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Krauthammer on the "Church of the Environment"
Posted by: McQ on Saturday, May 31, 2008

How did this happen?

Well, as Charles Krauthammer explains, after the collapse of communism, those who still are true believers in central planning had to have somewhere to go. Krauthammer, in my estimation, has correctly pointed out where they've landed (as has Vaclav Klaus):
For a century, an ambitious, arrogant, unscrupulous knowledge class — social planners, scientists, intellectuals, experts and their left-wing political allies — arrogated to themselves the right to rule either in the name of the oppressed working class (communism) or, in its more benign form, by virtue of their superior expertise in achieving the highest social progress by means of state planning (socialism).

Two decades ago, however, socialism and communism died rudely, then were buried forever by the empirical demonstration of the superiority of market capitalism everywhere from Thatcher's England to Deng's China, where just the partial abolition of socialism lifted more people out of poverty more rapidly than ever in human history.

Just as the ash heap of history beckoned, the intellectual left was handed the ultimate salvation: environmentalism. Now the experts will regulate your life not in the name of the proletariat or Fabian socialism but — even better — in the name of Earth itself.

Environmentalists are Gaia's priests, instructing us in her proper service and casting out those who refuse to genuflect. (See Newsweek above.) And having proclaimed the ultimate commandment — carbon chastity — they are preparing the supporting canonical legislation that will tell you how much you can travel, what kind of light you will read by, and at what temperature you may set your bedroom thermostat.
So here we are. With a thin veneer of science supporting the facade of the "First Church of the Environment", its apostles are moving quickly to consolidate the necessary power and to impose that first commandment Krauthammer talks about - carbon chastity.

For instance, proposed in England:
Only Monday, a British parliamentary committee proposed that every citizen be required to carry a carbon card that must be presented, under penalty of law, when buying gasoline, taking an airplane or using electricity. The card contains your yearly carbon ration to be drawn down with every purchase, every trip, every swipe.
And, of course, if you need more, you'll have to buy more credits through some sort of exchange - and you can guess what entity will be running it and you can bank on that entity taking its cut of the proceeds.

As Krauthammer points out, and this is something people have a tendency to miss in all of this, what we're talking about is a huge increase in the power of government:
There's no greater social power than the power to ration. And, other than rationing food, there is no greater instrument of social control than rationing energy, the currency of just about everything one does and uses in an advanced society.
And through pending legislation we're just about to hand the beginnings of that sort of "social power" to government.

Krauthammer calls himself a "global warming agnostic" and characterizes that as someone "who believes instinctively that it can't be very good to pump lots of CO2 into the atmosphere but is equally convinced that those who presume to know exactly where that leads are talking through their hats."

Fair enough. I go a step further and find it almost impossible to believe that global warming has a single source and that man's contribution of this gas is the primary reason for the ongoing warming. So while we differ there, I find his "agnostic solutions" to be acceptable:
So what does the global warming agnostic propose as an alternative? First, more research — untainted and reliable — to determine (a) whether the carbon footprint of man is or is not lost among the massive natural forces (from sunspot activity to ocean currents) that affect climate, and (b) if the human effect is indeed significant, whether the planetary climate system has the homeostatic mechanisms (like the feedback loops in the human body, for example) with which to compensate.
Or said another way - the science isn't at all settled and before we go rushing off to jump into hare-brained ideas like the carbon card and hand over more heaping helpings of power to government, we need to see a lot more scientific work (and evidence) before doing anything.
Second, reduce our carbon footprint in the interim by doing the doable, rather than the economically ruinous and socially destructive. The most obvious step is a major move to nuclear power, which to the atmosphere is the cleanest of the clean.
Again, rational and pro-active - and mostly ignored or condemned by the Church of the Environment, because, you know, nukes are bad, or so sayeth Gaia's priests and priestesses.
But your would-be masters have foreseen this contingency. The Church of the Environment promulgates secondary dogmas as well. One of these is a strict nuclear taboo.

Rather convenient, is it not? Take this major coal-substituting fix off the table, and we will be rationing all the more. Guess who does the rationing.
The answer?

Thee.
 
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I noted the same two articles, this morning myself... it went up about 15 minutes ago. Yours is a nice take. I added one, however, that you may find interesting.
Boortz points out the British plan isn’t all that unique:
Rep. Edward Markey, a Democrat from Massachusetts, is the chairman of the House global warming panel. Next week he is going to introduce a bill that would cut emissions by 85% from 2005 levels. This exceeds any reduction in bills currently before the Senate. Markey’s bill would cut emissions by 85% by 2050. He says that his bill would generate $8 trillion by auctioning off emissions allowances to polluters.

So .. what do we have here? An attempt to help our environment or a scheme to seize more wealth from American taxpayers? Yeah .. like that’s a hard one to figure out.
That’s really the key, here; increasing taxation, and giving government the control of rationing.

 
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This is a test.
 
Written By: jpm100
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Marx!sm / Social!sm has been embedded other agendas as well. Not just env!ronmentalism.

Mult!culturalism and Political Correctness have replaced the cliche Marxist mantra of economic exploitation of the worker and economies of the world by the West with exploitation / abuse of non-white races and other cultures of the world.

It was foolish to think the same people or similarly disposed people just disappeared after the Soviets fell and China embraced capitalism.
 
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Sorry for the spam, but the upper comment was being blocked and I wasn’t sure why. I just flipped the ’i’ to a ’!’ above in the 3 suspect terms and it went through.

Not trying to bypass the posting mechanism. I just can’t believe any of those three terms are banned. If they are, sorry.
 
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Bithead—
He says that his bill would generate $8 trillion by auctioning off emissions allowances to polluters.
A couple of interesting points here. First, government doesn’t "generate" anything, as you point out. Government simply transfers that money from people willing and able to pay it for the allowance of using more energy. This is rhetorical sleight-of-hand by Markey to make it seem like there is some creation of wealth instead of an additional tax on consumers. Second, this is a profoundly regressive tax that will hurt poor people far worse than wealthy people.
 
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I think more and more people are waking up to the notion that the "DO SOMETHING NOW!!!!!!!!!!" branch of global warming is more destructive than possibly global warming (if it exists). Between our destructive policies that create higher food prices, to our idiotic policies that create a totally unwarranted energy problem, people are starting to notice these things.

It’s very obvious to anyone who wants to stop and think for 5 minutes that GW is basically a scam and a money/power grab
 
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A couple of interesting points here. First, government doesn’t "generate" anything, as you point out. Government simply transfers that money from people willing and able to pay it for the allowance of using more energy. This is rhetorical sleight-of-hand by Markey to make it seem like there is some creation of wealth instead of an additional tax on consumers. Second, this is a profoundly regressive tax that will hurt poor people far worse than wealthy people.
Agreement, all points.
 
Written By: Bithead
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Unfortunately this is the very reason we will refuse to vote for McCain. Slavery (ala Obama) or Slavery-with-a-Smile (ala McCain) are both unacceptable, and our family will not go willingly.

Too many Jews thought cooperating with Hitler, accepting decrees to self-identify with armbands, and relocating to new communities which eventually led to the death camp, would show their worth and minimize the downside. Unstable, power-hungry personalities like Obama and McCain should not be compromised with nor should they be tolerated.

No to McCain in 2008. We will not go willingly!
 
Written By: redherkey
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Well, as Charles Krauthammer explains, after the collapse of communism, those who still are true believers in central planning had to have somewhere to go. Krauthammer, in my estimation, has correctly pointed out where they’ve landed


I believe Ott Scerb nailed this one back in March:
So forget all this contrary evidence, and the pernicious idea that such contrary evidence could possibly undermine the magnificent edifice that is global warming. Since the fall of the Soviet Union, we leftists have worked tirelessly to come up with a rationale for our domination of society, and global warming is by far our best effort, especially after HillaryCare failed to take hold.
 
Written By: Grocky
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I am beginning to think that this is the biggest threat that people who believe in freedom face today. Bigger than the threat of radical Jihadists.

It takes so little time for a people to lose all their freedoms. And Just as important as the rights of Speech and assembly are, economic rights are important to your personal freedom.
 
Written By: kyleN
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i mean whats the difference really a bearded hippy or gaia? in fact people were worshiping gaia before jesus came to the stage nothing new.
 
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in fact people were worshiping gaia before jesus came to the stage nothing new.
Nope ... the "newness" comes from where they’re trying to take their worship and who will be effected by it.
 
Written By: McQ
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The skeptical optimist ran the numbers and figured out the only solution to carbon emissions was nuclear power coupled with electric cars (which are not ready yet, but could be soon.)

The funny thing is that if you espouse that kind of policy, it shuts up the greenies, but they look damn uncomfortable.
 
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All of the greenies point to the 1970s as the turn around on the CO2 emissions. And if you look at that timeframe, it coincides with the Catalytic Converter requirement for new automobiles. For the uninformed, the catalytic converter does one very specific thing, it converts CO (Carbon Monoxide - a poison) to CO2 (thought of as an innocuous gas until recently).

The solution mentioned by harun’s entry above , electric cars, would eliminate the CO2 production from current petroleum based automobiles but the electicity would still have to be generated and the resultant greenhouse gasses from those sources is bound to rise significantly.

One other interesting input would be the Hydrogen vehicle where the only emission would be H20 (water vapor). But when you study climatology, the one really major effect on the retainability of the heat in the atmosphere is water vapor. Could we be fixing a non-problem (CO2) by creating a real problem?
 
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