They laughed, they cried, and they mocked socialist congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for saying the world will end in 12 years if we don’t immediately address climate change. As it turns out, AOC’s prediction marks her as a staunch conservative and deserving of infinite denialist shame. That is because the executive director of the International Energy Agency (IEA) now claims we have only 6 months to avert catastrophe. The IEA’s Fatih Birol now takes the lead in the countdown-to-climate-doom sweepstakes, although her lead will almost certainly be short-lived.

When AOC in 2019 claimed the world would end in 12 years, the alarmist community jumped eagerly on board. For example, the Washington Post published an article titled, “Ocasio-Cortez says the world will end in 12 years. She is absolutely right.”

Soon after AOC’s statement, alarmists realized that forecasting even less time until doomsday was a sure ticket to fame, fortune, and media adulation. The timeline was shortened to 11 years, and then 10 years, before Prince Charles got jealous of everybody else getting all the attention and said we have just 18 months to solve climate change.

That seemed to be the climate-doom sweepstakes winner until the IEA realized this week that it can capture even more attention than Prince Charles by one-upping him. Fatih Birol’s claim of just six months to save the world from climate change is now the clubhouse leader. Rumor has it that climate alarmists are preparing solitary jail cells and guillotines for climate deniers AOC and Prince Charles, who shilled for Big Oil by lying and saying we had more than six months’ time.

Birol and the IEA may be feeling pretty good about themselves for taking the lead into the clubhouse today, but there are still plenty of competitors out on the back nine. It shouldn’t be long before somebody shoots lower than six months and then measures up Birol and the IEA for their own climate denialist guillotine in the Great Climate Terror.

James Taylor is Director of the Arthur B. Robinson Center for Climate and Environmental Policy at The Heartland Institute. Taylor is the former managing editor (2001-2014) of Environment & Climate News, a national monthly publication devoted to sound science and free-market environmentalism.

3 COMMENTS

  1. “Predictions are hard, especially about the future.”, Yogi Berra, American philosopher

    There is real danger in making predictions over periods short enough that those hearing the predictions will be alive to assess their accuracy.

  2. There was an old TV show called, “Name That Tune” in which people had to bid on naming the next tune in 5 notes, 4 notes, etc…, down to one note. The loseer of the bid would just say, “Name that tune!” When they get down to one day, we should say, “name that tune!”

  3. How amazing! What a coincidence! Just around the time of the November elections in the USA? How convenient to have a sudden crisis at decision times?

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