Wednesday, February 16, 2005

The sky is not falling!

Whoo boy. We got this little nugget today from eminent geologist Tom Weese (actually, he's just some nut who founded his own cult of like-minded whackjobs called the "American Policy Center") for the editorial page. Can't wait to see the response:

Those who have been fighting against the radical green agenda have been warning that modern-day environmentalism has little to do with protecting the environment. Rather, it is a political movement led by those who seek to control the world economics, dictate development, and redistribute the world’s wealth.

Uh huh. Woody Harrelson and all those other freaks in their hybrid cars are out for the blood of our children, little more than pirates bent on world domination through hemp clothing and Birkenstocks!

They use the philosophical base of Karl Marx, the tactics of the KGB, and the rhetoric of the Sierra Club. The American people have been assaulted from all directions by rabid environmentalists.

Let's just look at that sentence for a moment . . . now get the Windex and clean whatever was in your mouth two seconds ago off your monitor. Are we good to go?

Good.

Something tells me Mr. DeWeese has had more than one fevered dream of being "assaulted from all directions by rabid environmentalists." But could someone please provide a singular example of the rhetoric of the Sierra club being implemented with the tactics of the KGB?

School children have been told that recycling is a matter of life and death. Businesses have been shut down. Valuable products like Freon have been removed from the market. Chemicals and pesticides that helped to make this nation the safest and healthiest in the world are targeted for extinction. Our entire nation is being restructured to fit the proper green mold. All of it for a lie about something man has nothing to do with.

Dang them for taking away our DDT and Freon!! The birth defects and plummeting bird populations were so worth being cool and comfy!

And yes, it's true, I was taught from a young age that a fiery death of being thrown to Ba'al would result if I threw away a pop can.

But the lie has grown to massive proportions — and the game is about to get very serious indeed. Pressure is building again to impose the Kyoto Protocol worldwide. Only a few years ago, this treaty appeared dead when President George W. Bush refused American participation. Now, however, Russia has signed on, and the United Nations has enough support to begin implementing its dire consequences — even on the United States. Senator John McCain (Ariz.) has called the White House stance on global warming “terribly disappointing.” McCain is now using the ACIA report to convene hearings on the “human effect on climate and what to do about it.” McCain intends to help build pressure on the President to accept the Kyoto Protocol.

Uh oh. Russia has signed on. Now the KGB environmentalists have a fearsome ally.

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To meet such drastically-reduced energy standards will — in the short run — cost the United States over one million jobs. Some estimate it will cost over seven million jobs in 14 years. If the treaty sends the economy into a tailspin, as many predict, it will cost even more jobs.

And in the grand tradition of conservatives pulling numbers out of their asses, here! I present to you fresh ass-numbers! And I need no sources if I say that "some estimate" that this is true!

It will cost the average family $1,000 to $4,000 dollars per year in increased energy costs. The cost of food will skyrocket. It has been estimated that in order for the United States to meet such a goal, our gross domestic product will be reduced by $200 billion — annually.

Indeed, it has been estimated by . . . uh . . . Some! Yes, the mighty SOME have estimated it!

To force down energy use, the federal government will have to enforce a massive energy tax that will drive up the cost of heating your home by as much as 30 to 40 percent. In all likelihood there will be a tax on gasoline — as high as 60 cents per gallon. There will be consumption taxes and carbon taxes. The Department of Energy has estimated that electricity prices could rise 86 percent — and gasoline prices 53 percent.

Yes, fresh, toasty ass-numbers!

The purpose of these punitive costs is to drive up the cost of modern living in order to force you to drastically change your lifestyle. That is the diabolical plan behind this restructuring scheme. Cars banned. Industry curtailed. Housing smaller. Family size controlled.

The diabolical plan will come to fruition when we all must be forced to live in a slightly smaller McMansion than the exurban hellbox we have now!

Every single product that is produced with the use of energy will increase in price. This includes items such as aspirin, contact lenses and toothpaste. A study by the Department of Energy’s Argonne Laboratory finds that the treaty will cripple six U.S. industries including paper, steel, petroleum refining, chemical manufacturing, aluminum, and cement. That about sums up the economy.

I'm going to assume he's talking about this study, which was done by the Department of Energy but doesn't state anywhere that the protocol would "cripple" anything. In fact, the strongest language I could find to describe the economic fallout was this:
Differences in the cost of energy will affect the outlook for U.S. jobs, consumer prices, investment, technical change, and economic growth. Whenever use of a factor of production such as energy is restricted, economic performance falls for some period of time, the price of energy and other goods and services rises, and consumption and employment decline. Hence the various cases affect the national economy to varying degrees.


Hardly sounds like the economic doomsday Mr. DeWeese predicted.

But perhaps you still are not convinced.

Astute observation, Mr. Freakypants!

Maybe you still cling to the idea that such drastic action is necessary — that those pushing the global warming agenda are truly in a panic over global warming and are just trying to find a solution. If you are one of those people, ask yourself: Why does the Kyoto Protocol only bind developed nations to Draconian emission levels?

Self, why does the Kyoto Protocol only bind developed nations to Draconian emission levels?

Glad you asked, self. It is because the major polluters of the world have more resources to cut emissions and efforts on the part of third-world nations to reduce emissions would be a drop in the bucket compared to the progress that can be made if larger countries were to ratify the protocol. Additionally, the treaty includes several initiatives built into Kyoto to persuade developing countries to use sustainable energy sources.

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Now ask yourself: If the Kyoto Climate Change Protocol is all about protecting the environment — then why doesn't it cover everybody? The truth, of course, is that the treaty is really about redistribution of the wealth. The wealth of the United States is, and has always been, the target. The new scheme to grab the loot is through environmental scare tactics.

Well, self, I have another question for you. Why doesn't it cover everybody?

Self, I kind of already answered that before, but the main thrust of Kyoto is to place a global responsibility on wealthy nations to begin the implementation of clean energy production. Other nations are being encouraged to develop with clean energy in mind, and are being given the aforementioned incentives to do so. Man, where do you get these questions? Oh, DeWeese is asking you to ask me? Well, that explains it.

And international corporations, who owe allegiance to no nation, will bolt America and move their factories, lock, stock and computer chip to those Third World countries where they will be free to carry on production. But that means the same emissions will be coming out of the jungles of South America instead of Chicago. So where is the protection of the environment? You see, it's not about that, is it?

Newsflash, Mr. DeWeese- the factories already bolted. It ain't the environmentalists' faults. It's the fault of "free" trade.

Still not convinced? One more thing. Hidden in the small print of the treaty is a provision that calls for the “harmonizing of patent laws.” Now, robbing a nation of its patent protection is an interesting tactic for protecting the environment, don’t you think?

Funny, the only mention I can find of the "harmonizing of patent laws" in the Kyoto Protocol are in reference to this very wingnut's screed. Besides, the notion of "harmonizing patent laws" rings more of globalism and consistency than copywright infringement.

And there's still more looting of the U.S. treasury planned. Supporters of the Kyoto Protocol also want, industrialized nations to subsidize poor countries’ adaptation to global warming to the tune of $73 billion per year. Obtaining such subsidies will be an interesting trick after the U.S. economy has been destroyed by the treaty. Looters rarely have the ability to think that far in advance.

Mr. DeWeese, may I suggest that those who are "looting" the U.S. Treasury are actually those who are supposed to be protecting it?

Don't you just love it when wingers start talking about budgetary issues concerning the environment when we're spending $270 million per day to rebuild a country we decided to destroy?

Don’t think this devastation can’t happen. The United Nations and the European Union has exposed their hatred for the United States. They envy our wealth and think that legalized theft, rather than sound economic policy, is the way to obtain it.

The key words there are "Don't think." That's what the administration has been telling us for ages, and I just can't get myself to do it.

And please, the deficit is global news. I hardly think that the EU envies us for much of anything right now, while their Euro continues to bitchslap the dollar on a daily basis. Legalized theft? Hardly.

Credit where credit is due:
Tom DeWeese is the Editor-in-Chief of The DeWeese Report which is published by American Policy Center and is distributed as a public service by the Americanism Educational League

Now, I will admit- Kyoto is not perfect. But this guy sounds to me like one of those guys who stands on a streetcorner screeching about how the world is ending and reeking of his own urine. They will control our family size! We're all DOOMED! DOOMED! The Sierra Club KGB will break your kneecaps for questioning global warming!!

But what's truly sad is that this has already found its way to Free Republic, Right Nation, Intellectual Conservative, and many real, paper news outlets which are presenting it as reasoned dialogue.

The Kyoto Protocol is doomed in American circles because of two main reasons: It is an environmental measure, which is therefore a mere obstruction to business, and two, it is approved widely by the Europeans, who apparently hate us and everything we do and they just want our money.

This is another one where I'm inclined to just say, "Fine. Keep thinking this is true. But when Phoenix melts into a hole on the map, don't come crying to me saying that global warming was real all along and we should have ratified Kyoto."

But then, I just have to hope I'm gone before these idiots run roughshod over our Constitution, our rights and our planet.

2 comments:

  1. i hope management gives you guys ice cream cake for having to share by-lines with rubbish like that.

    interesting how mr. amercanism in education-amism fails to mention the reason that less industrialized nations aren't beholden to the same standards in kyoto because they haven't been, in the words of a bbc radio interviewer, "using the ozone layer as a dustbin" for the last 100 or so years - the u.s. alone, with only about 5% of the global population accounts for something like 30 to 40 percent of the world's air pollution.

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  2. I ran into a geologist last night at the local sushi bar, and we had one hell of a discussion about the Kyoto agreement and this administrations refusal to participate.

    He would be the direct opposite of Tom Weese.

    Anyhow, if you look at some of the 'religous-right end-timer's' viewpoints, you may understand Bush's stance a little more.

    What's the use of protecting an environment that won't be here after the second coming?

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