In his August 25 Washington Times column, Jeffrey Kuhner denied the serious effects of climate change, calling climate science “the greatest hoax of our time,” “not real science,” and “a novel weapon with which to attack the free market.” From the Times:
This is liberal fantasy masquerading as science. Here's a news flash for Mr. [Shawn Domagal-] Goldman [of NASA's Planetary Science Division] and his fellow “researchers”: The aliens aren't invading. The report is risible, even comical. Yet behind it lies a deadly serious problem - the dangerous politicization of scientific inquiry. For years, the green lobby has claimed that Earth is going to boil over. Carbon emissions supposedly imperil humanity's future, causing Earth's atmosphere to heat up to the point of global catastrophe. Ice caps are melting, polar bears are dying, sea levels are rising, coastal cities will be flooded, droughts will scorch large swaths of Earth, and billions will die or be driven from their homes. It will be the end of days - the apocalypse.
In fact, the opposite is true: Earth's atmospheric temperatures have cooled during the past decade; the polar bear population is growing; the Arctic ice caps are not melting; sea levels have remained relatively stable; and hundreds of millions in countries such as India, China and Brazil have been lifted from grinding poverty. The greenhouse-gas theory is evaporating into thin air. Climate change has been the greatest hoax of our time.
From the outset, the debate about climate change was driven by fear and hysteria, not real science. With the end of the Cold War, the internationalist left sought a novel weapon with which to attack the free market. The exploitation of the working class was replaced by a new paradigm: the capitalist plundering of the environment that eventually would trigger world socialism. Karl Marx was superseded by Mother Earth. Dialectical materialism gave way to global warming. The old red became the new green.