From a petition campaign that included a host of fake names like “Albus Dumbledore, Headmaster of Hogwarts,” to even more shocking calls for global “population control” the global warming/climate change religion has become an unintentional parody of itself that is routinely mocked and dismissed by most with any semblance of common sense.
Laughter may be the best medicine, but it likely won’t heal the headaches endured by worryworts troubled over the state of nature. At a time when climate-change crusaders are struggling to maintain their hold on the public’s concern for the cause, their earnest efforts are getting punked. Indignity is vexing, but at least it beats indifference.
News has emerged that a petition accompanying a statement of concern over a “climate emergency” was found to contain the names of fictional characters of the silver screen. Among the so-called expert signatories was discovered one “Micky Mouse, professor of the Micky Mouse Institute of the Blind, Namibia,” reported The Australian.
The petition, published last week in the journal BioScience, also listed the signatures of “Albus Dumbledore, Headmaster of Hogwarts,” the alma mater of fantasy fiction’s Harry Potter, and “Araminta Aardvark, professor of Zoology at University of Neasden, U.K.,” an obvious stab at satire. As of this writing, it is unknown whether the mischief-makers meant to pad the list with additional “supporters” or discredit it with fake names.
(“Hoaxalutis Climaticus Changus!”)
All told, 34 bogus signers were discovered on the 11,000-name online petition, a joint project of Oregon State University and the University of Sydney. It was pulled off-line with a message advising that “an administrative error, unfortunately, saw the inclusion of a small number of invalid names.”
An accompanying opinion piece proposed a sobering remedy for the anthropogenic causes of climate change: Population control. “Still increasing by roughly 80 million people per year, or more than 200,000 per day, the world population must be stabilized — and, ideally, gradually reduced,” reads the article. It didn’t mention whether proponents of population reduction — called pro-eugenics by critics — were willing to drop out of the human race or simply encouraging others to do so.
There is a time and place for humor, but climate-change proponents found nothing amusing in President Trump’s formal announcement last week of the U.S. exit from the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement, starting in 2020. The accord had been leaking air since the president expressed his intention to withdraw from participation last year, and his latest move to devalue a strategy that falls heavily on the U.S. economy bursts its viability.
Mr. Trump’s renunciation notwithstanding, the agreement’s stature was already wavering between comedy and tragedy. Only two of the top carbon-emitting nations — Morocco and Gambia — have put in place policies capable of meeting their pact obligations. The largest emitters, among them China and India, have voiced support for efforts to meet the goal of holding global temperatures at 2 degrees above pre-industrial levels by 2100 with resolute vows, but to little effect. Ironically, only The Donald’s United States has made real progress in cutting its carbon emissions, and that is more the result of innovation than regulation.
(BINGO! Under the Trump presidency, the U.S. is right now leading the world in carbon emission reductions. Bet you won’t hear that in the mainstream media! President Trump is of the mind that global agreements don’t mean jack. It’s up to individual nations to innovate via economic growth. In short, capitalism will make the earth cleaner. Given the results, it appears the president is right.)