Some time ago, I posted about “The Greening of Lent”, where environmentalists gave people the charge to reduce their “carbon footprint” during the 40 days before Easter. Now, the kooks have moved their attention to Halloween costumes and fall festivities to deliver their politically correct message. If the thought of skeletons, zombies and angry clowns coming to your house tonight for free food makes you tense, you’ll be happy to know there are some new creatures that may be coming to your door.
The Department of Energy is encouraging potential ghosts and goblins to dress as alternative energy sources. It’s true. As if they have nothing else to concern themselves with, you may get to see kids dressed as wind turbines, solar panels and maybe even as the head of the department, Ernest Moniz. Not sure what’s scarier: a child who would want to dress in these costumes, or a child who actually knows who Ernest Moniz is.
The Department of Energy even has instructions on its website for kids who decide to take the environmentalist message into their Halloween costumes. The agency also made news this week after it claimed the most famous icon of Halloween—the jack-o-lantern—causes global warming. According to the website, once your happy or scary pumpkin face gets old, it will end up in a landfill, “adding to more than 254 million tons of municipal solid waste (MSW) produced in the United States every year… At landfills, MSW decomposes and eventually turns into methane—a harmful greenhouse gas that plays a part in climate change, with more than 20 times the warming effect of carbon dioxide (CO2).”
However, they do mention some actual good news. This waste can be used as bio-fuel that could help the country become less dependent on foreign oil (as if we really have to be anyway with all of the natural gas we have), but that’s another topic for another time. The Department of Energy doesn’t seem to discourage the carving of pumpkins, however. As with the costumes, they just encourage you to carve something energy efficient into them, such as the previously-mentioned wind turbine, a curly CFL light bulb or the shape of an atom. So if dressing up as a windmill doesn’t interest you, maybe you can just carve one into a pumpkin, set it out on your porch and then all your neighbors will know that you care about the planet.
This is confusing…like the jack-o-lantern, the “Energy Pumpkins” too will end up in a landfill until such time as the technology and resources are in place that can convert them into the bioenergy of which the bureaucrats at the DOE speak. So, given the choice between some boring costume or pumpkin carving, most of us prefer to stick with tradition…so fire up the jack-o-lanterns!
I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the terrorist attack that was perpetrated upon the city of Boston last week during the Boston Marathon. This post isn’t about that. I think many others have been and will continue to do a much better job covering that constantly-changing story than I’m able to do here. My heart and prayers go out and up for those family members of the three people killed, and to all of the many victims whose lives were forever changed last Monday. God bless all the police officers, emergency workers and others who helped save lives, as well as those who worked tirelessly to capture the suspect who remained alive at the end of the week.
With that said, today is the 43rd anniversary of the first Earth Day. In remembrance of that first “celebration” more than 4 decades ago, Freedomworks published a list of the “13 Worst Predictions Made on Earth Day, 1970”. It shows how the environmental movement, guided by far-left zealots in politics, academia and the media, have predicted gloom and doom for the earth and all human beings if something (via the government and/or the United Nations) wasn’t done to keep the climate from changing. Here’s just a few:
“Civilization will end within 15 or 30 years unless immediate action is taken against problems facing mankind.” — Harvard biologist George Wald
“By the year 2000, thirty years from now, the entire world, with the exception of Western Europe, North America, and Australia, will be in famine.” — North Texas State University professor Peter Gunter
“In a decade, urban dwellers will have to wear gas masks to survive air pollution… by 1985 air pollution will have reduced the amount of sunlight reaching earth by one half.” — Life magazine
“Population will inevitably and completely outstrip whatever small increases in food supplies we make. The death rate will increase until at least 100-200 million people per year will be starving to death during the next ten years.” — Stanford University biologist Paul Ehrlich
Like his predecessors, former Vice President Al Gore has certainly made a comfortable living hawking the global warming/ climate change message. The Profit of Doom (pun intended) has made a number of speeches over the past several years predicting the polar ice caps would be completely melted within five years. From what I could find, he first mentioned this in 2007, so they should be gone by now, or at least getting pretty close to being gone, but I’ve not found any information to back that up. Probably because it isn’t happening. If it were, the media would be all over it.
It’s bad enough that these hucksters decry capitalism as a greedy, evil system even as they rake in the cash by scaring the hell out of people (the people still willing to listen, that is). It’s great that they can make these wild predictions without ever being held accountable when reality proves them wrong. The biggest shame of the environmental movement is that they use their positions of power to brainwash children and young people into believing “something must be done.” In fact, Al Gore himself once undermined parental authority when he spoke to a group of young people just before Obama’s first inauguration. In preaching his Green Gospel, he told them, “There are some things about our world that you know that older people don’t know.”
By the time a child graduates high school, they are well-versed in the green movement. Their minds are then fertile ground for growing the mostly anti-American, anti-capitalist mindset so prevalent on college campuses large and small. “Do something!” they’re told, from grade school to college.
“Something” always seems to involve more government interference in the lives of people. It’s one thing to take care of the earth and to be good stewards of what God gave us. That can include not littering, recycling, conserving water and turning off the lights when you leave a room. But it can also include using our natural resources that we have here in our own country (oil, natural gas, etc.) to make our lives and the lives of others around the world better. Using our natural resources is not the something that those in the green movement would have us do. In fact, many attempts to do so are usually blocked by powerful environmental groups, who have lots of money behind them…and they’ll give that money to those in Washington willing to do their bidding.
Just in time for April Fools’ Day, Barack Obama unveiled his energy plans this week (more like repeated the same old things). As usual, the joke’s on us.
In a speech at Georgetown University, Obama campaigned before the one constituency that he knows will still lap up his words and applaud his feeble attempts at humor: college students.
Believing that the Road to 2012 begins, well, at his inauguration, Obama pandered to the young drones: “You have more of a stake in getting our energy policy right than almost anybody.” Translation: “Just vote for me again next year, and I promise you, you’ll have clean, cheap endless supplies of energy for the rest of your lives.”
During the course of the speech, he acted as if he were still a Washington outsider, never giving his audience of future leaders one inkling that his own energy policies since he took office and his “green jobs” agenda are doing just what he said they’d do: cause energy prices to “necessarily sky rocket”. That’s one time when he told the truth.
If you think that Obama is actually troubled that so many of us are struggling to keep gas in our tanks- think again! We need only take a look back at what he said in 2008 when he was candidate Obama. So, it’s not the increase in gas prices that bothered him then (and probably now as well), just that it happens so fast. Back then, he blamed Washington’s unwillingness to deal harshly with BIG OIL, even calling for a tax on their “windfall profits”.
We can also check out the people whom he has placed in high places in his administration, such as Energy Secretary Steven Chu, who, back in 2008 said, “Somehow we have to figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels in Europe.” Or, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, who not only wants to “coerce people out of their cars”, but thinks that it’s the government’s business to “change people’s behavior.”
You see, high gas prices are all part of the plan. That plan has caused the national average for a gallon of gas to increase from $1.79 when Obama entered office in January 2009, to the current national average of $3.58, according to GasBuddy.com, which tracks gas prices across the country. In some areas, it’s already past the $4 mark, and we haven’t even entered the summer driving season yet. That’s when government-mandated “seasonal fuel blends” traditionally cause gas to go up.
Added to Obama’s faulty belief that we can live without fossil fuels, is his self-made, soon-to-be energy crisis, which was made worse with his (illegal) drilling moratoriums that he imposed after last year’s BP oil spill. The moratoriums have already cost the Gulf States thousands of jobs that have either gone overseas or just disappeared.
Obama even had the gall, in his Georgetown speech, to mock those who think we should actually be developing our own natural resources by drilling here and now: “We can’t just drill, baby, drill.” He claimed that does nothing to solve the problem- a claim liberals have been making for decades. Perhaps if his fellow Democrat President Bill Clinton had not vetoed the bill that would have allowed drilling in Alaska (ANWR) in 1995, we wouldn’t be paying nearly $4 a gallon for gas today. Common sense is a rare commodity when you’re a Washington politician.
It’s not that Obama is against drilling for oil. He’s just against the United States drilling for oil. He’s more than happy, though, to give 2 billion American taxpayer dollars to Petrobras, an oil company in Brazil, so that they can develop their offshore resources. Adding salt to the wound, Obama told the Brazilians that once their oil came online, he hoped the U.S. would be one of their best customers!
So much for his vow to cut our dependence on foreign oil by one-third, which is what he told the Georgetown kids this week. Brazil was so last week!
Obama speaks out of both sides of his mouth. Or maybe, as a “citizen of the world”, Obama doesn’t see Brazil as a foreign country. Therefore, we wouldn’t really be relying on foreign oil, would we?
It’s also quite possible, and even likely, that he’s just doing exactly what he told Joe the Plumber he would do back in 2008: ‘spread the wealth around”. He’s not just doing it domestically, but globally. Obama is taking American wealth and re-distributing it to a Third World nation in order to “level the playing field.” It’s what any good Socialist would do. This is just another piece in the “fundamental transformation of America” that Obama promised as a candidate. It’s too bad the media didn’t do their job back then and ask him what he wanted to transform the nation into?