Brent Bozell: Harrison Ford's Climate Horror Story

L. Brent Bozell III and Tim Graham | February 15, 2019 | 6:16am EST
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Actor Harrison Ford urges governments to take meaningful action to combat climate change in a speech at the World Government Summit in Dubai on Feb. 12, 2019. (Photo: Screen capture/YouTube)

NBC late-night comedian Seth Meyers recently dedicated one of his "comedy" diatribes to denouncing "scaremongering about socialism."

Liberals have a right to lecture us on some things, but scaremongering ain't one of them. These are the same people who relentlessly scaremonger the American people about "climate change."

In a recent video to promote a World Government Summit in Dubai, legendary "Star Wars" actor Harrison Ford offered the usual litany of doom. "What does living in a 4-degrees-warmer world look like? Fresh water shortages. Higher greenhouse gas emissions. Unprecedented fires. Worldwide destruction. Is this the world we want?"

Ford added: "Our planet, the only home we've got, is suffering. This is the bare truth. This is our reality. It's up to you and me to act now to face the greatest moral crisis of our time, to take action. It is time to make a difference."

Leftists can make this kind of unproven doom case forever, and it never loses its "moral authority." It doesn't matter that they've been selling the end of humanity since at least 1968, when Paul Ehrlich published his ludicrous manifesto "The Population Bomb." Did we all die over the last 50 years? Does anyone point and laugh at the elite media who eagerly pushed that "fake news"?

In 1989, Ehrlich himself narrated several long "news" segments with comical predictions on NBC's "Today" show. He actually predicted that end-of-days flooding would force folks to hitch their boats to the Washington Monument. Thirty years later, we're still on terra firma.

The next year, actress Meryl Streep hosted a 10-part PBS documentary series called "Race to Save the Planet" and predicted: "By the year 2000, that's less than 10 years away, the Earth's climate will be warmer than it's been in over 100,000 years. If we don't do something, there will be enormous calamities in a very short time."

It wasn't true, and it never mattered, because doom is apparently always 10 years away. People didn't believe Streep is an actual science expert. She enjoys a higher qualification. She is a movie star, used like a commercial pitchman, the same way George Clooney tells you to drink Nespresso coffee.

Ford has used his movie star charisma for this cause for years on behalf of a group called Conservation International. As part of this crusade, he told CNN at the summit in Dubai that this isn't a left-right issue: "It's not about political ideologies. ... we've been disaggregated into political ideology groups, and we've got to find this middle ground to get things done."

Touching but untrue.

As you can see from the laughable details of the "Green New Deal," the left's prescriptions are in no way in the middle ground, unless government being mandated to end the scourges of airplane travel and cow flatulence is mainstream.

Ford gave a speech and pointed the finger at President Trump and "climate deniers" in general. True to form, Ford muttered, "In 10 years, it may be too late."

"We are the only member of the animal kingdom whose behavior, whose hubris can destroy the planet," Ford lectured. "Around the world, elements of leadership — including in my own country — to preserve their stake in the status quo, deny or denigrate science. They are on the wrong side of history."

And yet, it's history that these people keep denying — that the ecological scaremongers have been wrong for 50 years. The hubris of the left is overwhelming, and it is shameless.

L. Brent Bozell III is the president of the Media Research Center. Tim Graham is director of media analysis at the Media Research Center and executive editor of the blog

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