Leave Santa out of the climate debate

Published on Sunday, 15 December 2013 00:35 - Written by

Dear global warming activists, we wish you all a holly, jolly Christmas, but please leave Santa Claus out of the climate change debate. Let’s keep Santa as a non-combatant. The reindeer, too — though we’ll tell you what: You can have Jack Frost, if you really think he’ll take your side.

Greenpeace has come out with a dire warning from the Big Man in Red himself, just in time to spread some holiday cheer.

“Dear children, regrettably I bring bad tidings,” a doleful Santa says in the video. “For some time now, melting ice here in the North Pole has made our operations and our day-to-day life intolerable and impossible and there may be no alternative but to cancel Christmas.”

He urges children to contact Presidents Barack Obama (who he’s put on his naughty list).

“My home in the arctic is fast disappearing,” he warns, “and unless we all act urgently, then I have to warn you of the possibility of an empty stocking forevermore.”

The Greenpeace website is even worse; it says there won’t even be presents this year.

“The North Pole is only a frozen ocean and it’s melting away faster and faster,” the website says. “His warehouse is flooded. All the presents are ruined.”

It’s a season for peace and harmony, so we’ll not refight the climate change evidence battle now. Let’s just focus on Greenpeace’s hijacking of a non-offensive holiday image for its own political purposes.

We all know that Santa himself has some high standards for naughty and nice; Greenpeace’s claims fall short.

Greenpeace said North Pole operations have been curtailed by melting ice. In fact, arctic ice has increased in area and density.

“Sea ice in the Arctic Ocean underwent a sharp recovery this year from the record-low levels of 2012, with 50 percent more ice surviving the summer melt season, scientists said Friday,” the New York Times reported in September (following the summer melting season). “It is the largest one-year increase in Arctic ice since satellite tracking began in 1978.”

So much for melting ice; how about North Pole production figures? There’s no evidence stockings won’t be filled this year. In fact, manufacturing is up worldwide (and that should logically include the North Pole).

Bucking fears of a sharp brake on growth after the government shutdown in the United States and earlier signs of distress in Europe and Asia, global manufacturing activity sped up in November, raising hopes for a broader global economic turnaround in the coming year,” the New York Times said just last week.

As for the urgent need for children to contact the president, lest Christmas be canceled, there’s no need. Without economically disastrous legislation, the United States has already cut carbon emissions. We’re doing our part.

But the real point here is that political activism isn’t the purpose of Christmas — nor, even, is Santa Claus. Do we really need to cue Linus here?

Climate change activists undoubtedly feel their cause is urgent. And also undoubtedly, Santa has been brought in to sell lesser causes.

But Greenpeace goes too far. No, Virginia, Christmas won’t be cancelled.