Climate-change action needs a Pearl Harbor moment

Climate-change action needs a Pearl Harbor moment – The Globe and Mail

Editor: This is by far the most preposterous article ever written on global warming/climate change I’ve read to date and I’ve read a ton of them.
I’ve said for years that if you want to get to the truth, where govt.and media are concerned, flip the story 180 degrees and the truth will stare you in the face. This article is a perfect example.

“Every leader said the same thing. The climate-change science is real”.
We all know most leaders, if not all, are chronic liars, so we have no reason to believe their global warming story.
Throughout the article the writer refers to one scam after the other. He asks us to believe each as truth. Well they weren’t true as presented by media and govt. and neither is global warming.

Global warming/climate change is just one more case of fear mongering.

The fact this story was presented in the Globe and Mail shows the depths to which the media has sunk.

Finally, it seems appropriate the writer hails from Rome – it was after-all the “Club of Rome” that came up with the idea of using global warming to strike fear into the masses. “Therefore, man is the real enemy” Think about that.

Global warming is a fraud – period – end of subject.

Jail the small group of psychotic elitists that have perpetrated all the evil scams and wars on the peoples of this earth and you will find the earth is a much more hospitable place to call home.

Eric Reguly

Rome — From Tuesday’s Globe and Mail Published on Monday, Dec. 21

Every leader said the same thing. The climate-change science is real. The need to act now is urgent. The end is nigh. “Hurricanes, floods, typhoons and droughts that were once all regarded as the acts of an invisible God are now revealed to be the visible acts of man,” Britain’s Gordon Brown said.

“We come here in Copenhagen because climate change poses a grave and growing danger to our people,” Barack Obama said. A weak climate change deal would be “an invitation to Africa to sign a suicide pact,” the Sudanese ambassador said.

And so on, times 193 countries. And then nothing.

Copenhagen’s dud status shows that perverse disaster psychology is alive and well – no disaster meant no action. That’s unlikely to change until the climate change story has its Pearl Harbor moment, an event so catastrophic, so violent, that it instantly mobilizes entire countries. By then, of course, it may be too late.

The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, immediately put the United States on war footing. The economy and society were transformed virtually overnight. Detroit’s car factories pumped out tanks and bombers. Millions of women worked the armaments lines while their men went to war in the Pacific and in Europe.

A similar scenario unfolded after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Two wars were launched. Last year, the financial crisis and the recession triggered bank bailouts, stimulus spending and liquidity injections valued at trillions of dollars around the world. April’s G20 summit in London showed that countries can move with alacrity to fight a common threat.

What could climate change’s Pearl Harbor look like? If you read the literature from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, it could be a sudden shift in the ocean currents – known as the ocean conveyor – that transport warm water from the Southern Hemisphere to the Northern Hemisphere. It might be extreme bouts of El Nino (the periodic warming of Pacific Ocean surface temperatures), or La Nina (Pacific cooling), either of which could trigger catastrophic floods, droughts and other forms of extreme weather, as they have in the past.

It might be a massive African or Asian drought that wipes out crops across several countries. The Australian drought in 2009, where rainfall in some parts of country was a mere 5 per cent to 10 per cent of historical totals, gave us a hint of the agricultural and economic devastation that one dry year can produce. Imagine the same weather pattern in a poor, densely populated country such as Pakistan. Josette Sheeran, the executive director of United Nations World Food Program, the world’s biggest humanitarian agency, said hungry people do one of three things: “They riot, they migrate or they die.”

The opening lines of the Copenhagen Accord read: “We underline that climate change is one of the greatest challenges of our time. We emphasize our strong political will to urgently combat climate change.”

The words “climate change” simply don’t trigger collective fear, at least in the rich world, which thinks it can overcome any problem by throwing money at it. Until an environmental Pearl Harbor happens, climate change is likely to stay on the political and economic security sidelines. Copenhagen showed that. Some 120 leaders pleaded for “urgent” action and the message was lost for want of a body-strewn image to go with it.

Eric Reguly recently returned to Rome after two weeks in Copenhagen providing daily coverage of the climate-change conference

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