Al Gore got a lot of mileage out of likening the slow accretion of anthropogenic climate change to a frog in cold water that was gradually being heated to boiling point. He contended that, just as the frogs were lulled by the gradual heat to be the point at which they’d fail to react when the heat became deadly, so too were we humans going to allow our planet slowly to boil us to death.
Except that everything Al Gore said was untrue. First of all, there’s increasing evidence that anthropogenic global warming doesn’t exist. Climate change definitely exists, and always has. Sadly for Gore’s inflated sense of self, though, the earth’s climate does not bend to human will. Humans are capable of polluting their environment, something that they’ve done since time immemorial, but the evidence for them changing the climate doesn’t add up. Second of all, frogs do not allow themselves to be slow-boiled.
Unlike the earth’s climate, humans have direct responsibility for economic changes. In America, the tension is between free markets and a government-managed economy. At the federal level, voters opted for government-management. At the local level, it was a mixed bag. As a resident of California, I can tell you that a government-managed economy, especially one further tainted by union favoritism, is a recipe for economic disaster. In California, we are the frogs in the hot pot.
Here’s the question: will we humans react like real frogs and try to escape from the government-managed economic mess we’ve created, or will we go Gore and sit there was we boil to death?