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Without electricity, life is nasty, brutal and short

Climate-change cartel wants to turn back the clock on human advancement

I don't want to go back to nature.
Haiti just went back to nature

By Kirk Myers


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30 Mar 10 - From the 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 27, “climate change” alarmists around the world turned their lights out in a symbolic gesture of unanimity, proving once again they are in the dark about global warming.

Lights went out in the Eiffel Tower, the Sydney Opera House, Big Ben, Tower of Pisa, The Great Pyramids of Giza, the Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur, and Independence Angel in Mexico City.

North Korea, meanwhile, led the pack in the “turn out the lights" gesture, remaining in almost total darkness for the entire evening. Indeed, the North Koreans – offering a stark lesson in CO2 reduction – had years before discovered a way to keep the lights turned out and energy consumption at a near stand-still: simply strangle industry through a system of totalitarian regulations and controls.

It is a practice held in high esteem by the high priests and disciples of catastrophic anthropogenic global warming (CAGW). In the deep recesses of their atavistic minds is the antediluvian belief that industrial growth (capitalism), with its reliance on the internal combustion engine and CO2-emitting coal-fired power plants, is harmful to Mother Earth. Better to live in bucolic bliss, shivering in the dark and cursing the latest brown-out, rather than firing up a few more power plants.

In a sane world, such silly, misanthropic views would be laughed at and dismissed. But the CAGW True Believers are deadly serious. They wish to slow down, if not halt, industrial progress, returning us to the romantic “one with nature” era of pre-industrial agrarian peasantry.

Without electricity, life is nasty, brutal and short.

As Lorri Golstein of the Ottawa Sun writes:

“Only in the affluent West do we naively romanticize a world without electricity as one of shepherds tending their flocks. Those without electricity know better . . . Without electricity, life is nasty, brutal and short.”

At the core of the global warming doctrine is a hatred of man-the-destroyer, driven by a collectivist revulsion towards capitalism. Coal- and oil-fueled industrial progress is seen as the bane of Mother Earth, the despoiler of the environment. Seldom is any thought given to mankind’s epochal struggle to tame nature, to bring some measure of comfort to everyday existence.

Only a primitive mind takes pleasure in turning off the lights and turning back the clock of human advancement, observes Ross McKitrick, professor of economics at Canada's University of Guelp.

I don't want to go back to nature. Haiti just went back to nature.

"Abundant, cheap electricity has been the greatest source of human liberation in the 20th century. Every material social advance . . . depended on the proliferation of inexpensive and reliable electricity. . . I don't want to go back to nature. Haiti just went back to nature. People who work to end poverty and disease are fighting against nature," he writes.

Of course, the real goal of the environmental movement is not to mitigate the imagined consequences of global warming by turning out a few lights; it is to initiate the global redistribution of wealth using “climate change” as the catalyst of economic change.

Among the biggest promoters and beneficiaries of the climate-change scare campaign are environmental organizations like the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and Greenpeace. According to figures compiled by Climate, WWF raised a cetacean-size $3.1 billion in donations from 2003-2008, making it the world's wealthiest environmental organization. Greenpeace hauled in the second-largest catch, netting $2.37 billion from 1998-2008.

A Marxist makeover of the American economy

Very few contributors to those and other “green” organizations realize they are funding a Marxist makeover of the American economy, replete with carbon taxes and cap-and-trade restrictions that will drive up taxes, reduce their standard of living, and lead inexorably to North Korea-style energy shortages and rationing.

From early on, those at the top of the global warming – now “climate change” – food chain have had one primary objective: to relieve “the gullible rubes” of their hard-earned money while kicking down this country’s remaining constitutional barriers and dragging Americans into a global command-and-control economic system run by a cabal of oligarchs who will get spectacularly rich from carbon-offset trading.

This nightmarish scenario could become reality – all because a fraternity of unscrupulous, well-funded charlatan scientists decided to demonize CO2, a trace atmospheric gas and plant nutrient, elevating it to the status of a global warming Satan. Never mind the fact that the IPCC climate models undergirding the CO2 theory have been thoroughly discredited, a rather important revelation that seems to have escaped the attention of the ever-somnambulant mainstream media.

No statistically significant global warming since 1995

Moreover, global mean temperatures reached a peak in 1998, began to level off, and have been declining since 2002, clearly falsifying all the IPPC models, which predicted steady warming. Dr. Phil Jones, the disgraced former director of the Climate Research Unit (CRU) at Britain’s University of East Anglia, admitted in a BBC interview this February that there has been no statistically significant global warming since 1995 and that recent temperatures have been cooling.

Mankind must combat global warming now or risk defiling the planet for future generations, wail the high priests of global-warming theology. But what about wrecking the U.S. economy in a paranoid effort to prevent a conjured up catastrophe that tens of thousands of independent scientists say will never happen?

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Thanks to Kirk Myers for this link

30 Mar 10 - This is now the wettest March on record in many parts of the Northeast, including Boston, Newark and Queens, says this article in the New York Times. According to the National Weather Service, total March rainfall had reached 10.63 inches in Central Park by Tuesday evening, beating the old record set in 1983.

"In low-lying areas, streets seemed passable only in kayaks. Along New York Avenue in Huntington, on Long Island, water spurted out of manhole covers like little geysers."

“Some places are going to get almost two months’ worth of rain out of this system, but in 72 hours,” said AccuWeather meteorologist Tom Kines.

     I'm concerned that farmers won't be able to move equipment onto their sodden fields when it comes time for spring planting.
Thanks to Eunice Farmilant for this link





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