McClaughry: ‘Stop telling kids that climate change will destroy their world’

By John McClaughry

Columnist Holman Jenkins of the Wall Street Journal has long been a critic of exaggerated and fictitious claims about the menace of climate change — while at the same time advocating for a global carbon tax to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.

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Vermont school kids participated in the Global Climate Strike.

A week ago Wednesday he pointed out that “a headline at the liberal site invited readers to “stop telling kids that climate change will destroy their world.” The consensus science championed by the IPCC, writer Kelsey Piper points out, does not “add up to an uninhabitable Earth, or even one that’d be an awful place to live. … Because of progress on many fronts in addressing extreme poverty and disease, as well as general economic growth, our kids’ lives will be better than our parents’ lives were” notwithstanding a warming planet.

“The greatest imbecility of all is not drawing the obvious lesson from political failure. Doom-mongering and demonization have not produced rational or effective climate policy. Advocates might claim some progress in producing neurotic reactions in teenage Swedish girls and 60-something New York architects. Most of all, though, they’ve succeeded in convincing millions of voters that climate activism is a bigger threat to their future well-being than climate change is.”

I completely agree. I have said not that “climate change” itself is a scam — climate is always changing — but the frantic campaign to combat it has become a scam. The climate doomsayers need to rethink their message.

John McClaughry is vice president of the Ethan Allen Institute. Reprinted with permission from the Ethan Allen Institute Blog.

Image courtesy of Michael Bielawski/TNR

8 thoughts on “McClaughry: ‘Stop telling kids that climate change will destroy their world’

  1. Warmmongering is only pertinent until a higher leftist agenda comes along..
    Germany will now relight their coal fired hi co2 emitting electric plants so they
    can support the potato heads Ukraine policy of not buying Russian oil.. Problem is
    Russia will just sell more to China, India, Iran, and who ever else want’s oil.. The
    Ruble is about to over run the dollar which biden is destroying. Their economy is
    smoking while ours is in the throws of a Rescission.
    Their solution EV cars cause more pollution and co2 expenditure then petrol cars
    IT”S A SHAM kids For once don’t listen to your leftist elders.

  2. “50 Years of Failed Doomsday, Eco-pocalyptic Predictions; the So-called ‘experts’ Are 0-50”?

    save and share this with every liberal you know. It is all Machivellian..They have no logical response (but they’ll try!). NOTHING they “doomsday predict” ever happens :)…all lies for power.

    “1. 1967: Dire Famine Forecast By 1975
    2. 1969: Everyone Will Disappear In a Cloud Of Blue Steam By 1989 (1969)
    3. 1970: Ice Age By 2000
    4. 1970: America Subject to Water Rationing By 1974 and Food Rationing By 1980
    5. 1971: New Ice Age Coming By 2020 or 2030
    6. 1972: New Ice Age By 2070
    7. 1974: Space Satellites Show New Ice Age Coming Fast
    8. 1974: Another Ice Age?
    9. 1974: Ozone Depletion a ‘Great Peril to Life (data and graph)
    10. 1976: Scientific Consensus Planet Cooling, Famines imminent
    11. 1980: Acid Rain Kills Life In Lakes (additional link)
    12. 1978: No End in Sight to 30-Year Cooling Trend (additional link)
    13. 1988: Regional Droughts (that never happened) in 1990s
    14. 1988: Temperatures in DC Will Hit Record Highs
    15. 1988: Maldive Islands will Be Underwater by 2018 (they’re not)
    16. 1989: Rising Sea Levels will Obliterate Nations if Nothing Done by 2000
    17. 1989: New York City’s West Side Highway Underwater by 2019 (it’s not)
    18. 2000: Children Won’t Know what Snow Is
    19. 2002: Famine In 10 Years If We Don’t Give Up Eating Fish, Meat, and Dairy
    20. 2004: Britain will Be Siberia by 2024
    21. 2008: Arctic will Be Ice Free by 2018
    22. 2008: Climate Genius Al Gore Predicts Ice-Free Arctic by 2013
    23. 2009: Climate Genius Prince Charles Says we Have 96 Months to Save World
    24. 2009: UK Prime Minister Says 50 Days to ‘Save The Planet From Catastrophe’
    25. 2009: Climate Genius Al Gore Moves 2013 Prediction of Ice-Free Arctic to 2014
    26. 2013: Arctic Ice-Free by 2015 (additional link)
    27. 2014: Only 500 Days Before ‘Climate Chaos’
    28. 1968: Overpopulation Will Spread Worldwide
    29. 1970: World Will Use Up All its Natural Resources
    30. 1966: Oil Gone in Ten Years
    31. 1972: Oil Depleted in 20 Years
    32. 1977: Department of Energy Says Oil will Peak in 1990s
    33. 1980: Peak Oil In 2000
    34. 1996: Peak Oil in 2020
    35. 2002: Peak Oil in 2010
    36. 2006: Super Hurricanes!
    37. 2005 : Manhattan Underwater by 2015
    38. 1970: Urban Citizens Will Require Gas Masks by 1985
    39. 1970: Nitrogen buildup Will Make All Land Unusable
    40. 1970: Decaying Pollution Will Kill all the Fish
    41. 1970s: Killer Bees!
    Update: I’ve added 9 additional failed predictions (via Real Climate Science) below to make it an even 50 for the number of failed eco-pocalyptic doomsday predictions over the last 50 years.
    42. 1975: The Cooling World and a Drastic Decline in Food Production
    43. 1969: Worldwide Plague, Overwhelming Pollution, Ecological Catastrophe, Virtual Collapse of UK by End of 20th Century
    44. 1972: Pending Depletion and Shortages of Gold, Tin, Oil, Natural Gas, Copper, Aluminum
    45. 1970: Oceans Dead in a Decade, US Water Rationing by 1974, Food Rationing by 1980
    46. 1988: World’s Leading Climate Expert Predicts Lower Manhattan Underwater by 2018
    47. 2005: Fifty Million Climate Refugees by the Year 2020
    48. 2000: Snowfalls Are Now a Thing of the Past
    49.1989: UN Warns That Entire Nations Wiped Off the Face of the Earth by 2000 From Global Warming
    50. 2011: Washington Post Predicted Cherry Blossoms Blooming in Winter

    • Rush Limbaugh happened to enjoy watching the weather and reading about what the weather was going to be and do..he did this over the course of his life he said.
      He lived on the coast in FL where storms and weather is a big deal (he told this story).
      He noticed that the news had changed in how they were reporting thunder storms..
      So being Rush, he did some thinking and instructed his team to do a deep dive.
      Rush learned that they were playing with the language to make thunderstorms appear worse than they were all the way back to the early 1900s I think it was..
      It was in newspaper articles..
      Then he learned that this was also done by guess who: The Bolsheviks!
      (Go do a deep dive on this, fascinating stuff, yeah, history does repeat)

      If anyone could dig that show out where he unpacked his findings.. it’s quite interesting and more relevant today than it was when it aired.

      So this goes back way further than that great post from snogreen..

  3. Look back at te decades of Liberal created “fears for power”….It all started with the enviro book “Silent Spring” by Rachel Carson…and post Vietnam. The Left uses all kinds of fear tactics & scapegoats…much is imagined – but enough to scare. Machiavelli knew all about it hundreds of years ago….and what he says is true today – and “Climage Change” is the pinnacle of the “Fear-Fraud = Power” (almost 40 years of it)…

    “Machiavelli’s historical observation that “whoever controls the people’s fears becomes master of their souls.” ..The formula for achieving such mastery has not changed in millennia: stoke any fear, turn the fear to hate of whomever and whatever you accuse of standing in the way of safety, and make yourself the agent of that hate. The formula works when its dynamic embeds itself in the masses’ behavior—even when the master himself is the one to be feared. That is because stampeding humans readily give up their souls and become no more mindful of their own interest than steers. Hence, whoever manages to madden crowds, while directing their hysteria (i.e. Climate Change!) onto his enemies, stands to reap power.”


  4. Scaring them about climate doom fits in nicely with the other crises that we have been shocking and saddening them with over the last few years such as COVID, gender insecurity, social media bullying, school shootings, the high price of housing…The real winners are the psychiatrists and pharmaceutical companies.

  5. What Jim1 said …. Climate is and always will change but CO2 is not the boogeyman.
    “ The atmosphere, mainly due to the beneficial characteristics and impact of H2O absorption spectra, proves to be a highly stable moderator of global temperatures. There is no impending climate emergency and CO2 is not the control parameter of global temperatures, that accolade falls to H2O. CO2 is simply the supporter of life on this planet as a result of the miracle of photosynthesis.”

  6. The theory of catastrophic CO2 warming isn’t a scam, but instead it’s an example of groupthink and misguided physics gone wild.

    It seems to be turning out that not only is CO2 warming misguided physics, but the entire theory of greenhouse gases as keeping our planet habitable is confused and inaccurate physics.

    When we consider the lapse rate equations for the dry and wet lapse rates, the terms for these have to do with gravitational acceleration, the heat of vaporization of water, the universal gas constant, etc., but there is no term at all for radiative effects. And yet the lapse rates describe how air cools at it ascends and warms as it descends through a pressure gradient: our atmosphere. Further, even though the dry lapse rate is a simple formula (compared with the wet lapse rate) with no radiative inputs, even air with moisture in it– that is, with a radiatively active greenhouse gas, H20– up to the dew point when the wet lapse rate equation leads to a slower rate of cooling with height, the water vapor in the air doesn’t change the dry lapse rate formula, meaning there’s no infrared ‘murkiness’ added that slows the rate of cooling. When the wet lapse rate kicks in, this is because of the latent heat of vaporization, not because of any radiative elements.

    There are many oddities in the theory of catastrophic warming. A much simpler explanation for our ‘greenhouse’ is that atmospheric pressure itself warms the atmosphere, as indeed the lapse rate equations tell us. To understand how much air pressure is pushing down on us at the surface, we need only consider that atmospheric pressure can crush a railroad tanker car with a near vacuum in it: And the lapse rate indeed tells us: more pressure means more heat because more pressure causes the molecules within a gas to move faster. The bottom of the Grand Canyon isn’t hot because of the radiative effects of the lapse rate (there are no radiative inputs!) It’s hot because of the added pressure and according to the formulas for the lapse rate, which are driven by gravitational acceleration.

    Radiative effects exist within a pressure continuum. They don’t drive that continuum, and they don’t cause the surface to warm.

    Catastrophic warming by CO2 cannot happen, and is not happening.


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