Don’t believe everything you read. That’s the problem with the world today. There is so much fake news and false information about climate change, from both the left wing alarmists and the rightwing denialists. Where does it go from here? It becomes a comic grand opera.
Case in point: two wealthy New York “artist activists” Gan Golan and Tom Boyd, both with extensive PR connections and money connections, hoodwinked over 500 newspapers and news outlets worldwide last week to publish a new story that had holes all through it, from beginnng to end. Not only did the New York Times go for it, assigning reporter Colin Moynihan to write a press release rather than a sollid piece of honest reporting, but Reuters, The Associated Press, the BBC and hundreds of other news outlets picked up the New York Times story and ran with it, writing their own outlandish headlines and giving leftwing alarmists a black eye.
In 2006 climate science professor James Hansen predicted that the planet had just 10 years to avoid major catastrophe. “I think we have a very brief window of opportunity to deal with climate change,” he told the Climate Change Research Conference that year, stating that the planet had “no longer than a decade, at the most” to reverse catastrophic warming across the globe. Ten years, at most. It’s 2020 now. So?
And in 2008, Al Gore shared that “leading experts predict that we have less than 10 years to make dramatic changes in our global warming pollution lest we lose our ability to ever recover from this environmental crisis.” That same year, Australian scientist Tim Flannery argued that a United Nations climate summit in Poland in 2008 that that year was “likely to be our last chance as a species to deal with the problem.” So, where are you now, Tim?
“The world’s leading scientists warn that we have less than 10 years to avoid the worst-case scenarios projected by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change,” top United Nations officials said at the time.
Oh, and that same year, Prince Charles argued that the world had just eight years to avoid “irretrievable climate and ecosystem collapse, and all that goes with it.” Prince Charles, please!
In 2018, meanwhile, current U.N. Secretary General António Guterres extended Ki-moon’s earlier cut-off by another year, warned that the U.S. had until 2020 to change course, after which “we risk missing the point where we can avoid runaway climate change.” Hey, wait a minute, guys! It’s 2020 now!
Payne reminds that more recently, climate activists have pushed the deadline out significantly further than earlier predictions. New York Congressional Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, for instance, famously suggesed last year that “the world is gonna end in 12 years if we don’t address climate change.”
Also last year, Swedish teen activist Greta Thunberg claimed that the world had 11 years to enact “permanent and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society” or else humanity would witness “the end of our civilization as we know it.”
So this ”new” climate clock is full of crock. Tick tick tick, talk talk talk. Where’s it getting us?