As families and loved ones work to pick up the pieces after Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma, as they try to salvage whatever they can from their destroyed homes, Hollywood liberal elites are, once again, blaming climate change for the latest storms.
During their "Hand in Hand" telethon Tuesday night, which was successful in raising $44 million for those affected by the hurricanes (good on Hollywood here), a few celebrities took the time to politicize the tragedy. Stevie Wonder addressed the topic of climate change by saying, "Anyone who believes there’s no such thing as global warming must be blind or unintelligent, Lord, please save us all."
Other celebrities like Beyonce and Justin Bieber's manager Scooter Braun talked about "violence and racism" as well as "hate and division." These politically charged statements make little sense as the nation has rallied behind the city of Houston and the state of Florida. Neighbors have been helping neighbors, regardless of their race, ethnicity, religion and political affiliation. Strangers have been helping strangers because, in times of crisis, that is what Americans do.
These latest celebrity comments build on the climate change hysteria that the American people have seen as of late. The Nation ran a headline exclaiming "Climate Denialism Is Literally Killing Us" while The Outline stated, "Climate Change Denial Should Be A Crime."
A meme on Facebook that was shared hundreds of thousands of times showed the wildfires in the North West and the satellite images of the two hurricanes, stating that rather than praying, Americans should "vote for a government that believes in science." The word "believe" is important here as people do not "believe" in science. It just goes to show how climate change alarmism is beginning to look like a secular religion. If people are not completely on board with climate change, they face ridicule.
The left repeatedly states the disputed claim that "97% of scientists agree" that humans are responsible for climate change, and that there is "consensus" within the scientific community on the issue. But not all climate researchers agree with the left's mass panic and the climate models that predict the earth's impending doom if America does not radically change its energy policy.
Climatologist Dr. Roy Spencer is a scientist who breaks from the left. "Fox & Friends" had the interview:
Spencer acknowledged that the carbon dioxide humans are putting into the atmosphere by burning fossil fuels is contributing to rising temperatures, but not nearly as much as climate change models predict.
"This to me is much ado about nothing," Spencer said.
He said that climate alarmists are pushing for new energy policy that would us have using energy that is much more expensive than fossil fuels.
"Since everything that mankind does depends on energy, forcing expensive energy on people - which is what these people want - is going to create more poverty," Spencer said. "And if there's one thing we know that kills people in the world routinely, it's poverty."
While humans may cause changes in the climate, now is not the time to insert politics into an apolitical situation. The nation's mission is to restore the lives of those affected by Mother Nature in the last several weeks.