The latest United Nations climate report: Overheated rhetoric |

The latest United Nations climate report: Overheated rhetoric

Cooler heads must deflect the latest blast of hot air from the discredited United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

The panel’s new “synthesis” report summarizes prior reports to prop up super-heated scare tactics: Quit burning fossil fuels or face “food shortages, refugee crises, the flooding of major cities and island nations, mass extinction of plants and animals, and a climate so drastically altered it might become dangerous … to work or play outside during the hottest times of the year,” according to The New York Times, which says “the Obama administration welcomed the report.”

Of course it did. The U.N. panel again is providing “cover for costly new regulations and energy rationing” even though the EPA admits “electricity regulations will have no discernible impact on the global temperature,” U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, chairman of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee, told The Hill newspaper.

The International Climate Science Coalition notes that 16 years without warming show U.N. climate models are wrong and weather’s extremes remain within natural variations’ range. Yet the U.N. climate change panel urges draconian anti-growth measures.

“America cannot afford to drive its economy off the cliff with the hopes that the rest of the world will make the same mistake,” Mr. Smith says. That’s cool-headed common sense — the opposite of the United Nations’ cynically overheated alarmism.

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