Climate change extremists want to ruin your life

Paul Mulshine:
Perhaps you have a gas stove in your kitchen.

When you turn it on, do you worry that it might pollute your water?

Probably not. But the alleged threat to the water supply from natural gas is a primary argument employed by the radical environmentalists who oppose the construction of gas pipelines in New Jersey.

We already have more than 35,000 miles of oil and gas pipelines in the state. Why this sudden rise in protests over a few minor additions to an existing network?

Blame a guy by the name of Bill McKibben. He's an environmental activist who has declared a jihad on all pipelines, period. His goal is to "Keep It in the Ground" - the name for his campaign against fossil fuels.

"Every piece of fossil-fuel infrastructure will have to be contested," McKibben writes. "Every month of delay adds new costs; every layer of uncertainty makes it harder for investors to justify."

But perhaps you like the convenience of inexpensive natural gas for cooking and heating.

Beware. You may be labeled a "climate denier."

That's the term the protestors apply to virtually everyone who questions their war on fossil fuels.

Fortunately a couple of scientists, Paul C. Knappenburger and Patrick Michaels, have come up with a better term: Lukewarmists.

They've just come out with a new book titled "Lukewarming: The New Climate Science that Changes Everything."

When I called Knappenburger, a climate scientist with the free-market Cato Institute, he told me the term is a more accurate representation of the views of those scientists often derided as "climate deniers."

"We're not denying that there is man-made climate change," he said. "We're saying it will be relatively modest and something we can live with."

That argument has also been put forth by a couple of Princeton scientists who are among the smartest people on the planet, Princeton physics professor William Happer and Freeman Dyson, who's been at the Institute for Advanced Studies since Einstein roamed the grounds.
I am not moved by McKibben's insults or that of other environmental extremists.  I think they overstate the perceived problem for their own profit and to push a control freak agenda that will ruin life as we know it.  They want to use energy as a means to impose a totalitarian control over the economy and people's lives.  I do not trust him and I question his motives.


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