For 125 years, National Geographic has enjoyed a reputation as a scientific and educational organization. It is so trusted that if a topic is covered within the pages of National Geographic, it has been accepted without question. Most of us grew up reading it in the classroom, and later, in the doctor’s office.
So what were they thinking when they chose to feature a nearly submerged Statue of Liberty on the cover of the September issue? Obviously, by using scare tactics and fear mongering, the editors have bought into the propaganda of man-made climate change. They are frantically trying to gin up support and make believers out of those who are agnostic toward the politically driven agenda.
Public support for the alarmist position has virtually disappeared. The American public indicates that dealing with global warming shouldn’t be a priority for the US. Pew Research reports: “This year, it ranks at the bottom of the 21 tested.”
Earlier this year, the price of carbon on Europe’s Emissions Trading Scheme (the only EU-wide environmental instrument) collapsed. The Economist reported: “The emerging network of global carbon trading and European climate policy as a whole could sink” and concluded: “policymaking will shift more to the national level.” Europe’s largest companies complained “that the ETS is imposing higher costs on them.”
Europe was an early adapter to policies aimed at curbing greenhouse gas emissions believed to cause global warming. Now, European Energy Commissioner Günther Oettinger is advising against them. Recently, he warned: “Industrial players could leave Europe to relocate elsewhere.” He specifically cautioned Germany against unilaterally overexposing itself to climate protection efforts.
Further driving the nail into the climate change coffin, Australia just elected Tony Abbott as its new Prime Minister. Abbott campaigned on a promise “to scrap an unpopular tax on carbon emissions.”