Drumnadrochit, Scotland U.K.
The business of the 26th United Nations Climate Summit took a lull in the action, which allowed for some light-hearted business mixed with sight-seeing by the CFACT crew.
We decided to go in search of the legendary, cryptic “Loch Ness Monster,” which took us to the northern Scotland village of Drumadrochit, a three-hour drive from Glasgow through the Scottish countryside in a fossil-fueled vehicle.
And we found it!!
From the 16th century ruins of the Urquhart Castle on the west bank of Loch Ness Lake, CFACT leadership, dressed in Scottish kilt, hit pay dirt. They not only located the Loch Ness monster, but befriended this beast and its new friend, the visiting Sasquatch!!
The story of the Loch Ness monster, affectionally known as “Nessie,” dates back to 1933 when s/he was supposedly sighted, with a famous photograph taken the following year. There also are stories of encounters with a mysterious animal in the area that date further back to the 1800s and to Scottish folklore from the sixth century.
The search for this Loch Ness creature has eluded pursuers ever since, right through September, even with deployment of sonars and drones. Nearly 90 years after that dubious photo, a mini-industry of search parties has continued for this elusive being or, presumably, Nessie’s offspring.
The climate change issue is the Loch Ness legend on a far grander scale. We are now in at least the fourth decade since politicians and hucksters alike sounded the alarm about inexorable global warming, which followed a generation of know-it-alls who predicted an upcoming ice age, planetary starvation from overpopulation, and related calamities. In many respects, there is about as much reason to believe a disastrous, imminent global warming apocalypse as there is a Nessie and Big Foot roaming about Earth.
Global doomsday remains 10 or 30 or 80 years away, depending on who is talking. We need “Climate Action Now!,” we’re told, including imposing full socialism to control society. That certainly was the message of the thousands of protesters on the streets of Glasgow over the weekend, which continues that tradition around UN climate conferences.
Climate is changing, but in a natural and historically consistent way with mankind’s influence tangential at best and insignificant regardless.
But the beat goes on with the catastrophic climate narrative, as does the Loch Ness myth. The latter story has playfully become a tourist attraction; the former is soon getting to the point of parody.