If Al Gore has you worried about the future of the planet with his "sky is falling" prophecies, take a deep breath and follow my advice.
I know it's the politically correct thing to do, but I just can't bring myself to jump on the global warming bandwagon.
Maybe it's the bitterly cold winter (and spring) we just had in the Northeast. Maybe it's the United Nations, the most corrupt and distrustful organization on the planet. I don't care how many reports the globalists at the U.N. release about climactic catastrophes. I don't trust anything the U.N. says or does.
Maybe Al Gore is the problem. The man who claims he invented the Internet has a serious credibility problem. Maybe it's the news that Al Gore's Tennessee mansion uses 20 times the energy of a typical American home.
Maybe it's the fact that Al Gore travels to his lectures or to pick up his Oscar in a private jet, polluting the environment for thousands of miles. Maybe it's the fact that Al Gore didn't seem too concerned about global warming when he served in the Clinton White House for eight years.
Weather is something I've never been able to get overly excited about. This is the first time in more than 300 columns that I've written about global warming. I look at Al Gore and his limousine liberal pals from the West Coast and I'm leery about people who fan the flames of hysteria for profit and self-promotion.
If Al Gore has you worried about the future of the planet with his "sky is falling" prophecies, take a deep breath and follow my advice. March down to your bookstore or local library and pick up a copy of "The Politically Incorrect Guide to Global Warming and Environmentalism" by Christopher C. Horner.
The 288-page book, recently released in paperback by Regnery Publishing, puts the global warming hysteria into perspective.
Forget all the pseudo-scientific mumbo-jumbo. The book explains climate change as a natural phenomenon in terms any layman would understand. The Earth has gone through extended periods of cooling and heating. There's nothing unusual about what's happening today. Horner points out that the planet is on the tail end of an extended cooling period.
What's different today is that we have people like Al Gore who have latched on to a new brand of militant environmentalism to push their political agenda. The mainstream media elites gladly hop aboard the propaganda campaign and help disburse a lot of hot air on a daily basis.
Horner's book is both informative and entertaining. Let's just say it's a lot more fun than Gore's monotonous "documentary" that swept all the awards from left-leaning Hollywood types. You owe it to yourself to read it before you get sucked too far into the global warming hysteria.
Operated by Joseph Conklin, a meteorologist who has spent years collecting and analyzing surface weather observations, the Web site is a clearinghouse of global warming information that isn't readily available in the mainstream media.
Conklin points out on the Web site that he is not affiliated with any political party and has no relationship with any energy company. He also champions the use of renewable energy to help reduce our dependence on fossil fuels.
ClimatePolice.com is dedicated to "promoting an open exchange and dialog on climate change," according to Conklin. To achieve that goal, "research and articles with alternate views on climate change are the primary sources of news and information for the site."
The book and the Web site offer calm, intelligent, reasonable explanations about climate change. They're a far better resource that the hysterical left's doom-and-gloom predictions.
I'm not a scientist. I gather as much information about a subject as I can and examine it with an objective eye. I also look at people's motivation. Everybody wants to breathe fresh air. And we all want those cute penguins at the South Pole to have plenty of fish to eat. It's the far left that politicized the global warming debate to the point where they've turned off half the country.
Al Gore is fanning the flames of global warming hysteria for his own personal aggrandizement. The far left doomsayers are right behind him. Consider their motives. I don't trust Al Gore.
Liberals have been wrong about every major issue of public policy over the past 50 years -- the economy, national security, education, transportation, Social Security, health care. You name it. So why would they suddenly be right about climate change?
Tony Phyrillas is a leading conservative political columnist and blogger based in Pennsylvania. He is a veteran journalist with 25 years experience as a reporter, editor and columnist for several newspapers. Phyrillas received recognition for column writing in 2010 from the Associated Press Managing Editors, in 2007 from Suburban Newspapers of America and in 2006 from the Society of Professional Journalists, Keystone Chapter. A graduate of Penn State University, Phyrillas is the city editor and political columnist for The Mercury, a two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning daily newspaper in Pottstown, Pa. In addition to The Mercury website (www.pottsmerc.com), his columns are featured on more than a dozen political websites and blogs. Phyrillas is a frequent guest (and occasional host) on talk radio and has been a panelist on the "Journalists Roundtable" public affairs TV program on the Pennsylvania Cable Network (PCN). Phyrillas was named one of the '10 Leading Greek-American Bloggers in the World' in 2007 by Odyssey: The World of Greece magazine. BlogNetNews.com ranked Phyrillas the Most Influential Political Blogger in Pennsylvania for three consecutive years (2007-2010). You can follow Phyrillas on Twitter @TonyPhyrillas