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Smashing Pumpkins

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!

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Freak Show

There’s still more than a month to go until Halloween, but that didn’t stop the weirdos, scary people and assorted kooks from making headlines this past week. Climate change/ global warming believers took to the streets of cities across the U.S. and around the world in an effort to pressure world leaders at the United Nations to “do something” about the climate that they say is too warm. Too warm where, and for who or what, no one ever seems to explain. What is this optimal, worldwide temperature that is perfect for everyone, everywhere and at all times?

They don’t know and it doesn’t matter. What does matter is that they feel like they’re doing something. That something usually involves downsizing America in some way. For instance, some of the relics who participated in the “Peoples Climate March” in New York stayed the next day so they could “Flood Wall Street” because they believe the cause of climate change is “unchecked capitalism”.

In fact, these marches around the world were largely communists, socialists, anarchists, people who hate the police (that’s the profession, not the rock band) and some concerned folks who really do care about the environment. Speaking of Police (the band, not the profession), environmentalist and musician Sting was there, as were actors Leonardo DiCaprio and Emma Thompson, who made this proclamation: “Unless we’re carbon free by 2030 the world is buggered”. She may have failed 8th grade earth science, because if carbon dioxide ever goes the way of the dinosaur, there goes all plant life as we know it…that would leave us all “buggered”.

No climate gathering would be complete without an appearance by the High Priest of the Church of GlobalWarmingClimateChange himself, former VP of the US, Algore. Gore was fresh off a speech on his favorite topic a couple weeks ago that left many laughing at what appeared to be Divine Intervention inserting itself into Al’s fiery tirade. Just as he began quoting a passage of scripture from the Book of Luke, Gore’s microphone cut off on a most interesting word…”hypocrites”.

Some like it hot:  The Heat Miser from a classic Christmas cartoon, and Algore, climate profiteer

Some like it hot: The Heat Miser from a classic Christmas cartoon, and Algore, climate profiteer

Hypocrisy seems to be a common thread among progressives, particularly on this topic of climate. They support wind turbines, but only near your home—not theirs. They don’t want you to drive an SUV, but they can cruise around on private jets on a regular basis. They want you to pay higher energy bills, leaving you with less money for extras. But they won’t be scaling back their lifestyles anytime soon.  In the cases of the names previously mentioned, they’ve already made their money, so intrusive regulations and higher bills don’t bother them.

They rail against capitalism, and promote every other “ism” even though capitalism has been very good to Sting, DiCaprio, Thompson and Gore. Very, very good.

They despise fossil fuels and carried signs and wore t-shirts as they marched decrying our dependence on them. Yet they failed to see the irony in that the entire event wouldn’t have been possible without them. Hundreds of thousands of people had to take transportation that, for the most part, was powered by gas and oil. Even those who took electric cars to the march were driving on fossil fuels, since so many car parts are made with plastic—another product of fossil fuels.

Forbes.com columnist Alex Epstein wrote an excellent response to those who felt the need to march last week, and to those world leaders at the UN that are more than happy to respond to their requests for worldwide taxes on the use of oil, coal and natural gas. He gives 6 reasons why limiting fossil fuels will hurt the planet and the downtrodden people the marchers say they want to help by eliminating their use. Epstein points out that if the use of fossil fuels is denied to developing nations and to future generations, “we will have blood on our hands” because lives will be cut short around the globe.

He goes on to give this important fact: “There is not one modern economy in the world that is powered by solar and wind, because they are inferior, unreliable sources of energy.” The useful idiots marching in the streets may think the world would be better and more peaceful if we just weren’t using fossil fuels, but they never explain what more efficient, affordable alternative is out there. They also never explain where all the electricity will come from—in the absence of oil, coal and natural gas—that will be able to power all of the electric cars that they hope everyone will be driving in the next ten years.

The Green Movement is more about control: control of people’s lifestyles, populations and their futures. These types of schemes only work for those who make the rules, while the rest of us—“the masses” as progressives often call people who aren’t them. One of the leaders of the People’s Climate March is Bill McKibben. He’s also the lead environmentalist against the proposed Canadian-XL pipeline project that the Obama administration has been stalling on for years. McKibben is known for his beliefs that population must be controlled to achieve a “humbler world”. He even wrote a book about it. There’s more to say on this, but I just want to leave with a McKibben quote: “If we now, today, limited our numbers and our desires and our ambitions, perhaps nature could someday resume its independent working.” [emphasis mine]

Are you still doubting that Green is the New Red?

Halloween comes early: People's Climate March protesters proving that it's not about climate.

Halloween comes early: People’s Climate March protester proving that it’s not about climate.

It’s Ea$y Being Green

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.

Separated at birth- Climate change huckster/ millionaire Al Gore and The Heat Miser character from a classic Christmas cartoon.

Separated at birth- Climate change huckster/ millionaire Al Gore and The Heat Miser character from a classic Christmas cartoon.

The Man With Two Faces

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?