So what is the Left to do? They dive into their favorite toy bag and look for something that is guaranteed to get a rise out of the American people. What is it? It’s a drum with Al Gore’s picture on it and “environmental holocaust” emblazoned on the side! That’s right! It is time to pull out Uncle Al’s environmental drum and beat that rascal for a while. Just scare the living hell of folks who know that nothing that can be done of significance within the human realm of possibilities to save us from the fate which is depicted in these glossy, multi-colored slides of charts and graphs outlining our path of doom. And to further underscore the serious nature of these revelations, we are told that these prognosticators of the earth’s certain demise are the product of “computer modeling,” which means that our fate is sealed! There can be no mistakes, not if computers were used!
Come on, people! How grandiose can we paint the reign of man upon this Earth? How powerful is mankind in the face of Mother Nature and all the forces of weather? How in the hell did a biproduct such as carbon get such a bad name when trees depend on it for their very existence? OMG! The polar caps are melting—we will all soon drown! OMG! The atmospheric gases are breaking down, the sun will fry us! We hear one thing for a few years followed by something directly opposite on the environmental spectrum; evidently the necessary outcome of disaster in the end is justified by whichever story is more convenient to tell at the moment. You know, they say the devil is in the details, but the cry here is, To hell with the details! Look at the potential outcome!
Such scenarios can easily create panic in the streets with the vast low information voters, who are moved about on their opinions like rudderless sailboats in a windstorm. There is little attention paid to the real facts and much attention focused on the end result, yet there is always someone standing there saying be calm people, here is what we have to do to counter this fate. Turn back the clock a few thousand years and I would bet that it is the same scenario as living among the Greeks and being told that the gods were enraged with our behavior. Of course, there was always someone right there saying be calm people, here is what we have to do to counter this fate.
It is funny how these environmental scenarios always seem to lead a path to the money. Well I’ll be! Ol’ Doctor Chickenlittle, the scientist who just gave us the data showing us that the Sun would destroy the Earth by the year 2229, is in danger of losing the government grant he needs to continue his important studies. Yes, no doubt Dr. Chickenlittle was having difficulty with the “scientific method” when he realized how low the funds in his coffer were and went back to the well to ask for more. Of course, the government needed to know what doom and gloom the good scientist had uncovered, and Dr. Chickenlittle is not one to shirk his responsibilities especially when funding is on the line. Though his data might be a bit vague and overreaching, the conclusion is exactly what the politicians were expecting. Dr. Chickenlittle is a genius and his grant will continue.
Or, we can go that old carbon trail with one of our most esteemed earth scientists, Al Gore. Al Gore says that carbon is bad—not just bad, it’s bad, bad, bad, bad, bad. Guess what—since human beings generate a lot of it, they will have to pay the price. Otherwise, we are all doomed. Doomed, ya hear? Doomed! Al says the oceans are going rise up right into his front yard in Tennessee. Al says not even rich people will be safe from this environmental tsunami. Al says that high carbon levels are causing it all and that man generates it, yes sir! That means man has got to pay, and pay with dollars! So, in order to clean up our atmospheric environment, Uncle Al has proposed that we establish a “carbon footprint” for every person and every entity so that we can see how our lives and businesses contribute to the ruination of the Earth. Then, once that baseline is set, you will be allowed to continue generating that same amount of carbon if you buy yourself some “carbon credits” to offset the damage you are doing. That’s right, come on down to Uncle Al’s Carbon Credit Emporium and load up on coupons! You’ll feel better about your world, and Uncle Al will feel better about his money! Oh, did I mention—rumor has it that Al Gore recently bought some beachfront property. So much for that rising ocean tide, huh?
Let’s get serious here for a moment. We all have a reasonable responsibility to do what we can to take care of the world around us, not for monetary gain but for the sake of coming generations and to preserve its sheer beauty. Realistically, however, we humans barely have the power to do any of that, much less change the level of ocean tides or the mix of gases in the atmosphere. Certainly we can use good sense when it comes to clean air and clean water, and most of us do. At the same time, we have to have enough sense to realize that we will eventually cross the line where our most basic needs will not be met. Oh, we cannot burn gasoline—too much carbon emission. Oh, we cannot make electricity—too much carbon emission! No, no, no—you cannot use that water to raise your crops! That water belongs to the Delta smelt! In other words, by the time you fully comply with the necessary desires of some of these so-called environmentalists, you are going to be living in a dark cave without a fire—but the world will be a better place for it. You won’t be able to see any data proving that fact though, first because it’s dark and second because it doesn’t exist.
Let us get to the meat and potatoes here. Environmentalism is a fantastic platform for the Left because it contains all those things that the Left likes to use to twist people to their way of thinking: love, nature, peace, emotion, tears, regret, sympathy, and a sense of duty and morality. I am sure there are some that I left out, but you get the picture. On the other hand, there is absolutely no way that those on the Right can sustain our life of technology and convenience without destroying this world as we know it. That’s what the Left would have you believe. Of course, they cannot prove that claim, but who is paying attention anyway? All of them are caught up worrying about the doom and gloom that has been forecast!
So, when the Democrats were casting about for another fail-proof cause, they reached into their toy bag and came out with Uncle Al’s Environmental Holocaust. Quickly dusting it off, they wasted no time parading it around knowing full-well that it would soon become the necessary justification for President Obama to sign even more executive orders while circumventing the Congress. Here was a tool that just might save the 2014 mid-term elections and set up a victory for the democrats in the presidential race of 2016. Oh, and let me make one thing clear in closing—if you do not agree with all these environmental claims about to be thrust upon you, then you just might be a “racist”. Give that some thought!
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