US climate spurt must be serious; it has toolkits

April 10, 2015
Programs stuffed with sweeping actions imply the existence of sweeping problems—sometimes falsely.

Programs stuffed with sweeping actions imply the existence of sweeping problems—sometimes falsely.

This trick of activism underlies a bureaucratic spurt announced by the Obama administration as “actions to protect communities from the impacts of climate change.” The focus is health, against which who would dare argue? And the implication is that climate change represents a health problem so large that a whopping response is in order.

The White House fact sheet on this whopper is 4,777 words long. Headings in a summary bullet list set the tone: “convening stakeholders,” “identifying solutions to minimize impacts,” “expanding access to climate and health data,” “preparing the next generation of medical and health professionals,” “releasing draft climate and health assessment report.”

You know officials are serious when they get down to convening stakeholders and minimizing impacts.

And doesn’t federalization of medical education follow logically from the government’s usurpation of the health system under Obamacare?

For that purpose, the administration is creating a “coalition of deans” from 30 medical, nursing, and public health schools, members of which will start work with “a roundtable discussion around climate change and health.” No doubt unwelcome in this elite group is anyone inclined to note how temperature measurements aren’t supporting model projections of dangerous warming, on which climate panic is founded.

Beyond the dean’s coalition will be reports galore, projects to predict epidemics of infectious diseases, and an effort “to improve our ability to measure and understand nutrient pollution.”

See? Climate change is polluting nutrients. Who knew?

Testifying to the importance of this initiative, although not promising much in the way of efficiency, will be participation by most departments of the government.

And there will be tookits, lots of toolkits: a health care facilities toolkit, an expanded climate resilience toolkit, a sustainable technologies toolkit. A program can’t have too many toolkits.

This initiative represents nauseating paternalism motivated by the propaganda of a decadent agenda.

Polls indicate Americans need no government toolkit to see through the thickening fog.

(From the subscription area of, posted Apr. 10, 2015; author’s e-mail: [email protected])

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Bob Tippee | Editor

Bob Tippee has been chief editor of Oil & Gas Journal since January 1999 and a member of the Journal staff since October 1977. Before joining the magazine, he worked as a reporter at the Tulsa World and served for four years as an officer in the US Air Force. A native of St. Louis, he holds a degree in journalism from the University of Tulsa.