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The green juggernaut

By Alan Caruba
web posted February 5, 2007

As the news poured forth about the devastation wrought last week by a huge storm that swept across central Florida, I wondered to myself how anyone with any common sense could think that humans are responsible for the weather? Responsible? We have zero control over these events. And yet…

  • What is happening in Congress with regard to various Green legislative proposals;
  • What occurred when President Bush used the term "climate change" in his State of the Union speech;
  • What is happening as various corporations throw their support to carbon emissions "cap and trade" programs;
  • What is happening when California declares it will not purchase power if it is generated by "dirty" utilities utilizing coal-fired operations;
  • The massive media coverage of the announcement of the United Nations Panel on Climate Change report predicting millions dying from hunger and widespread drought by 2080;
  • The hyping of ethanol as the solution to energy independence;
  • And so many more events, announcements, and claims has reached a tipping point for those seeking to convince the world that modernization, industrialization, and globalization is destroying the Earth.
  • The Earth is 5.4 billion years old. Does anyone seriously believe millions will die by 2080 or that the Earth's vast resources of water will go dry?

Those of us who have written extensively on the vast hoax that Global Warming represents, must wonder if the Big Lie has triumphed? What can be done when a kind of mass insanity or willing and deliberate ignorance replaces both science and rationality?

The government, from the White House to the Congress, appears ready to vastly impact our lives and the nation's economy by passing legislation based on a massive campaign marked by deception that began in the 1980s.

Global Warming has become totally politicized. Even in the halls of Congress science cannot be evoked to debunk it. Those who cite science are to be threatened with decertification, denied access to the public by the mainstream media, ridiculed or subjected to isolation within their profession.

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), a candidate for the presidency, has said that "Global warming is an international problem requiring international effort," but he knows full well that neither China or India are signatories to the U.N. Kyoto Protocol to control greenhouse gas emissions and, for that matter, neither is the United States.

  • Why does no one ask, having been masterminded by then-Vice President Al Gore, why didn't then-President Clinton ever submit the U.N. Kyoto Protocol to the Senate for a vote?
  • Why do today's senators ignore the Senate's unanimous vote against the Protocol in 1998, citing the harm to the nation's economy?
  • Why doesn't anyone admit that none of the Protocol's signatory nations have ever met the emissions reductions required?
  • Why does anyone think its carbon emission restrictions will have any impact on the world's climate when neither China and India, home to more than two billion people, will not participate?

"This is a problem whose time has come," said Sen. Hillary R. Clinton, yet another presidential candidate. No, it is an even bigger problem if carbon emission caps are applied nationwide.

It would appear that former Vice President Al Gore has won his insane effort to save the world from the internal combustion engine thanks to one of the most flawed and deceitful documentaries in recent times.

Americans simply have not grasped how environmentalists have put them and others around the world at risk for their lives by, for example, removing from use some of the most beneficial pesticides ever invented.
The Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards imposed in 1975 to reduce U.S. dependence on foreign oil and gasoline consumption have had similar consequences. In order to improve fuel standards, auto manufacturers have looked for ways to lighten cars. The National Highway Safety Administration concluded that, between model years 1996 and 1999, this translated to 13,608 traffic fatalities for light cars, 10,884 for heavier cars, and 14,705 for light trucks. Since CAFE went into effect, crash data from 1975 calculates out to 7,700 deaths for every mile per gallon gained in fuel economy.

The mandate to require gasoline blends with ethanol in ever increasing amounts has driven the cost of corn to a ten-year high. This in turn is driving up the cost of all the food products, including the feed for livestock and poultry, derived in whole or part from corn. There are already food riots in Mexico because of it.

The list of indictments of the environmental movement is too long for this short examination of the Green juggernaut. It is not saving the Earth, but intends to render it devoid of humanity.

Americans, while they still have a voice in the affairs of this nation, must demand that Congress vote against the "climate control" legislation that power-crazed politicians of both parties are advancing. ESR

Alan Caruba writes a weekly column, "Warning Signs", posted on the Internet site of The National Anxiety Center. His book, "Right Answers: Separating Fact from Fantasy", is published by Merril Press. © Alan Caruba, February 2007


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