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For America’s Loudest Climate Alarmists, Do as I Say, Not as I Do

Climate change is going to kill us all, but the leaders of the Left won’t let that get in the way of their being both morally and hierarchically superior to the rest of us who think that solar panels, nuclear research, and recycling will probably do more for the environment than the Paris Agreement, which serves as a slightly more formal pact than Foucauldian New Year’s Resolution weight-loss group.

New York mayor Bill de Blasio asserted that “climate change is a dagger aimed at the heart of New York City” while castigating President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Accords, yet when pressed to explain why he travels twelve miles daily from Gracie Mansion, the official mayoral residence on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, to a gym in Park Slope, Brooklyn, flanked by an entourage of SUVs, de Blasio responded with a totally coherent and logically sound rationale: “I wish my life was like everyone else’s, but it’s not, for obvious reasons. But again, the issue is not cheap symbolism here. The issue is, are we going to take action? Are we going to change the way things are done?”

You couldn’t possibly criticize Al Gore either. After all, his 20-bedroom Nashville mansion is just a part of his laborious strides to “live a carbon-free lifestyle, to the maximum extent possible,” as he told CNN’s Jake Tapper on Sunday. Describing Trump’s move as “reckless” and “indefensible,” Gore clearly finds climate change to be so imminently life-threatening that he had to share (sell) his television network for $500 million to Al Jazeera, aptly described by Jim Geraghty as “owned and funded by the Qatari royal family, which enjoys the world’s third-highest oil and natural gas reserves.”

Sure, scientists have repeatedly touted investments into research into alternative and nuclear-energy sources as our best bet to reduce anthropogenic climate change, but why focus on the boring details or “cheap symbolism” when embracing a plan which would cost the average American family a mere extra $30,000 over the next ten years while reducing projected global warming by 2100 by a whopping one-fifth of a degree Celsius!

Tiana Lowe — Tiana Lowe is a senior pursuing her B.S. in economics and mathematics at the University of Southern California and a former editorial intern at National Review.

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