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During the "heat" of the global warming debate, several conservatives who refused to buy into the hysteria that was making Al Gore and his Warmers a whole lot of money at the public's expense started asking a reasonable and ingenious question that the left had absolutely no answer to:
If the earth has been going through periods of warming and cooling throughout its history (and keep in mind for the vast majority of the Warmers, that means billions of years), what makes us think that the climate we have right now is optimal? What makes this one today the best climate for everyone everywhere, and why do we have to go out of our way to try to ensure it stays just like it is? Who's to say that a few degrees warmer wouldn't actually be better for more people around the globe?
The left had no answer because they weren't really worried about people around the globe. They were worried about themselves, their own profit, and their timeless Marxist effort to control more people through an ever-expanding authoritative state. And the global warming movement created the kind of hysteria that was causing a lot of otherwise sane people to surrender their freedoms and blessings to those promising to protect them from instant global incineration.
Of course, a further point was made by conservatives that even if we could prove that this climate was the very best we could ever have, what made us think we are capable of stopping climate change if it has been going on for the entirety of earth's existence? Wouldn't we be wiser to anticipate which direction the change was going and make adaptations to harness it and make it a benefit to us? Again, no answer from the left.
On the heels of all this, comes a fabulous story out of Greenland:
NUUK, Greenland ? Few places on Earth have seen starker changes in weather than this icebound island straddling the Arctic Circle. With that in mind, America's top diplomat arrived here this week intent on calling attention to the perils of climate change.
The problem was that Greenlanders aren't exactly complaining.
In fact, as Secretary of State of Hillary Rodham Clinton toured snow-covered fjords on Thursday, there were awkward reminders of Greenland's embrace of the rise in temperatures that began two decades ago. Rather than questioning global warming, many of this island's 60,000 inhabitants seem to be racing to cash in.
The tiny capital of Nuuk is bracing for record numbers of visitors this year; the retreating sea ice means a longer tourist season and more cruise ships from the United States. Hunters are boasting of more and bigger caribou, and the annual cod migration is starting earlier and lasting longer.
In the far south, farmers are trying their hand at an exotic form of agriculture: growing vegetables.
"Before, the growing season was too short for vegetables," said Noah Melgaard, a local journalist. "Now it is getting longer each year."
For Clinton, who was visiting Greenland for a meeting of the eight-nation Arctic Council, it was one of several jarring contradictions that threatened at times to distract from the messages she traveled 2,000 miles to deliver.
It is always jarring for liberals when they realize that people don't really want to be controlled. They don't really want to be managed. They don't really want to be "taken care of" by the hand that does so by reaching into their pocket. They actually want to be left alone. And when they are...they survive. They thrive. They find innovative and amazing ways of responding to the changes in their environment, their surroundings, their world.
If anyone should know and respect that, it should be a representative from the United States of America. That she doesn't, is a perfect example of what liberalism can do to the mind of citizens and lawmakers even right here in the seat of human liberty. Here's to hoping that Greenland has many more productive years of growing turnips. Maybe they could package some up and send them to Al Gore?