Column: The convenient lie

Ever lose track of time during the holidays?

It happened to me on Dec. 31, 1999. I woke up in a hotel room 140 miles from home, and for some reason, I thought it was Dec. 30. Then I noticed on CNN that places more than halfway around the world were celebrating the new year.

I hustled my wife out of the room and we hurried home before the world came to an end - or at least before it struck midnight in Moscow and the computers that weren't Y2K compliant launched an all-out missile attack on the U.S.

You remember Y2K, don't you? Something about computers - old computers - not recognizing 2000s in dates. It turned out to be much ado about very little.

Since that time we've had other scares - bird flu and now swine flu come to mind - but nothing compares to the end of the world scenarios brought up by the babbling believers in manmade global warming.

Unless, of course, it's how we're all going to hell in a hand basket unless we go European in our quest for third-rate, rationed healthcare. Lord help us if Harry Reid delivers that "gift" on Christmas Day.

Al Gore stuck his foot in his mouth again last week, droning on about vanishing sea ice in a few short years and then offering as his expert a scientist who, when questioned, wasn't ready to predict any such thing.

We're used to that from Gore, who proclaimed after Hurricane Katrina that bigger, badder hurricanes would be the norm. There hasn't been anything close to Katrina since she hit the Gulf all those years ago.

That's another inconvenient truth for the manmade global warming believers.

There's more, reports of CO2 monitors downwind from active volcanoes and official temperature stations for global warming statistics located in heat islands being just two. Then there's the famed "hockey stick" graph that shows temperatures spiking in recent years, completely ignoring the documented warm period several hundred years ago

The clincher, at least for this skeptic, is Climategate, the release last month of hacked e-mails from the East Anglia University climate research unit. The e-mails show staff there discussing how to "hide the decline" in temperatures, fretting about freedom of information act requests that would reveal their bogus data collection methods, and blackballing scientists who disagreed with the imagined "consensus."

Those who have followed the stories also know now that a "trick" to get climate data to agree with computer models is not really sinister at all, if you follow the convoluted argument that for scientists "trick" means something different than what us common folk take it to mean.

All this would be humorous if a bunch of self-important socialists weren't meeting in Copenhagen during the coldest December on record there, applauding the demise of capitalism and deciding how much money should be taken from our wallets and given to Third World countries. The latest figure on this wealth transfer scam being bandied about is $100 billion.

Even less funny are utility bills and gasoline prices skyrocketing here on the off chance that cutting CO2 emissions as much as possible might lower the Earth's temperature a degree. No one seems to be considering that a warmer Earth might be better for people. How much more wheat would be available if Canada's usable farm land expanded 100 miles to the north?

But what happens at Copenhagen may turn out to be moot, since the Environmental Protection Agency has decided we all have bad breath - when we exhale, CO2 comes out. That opens the door for all kinds of regulatory mischief, unless Congress and the president change the rules for the EPA.

Don't count on that from this bunch of free-spending, over-regulating clowns.

That's because this isn't about the climate. It's about control, about being less free, about having less money, about living how someone else wants you to live.

Kinda makes you nostalgic for Y2K, doesn't it?