When scrambling to explain all the cold weather people only expose their ignorance of climate science. Fortunately, they also produce statements that even those who don't understand the science see as illogical.
People who use the environment as a vehicle for political control have not quite destroyed environmentalism. They are running out of exotic scares; a sign of desperation is the shift to much larger targets, but they pose the problem that people know a little more, and basic questions raise immediate doubts.
A tongue-in-cheek comment in my university was that if we could just get rid of the students, it would be a great place to work. Clearly, some environmentalists think if we could just get rid of all the people on the planet it would be a great place to live.
Politicians battled over social issues and allowed the economy to spiral out of control while a series of events were pushing food prices higher and higher. It affects everyone, but hurts middle- and lower-income the most. Historically, it’s the issue that brought governments to their knees.
In his keynote speech, Vaclav Klaus, elected President of the Czech Republic in 2003, commented at the first Heartland Conference on Climate Change in New York that the Czech Republic had just emerged from 70 years of communism and asked, incredulously, why anyone would go back. He was referring to the US and Europe, and identified environmentalism and climate change as the vehicles for the transit.
The climate alarmist perspective is often held not by extremists, but by people who clearly don’t understand science or the patterns of nature. Why are they and others making so much noise about “tipping points”?
An acquaintance said I must feel vindicated now that the extent of the corruption in climate science is exposed. The answer is no, because I knew all along there would be no pleasure in “I told you so”. The damage done to climate science, science, and environmentalism is serious.
Environmentalism as practiced by extremists is a blind faith. Their demands for action to deal with non-existent problems create bizarre situations. They ignore science, logic and facts to identify problems so there are often unintended consequences. One involves the environmentalist's obsession with the oil industry, who produce the energy that drives the engines of capitalism and supposedly destroys the planet with CO2 emissions.
Animal populations and distributions vary considerably over time. Every report of decline or discovery in a new location is now attributed to human induced climate change or other human activity. Perhaps the most outrageous is the claim of humans hunting Ice Age species to extinction. All ignore natural variability, but that is the pattern of anti-humanity environmental hysteria.
The world is not overpopulated. Thomas Malthus began the idea suggesting the population would outgrow the food supply. The Club of Rome adopted and adapted the idea to all resources, but the predictions were no better.