Recently, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency awarded $17 million to various universities around the country to study the impacts of climate change.

At first glance, it was a rather innocuous press release, dated Feb. 17. But then I got to thinking: $17 million of taxpayer money to support a belief system that man-made climate change is real!

The whole thing is rather insidious.

The alarmists have conveniently shifted their references from “global warming” to “climate change.”  Yet, the basis for their argument remains the same — man has caused this problem and we need to do something about it before it is too late.

We have had “climate change” for many centuries. It appears that natural climate cycles occur, lasting as long as 1,500 years, with some variations. 

Mojib Latif, professor at the Leibniz Institute at Germany’s Kiel University and one of the world’s leading climate-modelers, believes the world could be in for a cool spell over the next 20 to 30 years, due to cyclical changes in ocean currents.

A cooling spell? Many would have us believe the world is warming. 

In a Dec. 7 press release proclaiming that greenhouse gases threaten public health and the environment, EPA said greenhouse gas concentrations are at unprecedented levels due to human activity; furthermore, greenhouse gases are the primary driver of climate change, which can lead to hotter, longer heat waves.

So, it’s easy to see the inherent bias — and the possibility for scientific fraud — when universities accept money from an agency that has come to its own predetermined conclusions.  

Certainly, we have the recent lesson of “climategate,” where leaked e-mails between climate scientists showed a conspiracy to distort the facts.

It’s too bad that an ideology has so pervaded our political structure.  And, it is siphoning-off hard-earned taxpayer dollars to support a notion that is currently flying in the face of conventional wisdom and common sense.

For a while, it looked like the Obama Administration would forego efforts to pass “cap and trade” legislation designed to address some of its global-warming fears. But, on March 9, President Obama summoned a group of U.S. Senators to the White House to revive discussions on climate-change legislation. It was a curious move, since many people believe “cap and trade” will simply impose additional regulatory burdens on businesses rather than provide the type of economic stimulus the businesses really need.

The cap-and-trade bill passed by the U.S. House of Representatives last summer would not help most dairies, according to an analysis done by the Agricultural and Food Policy Center at Texas A&M University. Most dairies would experience higher energy costs with no way to offset those costs.

Whether it is “global warming,” “climate change” or “cap and trade,” it all ties back to the notion that man got us into this mess, so man must figure a way out. The problem is that only a few countries like the U.S. will do anything about it, while the rest of the countries in the world go on their merry way, eventually surpassing us while we have one hand tied behind our back.

It’s an insidious problem that demands your attention.