All right. I can’t resist it any longer. Stop it. Stop it right now. The squirrels have sold you a tremendous pile of crap and you’re letting them get away with it. Global warming my ass.
First of all, I’m not a scientist. I don’t even play one on TV. But I have a brain and I can use it to think critically and make judgments. Global warming isn’t about temperatures and polar bears. It’s about power, money, guilt, and a two radical political agendas. And if you buy into it, you’re handing the squirrels your nuts.
Believe it or not, I’m a staunch supporter of traditional ecological causes. I’m all for saving species, protecting large spaces of wild lands, and preserving the Earth’s diversity and heritage. I think corporate polluters should be beaten with clubs and rabid developers should be strapped to ant hills and covered in honey. I’ll take nature over commerce every time. But global warming isn’t about these things. In fact it distracts us from the very real things we could be doing like connecting parks with wilderness corridors to protect predators and increase their hunting territory.
The earth might be getting warmer. Then again it might not be. The sample size is too small to tell. In the last 10 years there have been 928 studies of global temperature and every one of them supported the theory of global warming. This doesn’t mean it’s happening, it means that real science is no longer being done. You can’t have 928 studies done on anything and get perfect unanimity. Even Babe Ruth didn’t go into the Hall of Fame with a unanimous vote. Ironically the hysteria probably keeps us from finding out if the planet is warming or not.
Even if the earth is getting warmer, it’s a really big step to assume it’s our fault. The earth is a tad complicated as systems go. To assign one cause seems a little naive. And our understanding is far from sophisticated enough to make those judgments. I think it’s the ultimate act of hubris to give our actions so much power and consequence.
None the less, let’s assume for the sake of argument that the Chicken Littles are right and global warming is real and caused by human activity. This is a really big assumption, but I’m willing to stipulate it in order to make my points. The people bringing you global warming concerns have other agendas, and they have nothing to do with temperature. Here we go:
Point- I have something I like to call my golf course rule. It goes like this. Living in the West we read a lot about drought and water usage. There are always lots of warnings about how serious this problem is. Golf courses are the biggest waste of water on the planet. Huge, inefficient green areas for rich white people to chase a little ball around while they act important. They don’t grow food, cool manufacturing machines or quench thirst. As long as golf courses are being watered I refuse to believe that water is a serious issue. When the rich ruling class is told to stop watering every golf course, I’ll take this issue seriously. Until then it is officially bullshit.
Let’s apply this rule here. Many of the people most concerned about GW feel it’s necessary to fly around the world talking about it. Airplanes, limos, mansions, and luxury hotels have huge carbon footprints. They clearly aren’t worried enough yet to make any real changes to their life style so how serious do they really think the problem is? When every member of the Senate and every industrialist and Al fucking Gore stop flying and stay the fuck home, I’ll start paying attention to what they’re saying.
Point- Al Gore and others try to excuse their behavior by purchasing ‘carbon offset credits’. The theory is that if you use more than your share you can pay for it by investing in cleaner alternatives. I can’t believe this scam is working. Last year Al Gore spent a couple hundred thousand dollars in carbon credits. I’ll give you one guess as to who owns the company he bought them from. That’s right. Al Gore. I guess he learned about selling indulgences in divinity school.
Point- That brings me to my next point, guilt. Americans and some Europeans carry around a lot of guilt over the amount of world resources they use. The GW freaks have given them one convenient place to hang all that guilt. They can now use it to manipulate you into scams like carbon credits and giving up your ability to think critically.
Point- There’s an interesting assumption behind the carbon credit scam that leads to a difficult bit of truth. The assumption is that it’s all right for rich people to use more resources because they can afford it. Meanwhile, poor people should just stop using so much stuff. There are finite resources in the world. And the people who use the most, mainly rich white people, are real damn concerned that all those brown and yellow poor people are starting to demand a bigger share. They tried to control them by exporting religion and empire. That no longer seems to be working. So now we’ll us global warming to insure that China, India, and others are slowed down enough to keep Europeans as the dominate economic powers. Good luck with that.
Point- If GW is a problem, technology is the answer. Our urban air is way cleaner than it was a hundred years ago. We’ve stopped burning coal all over the place. Cars are way more efficient now then they were 50 years ago. If you’re serious about GW then you should be all for more technology. But that isn’t usually the case. The GW arguments are for fewer and less and going backwards. Let’s use bicycles and live in small towns again. Bullshit. If you truly want me to stop driving, invent something cooler. That’s how the real world works.
Point- Electric cars are not the answer. California has the most cars. California also can’t keep it’s lights on if it gets hot for three days in a row. How are you going to recharge your car? Where is the electricity going to come from? Meanwhile, the same idiots preaching about global warming are also preaching against nuclear power (very small carbon footprint) or more hydroelectric plants. Does this make sense to anybody?
I could go on for a while and I might in a later post. But in the meantime know this- The people in charge are always trying to consolidate and expand their power. Religion and tradition and fear of Commies aren’t working very well any more. Global warming has been a really useful tool for them. You’ve been warned. Protect your nuts!