“The end is nigh!” and G. Michael Dobbs is sounding the alarm in his latest Reminder op-ed.  Poor Mr. Dobbs was thrown into a panic last weekend after hearing what, at this point, seems to be a highly recycled news story about climate change ruining the Earth within the next ten years…unless, of course, we immediately give our leaders more power to tax and control our lives.

Dobbs writes,

So, we’re watching CBS’ “Sunday Morning” this past week when a startling statistic was shared.  The United Nations has released a statement that climate change may be irreversible if we can’t make significant changes in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030.

Now you may be thinking, “Right, we’ve heard this one before.” Here are a few other bogus, environmental-doomsday predictions:

  • 1975 – University of California at Davis professor warns of catastrophic global cooling, predicting that the world’s temperature would be “eleven degrees colder in the 2000…about twice what it would take to put us into an ice age.”  A likeminded British science writer warned, “The threat of a new ice age must now stand alongside nuclear war as a likely source of wholesale death and misery for mankind.”
  • 1989 – the Associated Press reported “A senior U.N. environmental official says entire nations could be wiped off the face of the Earth by rising sea levels if the global warming trend is not reversed by the year 2000.”  The same official warned (again in 1989) that “the most conservative scientific estimate is that the Earth’s temperature will rise 1 to 7 degrees in the next 30 years.”
  • 2006 – While promoting his movie An Inconvenient Truth, Al Gore said that humanity had only 10 years left before the world would reach the point of no return.

But this time—this time—it’s for real.  And in order to thwart our impending doom we must listen to U.N. experts and cut our carbon gas emissions by at least 50% within the next 8 years.

Can this happen?  Mr. Dobbs has his doubts:

Sometimes I have little hope that we as a species will admit we’ve messed up and will take steps to fix things.  If people can politicize a pandemic, linking something as easy as wearing a mask and getting vaccinated as some sort of encroachment to their freedom, then are they willing to make substantial changes to their lifestyle to reverse climate change?

Neither Mother Nature nor God can save us from our fate. According to Dobbs:

Sorry, but thinking climate change is just a natural cycle for the planet and it will be fine, or thinking whatever benevolent divinity in which you believe will intercede, is delusional.

Mr. Dobbs may count me among the delusional.  I do not think we’ve “messed up” when it comes to our treatment of the environment.  Present-day Americans have been exceptionally good stewards of this Earth.  And I have little faith in the alarmist scientists who warn that our existence is rapidly coming to an end.  My true fear and the true threat to our country and our future isn’t global warming.  It’s the gullibility and lack of critical thinking by people like Mr. Dobbs.