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The global climate fight reaches California – OpEd – Eurasia Review

“NO climate crisis, says coalition of 1,600 real scientists,” was the headline of the May 13 California Globe article by Katy Grimes.

In an open letter to the California Air Resources Board (CARB), the 1,600 scientists noted that air pollution is low, there is no threat of drought and that carbon dioxide (CO2) is beneficial to the Earth.

Then “Julie Johnston from Canada” emailed Grimes: “I wonder why you have chosen to increase the dangerous and deadly denial of the climate emergency.” And Julie wanted to know:

“Could you explain why – in the midst of flooding around the world (Texas, Brazil, China, Afghanistan, East Africa, all at the same time), huge wildfires are already starting, prompting evacuations (which never actually go out)? in the north (24,710 acres already burning in western Canada; Russia too), murderous heat waves across South and Southeast Asia and Mexico, etc. – would you step up a PR/advertising stunt designed to confuse and misinform your readers about the climate emergency? Doesn't a journalist research his sources before publishing a PR piece?” And so on, but Julie wasn't finished yet:

“You know what? Shame on you. You too have mixed the political/economic views of your essay with the science of the climate emergency. You have made a deadly decision and should take it back.” Instead of backing down, Grimes answered each accusation in detail, but there was more to it than that.

Like Gov. Gavin Newsom, Julie didn't realize that May 5 marked the heaviest snowfall of 2023-24 in California's Sierra Nevada, with 26.4 inches of snow accumulation. That's according to data from the UC Berkeley Central Sierra Snow Lab, which ranked May 3 as the second snowiest day with 23.8 inches. Chains were required in the Sierra, but the central valley, which is usually quite hot in May, could be traversed without air conditioning.

Governor Newsom attended Santa Clara University on a “partial baseball scholarship” and graduated in 1989 with a degree in political science – which is not the same as empirical science, but rather a matter of measurement, testing and replication. The global warming debates seem to have passed the governor by. In 2021, when large parts of California were in flames, Governor Newsom blamed climate change.

“The hot days are getting hotter, the dry days are getting drier,” Governor Newsom declared, “something has happened to the world’s plumbing. Climate change is real and it is making things worse.” According to Wade Crowfoot, Governor Newsom's Secretary of Natural Resources, “If we ignore this science and bury our heads in the sand and think, 'We will fail to protect Californians together. it would just be about vegetation management.” Californians had reason to wonder.

Wade Crowfoot graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1996 with a degree in political science and received his master's degree in public policy – not atmospheric science – in 2004. Crowfoot served as deputy cabinet secretary to Gov. Jerry Brown and served as West Coast director of the Environmental Defense Fund.

Governor Newsom flew to the on May 15th17th Conference “From Climate Crisis to Climate Resilience” in the Vatican. According to the Pontifical Academy of Sciences: “The climate crisis is upon us. Things will get much worse over the next few decades, with planetary warming increasing to over 1.5°C by the early 2030s. The warming curve is expected to bend in the second half of this century in response to global measures to curb emissions of heat-trapping pollutants. We no longer have the luxury of relying solely on reducing emissions. “We must start building climate resilience so that people can reverse the emissions curve and emerge from the climate crisis safer, healthier and wealthier and transition to a sustainable world,” and so on.

That sounds a lot like Julie Johnston from Canada. As Grimes explained:

“The 'consensus' on climate change has become a form of bullying, intimidation and censorship – and that's exactly what Julie from Canada tried to do here. It has been used to put down and attack the character of anyone who questions the very superficial claims. It is a cult that is completely disconnected from science and reality. And the bigger problem with these climate change cultists is that they lack humility and any interest in self-reflection. I do not have anything to say in addition.”

At this time, Julie has not issued a rejoinder.

Anna Harden

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