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A libertarian's guide to climate change hype

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Libertarian conservative James Delingpole's latest light-hearted compendium on a serious topic, The Little Green Book of Eco-Fascism: The Left's Plan to Frighten Your Kids, Drive Up Energy Costs, and Hike Your Taxes!, is presented in a concise encyclopedic style with entries from A to Z.

Delingpole, of the Daily Telegraph, The Spectator and other publications, covers the gamut of subjects related to climate change hype. His humorous handy-dandy tome will have a climate change "denier” smiling, but will take an “ardent environmentalist who also happens to be an extreme masochist… to heights of ecstasy… never dreamt possible.”

Particularly cogent is his definition of "weather." The difference between "weather" and "climate" is really very simple, he explains. "If it's cold when the greenies say it should be warming, it's weather. If, on the other hand, it's doing anything that bears any correlation with their computer models' predictions of environmental doom, then it definitely counts as climate."

Snippets from some of my other favorite topics include:

Blogosphere: “Not since Gutenberg invented the printing press, perhaps, has the cause of openness and liberty made so spectacular a leap as it has as a result of the Internet.”

Ecology: “Ecology, you could argue, has replaced Christianity as the West’s dominant religious philosophy.” And the related offering:

Faith: “Modern environmentalism is only comprehensible in terms of faith. It is a form of antinomianism, that is, it depends for existence on a series of accepted ‘truths’ which brook no argument and are entirely immune to logic or rational criticism.”

Lifestyle, Too Selfish to Change Your: "Charge routinely leveled by greenies at all those reactionary conservatives who: insist on taking showers more than once a fortnight."

Scientists: After giving some much-needed perspective on scientists, Delingpole tackles "science," observing that political activists discovered that science could be used "as a handy excuse to advance their agenda under the guise of studied objectivity. 'Hey, it's not because we're a bunch of crypto-Marxist control freaks that we're demanding higher taxes, more regulation, and the replacement of Western industrial civilization with a Soviet-style global command economy run by leftist technocrats. It's because the science tells us that that's what we need to do'."

Additional notable entries include Golden Rice (not one of the third-world souls suffering from lack of GM-foods "has ever once been glimpsed shopping in Whole Foods, let alone drives a Prius"), Killing Birds to Save the Planet (wind energy conversion units as Cuisinart blenders), Language (a brief Orwellian guide to popular eco-verbiage), Dr. Seuss ("his doctorate may have been faked"), and so many more quotable gems.

Perhaps the most spot-on insight of all is under the heading “You Didn’t Hunt for the Missing Children.” Delingpole’s explanation (borrowed from his friend Gary) of why, “[w]hen the current global warming non-crisis blows over,” no credit “will be given to the minority of people who were right by the majority of people who were wrong,” is alone worth the price of the book.

Anthony J. Sadar, a certified consulting meteorologist, is the author of "In Global Warming We Trust: A Heretic's Guide to Climate Science." Thinking of submitting an op-ed to the Washington Examiner? Be sure to read our guidelines on submissions for editorials, available at this link.
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