Questioning even the most outrageous claim by climate change alarmists will get you the kind of response once reserved for folks who warned about an international communist conspiracy based in Moscow. If you're lucky, people just shake their heads at your stupidity. More likely, they accuse you of being determined to destroy the world.
After the Soviet Union collapsed, it was revealed the international conspiracy was very real, if not victorious in the end.
Now, there's a link between the two topics - communist totalitarianism and climate change - and it was furnished recently by a United Nations official.
Christiana Figueres is the top U.N. executive dealing with climate change. Much of the "science" on the subject that emanates from the U.N. goes through her.
Figueres, a Costa Rican who attended Swarthmore College and the London School of Economics, this month lamented U.S. failure to take more decisive action on climate change. She blamed it on our system of government.
Far better, Figueres opined, is communism as practiced in China. There, the Communist Party can issue a decree and everyone has to obey, she noted.
Well, yes. Fail to comply with some of Beijing's rules and you get a bullet in the back of the neck. That certainly would stop those polluters!
It gets weirder. Figueres was talking about China because she believes that nation is a model of how to handle air pollution. Chinese leaders are "doing it right" in battling climate change, she said.
I don't make these things up. China, not the U.S., is the world's leading emitter of greenhouse gases blamed for global warming. At one point just a few years ago, the Chinese were opening a new coal-fired power plant every week. The Chinese government's policy is to increase use of coal, even as U.S. President Barack Obama does all he can to shut down coal-fired power plants.
Again, Figueres is the top climate change warrior in the world. And this is how she views the problem.
Dare I suggest her position argues strongly in favor of questioning climate change alarmists?
Well, yes, I do.
Because, at least for now, I don't think the secret police will come knocking on my door.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Mike Myer is executive editor of The Intelligencer and the Wheeling News-Register. He can be reached via email at email@example.com