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Bloomberg BusinessWeek Asks: Were the Middle East Uprisings Caused by Global Warming?

At the Corner, John Hood points out one theory about the Arab uprisings that, fortunately, doesn’t seem to have gained much traction yet. Two writers at Bloomberg BusinessWeek are speculating that global warming — not the oppressive policies and corruption of autocratic Arab leaders — sparked food shortages and led to the uprisings across the Middle East. Hood writes:

You knew this was coming, didn’t you? A major cause of the revolutionary fervor sweeping the Arab world, according to a recent Bloomberg Businessweek article, is catastrophic climate change caused by human beings. The causal link is famine, say the authors of the piece: “Could hunger, and the threat to power that accompanies it, be what finally forces political leaders to act” against greenhouse-gas emissions?

The authors of the article, of course, call on the government to take immediate action:

Civilization has faced down pandemics and world wars — and has emerged stronger for having met the test. The current series of droughts and floods are not simply wreaking havoc on food supplies. They’re harbingers of life in a hotter and more chaotic climate. Could hunger, and the threat to power that accompanies it, be what finally forces political leaders to act?

If only “climate change” really were the problem in the Middle East. Think of how much more forceful Obama’s speeches would be.


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