In a report on CNN, their Chief Climate Correspondent, Bill Weir, reported that the current Corona Virus Pandemic has helped the world buy some time in regard to the Climate Crises. The argument goes that the reduced manufacturing that comes from the numerous stay-at-home-orders around the globe is leading directly to a reduction in the green house gasses that are to blame for the climate emergency at hand.
To support this hypothesis, Weir presented evidence in the form of satellite imagery showing a reduction in pollution over the American continent to the tune of thirty percent. He also showed images from northern India where, he stated, the people claim to have seen the Himalayan mountains for the first time in decades because of the reduction in industrial smoke and gasses.
However, the story continues on a negative note, warning that the layer of heat trapping green house gasses around our planet is still thicker than ever. Weir interviews Dr. Jonathan Foley who is the Director of Project Drawdown, an organization dedicated to finding solutions to the climate crises. During this segment, Dr. Foley states that these current reductions will not make a long-term difference unless they continue for thirty years. In other words, a long-term reduction in industrial activity would be needed to flatten the curve of climate change.
Weir predicts that as soon as the current crises is over, we will see a spike in pollution due to the record low oil prices and the cuts in EPA funding from the Trump Administration (I guess CNN just couldn’t resist the temptation to get a shot in).
Now, outside of the initial appearances of this being a simple story about climate change; what, if anything, does this mean?
Well, it’s no secret that the climate is one of the left’s pet issues. Another poorly kept secret is that CNN is a leftist leaning news agency. By putting two and two together, an interested observer can see that Democrats and liberals are looking to use one crisis to fight the other.
Don’t believe me?
Then please consider that this story comes on the heels of Congresswoman Alexandria Occasio-Cortez taking to Twitter to advocate for her green new deal. In a Tweet that has since been deleted, she celebrates the collapse of oil prices (and the jobs that go it) and suggests that it’s a great time for a worker-led investment in a green infrastructure. And, lest we forget, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi tried to hold up the stimulus package for numerous pet projects. One of these was funding for the airlines to reduce emissions.
Earlier this week, a spat broke out on Twitter between two conservative writers; these were Sean Davis and David French (neither of whom I know personally but both of whom are insightful commentators on the political scene and worth reading). Davis alleged in a Tweet that Democrats had an interest in keeping the economy shut down because it would help them to defeat President Trump in November. French simply responded that this idea was deranged.
Now, I want to agree with French on this. I do not want to believe that some American’s are willing to sacrifice the country’s economic well-being for their own political gain. I want to believe that. But, at the same time, the actions of the left show that Davis wasn’t entirely wrong. CNN pushing this story, AOC’s Tweets, and Pelosi’s strong-arm tactics in regard to the stimulus all demonstrate that, to a certain level, those on the left are willing and even eager to exploit this crisis to achieve unrelated goals that they support.
Perhaps their approach is best summed up with a quote from House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-SC). “This is a tremendous opportunity to restructure things to fit our image.”