Category Archives: Environmentalism

NBC’s gone “Green”

NBC is launching a program next week, the week of Nov 4th, which they call “Green is Universal”. This “Green Week” will feature programming “aimed at entertaining, informing and empowering Americans to lead greener lives.”

You can be sure which network my TV will not be tuned to. The “Green” movement is based on the claim of environmentalism that nature is an entity, even a deity, to which we owe our lives and prosperity. To “live green” means to “respect” nature, which in practice requires sacrificing the benefits of technology to a “pristine” environment (i.e. one untouched by man). Environmentalists, crusading for nature and the “green” lifestyle, have used the power of government to seize private property, to prevent human development of the wilderness, and to prevent the use of technology that would improve the human condition at the cost of animal and plant life.

Rachel Carson, author of Silent Spring, wrote that DDT hurt bird populations and that it would lead to cancer in humans. Neither claim has been substantiated. In fact, an EPA judge ruled after 7 months of testimony that “DDT is not a carcinogenic hazard to man. … The uses of DDT under the regulations involved here do not have a deleterious effect on freshwater fish, estuarine organisms, wild birds, or other wildlife. … The evidence in this proceeding supports the conclusion that there is a present need for the essential uses of DDT.”* However, William Ruckelshaus, then head of the EPA who had not attended the meetings, overruled his judge’s findings and banned the pesticide.

Although malaria had ceased to be a problem in the US, this ban influenced other countries to stop using DDT and there incidents of malaria soared where they had been virtually stamped out. Millions of lives have been lost to the fraudulent claims of one “green” advocate. The devastation caused by such disregard for human life is what the environmental movement promises for the future. This ideology should be denounced as the anti-human crusade that it is. Instead, NBC is helping to serve as a vehicle of this medievalism, as a marketing tool riding on the “chic” new trend.

I would encourage anyone who is as disgusted as I am by a campaign driven by such ideas, not to watch NBC during the week of Nov 4th, and to let them know you aren’t and why. Unfortunately, I’ve looked through the nbc.com website, but I am at a loss how to give direct feedback. If anyone can find a directemail or physical address to submit programming feedback, please let me know and I’ll post it here.

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“Big Oil” funding in perspective

The most repeated accusation is that organizations skeptical of man-made climate fears have received $19 Million from an oil corporation over the past two decades. This was the subject of a letter by two U.S. Senators in 2006 (See Senators letter of October 30, 2006 noting the $19 Million from Exxon-Mobil to groups skeptical of man-made global warming – LINK )

To put this $19 Million over two decades into perspective, consider:

One 2007 U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) grant of $20 million to study how “farm odors” contribute to global warming exceeded all of the money that skeptics reportedly received from an oil giant in the past two decades. To repeat: One USDA grant to study the role of “farm odors” in global warming exceeded ALL the money skeptics have been accused of receiving from an oil giant over the past two decades.

I would add that the 19 million – if the figure is accurate – was private money, rather than the 20 million at the tax payer’s expense.

Read the full article on Newsweek’s smears against skeptics here.

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The Inhofe EPW Press Blog

Senator James Inhofe of the US Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works has an excellent blog on the Minority Page. Posts now include:

Breaking: Less Than Half of all Published Scientists Endorse Global Warming Theory

Scientific Smackdown: Skeptics Voted The Clear Winners Against Global Warming Believers in Heated NYC Debate

Global Warming on Mars & Cosmic Ray Research Are Shattering Media Driven “Consensus’

and my personal favorites:

Hollywood Celebrities Challenged To Take The “Gore Pledge”

Gore Refuses Pledge

During the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee hearing on March 21, 2007, “Vice President Al Gore’s Perspective on Global Warming,” former Vice President Al Gore refused to take a “Personal Energy Ethics Pledge” to consume no more energy than the average American household

The pledge was presented to Gore by Senator James Inhofe (R-Okla.), Ranking Member of the Environment and Public Works Committee. At the hearing, Senator Inhofe showed Gore a frame from Gore’s movie, “An Inconvenient Truth” where Gore asks viewers:

“Are you ready to change the way you live?”

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Jim Manzi and Conservative Fraud

Recently, Prodos reviewed a plan by Jim Manzi, the CEO of an applied-artificial-intelligence software company, to combat the Global Warming movement of the Left not by exposing its pseudoscience and anti-man ideology for what it is, but by embracing its claims and beating the Liberals at their own game. In March, Manzi wrote in National Review:

The available evidence indicates that it is probable (though not strictly scientifically proven) that human activities have increased global temperatures to date and will likely continue to do so. But in spite of all the table-pounding, nobody can reliably quantify the size of these future impacts, or even bound them sufficiently to guide action. The total impact of global temperatures over the next century could plausibly range from negligible to severe. Long-term climate prediction is in its infancy, and improved forecast reliability is crucial to enable useful guidance for policymakers. Better science could give us what is most need in this debate: more light and less heat.

In June, he restated that predictions “range from negligible to severe”, and yet made the astounding claim that,

It is no longer possible, scientifically or politically, to deny that human activities have very likely increased global temperatures

In other words, Manzi changed his “gameplan”. Now he proposes to “manage” this movement, rather than fight it; to wrestle control of the movement away from the Left by accepting its claims and competing to be the ones to implement them. Science is no longer the answer to fighting this movement that lusts for power over our market, according to his latest article. The answer is to harness that power-lust to benefit the Conservatives.

Prodos referred to Jim Manzi, justifiably, as a pansy, a coward, a shyster, a conman. This is not a defender of Capitalism, but a sellout and a fraud. Apparently this drew the attention of its target, and Manzi posted a comment to the blog entry, protesting that Prodos had falsely claimed a contradiction in his writing. Just today Prodos dealt a devastating and humiliating attack on Manzi’s argument. He wrote,

The whole point of my post was to highlight and condemn Jim Manzi’s progression from challenging some of the dubious science of global warming scaremongers to now start proposing political solutions.

Political solutions which I find unwarranted, cowardly, and destructive. And based on an undemocratic premise.

Read the whole post here.

This example illustrates perfectly my disillusionment and contempt for the Republican Party. They are to be the defenders of the free market, of American values and Individualism? They are the opponents of the socialists and would-be communists of the Left? The Right doesn’t know what it stands for; it knows it should be standing for something but it doesn’t know what. That uncertainty has opened the party to the influence of charlatans and fakes, who would claim to stand for one thing while destroying its very meaning. These are men like Congressman and Presidential candidate Ron Paul, who say they believe in Liberty but would sacrifice the liberty of our citizens to benefit savages and terrorists. These are men like Jim Manzi, who propose we fight irrationalism by becoming its advocates. Until Republicans learn what it is they’ve promised to defend, they will be victims of ideas such as these. Blinded by partisan conflict, they will compete for America’s destruction, rather than its protection.

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When consensus of scientists proves false, Global Warming activists look to 4th Graders

According to 9-11 year old students at a Portland school, Global Warming is real and will be disastrous if not stopped.

A small group of students at our school has been researching and studying the effects of global warming. The evidence and data we collected is so overwhelming that we have decided to write about this issue.

Read more of this astounding research here at the Portland Press Herald.

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Attack on Global Warming from Vaclav Klaus

[photopress:225px_Vaclav_Klaus_01.jpg,full,alignleft]Earlier this year, President of the Czech Republic Vaclav Klaus called Global Warming a “myth” and accused Environmentalists of using science as a front in order to advance their statist political recomendations. When questioned by the US House of Representatives on policy makers’ decisions regarding climate change, President Klaus responded,

…What I am really concerned about is the way the environmental topics have been misused by certain political pressure groups to attack fundamental principles underlying free society. It becomes evident that while discussing climate we are not witnessing a clash of views about the environment but a clash of views about human freedom.

As someone who lived under communism for most of my life I feel obliged to say that the biggest threat to freedom, democracy, the market economy and prosperity at the beginning of the 21st century is not communism or its various softer variants. Communism was replaced by the threat of ambitious environmentalism. This ideology preaches earth and nature and under the slogans of their protection – similarly to the old Marxists – wants to replace the free and spontaneous evolution of mankind by a sort of central (now global) planning of the whole world. [read his full answers here]

In the Czech financial daily, Hospodářské noviny, Klaus said that,

Global warming is a myth and I think that every serious person and scientist says so. It is unfair to refer to the United Nations panel. IPCC is not a scientific body: it’s a political institution, a kind of non-government organization with green flavor. It’s not a forum of neutral scientists or a balanced group of scientists. Its members are politicized scientists who arrive there with one-sided sentiments and one-sided tasks. Also, it’s an undignified practical joke that people don’t wait for the complete report that will appear in May 2007 but instead react, in such a serious manner, to the summary for policy makers where all the “ifs” and “whens” and “buts” are scratched, erased, and replaced by oversimplified theses. [read the entire translated interview here]

When asked whether he thought we were demolishing our planet, he responded: “Perhaps only Mr. Al Gore can argue along these lines: a sane person hardly.” He then argued that the environment is actually in better shape today than it was years ago, due to technological advancements and the free market. Social systems that deny private ownership, he said, damage the environment far more than free societies.

I am always encouraged by politicians standing up against the dogma of Environmentalism. Vaclav Klaus now joins the minority of political skeptics whose words prevent the ideology from making its way into law.

Note: See also Senator James Inhofe who called global warming “The Worst of All Environmental Scares” and who accused the media of using fear in their slanted coverage.

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Environmental ads resort to hysterical fear-mongering

[photopress:fgw_badge_150px.jpg,full,alignleft]Train ad:*birds chirping*

Man: Global warming.

*train whistle sounds*

Man: Some say irreversable consequences are 30 years away.

*cut to train approaching*

Man: 30 years?

*train is shown behind Man*

Man: That won’t affect me.

*Man steps away from train tracks, revealing girl about to be struck by the train*

Text: There is still time.

See also Tick, and the radio commercials The Question, The Gift, and One Voice.

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