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
Filed under: Environment, Europe, Global Warming | Tags: , ,

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?



Hey! You’ve got to hide your lunch away! by American Elephant

Your lunch is the latest sacrifice to the gods of multiculturalism and appeasement if you are unfortunate enough to work for the National Health Services in Edinburgh, Scotland:

HOSPITAL staff in the Lothians have been told not to eat at their desks to avoid offending Muslim colleagues during Ramadan.

NHS Lothian has advised doctors and other health workers not to have working lunches during the 30-day fast, which begins next month.

The health service’s Equality and Diversity Officer sent an e-mail to all senior managers, giving guidance on religious tolerance.

This includes ensuring Muslim staff are given breaks to pray, and time off to celebrate Eid at the end of Ramadan.

It is understood they also advised hospital managers to move food trolleys away from areas where Muslims work. [read more]

Funny this directive should come from the “Equality and Diversity Officer”—it doesn’t sound very equal to me at all. In fact, it sounds suspiciously as though the rights of the majority are now being discarded outright in order to appease a vocal minority.

First every story that references pigs is packed up and carted away, now Scots of every religious persuasion are expected to change their eating habits for the entire month of Ramadan; cartoons depicting Muhammad are condemned and censored, while protests calling for the destruction of the West are tolerated…

Bill Aitken, Scottish Conservative justice spokesman, was reported as saying: “Frankly, this advice, well meaning as it may be, is total nonsense.”

Thats putting it lightly, Bill.




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