Despite terrorism-related threats and various other complicated international and domestic issues facing our country, Hillary Clinton claims that global climate change is the greatest challenge to the U.S.
Speaking at the National Clean Energy Summit in Las Vegas on Thursday, Clinton referenced extreme weather conditions in declaring that "climate change is the most consequential, urgent, sweeping collection of challenges we face."
Added Clinton, a presumed 2016 Democrat presidential candidate who touted America as potentially a clean energy superpower: "The threat is real, and so is the opportunity... if we make the hard choices."
That terminology served as a plug for her book Hard Choices, a memoir which has substantially underperformed at book stores.
In her remarks that rebuked climate change deniers who are ignoring a worldwide crisis, she also praised President Obama's plan to bypass Congress and enter into an international climate change agreement as well as implementing EPA rules (again without Congressional approval) that could down shut down many coal-fired power plants.
The Obama administration has awarded billions of taxpayer-funded grants and government-backed loans to alternative or green energy companies, many of which were owned by or connected to financial backers of the Barack Obama election or reelection campaign.
Clinton, a lawyer with no scientific training, spoke approvingly of natural gas fracking, however, which "is an example of American innovation changing the game," as long as appropriate regulations are in place.
Added MSNBC: "Clinton has several hard choices to make on what her energy policy will look like if she decides to run for president, but -- not surprisingly -- she left those decisions up in the air on Thursday."
On her book tour and other speaking engagements, Mrs. Clinton seldom if ever seems to take questions directly from ordinary people and instead interacts with a pre-approved moderator after delivering her prepared remarks from a teleprompter.
As far as the debate about man-made climate change (which began as global cooling before it was recast as global warming prior to what is now known as climate change or climate disruption), the number of climate change contrarians/skeptics seems to be growing. Various experts who have publicly questioned the so-called settled climate change science have found themselves shunned or censored by their colleagues to the detriment of their careers, but other like-minded thinkers seem to nonetheless be coming forward.
For an everyday person trying to make some sense of a complex issue, the politicized and/or cult-like nature of climate change advocacy has become off-putting.
Moreover, many in the climate change community seem to be acknowledging that a hiatus has occurred in the earth's warming trend. According to two University of Washington scientists, "Rapid warming in the last two and a half decades of the 20th century... was roughly half due to global warming and half to the natural Atlantic Ocean cycle that kept more heat near the surface. When observations show the ocean cycle flipped, in about 2000, the current began to draw heat deeper into the ocean, working to counteract human-driven warming." One the scientists suggested that "the current slowdown in global warming could last for another decade, or longer, and then rapid warming will return," adding that "it's hard to predict what will happen next."
The Wall Street Journal has noted that "The U.N. no longer claims that there will be dangerous or rapid climate change in the next two decades. Last September, between the second and final draft of its fifth assessment report, the U.N.'s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change quietly downgraded the warming it expected in the 30 years following 1995, to about 0.5 degrees Celsius from 0.7 (or, in Fahrenheit, to about 0.9 degrees, from 1.3)."
Do you think Hillary Clinton is sincere in her climate change warning or is she pandering to the environmental movement and in particular the activist millionaire and billionaire mega-donors who are bankrolling Democrats in the 2014 election cycle?