Washington’s pushing yet another “Chicken Little” gambit. No, it isn’t the sky that’s falling, but they say it’s heating up so earth is in immediate and imminent danger, according to team Obama.
Al Gore staked this claim and harvested his millions from the global warming goldmine. Our planet’s temperatures are changing — have been for countless eons — but it’s doubtful we can exert much if any measurable control on the planetary thermostat.
Of course like any rational human, I’m for a cleaner environment and nice beaches. But trying to wield a political club carved from a billion years of global weather cycles is silly.
Even given the case that we humans might actually alter the trajectories of global weather mechanisms over some reasonably measurable span, the United States acting alone is like one individual agreeing not to relieve himself in a crowded communal swimming pool.
It’s the “right” thing to do but essentially symbolic. The water keeps the same tint. Of course, symbolism is what these political types are all about.
They blow their smoke and hold up their mirrors proclaiming concern for our country, its citizens and especially the children. Yet this same “concerned” crowd thinks nothing of leaving young generations with $20 trillion of debt?
And if they weren’t restrained, I’m sure these people would happily run it to $30 trillion as fast as they could. Global warming might be a huge problem somewhere in the distant future, but debt is the big bomb with the burning fuse.
All of this hype is less about concern for humanity and more about control and division. George Orwell understood the necessity for a grasping government to create outside “threats” to deflect and redirect scrutiny.
Today’s declared climate “enemy” is carbon dioxide, which comes from the Latin meaning “coal.” The language link isn’t true, but the anti-CO2 campaign is real and active.
Liberal Democrats dream of another tax nirvana where they have power to charge for “excessive” carbon footprints. This gas is their culprit du jour, the greenhouse gas most in political vogue, the gas they believe will condense into votes.
Certainly carbon dioxide contributes to atmospheric warming, but I’ve read methane gas is a hundred times more insidious in the near term, molecule for molecule. Methane is natural gas produced by earth’s biomass and animals that roam its surface.
Yep, what we have here is a clear and present flatulent danger. However, given the left’s widely different reaction to these two primary greenhouse gasses, why is CO2 their big target?
Maybe it’s because carbon emissions are easier to measure since they’re emitted from smokestacks and exhaust pipes. That makes a carbon tax computation relatively simple and straightforward.
The liberals’ taxation of methane emissions is much more difficult and hugely invasive. How to measure them? Who would read the meters? Should there be a special tax levy on burritos?
By logical extension, they’d even have to tax fat people more than thin folks. Face it, a whale “contributes” more to climate change than my little dog.
Well, maybe not.
Otis Gardner’s column appears here weekly. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.