Written on Friday, July 15, 2011 by Nathaniel Davidson
There are relatively few important issues for this coming election, precisely because getting these wrong will have dire effects for the country. One of them is the environment. Conservatives point out that the free market is the best protector of the environment—Thomas Sowell explained in Knowledge and Decisions:
It is precisely those things which belong to ‘the people’ which have historically been despoiled—wild creatures, the air, and waterways being notable examples. This goes to the heart of why property rights are socially important in the first place. Property rights mean self-interested monitors. No owned creatures are in danger of extinction. No owned forests are in danger of being levelled. No one kills the goose that lays the golden egg when it is his goose.
But the Left for a long time has used environmentalism to justify bloating the government so that its tentacles are everywhere: restricting our freedom and confiscating even more of our earnings.
Maybe the RINO president Nixon was well meaning when he signed the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) into law. But not surprisingly—as this is the fate of most government departments— this has been taken over by leftist radicals who love the power (compare it with the TSA, founded under another soft Republican president, now fighting tooth and nail for the right to grope innocent airline passengers). They even want to tax, literally, the air we breathe with their rapacious “carbon tax”, penalizing plant food, CO2. Their excuse is the global warm-mongering scam, spawned by the German National Socialists. (Shh: don’t tell the EPA that water vapor is by far the most important greenhouse gas, or they might tax kettles). And their bullying regulations will cost hundreds of thousands of jobs in the coal industry and cause electricity prices to skyrocket—just as Obama wants.
As you are considering who to vote for in the coming GOP presidential primaries, put a big black mark against any who have fallen for this mad warm-mongering scam. The last thing we need is RINO candidates like Romney, Huntsman and Gingrich who have bought into this; the latter even making an ad with Nancy Pelosi! This despite the fact that the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has made embarrassing scientific blunders. A leading climate modeller, Australian scientist David Evans spills the beans on what it’s really about: control, not science:
The whole idea that carbon dioxide is the main cause of the recent global warming is based on a guess that was proved false by empirical evidence during the 1990s. But the gravy train was too big, with too many jobs, industries, trading profits, political careers, and the possibility of world government and total control riding on the outcome. So rather than admit they were wrong, the governments, and their tame climate scientists, now outrageously maintain the fiction that carbon dioxide is a dangerous pollutant.
It’s vital that Patriots undermine Leftists’ smugness and self-confessed compassion—by pointing out that their policies hurt those they claim to want to help (see previous Patriot column The Left vs the Poor). The warm-mongering scam is no exception. David Evans points out:
“Even if we stopped emitting all carbon dioxide tomorrow, completely shut up shop and went back to the Stone Age, according to the official government climate models it would be cooler in 2050 by about 0.015 degrees. But their models exaggerate 10-fold — in fact our sacrifices would make the planet in 2050 a mere 0.0015 degrees cooler!”
One of the best ways is showing that leftist ecofascists fail even under their own perspective. That is, even granting their premises for the purpose of the argument, their solutions do more harm than good for the environment. Here are a few examples:
Many fall for ecofascist scams because they don’t consider the alternatives. For example, they resent even the faintest whiff of car exhaust with the scents of flowers in an idyllic landscape untarnished by machinery. But this never existed! The book Super-Freakanomics provides a useful reality check:
Do you know that New York city in the 1890s had a major crisis: huge pollution and sanitation problems, traffic snarl-ups, and many people dying from road accidents just like now? Not from the motorcar, but from the horse! Even worse:
“The average horse produced about 24 pounds of manure a day. With 200,000 horses (in New York), that’s nearly 5 million pounds of horse manure. A day. Where did it go?”
Well, when it rained, it flowed. Everywhere. Ever admire the elegant houses with stoops leading up to the door from the pavement? Well, that was to stop the horse poop from flowing in! And of course, this manure was a wonderful breeding ground for disease-spreading flies.
This was a worldwide problem so horrendous that New York hosted the first international urban planning conference in 1898. They found no solution. But they were rescued anyway, without any government help—the much maligned invention of Henry Ford came to the rescue.
This coming election in 2012 is pivotal: in Reagan’s words in 1964:
“Whether we believe in our capacity for self-government or whether we abandon the American revolution and confess that a little intellectual elite in a far-distant capital can plan our lives for us better than we can plan them ourselves”?
It’s time for Patriots to hold Liberals’ feet to the fire, and force them to defend their absurd meddling that fails to do even what they claim.