I guess it was inevitable. Climate change fanatics would hijack the current aldrin buzz being generated by the 50th anniversary of the Moon Landings to promote their climate action agenda. After all, they’ve already accused us ‘deniers’ of being Moon Landing Conspiracists, so I guess it’s quite a natural progression of their ‘thinking’ (though I do use that word advisedly).
The NYT says:
The original moon shoot inspired billions. Calling climate action a moon shot isn’t a perfect parallel — but maybe we should try it anyway.
You can say that again: “The original moon shot inspired . . . . ” Never mind.
It is patently bloody obvious that the comparison is absurd, but don’t let that stop you raining on the parade of global celebrations marking perhaps what is the single most remarkable achievement of the 20th century, if not technologically, then certainly symbolically.
The narrative only goes downhill from the initial low point:
Could a “moon shot” for climate change cool a warming planet?
So why not do it all over again — but instead of going to another astronomical body and planting a flag, why not save our own planet?
But President Kennedy did not have to convince people that the moon existed. In our current political climate, the clear evidence that humans have generated greenhouse gases that are having a powerful effect on climate, and will have a greater effect into the future, has not moved the federal government to act with vigor. And a determined faction even argues that climate change is a hoax, as President Donald Trump has falsely stated at various times.
And the moon shot had a clearly defined goal: Land on the moon. A finish line for fighting climate change is less clear. Back to 350 parts per million of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere? (We have already passed 412 parts per million.)
Climate change is certainly an urgent challenge. Rising levels of greenhouse gases are raising temperatures worldwide, leading to shifting weather patterns that are only expected to get worse, with increased flooding and heat waves, and drought and wildfiresafflicting millions.
The idea of a moon shot for climate has been gaining supporters. Beto O’Rourke and Kirsten Gillibrand use the idea in their presidential campaigns, as did Michael Bloomberg in unveiling his recently announced $500 million Beyond Carbon campaign. In a commencement speech this year at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology he said, “It is time for all of us to accept that climate change is the challenge of our time.” He concluded, “It may be a moon shot — but it’s the only shot we’ve got.”
Why is it that everything climate alarmists touch turns to absolute shite? There are even progressive liberal idiots going around complaining about Armstrong’s sexist ‘non inclusive’ language for heaven’s sake! Try to enjoy your 50th anniversary Moon Landing gold in spite of the killjoys