February 25, 2008, - 10:04 am
By Debbie Schlussel
They tried horror movies designed to scare you. Then they tried horror movies designed to scare your kids into scaring you. Now the shrieking global warming crowd has a far more effective new scare tactic. They’re taking advantage of the most common phobia: fear of snakes.
Yes, the latest tack by the global warming fearmongers is that America will be infested with giant Burmese pythons. They say that the population of Burmese pythons–not native to North America–is growing and pushing further north in the United States as temperatures allegedly get higher.
But alleged “global warming” is not the reason the Burmese pythons got here, nor the reason their population is growing. The snakes are here because bizarre, irresponsible people feel the macabre need to own pythons and then set them loose into the Everglades, woods, and other places when they get too big. Plus the snakes escape, too.
Part of this is a lack of adequate laws forbidding the importation to and ownership of Burmese pythons in America. There are few laws restricting it. And now that ship has sailed as so many have been set free, they are roaming and breeding at a high rate. And eating a lot of the wildlife in the Everglades and other natural habitats in the southern U.S.
That has nothing to do with a temperature that allegedly is rising one degree every thousand years. The snakes aren’t clairvoyant. They don’t say to themselves: Hmmm . . . In a thousand years it’ll be one degree warmer, so we can invade Buffalo and Northern Michigan.
But phobias–irrational fears or hatreds–are not based on reason. And when people hear “python snakes will invade America,” they get scared without any critical thinking about how silly this fear is.
And the global warming crowd is clever. They use the word “colonize.” Last week, a front page USA Today story, screamed at readers that pythons were “colonizing” America. Get it?–They’re taking over. And it’s all your fault for using that blowdrier or driving that SUV. Completely absurd. The headline: “Pythons Could Squeeze Lower Third of USA.”
But no-one said reason and logic was a part of the hissing, creepy-crawly enviro-freaks’ campaign. Too bad the mainstream media worships the ground on which they slither:
As climate change warms the nation, giant Burmese pythons could colonize one-third of the USA, from San Francisco across the Southwest, Texas and the South and up north along the Virginia coast, according to U.S. Geological Survey maps released Wednesday.
The pythons can be 20 feet long and 250 pounds. They are highly adaptable to new environments. . . .
One map shows where the pythons could live today, an area that expands when scientists use global warming models for 2100.
“We were surprised by the map. It was bigger than we thought it was going to be,” says Gordon Rodda, zoologist and lead project researcher. “They are moving northward, there’s no question.” . . .
They grab with their mouth to anchor the prey, then coil around the animal and crush it to death before eating it whole.
If you see one, don’t attempt to engage it. Leave the area, note the location and notify the authorities.
The thing is, here in Michigan–as in other northern states–we already have snakes that are far more scary and dangerous than pythons. Pythons usually don’t attack humans. But Massassauga Rattlesnakes–native to Michigan–do, and they are fatally poisonous. They’ve been here as long as anyone can remember. And it has nothing to do with any alleged “global warming” or “climate change.”
No, your home, front lawn, and driveway aren’t about to be infested by Burmese pythons. But if they are, don’t blame your use of energy and commute to work. Blame America for letting bizarros buy these as pets and release them into the wild. Those are the problems that long ago should have been regulated, but weren’t.
Changing to CFL lightbulbs has nothing to do with it.
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