The Climate Delusion’s war on plant life is in full force this month. As CFACT documented this week, the Washington Post argued that global warming is a crisis because it causes more plant abundant plant life. The Post’s rationale was that more plant life elevates pollen levels, which in turn can aggravate allergies. Therefore, according to the Climate Delusion, a world with little or not plant life is good. But it isn’t just the Washington Post making such ridiculous assertions. CNN published a similar article this month claiming that more abundant plant life in the Himalayan region is a crisis, too.

In an article titled, “More plants are growing around Everest – and the consequences could be serious,” (https://www.cnn.com/2020/01/10/asia/plants-everest-climate-intl-scli-scn/index.html) CNN observes, “Grasses, shrubs and mosses are growing and expanding around Mount Everest and across the Himalayan region as the area continues to experience the consequences of global warming, researchers have found.” Also, “There are now more areas that are covered in plants than there were in 1993,” the article noted, quoting a scientific researcher. This would seem to be a good thing, right? Well, not climate alarmists and their media stooges.

“We don’t know what the impact is — it may be that plants trap snow and might cause it to melt more slowly. It might be that the plants cause the snow to melt more quickly,” said the researcher in the CNN article. The article then speculates about all the gloom and doom that might occur if there is a decline in the percentage of the Himalayas permanently covered with snow.

Opening up more land would for plant and animal life would seem to be a good thing. The increase in precipitation in the Himalayas and globally resulting from global warming would also seem to be a good thing. The constantly increasing crop production in the Himalayas and throughout the globe as temperatures modestly rise would also seem to be a good thing. But when it comes to spreading an alarming Climate Delusion, anything that could plausibly support alarmist climate speculation will be sold as a crisis, while the more immediate and certain benefits are downplayed or outright ignored.

So, maybe more plant life will cause more snow melt, maybe more plant life will cause less snow melt, and maybe more plant life will not impact snow melt rates at all. For certain, more plant life will cause an increase in animal life as well as plant life. But ignore the certain benefits and assume the worst regarding theoretical speculation, and there you have the Climate Delusion in a nutshell. Thank you, CNN.

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