Jim Thompson
Jim Thompson
By Jim Thompson
HCP columnist


My view of climate change is well known. If you stick your head out your back door and the weather never changes, you are experiencing climate change. If the weather does change, you are experiencing normal weather variations.

This week, people all over North America seem to be experiencing a weather change. Most would probably wish for a little global warming about now. I know I would.

We spent last week in Golden, Colo., where we barely got tucked in before a 24-inch snowstorm hit. When we left last Saturday, our plane had to take a long route, going as far south as Shreveport, La. to miss the latest storm that was ravaging the normal path over Memphis, Tenn.

Yet, there is plenty of evidence many of us are not swallowing the climate change claptrap. Several media sources this week are quoting U.N. climate chief Patricia Espinosa: “This reality is telling us that we need to do much more...The impacts of climate change are increasingly hard to ignore.”

She was joined by former U.N. climate summit presidents: “We require deep transformations of our economies and societies.”

Aha! Read “deep transformation of our economies and societies” to mean one world government, universal socialism. Climate change is merely a means to an end and too many people are catching on to the false narrative of the U.N. diaspora.

Then there is this in AdAge on Nov. 27, 2019 by Aaron Hall: “As a professional namer, I create names for companies, products and services. After the global climate strike this past September, I found myself thinking about the terms ‘climate change’ and ‘global warming.’ Are these scientific terms too neutral? Do they do enough to grab attention and inspire people to take action?... With all of this in mind, our team of wordsmiths developed the following new names for climate change: Global Meltdown, Global Melting.

“These options are subtle brand shifts from ‘global warming,’ yet they deliver a more negative image. The names signal that ice caps are melting, but also create a more visceral image in the mind – that real feeling of ‘melting’ when it’s too hot outside. A meltdown is a disastrous event that draws from the ultimate terror of a nuclear meltdown, an apt metaphor for global destruction. In naming, we call metaphorical names ‘suggestive names,’ and they are one of the most popular types of names.”

Hall goes on with other naming ideas but ends with this: “Whatever we call it, impending climate doom is upon us if we don’t act quickly. Global leaders have been sluggish, and by and large, individuals have failed to see the need for immediate action. But maybe branding can help. Perhaps a new name will shift the needle, even if just a little.”

So, the solution appears to be: If we can’t get people to buy it as it stands, then we’ll change the name. Pure desperation.

Have you noticed all the images that are used to try to convince you that climate change is real are from far away? I am sure not one photograph has been taken in a place within five miles of your home that is irrefutable proof of climate change. It is always pictures of a polar bear on an iceberg the size of an SUV or something similar.

Or take that so-called floating pile of plastic in the Pacific Ocean. I would have to fly over it to believe it exists at the size it is claimed to be. I don’t think it is an accident that all images are from some place the average person is not likely to go. Perhaps this is the photoshop equivalent of Mr. Hall’s branding ideas.

As for graphs and charts, I quit believing them long ago. Data can be manipulated to prove anything you want to prove. Examine the graph preparer’s integrity before you believe the graph.

The real problem is the scientific and the political leadership worlds have blown their credibility. Many of us will not believe their line. They have lied or exaggerated to us too many times in the past. When liars try in the present to tell you “I am not lying now,” it comes across as nonsense. No wonder they are getting desperate.

Jim Thompson, formerly of Marshall, is a graduate of Hillsboro High School and the University of Cincinnati. He resides in Duluth, Ga. and is a columnist for The Highland County Press. He may be reached at jthompson@taii.com.