Saturday, March 26, 2011

No. 12: Global Warming

Over the next few weeks I will be performing my own little political countdown. It's more for my amusement than anything else, but I also feel that it's a good way to glimpse into the mind of the average Liberal. Such humorous creatures these Liberals, and yet so mysterious. This is my list of the top 20 things Liberals don't believe. We'll say it's in the interest of understanding one another.

I am not a climatologist.  I know nothing about meteorology, geology or astronomy.  Ask me when the last ice age occured and I'll have to do an internet search to answer.  So I readily admit that I don't have the scientific expertise to debate the global warming theorists from a scientific perspective.

But, I am a common sense American.  I tend to see things in simple terms.  Keeping it simple adds clarity and understanding and is the easiest way to solve problems.  So like other common sense Americans I see the global warming theory and apply what we call the "whiff" test.  If it doesn't smell right then it probably came from the malodorous end of a male bovine.

The theorists tell me that the earth is warming because of the horrible things we humans are doing.  But I know for a fact that over the past decade global temperatures have actually declined.  They don't comment on that fact but instead tell me that just about any natural phenomena can be attributed to our horrible behavior, and they use the occurrence of these events to strengthen their argument.

If a terrible hurrican strikes New Orleans, it's due to global warming.
If there is a brush fire in California, it's due to global warming.
If there is a dust storm in Oklahoma, or a drought in Texas, it's all global warming.
If Buffalo gets buried in snow, or Florida gets drenched in rain, it's global warming.

If it's hot outside it's global warming.  But if it's too cold then we must also blame global warming.  If there is starvation in the world, horrible tsunamis, catastrophic earthquakes, dead birds, dead fish, a bear attack in Alaska, too few deer, too many is ALL due to global warming.

Hmmm.  I scratch my head a bit.

What's really interesting about all of this isn't the theory itself.  There can be some validity to what these people are saying.  No, what bothers me is the solution and those who offer it.  Driven mainly by the UN the focus on solving this global crisis seems to be targeted towards the US.  Basically, we burn too many fossil fuels and therefore we're the reason why the planet is dying.

"What about China and India," a common sense American might ask. 

Well, they are basically ignored.  There is no international pressure on those two countries - both of which produce very large amounts of greenhouse gases - to reduce their fossil fuel consumption.  Instead, it's all about America.  And that's when I start to get skeptical.

"OK, so we need to build more nuclear plants.  Switching from coal power to nuclear power will reduce our greenhouse gas emissions," says the common sense American.

No.  That's not acceptable.  Nuclear is too dangerous, meltdowns and such.  Not an option.

"OK, so lets build a bunch of windmills."

No.  They kill birds and they are an eyesore.  We can't have the beautiful countryside marred by these ugly things.

"So what do you want us to do."

For starters, we need to burn corn alcohol instead of oil.  Yes, it is a less efficient fuel.  Yes, when you account for the production process AND the lack of efficiency you find that using corn alcohol actually produces a net INCREASE in greenhouse gases.  Yes, corn is food and perhaps could be put to better use by feeding those mouths who starve because of global warming.  Nevermind all of that.  We need to just burn more corn alcohol and less oil.

Hmmm.  The common sense American scratches his head some more.

But that's not all.  And here we get to the chewy center of what global warming is all about.  They tell us that the only way...the ONLY WAY we can save the planet is if America reduces its consumption of resources.  We must slow our economy down.  We must regress.  We must contract.  We must get smaller. 

Hmmm.  The skepticism builds.

But not only that.  They also tell us that we should pay those countries who don't produce so much pollution in order to offset the "cost" of the damage we are doing to the planet.

Hmmm.  So those who produce must pay those who don't produce to balance the inequality and bring justice to the planet.  Does anyone else hear the voice of Karl Marx?

Here's the deal, folks.  Global warming is a fantasy.  It's a cooked-up theory without any solid scientific evidence.  Liberals don't actually believe that we humans are killing the planet by burning coal and oil.  If they did, then they would support more nuclear energy.  They would support more wind farms.  And, most importantly, they would live their lives accordingly.  Anyone remember the last time Al Gore did something that would be considered "green"?  Do you see any of those green Hollywood celebrities using clothe diapers, or living in solar powered homes, or using geothermal heating/cooling?

No, they don't actually believe this stuff.  What they do believe is social justice.  They believe in the redistribution of wealth.  They believe in "from those who are most able to those who are most in need".  And they've taken those beliefs global.  So global warming is nothing more than Marxism on an international level.  And how do you convince the "rich" nations to redistribute their wealth to the nations "in need"?  Well, you cook up a theory about how progress kills the planet and you tell them that their children and grandchildren will suffer immensely if something isn't done right away.

Common sense Americans see this nonsense for what it is.  In a word, it stinks.  Perhaps we'd be more accepting of the theory if the environmentalists supported nuclear energy.  Or if Al Gore rode his bicycle to his $10,000 a plate dinners.  Or if we stopped focusing on food for energy and actually used it for food.  Or if the UN would chastise China and India like they do America.  But that's not how it is.

So, common sense Americans don't buy the kooky theories.  Neither do the Liberals for that matter, but the theory serves their political purposes so they trumpet it as if it were gospel.

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