I thought I would debunk this article of trite pap for you – easy peasy. My comments in pink.
Anna Jane Joyner on Years of Living Dangerously and Climate-Change Skepticsinspiredglamour.com
Crazy alert: Despite rising sea levels, extreme weather events, acidifying oceans, and a major report by the UN that predicts the impacts of global warming to be “severe, pervasive, and irreversible,” a recent Pew poll revealed that only four in 10 Americans consider climate change to be a major threat. (Excuse me while I pick my jaw up off the floor.)
You can fool some of the people all of the time and all of the people some of the time but you can’t fool all of the people all of the time. Sealevel rise – normal. Extreme weather events – normal. Acidifying oceans – normal. A major alarmist report from the UNIPCC – normal. Waiting, waiting, waiting…
On left: Anna Jane Joyner and her father, Pastor Rick Joyner; on right: Anna Jane telling Dad how it is.
Luckily for us, environmental activist Anna Jane Joyner, who is featured alongside correspondent/TV vampire Ian Somerhalder in the new James Cameron documentary Years of Living Dangerously (premiering on Showtime this Sunday, April 13, at 10 P.M. ET/PT), has some experience dealing with skeptics. As campaign coordinator at the Western North Carolina Alliance, Anna Jane, 29, uses her evangelical background to persuade congregations and preachers in her community to join the fight against climate change. But her biggest challenge is convincing her own father. Pastor Rick Joyner is the founder and executive director of Morningstar Ministries—an evangelical empire consisting of churches, schools, and even a publishing house—and his conservative ideology leaves him doubting the (ahem, NASA-approved) science. Anna Jane told Glamour how she makes her case at the dinner table with her dad, so you can steal her comebacks the next time you’re in a global warming showdown.
The Argument: Climate change is natural.
Anna Jane’s Comeback: “One of my dad’s theories is that the planet goes through natural warming and cooling cycles. But what’s unnatural is the amount of carbon we’re pouring into the atmosphere and the rate at which we’re doing it. The fact is, 97 percent of climate scientists agree that climate change is happening and that humans are causing it. If you had cancer, and 19 out of 20 doctors told you to seek treatment immediately, would you believe the one who said ‘it’s just a natural cycle’?”
The “97 per cent” claim has been debunked, but more telling is that Oct , 2005 two Australian scientists were awarded the Nobel prize for medicine for their discovery that stomach ulcers can be caused by a bacterial infection – over 99% of scientists and Doctors believed that this was impossible and over 99% of them were WRONG!
The Argument: There’s not enough evidence.
Anna Jane’s Comeback: “My dad thinks we should wait for even more evidence before taking action. There is so much misinformation out there funded by people with industry interests, and it’s been tragically successful—science is one of those areas where any element of doubt, no matter how small, will stall individuals from taking action. But when nearly every major scientific organization in the world agrees about the risks of climate change, it’s time to move forward. I don’t have a Ph.D. in climate science, but I have enough sense to pay attention to the people who do! We are the last generation to get a say on our planet’s future, and we don’t have the luxury of dragging our feet.”
Scientific organisations reflect their membership and a lot of their membership are making a good living out of Climate Change have you ever tried to get a doctor or a lawyer to criticise a fellow professional – good luck!
The Argument: But this winter was freezing!
Anna Jane’s Comeback: “While parts of the U.S. spent the winter bundled up thanks to the polar vortex, Australia was on fire, and California was in one of the worst droughts we’ve ever seen. Climate change doesn’t just bring higher temperatures, it accelerates and worsens extreme weather patterns, threatening our way of life and costing us billions of dollars in disaster relief. We filmed part of my Years segment on the Gulf Coast, where I grew up, and being back there—watching the sunset, smelling the salt air—it really reinforced why I do this work. It’s about protecting the places and communities that we love. How can you argue with that?”
Climate Change is based on Global Warming. The Globe is not warming. When it was warming it was well within natural variability. Picking out isolated examples of what may happen is insulting to our intelligence.
The Argument: It’s a liberal agenda.
Anna Jane’s Comeback: “Because it was Al Gore who put climate change on the national stage [with his film An Inconvenient Truth], conservative evangelicals like my dad (and many other high-profile Republicans, like Rush Limbaugh and Donald Trump) see it as a liberal, politicized issue. Climate science is confusing, complex, and scary, and sometimes the easiest thing to do is to write it off as a left-wing conspiracy. But it’s not a political issue; it’s a scientific issue—and more than that, it’s a moral issue. Trust me, you don’t want to be on the wrong side of history on this one.”
The instigators of Climate Change ARE all leftists. Their big success was to corrupt some on the centre-right who had a well-meaning desire to help the environment. The big-government, global-governance agenda of the demanded solutions soon disabused them of that!
Want to help, but don’t know where to start? You don’t have to be a full-time activist to fight climate change. There are lifestyle choices you can make, like biking or taking public transportation to work, eating local foods, or practicing Meatless Mondays. You can also get involved with your local Beyond Coal Campaign, whether it’s by donating money, reposting petitions on social media, or volunteering your time. Go to sierraclub.org to find out more.
Oh, and don’t forget to check out the trailer for Years of Living Dangerously below. The series features Jessica Alba, Olivia Munn, Matt Damon, Harrison Ford, and others. Not a Showtime subscriber? You can still watch the first episode online at yearsoflivingdangerously.com.
So tragic that “The Left” of politics have embraced the fundamentally anti-human philosophy of environmentalism which demands so much sacrifice from the billions of impoverished people on the earth in favour of a rich elite.