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Copenhagen or Bust

Ms. Henny-Penny is back, dizzy with climate warming.

By 9.30.09

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Some time has passed since we'd heard from Ms. Henny-Penny, founder and recording secretary of The Holy Order of The Sky Is Falling, so we went around to the farmyard to see how she was doing. We found her in a state of high excitement. Why so aflutter, we asked:

Ms. H-P: That wonderful U.N. General Secretary Ban Ki-moon gave a thrilling speech the other day. He said we have four months to save the planet.

Us: You mean it will burn to a crisp from global warning in four months?

Ms. H-P: No, silly. He was referring to the international climate change conference in Copenhagen in December. That's when we will pass the international plan to save the planet from global warm -- er -- climate change.

Us: You had one of those conferences last December and nothing came of it. Then this spring Mr. Obama came back from a G-8 conference proclaiming that all had agreed to cutting carbon emissions by a huge amount by 2050, but no one signed anything.

Ms. H-P: This time it will be different.

Us: How? The Indians recently told Hillary Clinton, thanks-but-no-thanks when she urged them to sign on to an agreement to limit carbon emissions, and the Chinese have always said, "no."

Ms. H-P: I think THOTSF's pontiff, Al Gore, may give the keynote address at the Copenhagen conference and that will change minds.

Us: You're kidding.

Ms. H-P: You skeptics are like Holocaust Deniers, ignoring the facts.

Us: The Holocaust was real and there's plenty of evidence to prove it. As for global warming or climate change or whatever you want to call it, I have some bad news. A group of distinguished scientists has written an open letter to Congress which declares, "You are being deceived about global warming. The sky is not falling; the Earth has been cooling for 10 years, without help. The present cooling was NOT predicted by the alarmists' computer models, and has become an embarrassment to them."

Ms. H-P: That's just what you think.

Us: No, it's what such scientists as Richard Lindzen, professor of meteorology at MIT, and Robert Austin and William Happer, both professors of physics at Princeton, and several others say in their letter.

Ms. H-P: Nevertheless, it's better to be safe than sorry and if the Senate will pass the cap-and-trade bill we'll all be safer.

Us: The only thing THAT would do is add to everyone's electricity bills and cripple our economy.Of course it would also give Congress and the administration a new pot of money to dole out to favored interests.

Ms. H-P: That's a small price to pay for global leadership. Besides, Pontiff Gore always speaks the truth and he says global warm -- er -- climate change is settled science.

Us: Ms. H-P, somebody has slipped something into your water dish. Mr. Gore's movie, An Inconvenient Truth, is filled with exaggerations and falsehoods. After all, he is a politician.

I could tell she was getting nervous. She looked as if she might froth at the beak any moment when she said.

Ms. H-P: You'd better go now, you Global Warm -- er -- Climate Change denier you, before I get really angry and ask Ban Ki-moon to come here and knock some sense into that thick head of yours.

(Mr. Hannaford lives in northwest California, which has just had another cooler-than-normal summer.)

 

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Peter Hannaford was closely associated with the late President Reagan for a number of years. He is a member of the board of the Committee on the Present Danger. His latest book is “Presidential Retreats.”