Left climate panic is making people sick
Anyone who has been to New York has probably encountered a street prophet preaching about the end times. Such exhibits have long been a curiosity for passers-by who probably never think of the book of Revelation.
Today, in our far left-dominated world of information management, talk of the end of the world has become widespread. This is done on TV, on college campuses, in Congress, and on social media. Everywhere you turn, climate change has been baked into the nation’s psyche, and it’s making people sick.
In an effort to sow fear and panic in the face of impending planetary catastrophe, they are making America’s mental health crisis worse. According to the LANCET, climatic anxiety disorder is a growing area of psychology that primarily affects young people. More and more people are being treated for this disease, the symptoms of which include irrational panic attacks, loss of appetite, fear, irritability, despair, weakness and insomnia.
On the left, we are all victims, and now our very existence is in jeopardy unless we fundamentally change our economy and our way of life. This pattern should look familiar to you.
America is systemically racist, so we need to fundamentally change the way we teach our children, govern, vote, and police our streets. America is under constant threat from COVID-19, so we need to fundamentally change the way we live, work, and manage our health. America is discriminatory, so we need to fundamentally change the way we think about gender and language. The list continues.
The climate change panic is the ancestor of all these concepts. All of these left-wing marketing ploys hurt people emotionally and spiritually. All are based on a deliberate misinterpretation of history, facts and science.
Only the arrogance of the far left would suggest that the survival of the world will depend on international agreement or congressional legislation. It wouldn’t be a stretch to think that more than a small number of these people with climate change anxiety disorders are using iPhones and the cloud or getting into bitcoin, all of which have massive carbon footprints that they conveniently ignore.
The bombardment of inaccurate and outrageous information is so constant and voluminous that many Americans have lost all ability to discern fact from madness. This failure to think critically about the demands of the left is again proving dangerous.
For 50 years there has been a cavalcade of scientists who have made disastrous claims about the impact of global cooling, then global warming and now climate change.
The claims range from the ridiculous to the sublime. Whether it’s former Vice President Al Gore or a so-called climatologist, there should be no more snow or blizzards or palm trees in Central Park or weather so freezing that we’ll migrate to Antarctica. There will be endless storms or permanent drought. One after another, predictions of doom fell apart.
Here are the widely accepted scientific facts about the state of our natural environment.
The climate is changing and it always has been. Humanity and industrialization can have an impact on the natural environment, including the climate, but this impact has not yet been quantified. The environment in the United States is cleaner today than it was 100 years ago. Beginning in the 1970s with the Clean Air and Clean Water Acts, sensible government regulations and new technologies reduced emissions and waste.
Since 2000, the United States has reduced emissions more than Europe despite not participating in the Kyoto Protocol or other draconian international environmental agreements.
The other truth, which the left ignores to drive people into a climate frenzy, is that our environment is global. Without China, India, Russia, Africa, and the rest of the developing world on board with even grassroots efforts, little we do here in the United States will impact the planet.
Climate anxiety disorder among Americans is completely insane.
Despite this, psychologists are now telling their patients that, much like gender dysphoria, having debilitating anxiety about climate change is somehow “normal.”
The biggest environmental problems we have are not related to how we treat the planet. They are related to how we treat each other. They are linked to the degradation of human society, driven by the government and far-left ideologies that corrode the soul.
We should celebrate the work we have done to protect the planet and pursue it sensibly, but recognizing that nature is a force more powerful than us.
The thing that will truly doom humanity is the societal rot we see on our streets and celebrated in our media. We should be sick of it. The planet will continue.
• Tom Basile is the host of “America Right Now” on Newsmax Television, an author and former Bush administration official.