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When the Green Bough Breaks…

By on 10.18.10 | 7:59AM

The Left-media have ramped up their mewling about global warming of late, all apparently prompted by the fact that candidates looking like winners are largely and openly skeptical of the agenda.

Today's entrant is the New York Times' editorial page. The oddest part about this is that nothing ever proposed would, according to anyone, detectably impact the climate. Even John Kerry introduced his global warming cap-and-trade bill by saying "this is not an environment bill" and, indeed, the global warming industry has re-branded their schemes as "jobs bills". Yeah, that's it. Jobs. Some, like Ross Douthat in the NYT commented upon here last week, take it a step further and acknowledge that ok the policies are sketchy but it's mean that the GOP won't at least affirm my embraced beliefs.

While we know that politics is for many the vehicle to gain that long-sought affirmation, and I would guess for many of the same reasons so is journalism, the constituent parts and indeed this whole movement appears to be cracking up. As Marc Morano noted on Climate Depot, a Environmental Defense Fund activist is the latest to intimate the time has come for methods somewhat less consistent with the social compact than their long-running fear campaign merely aimed generally at the public.

Complaining is fine. It lets them be them. But they won't be content to leave it there. The hysteria will soon ramp up again. And when these activists snap -- as many more of them doubtless will, Discovery Channel-terrorist style -- it is the very same Left-media whose alarmism will leave them just as responsible as the politicians and eco-preachers screeching catastrophism.

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