Back in 2004, one of the greatest natural disasters in history occurred when a 9.1 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Sumatra. The resulting tsunami—which grew to over 30 feet high in some places—spread out across the Indian Ocean and devastated several countries, killing over a quarter of a million people and leaving millions more homeless. Countless untold stories of suffering would follow, and the effects of this singular event would be felt for years to come.
Stalwarts of the environmental movement, meanwhile, summed it up this way:
In an interview with the Independent newspaper in Britain, Stephen Tindale, executive director of Greenpeace UK, said: “No one can ignore the relentless increase in extreme weather events and so-called natural disasters, which in reality are no more natural than a plastic Christmas tree.” Speaking to the same newspaper, Friends of the Earth Director Tony Juniper pressed the argument home: “Here again are yet more events in the real world that are consistent with climate change predictions.”
Yes, you read that correctly. According to these two chaps, an undersea megathrust earthquake was, in fact, egged on by climate change. Even accepting the premise that human activity is a primary driver of global warming, how the Earth’s plate tectonics might be affected by global mean surface temperatures remains unexplained—buy hey, why get hung up on the details when there’s a crisis to take advantage of?
Why do I bring this up? Well today, in the same way, NBC News is attempting to sell another Green New Deal sized load of enviro-propaganda—but this time by tying climate change to, of all things, the crisis at the border:
You see, there’s been a drought in Guatemala—and NBC has produced a heart-wrenching video about the plight of subsistence farmers who haven’t been able to grow their crops because of abnormally low rainfall. It’s actually an effective piece, and it really does make me feel for these people and the plight they face. But, like with so much of what the mainstream media does, it’s what NBC doesn’t tell you that truly defines the story.
First off, Guatemala isn’t exactly turning into a desert. I actually visited there last November, and it rained buckets almost the entire time. The country also maintains a thriving agricultural industry, storing and shipping thousands of refrigerated crates containing fruits and vegetables (Del Monte’s operation down there is pretty incredible). Obviously you can’t compare industrial agriculture to subsidence farming—but then subsidence farmers have always faced a greater risk from adverse weather conditions, even in the short term. That’s what subsistence means. They eke out what they can from a piece of land until it’s all used up, then move on. It’s the farming equivalent of living paycheck to paycheck—which leaves no margin for bad luck.
Secondly, NBC leaves out a pretty big reason why people in Central America leave everything behind to make a long and dangerous trek to the north—and that’s the perverse incentives created by a feckless political class in this country that doesn’t want to do anything about illegal immigration. It also doesn’t help when the news media get on board with that effort, essentially broadcasting how-to guides on sneaking into the United States:
The video above is a bit of an oldie, but still a goodie—and you can bet your bottom dollar that the Mexican drug cartels that run the massive human smuggling operations know all about it. That’s why they tell their clientele to bring children with them and claim asylum if they get caught. Everybody knows how this broken system works, which means they also know how to game it.
But with all this going on, why is NBC trying to push this laughable notion that climate change is somehow responsible? That’s easy. American voters don’t care about global warming. They are, on the other hand, very concerned about illegal immigration:
It seems pretty obvious that NBC is engaging in some slight-of-hand here. By attempting to link climate change to immigration, they’re hoping to increase public interest in environmental issues—especially in a way that would make them more receptive to the kind of big government intervention favored by Democrats.
Expect to see a lot more of this, now that the Left has finally acknowledged that there is in fact a crisis at the border.