I keep telling myself that the post-election manifestations of anxiety among the liberals will one day cease to be amusing, but that day has not yet arrived. In fact, when anyone asks me what I want for Christmas, I assure them that I have been receiving gifts daily for five weeks now.
The climate fear mongers are a special case, however. Already hysterical by nature, they’ve been in a state of sheer panic since Trump was elected. To be sure, they were going to lose their greatest champion in Barack Obama, who has spent more time layering the federal bureaucracy with green regulations than he has fighting terrorism. In fact, he tends to use harsher language when dealing with anthropogenic global warming skeptics than he does when dealing with ISIS. Obama is so green-centric that even a Hillary Clinton presidency would have been a bit of a downgrade for the Climate Church.
Trump’s open AGW skepticism and his picks to staff the EPA have them positively apoplectic though, and it is a lot of fun to watch.
Based on absolutely nothing, they are convinced the the first order of business in the Trump administration will be to destroy the entire body of accumulated climate data that the U.S. government has.
Alarmed that decades of crucial climate measurements could vanish under a hostile Trump administration, scientists have begun a feverish attempt to copy reams of government data onto independent servers in hopes of safeguarding it from any political interference.
The efforts include a “guerrilla archiving” event in Toronto, where experts will copy irreplaceable public data, meetings at the University of Pennsylvania focused on how to download as much federal data as possible in the coming weeks, and a collaboration of scientists and database experts who are compiling an online site to harbor scientific information.
“Something that seemed a little paranoid to me before all of a sudden seems potentially realistic, or at least something you’d want to hedge against,” said Nick Santos, an environmental researcher at the University of California at Davis, who over the weekend began copying government climate data onto a nongovernment server, where it will remain available to the public. “Doing this can only be a good thing. Hopefully they leave everything in place. But if not, we’re planning for that.”
In recent weeks, President-elect Donald Trump has nominated a growing list of Cabinet members who have questioned the overwhelming scientific consensus around global warming. His transition team at the Department of Energy has asked agency officials for names of employees and contractors who have participated in international climate talks and worked on the scientific basis for Obama administration-era regulations of carbon emissions. One Trump adviser suggested that NASA no longer should conduct climate research and instead should focus on space exploration.
That’s right, he is going to make it all “vanish.” We’ve apparently elected David Copperfield, ladies and gentlemen.
Let’s set aside the face-value lunacy of that just for the moment and ponder why the incoming Trump people would want to do it anyway. They can easily shift the priorities of the EPA, DoE, and any other agencies working on the climate scam without having to nuke all of the precious computer model data. Having questions about the data isn’t tantamount to having a fear of the data that necessitates some sort of purge.
Irrationality is to be expected from people who have devoted themselves to an irrational cause, however. When you are committed to spreading panic for profit, it’s not unusual to have the panic boomerang. Were they engaged in purely scientific efforts they really wouldn’t be losing it like this, but that’s not what they’re doing. They’re engaged in a payoff to big money green donors and committed to creating pseudoscience cover for a multi-billion dollar industry. What’s really at the heart of this freak-out is a fear of being found out.
They also fear being shut down or forced to shut up, because that is the way they operate. The peddlers of climate change hysteria brook no dissent and seek to immediately destroy those who would question them. They expect others to behave in a similar fashion.
Their fear of a data “book burning” binge by the Trump administration is, as almost all liberal fears about what the other side will do to them are, nothing but projection.
Watching them essentially be afraid of themselves is going to be entertaining for quite some time, it would seem.
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