supplied by coal (45%), natural gas (26%), nuclear power (13%) and imports from Canada. Imagine for a minute how many would have died if coal was no longer there, as the left wants, and people had to rely on renewable energy for 50% of their energy as the state authorities are planning by 2030? As it was, 66% of the homes in Minnesota were heated by natural gas, which suffered brown outs forcing the Xcel Energy utility to advise customers to set their thermostats at 60 degrees and not to use hot water. And last I looked, Minnesota was not in some God-forsaken corner of Siberia but in the United States of America.
While all of this was going on, global warming zealots, petrified that people may start doubting their propaganda, immediately jumped in to assure us that extreme cold is a natural part of global warming. There is no way to disprove something that has never been proven to begin with, but there are nonetheless some valuable lessons to draw from the cold snap. There is, for starters, the ever more persuasive evidence that global warming and the various insinuations of the IPCC are little more than a deliberate, orchestrated deception.
A recent research paper provides detailed evidence of the ridiculous efforts by ‘scientists’ to decide something as simple as whether a new ice age was coming or we were all going to die because of global warming over the past century. Nor are the American people told of the potential cost of the proposed solutions. Signing the Kyoto Treaty alone would have cost the American taxpayer several hundred billion dollars per annum.
This paper does not even include the absurd claims of the environmental stars, such as Paul Ehrlich, Obama’s science advisor John Holdren and the Club of Rome, who have been completely wrong about everything they have ever predicted. There is a good English word for people like that. They are called charlatans.
By Alex Alexiev