What do attacks by big cats, a shortage of prostitutes in
Bulgarian brothels and poorly rising bread dough have in common? You can’t
guess? The answer, of course, is manmade global warming.
Those are but a few of the things blamed in recent years on
climate change, documented by New York
Times-bestselling author Christopher Horner in the book,
Red Hot Lies. Horner
unravels the global warming movement and presents clear evidence that the
phenomenon is much more a political issue than a climatic one.
In case readers don’t get the message, they will certainly
know what Horner’s position is by reading the subtitle: How Global Warming Alarmists Use Threats, Fraud and
Deception to Keep You Misinformed.
The book is well researched and provides a convincing
analysis for those who keep an open mind. Using the world press as their
sounding board, so-called “alarmists” — Horner’s term for the Chicken Littles
pushing the green agenda — have held up changing climate as an excuse to roll
back the benefits of the Industrial Age.
Modern agriculture is a prime villain in the climate change
religion. Alarmists decry everything from fossil fuel-powered tractors to
methane released by those environmentally reckless cattle roaming the world’s
Despite the skepticism of Horner and many others, the
climate change activists have done well, thank you, in convincing the world that
their cause is just. In a bit of a coincidence, while reading the book, I came
upon an article in USA Today about a Stanford University study showing that at least 75 percent of
Americans not only believe global warming is occurring, but that humans are to
And not just any humans, of course, but the really reckless
ones, like those of us living in the industrialized world.
One ray of light in the series of studies at Stanford is
that Americans are not so enamored of some of the fixes suggested, including
higher consumption taxes on electricity and gasoline. Apparently, much of the
public goes along with alarmists in theory, but not so much in practice.
Global warming alarmists often get tripped up by facts. One
is that the hottest and third-hottest years over the past century came in 1934
and 1921, respectively.
An even better analysis is the fact that four of the 10
warmest years came in the 1930s, with only one being registered in the current
Make no mistake: Despite the giggle-inducing cow-flatulence
claims, climate change alarmists will increasingly target production
Farmers are an easy target, after all. They are few in
number, they are making good money — at least recently — and their collective
voice is often drowned out in the country’s centers of political power.
The good news is that, in a free society, farmers still can
tell their story. Social media is but one avenue that may be used by those in
agriculture to bring some balance to the issue of climate change. And, as
always, the coffee shop is another time-tested venue to getting our message out
By the way, in case you’re wondering — and I know you are —
the Bulgarian brothel problem, as reported by the British publication
Metro, involves lack of
snow at ski resorts, which in turn forces skiers to pass their time with other
That apparently has drawn prostitutes away from brothels in
Sofia to the slopes. As the owner of one escort agency lamented: “We have hired
students, but they are temps and nothing like our elite girls.”
So, in a small sense, U.S. farmers are responsible for
shaking up the oldest profession, at least in one corner of the world. Even Al
Gore didn’t see that one coming.