Whether or not the groundhog sees his shadow on Feb. 2, there's no denying that January put into a deep freeze the claims of crisis by global warming alarmists. Frigid temperatures destroyed fruit and coral in Florida, and snow fell on Al Gore's palatial home in normally warmer Tennessee.
The 20,000 delegates and journalists who gathered in Copenhagen to discuss climate change had to spend some of their energy hiding their embarrassment about the revelation of emails and documents from the Climate Research Unit, which is an official collaborator of the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
Those disclosures told the world about some scientists' willingness to suppress climate-change data and rig the process in order to pretend there is consensus among scientists about global warming, to ostracize contrary views and to promote their globalist agenda.
Obama's State of the Union demand for cap-and-trade legislation fell on deaf ears. Maybe that's because Obama is on record as promising that U.S. emissions in 2050 will be reduced to our 1910 level, when we had a population of 92 million.
Such a massive reduction in our energy use would mean lowering our standard of living to 19th century levels. The only Republican senator willing to work with the Democrats on climate change legislation, Lindsey Graham, admitted that "the cap-and-trade bills in the House and Senate are going nowhere."
Even The New York Times admitted that "prospects grew dimmer" for the global-warming advocates because Scott Brown repudiated cap-and-trade in his winning campaign in Massachusetts. Some incumbents who voted for the House bill find that challengers are scoring points with the public by attacking that vote.
January ended with a cold blast reportedly from Osama bin Laden blaming the United States for not halting what he called "the global warming crisis" and for failing to ratify the Kyoto Protocol. He wants to punish us by getting the global economy to abandon the U.S. dollar.
What was to have been the baptism of the major nations into the religion of global warming in Copenhagen turned out to be a dry run. President Obama came and left empty handed, communist China refused to limit emissions, and the Third World dictators didn't get the $100 billion handouts they expected.
Phyllis Schlafly is a national leader of the pro-family movement, a nationally syndicated columnist and author of Feminist Fantasies.
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