Sunday, April 29, 2007

Got "Green"?

The southern ice cap is melting at an alarming rate. In fact, the planet is warming at such an alarming rate, it could lose the southern ice cap, says scientist Jonathan Leake. But not our planet, I’m talking about Mars. And since Bush, Halliburton and John Travolta aren’t there, it can’t be explained away by human behavior. Apparently it’s a natural occurring thing over there.

But Global Warming is happening here too, according to all the Hollyweirds and left politicians. And while they tout about how we should all be Good Americans and lower our carbon “footprints” they sure don’t see any reason to lower their own. Seriously, those democrats flying in for their “debates” couldn’t even plane-pool; it is a fact private jets emit so much more CO2 than commercial jets. They could have partitioned off a 757 and it would have been quite cozy for everyone, but it's not up to them to curb global warming, it's up to them to get us to. (Oh, and Hillary, I just need to let you know that multilingual means you can speak more than two languages, not fake more than two accents.)

I suppose though, they can purchase carbon credits. Many of them do, and it’s the feel-good, happy way to pollute. Yes, even you too can drive your SUV, fly around for the fun of it, leave your incandescent light bulbs on all night, and all you have to do is pay a fee to “offset” your “footprint”. There are only a few problems with this, however.

First, poor people cannot buy their way out of pollution. No matter how you slice it, the middle and lower class cannot afford to pay $8 for a fluorescent bulb when they can pay fifty cents for a regular one. They tell us the new fluorescent ones will last twice as long as the others, saving energy. So that means that you’d end up spending a whole dollars worth of light bulbs to equal one fluorescent (call me thick, but I don’t see the benefit). They also won’t be able to afford "going green" because they’re figuring out how to pay $3 and over for gas. (Weren’t the Democrats supposed to do something about that when they “took over”? And if we’re in a war for oil, shouldn’t we be seeing a break sometime soon?) The people here in NYC may be facing a surcharge on their electric bills as a way to curb global warming, thanks to Bloomberg. So that means more money out of the pockets of poor people.

So only the rich can afford to pollute. (Which excludes me.) Even if I could afford to buy them, what exactly happens when I buy a carbon offset? Considering another source, it appears that not a whole lot happens. In fact, it seems as if it’s money changing from one hand to another, when you look at the data. I seriously doubt Al Gore will be clamoring to investigate that any time soon. He’s a big purchaser of Carbon Credits, and in fact he purchases them from his own company. I find that particularly disturbing that he founded the company from which he buys his credits. I wonder how much he makes annually from that company. His purchases in that article seem like they amount to a lot (not).

And Mr. Goracle- don't be a hypocrite. Untill you actually lower your energy use and stop buying carbon offsets from your own company- don't call Canadians fraudulent.

It all seems so eerie to me, this doomsday rhetoric. I mean, if it’s not enough, people are blaming cows and suggesting how to change their diets to curb the amount of CO2 they emit. Yeah, you read that right. That and we use too much toilet paper. Remember Y2K? We were doomed, the lights would go out, gas pumps wouldn’t work, tolls wouldn’t work, and every thing would shut down. Small businesses everywhere spent hundreds and thousands of dollars upgrading their computer software, credit card machines, chips in gas pumps, ATM machines, phone lines, etc. Nothing happened. My VCR still worked. So did the car. The toaster was fine as was the microwave. People spent all that money for what, to err on the side of caution?

Is that what we’re doing with Global Warming? People use climate change synonymous with global warming. And where global warming is concerned, it takes the average earth temperature and compares it with the average of some period in time ago. I have a problem with that as well; how do you average the earth’s temperature? How do you average the temperature in summer in Cuba with the winter in Antarctica? The spring in Oklahoma with the fall in Zimbabwe? What about the average from sea level in Washington State to the top of Mt. St. Helens at two different times of the day? Take that average (if you can even get one) and average all those with the same data as fifty years ago, 100 years ago, 500 years ago, etc. If you even get an answer, you're full of it and delusional. But, that is climate change, which is totally different.

These scientists are using simulated models to determine their data, and are blaming CO2 as the culprit as if CO2 didn’t exist in abundance before the industrial revolution. How did they measure levels of CO2 before that revolution, anyway?

More over, who is paying those scientists? Everyone knows that oil companies are paying the scientists who dissent the “consensus” on global warming. (yeah, right.) So maybe those that say it is absolutely un-debatable work for Al Gore’s company, GIM? Nah, couldn’t be. Maybe they’re roadies and the entourage of the other Green Weenies in Hollywood. It just strikes me as odd that anyone who disagrees, the people who say that “the science is in and fact” on this global warming thing don’t think anything of it. Once upon a time, Galileo was called a heretic for saying the earth revolved around the sun, rather than the then commonly viewed way. People also thought Christopher Columbus was going to sail right off the edge of the earth.

Doesn’t it smell a little too much like belief, rather than fact? It’s fine to believe in this consensus, if that’s what you want to do, and there are plenty of articles to back up your claims. Consensus is not fact. In fact, they’re not even synonymous. One could say that the consensus is believed this is fact, but it is all belief at the end of the day. And to sit and say it’s your way or no way; saying those that disagree have some ugly motive for it, sounds an awfully lot like RELIGION.

However, this religion is politically correct. Even their Christmas Trees are 80% post- consumer recycled plastic.

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