Climate Change Suppression
June 30, 2009 11 Comments
One of the things I have enjoyed bringing to the forefront on this blog is stories that do not make the front page but give a deal of insight into our society. I have been shown to be quite critical of the government, particularly the objectives of the Obama administration in the past few months. One of those areas of critique is climate change.
I am a firm believer that the earth is more than capable of taking almost anything we could dish out at her and recover quite nicely. The earth has shown herself to be quite resilient. Many environmental activists decry the availability of nuclear weapons. Take a look at Hiroshima, the first city to be attack with a nuclear weapon. It has a population of 1.1 million and is doing quite well with its Mazda factory accounting for a large percentage of its GDP.
So then can the earth handle pollution? Fossil fuels (natural resources, not artificial)? She seems to be doing quite well considering as CO2 emissions go up temperatures have gone down worldwide. Can man really do much to damage the environment? If a meteorite really wiped out the dinosaurs the earth must have recovered because we are standing here today.
So what then is the motivation for limiting carbon emissions? Do Congress and the President really want to protect the environment or is there more at play here? There has to be more at play and I think there are two things. The first has to do with political power. Notice that the vast majority of environmentalists are affiliated with the Democratic party. In an effort to satisfy that constituency and maintain power the Democratic party is making and effort to pass this legislation. Without this movement and the power, particularly in money, that they bring to the political table climate change would be a non issue in American politics.
The second is personal power. Our representatives in Congress do a handful of things for us. They help make policy and spend our money. And we all know they are spenders. Further taxation only increases their power and cap-and-trade is a fantastic example. By further taxing companies more extensively through cap-and-trade and its increased regulation and taxes they draw more power to themselves.