American Elephants

A few billion here, a few billion there, and the first thing you know, you’re talking real money. by The Elephant's Child
November 13, 2008, 8:08 pm
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The idea that human beings have changed and are changing the basic climate system of the Earth through their industrial activities and burning of fossil fuels — the essence of the Greens’ theory of global warming — has about as much basis in science as Marxism and Freudianism.  Global warming, like Marxism, is a political theory of actions, demanding compliance with its rules.

Marxism, Freudianism, global warming.  These are proof — of which history offers so many examples — that people can be suckers on a grand scale.  To their fanatical followers they are a substitute for religion.  Global warming, in particular, is a creed, a faith, a dogma that has little to do with science.  If people are in need of religion, why don’t they first turn to the genuine article?
—  Paul Johnson

I post often about the problem of global warming — which is not that the seas will rise and the poles will melt and drought ensue — but that we respond to the alarmist’s false doctrine by altering our government to deal with a nonexistent problem, diverting time and funds that are needed elsewhere.

The British are discovering just how much the EU’s new package of climate change measures will impact — by about 73 billion euro ($93 billion) per year by 2020, or £600 ($890) per year per family of four in the UK.  That would get your attention. A EU directive designed to limit pollution and associated acid rain will see nine UK power plants close by 2015.  Four nuclear power stations will also shut. But there is nothing to replace them.

Thirty one experts quizzed by the BBC in a survey fear not enough stations are being built.  Thirteen said there is an unacceptable risk of blackouts in the next ten years, and seven warned of problems in just five years.  Labor and the Tories are arguing and having studies, consulting experts and not doing much of anything.  The EU seems to be backing off from their mandates as they begin to grasp the financial side of their fantasies of saving the planet.

California, already in financial trouble, plans to shift to a 33% requirement for renewable power by 2020.  It is part, they proclaimed, of California’s “clean energy future.”  As a result, the state must start asking how they will achieve 33% renewable energy.

The California Public Utility Commission says it will require an infrastructure build-out on a scale and timeline perhaps unparalleled anywhere in the world. It will cost at least $60 billion between 2010 and 2020 to meet the goal.

Roger Helmer MEP, points out that wind farms in the English East Midlands are “gesture politics”, a lovely term for political overreaching. It is all like being trapped in an Alice in Wonderland culture. Politicians will save us from fantasy problems with fantasy solutions while steadfastly ignoring the very real problems that they are causing.  How do we stop them?  How do we wake them up?

The American people know better.  They voted decisively against these solutions that were on the ballot. Californians defeated three measures.  Polls say that Americans don’t believe in anthropogenic global warming.  Perhaps there is more to the story than appears on the surface.  Could that be?

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Great post. I highly recommend reading Michael Crichton’s “State of Fear.” Pretty much blows the whole global warming crowd out of the water.

I had an unfortunate incident today with my Little Brother (Big Brothers Big Sisters). He’s 14 and I took him to an IMAX movie about the Grand Canyon and the Colorado River. I thought he would enjoy seeing the Grand Canyon in all its splendor through the lens of IMAX. I didn’t realize until it was too late that it was a sickening indictment of humans for their role in global warming, causing the river to “die.” Sigh. It’s getting harder and harder to get away from this stuff.


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