- The Washington Times - Friday, April 19, 2019

Mayor Pete — as Pete Buttigieg, the Democratic presidential hopeful from the city of South Bend, Indiana, has been affectionately dubbed by his fawning following in the media — called out climate change as the “greatest security issue of our time” during his recent announcement speech.

And if we don’t fix it, we’ll all die.

He’s yet the latest from the left to use climate change for political advantage by claiming the same.

We’ve got Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez giving us the 12-year countdown to doom and gloom and death, if we don’t do something quick.

That’s not hyperbole. The freshman legislator actually said it.

“Millennials and people, you know, Gen Z and all these folks that will come after us are looking up and we’re like, the world is going to end in 12 years if we don’t address climate change — and your biggest issue is how are we going to pay for it? This is the war — this is our World War II,” she said.

Washington governor and presidential hopeful Jay Inslee, not to be outdone, called on the country to “attack climate change” as a means of helping the many “climate refugees” who are busily pouring across America’s borders.

In other words: The weather is driving people from other countries to flee, and it’s America’s job to open border doors to help them.

Now comes Mayor Pete.

“[We] must pick up our heads to face what might be the greatest security issue of our time: climate change and climate disruption,” he said. “Our economy is on the line, our future is on the line, lives are on the line. So let’s call this what it is — climate security, a life and death issue for our generation.”

Guess that’s one way to look at it. Another?

When it rains, grab an umbrella. When it snows, grab a shovel. When disaster strikes — tornado, hurricane, flood, drought, etc. — chalk it up to God’s domain, to an act of God, and rebuild, reboot and move on with life.

But to much of the secular and godless left, it’s the government that controls the weather — the taxpayers who must pay for the fixes. Never let a crisis go to waste, as the saying goes. Environmentalism, Democrat style — a Mother Nature that replaces sovereign God.

• Cheryl Chumley can be reached at cchumley@washingtontimes.com or on Twitter, @ckchumley.

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