EDITORIAL: A cold day in Cancun

New Congress should give chilly reception to global-warming schemes

The roof of the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome came apart Sunday after a blizzard dumped 17 inches of snow on top of the Minneapolis stadium. In the arena of public opinion, global-warming hucksters are seeing an even greater collapse under the weight of winter reality.

Not long ago, scare headlines loomed this time of year. In 2001, for example, the Energy Department’s Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Center issued a press release entitled, “White Christmases becoming more a dream than reality.” The idea is that mankind’s capitalist ways have angered Mother Earth. Unless we make atonement by acquiescing to demands for further centralized government planning, Christmas is canceled - and not just in the United States.

In 2008, Reuters news agency quoted European scientists who predicted that by 2100, Berlin would never again see a White Christmas. Travelers to the German capital are probably just fine with that, considering that this weekend saw the cancellation of 700 flights as the area’s airports couldn’t keep the runways clear of wintry precipitation. About 3,000 motorists in France were forced to abandon their cars and retreat to safety as the roads became impassable.

While Minnesotans and Europeans are accustomed to chilly temperatures, imagine the shock for U.N. organizers who picked Cancun, Mexico, as the location for a climate conference that wrapped up Friday with the mercury dropping to a 100-year low. Faced with such inconvenient trends, apologists for the global-warming movement will sigh deeply and point out that weather and climate are two different things. A short-term cooling in one location says nothing about long-term warming on a global scale, they will say.

Apparently, nobody told Christiana Figueres, the U.N. confab’s executive secretary. “This year’s hottest summers to date in Japan and China are a wake-up call,” she warned. “There will be worse impacts, and no country will be exempt.” Weather anecdotes only work when they serve to raise an alarm, and that alarm can be lucrative. Before accepting her U.N. role in badgering nations around the world to adopt carbon-dioxide trading schemes, Ms. Figueres worked as a senior adviser to C-Quest Capital, a firm that describes itself as a “carbon finance business.” Many of the global-warming movement’s high priests and priestesses just happen to be in a position to profit from the very regulations they promote.

Global-warming hysteria, for example, has made Al Gore an extremely wealthy man. Like other outspoken advocates of the global-warming hoax, Mr. Gore lives in oversized mansions, flies on private jets and generally demonstrates behaviors that suggest he doesn’t actually believe his own predictions of doom.

As a big chill sweeps the nation, hitting as far south as Atlanta and Mobile, Ala., policymakers in Washington should evict these rent-seeking global-warming mountebanks once and for all. The new majority in the House can start by repealing the bogus “green” technology subsidies, ethanol mandates and the ban on incandescent light bulbs. That would serve as a gift to the American people far more lasting and productive than a White Christmas.

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