Yes, the "war on terror" is terribly important. So is illegal immigration, federal over-spending, and several other issues. However, some things are being done about these, not necessarily effectively, but being worked on. The one "sleeper" issue coiling to strike is the stampede to action over the "climate crisis." The object of the push by those selling the notion of impending climate crisis is to achieve as much crippling of industrial society as possible BEFORE PEOPLE CATCH ON THAT THEY ARE BEING SHILLED.
Anyone really believing the climate propaganda from the Al Gores and other Dr. Goebbels-like persons is in the same position of those who attended traveling "medicine shows," in days of yore. A "doctor" or "professor" would offer a tonic, an oil, or some colored and flavored liquid in a bottle, with promises that only the severely gullible could believe. They would charge a dollar, or whatever, which was a lot of money back then. The most active ingredient was alcohol which could definitely make one feel improved briefly. By the time the gullible caught on, the medicine show was in some other town.
One thing is for sure about all this climate catewauling: It is a modern day "medicine show." The missing element is the truth. One can compensate for this handicap by reading outstanding books such as The Politically Incorrect Guide to Global Warming and Environmentalism, 2007, by Christopher C. Horner. What may be true is that the earth might be in a warming cycle, but what they do not want you to know is that global warming would be good, very good for us.
To follow is one of the biggest myths coming from the enviro-hysterics and enviro-communists (the "watermelons"). This is the "hockey stick" myth, a real piece of sleight-of-hand. I hear numerous members of the "chattering class" talking about this myth as though it were true. In fact, it is in no way true, as you will read here, but not from the "watermelons."
Climatologists were aware of climate variation graph, based on reliable data. It looked like a sine wave, rising above the base line for a while, then descending below it for a while, only to start to recross the base line in contemporary times. It was a plot of Temperature Change (degrees centigrade) on the Y (vertical) axis versus time in hundreds of years on the X (horizontal) axis. The facts show a net increase of temperature from about 1000 A.D. to 1300 A.D. followed by a net cooling from 1300 A.D. until about 1900 A.D. The rise has been long known as the "Medieval Warm Period," and the fall has long been known as the "Little Ice Age." This graph represented very inconvenient truths to the watermelons.
To please greens, a team of professors "reworked" the data in order to get a different resulk, which they republished in Nature in 1998. No longer was there either the the net increase followed by the net decrease. The new graph showed a "stable climate" for some 600 years, later extended to 1000 years by the U.N. The Medieval Warm Period and Little Ice Age had been "airbrushed" out, as if they had not occurred.
The "revised" graph showed "climate stability" until about 1900 A.D. when the "hockey stick" appeared, showing an alarming rate of net increase of global temperature. To get the appearance of the hockey stick blade rising above the long horizontal shaft, was "...primarily an artefact of poor data handling, obsolete data, and incorrect calculation of principal components" (Horner, Chapter 6, p. 125). Nevertheless, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) of the United Nations made this "climate stability" extend to 1000 years, with the radical rise of global temperature coinciding with industrialization of the 20th century.
Even when shown to be false, Al Gore and the mainstream media continue to use this graph as though it were factual. It fits the agenda of Gore, the watermelons, and the United Nations. This is agenda politics at work, not science. None of the data can be replicated, nor will the calculations yield the results the greens want when done correctly.
None of this means a damned thing to the watermelons.
The whole story of the hockey stick lie is told vividly, and in substantial detail in Horner's book, and really should be read to be enjoyed fully.
Scientists debunking the hockey stick graph have met with great derision from the watermelons, other greens, the mainstream media, and the United Nations. The truth was very inconvenient to all of them.
Just recall that all the global warming mongers all say the very same thing: A global consensus of top scientists all agree that global warming is a crisis. Science determines truth by observing reality, gathering data, and verifying. The global warmists determine what they try to call "truth" by taking a poll: It must be true because so many people agree and want it to be true. Furthermore, "top scientists" amount to a claque of anybody the watermelons can rent or buy and who will let themselves be labelled "scientist."
Their goal is to recreate communism for us but to reduce its setting to life as it was in medieval times, or dark ages, whatever is worse.