Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Earth Day Musings

Today is Earth Day, when we are supposed to remember that we only have one Earth, that the Earth doesn’t belong to us, we belong to the Earth, that we can’t use up all the natural resources, and that global warming is bad. There may be a few environmentalist clichés I missed, but those pretty much sum up the effort. Earth Day advocates usually use Earth Day as an excuse to advance their agenda. In practice, that agenda takes on the qualities of a secular religion.

A religion without any real salvation, or even any point. Radical environmental leaders seem to think that being green is just too easy, hence an array of extra challenges for the believers. Nuclear power is anathema to believers, even though the widespread use of nuclear power would solve the greenhouse gas problem. Nuclear energy is clean and plentiful, and many nations, such as France, rely on it almost exclusively. Widespread nuclear power would be a boon the environment—and radical conservationists oppose.

True, nuclear power does result in nuclear waste, but nuclear waste has been responsible for very, very few deaths. Coal mining is dangerous and environmentally harmful, and oil is expensive and running out. Nuclear power is neither, but Greens oppose it anyway.

Another ridiculous challenge thrown up by radical environmentalists is the idea that helping the earth must be inconvenient and expensive. Some of their conservation ideas actually have some merit—recycling is inconvenient (and I personally don’t recycle), but is a good idea, and solar power probably saves money in some areas.

But environmentalists stress the inconvenient parts of environmentalism. For example, on wikihow.com’s guide to reducing global warming, one of the steps recommending is using a push mower (the kind they used in the fifties) instead of a power mower. This saves 80 pounds of carbon dioxide. That amount is totally insignificant. But it lets people feel good about themselves, and gain environmentalist grace. The actual effect on the environment is ignored.

Another sign of the global warming movement’s cultishness and unseriousness is its adoption of carbon credits. Carbon credits are used when a rich yet environmentally friendly activist feels guilty about his use of natural resources—but not that guilty. So he pays a sum of money that permits him to indulge himself and use as much carbon dioxide as he sees fit. That money goes, in many cases, straight into the coffers of Al Gore, who owns one of the largest carbon credit companies.

Environmentalists have a solid core philosophy—care for the Earth. Unfortunately, they have sullied it by embracing an impractical, cultish belief system. Their cause is now based on trendy assumptions of what it good for the earth, instead of practical, real-world solutions.

17 Comments:

At April 23, 2008 at 9:05 AM , Blogger Name: Soapboxgod said...

You couldn't be more correct in citing that it's become a religion of sorts. The modern day movement is not so much a pro-environment movement in as much as it is an anti-freedom, anti-capitalist one. As such, it's become much more of a political movement.

For God's sake, even Patrick Moore says as much. And, he was one of the Co-founders of Greenpeace!

 
At April 23, 2008 at 9:27 AM , Blogger Beth said...

You don't recycle Daniel? Wow, I have lost all respect for you.

Just kidding, actually I have heard how the cost/benefits of recycling are questionable, and how the recycling trucks use more energy collecting the trash than its worth, but who knows? It's not much effort for me to do it and I'm in the habit of doing it, but I am not militant about it.

 
At April 23, 2008 at 10:45 AM , Blogger Name: Soapboxgod said...

May I just say this about recycling? We do it at our house. We get a credit on our bill for doing so.

Before we moved into our house, we did it as well. But, when we lived in our apartment, it was so much easier because you could just through all the cans, plastic and glass in one and the mags, newspapers, etc. into another. I liked that.

Now, we have to separate it and I don't like that so much.

But, here's the thing I got to thinking about.....

Aren't the "green" and "environmental" advocates always saying that this environmental awareness will create "green" jobs??

Seems to me a good "green" job might be allowing me to revert back to throwing all my cans, plastics, and glass together and the refuse company having someone else sort it. Of course then they'd have to charge me more so it might not be that cost effective. But still....

 
At April 23, 2008 at 12:31 PM , Blogger Marie's Two Cents said...

Danny,

I recycle, I dont litter, and instead of dumping oil or substances in the trash that will eventually make it to a landfill I take those to designated places for responsible disposal. And a few minor other things I do here and there.

That's about all I am willing to give to this cause lol

Global Hysteria has turned into a religion and another reason for Liberals to jerk more money out of us for an unproven theory.

 
At April 23, 2008 at 1:31 PM , Blogger WomanHonorThyself said...

Marie is so right..so much junk science eh!!

 
At April 23, 2008 at 2:20 PM , Blogger Name: Soapboxgod said...

"Global Hysteria has turned into a religion and another reason for Liberals to jerk more money out of us for an unproven theory."

Jerk more money out of us and in turn subject us to a lower standard of living.

I hate to beat a dead horse here. But, let us be reminded that this hysteria has been fully embraced by far too many Republicans.

 
At April 23, 2008 at 4:51 PM , Blogger Marie's Two Cents said...

Soapbox,

Jerk more money out of us and in turn subject us to a lower standard of living.

I hate to beat a dead horse here. But, let us be reminded that this hysteria has been fully embraced by far too many Republicans.



Yes way to many Republicans are falling for this nonsense and it's time it comes to a halt.

 
At April 23, 2008 at 6:54 PM , Blogger Name: Soapboxgod said...

Well said Marie. And kudos to Inhoffe. He seems to be the only disenter at present.

 
At April 23, 2008 at 7:01 PM , Blogger Name: Soapboxgod said...

One of the major problems that I have with Republicans embracing it is that on the one hand they're running around touting themselves as fiscally conservative (you know, low taxes, pro-business, etc.). But, what gets overlooked is a thing called regulatory taxes. Simply put, they amount to tax increases that come about by way of government regulations and mandates (i.e., the now infamous mandate in the horrendous 2007 "Energy" bill which says that by 2012 you can no longer buy incandenscent light bulbs but which cost about $.60. Instead, you've now got to buy a $4.00 one because of a regulation).

If a politician is touting themselves as having never voted for a tax increase but then they support these types of regulations, the former isn't going to account for anything because on the back end they'll be getting their money right out of your pocket.

 
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