The most courageous of the world’s elite from 193 countries hop private jets and catch limousines to gather this week in Copenhagen to brave the blustery cold and the driving snow which has blanketed northern Europe in recent days, in order to mount a last ditch effort to save the world from the perilous consequences of man-made global warming. Though it may be too late according to eminent scientists such as Al Gore, these environmental martyrs will have to pack an extra pair of long johns because temperatures in Copenhagen have dipped to four degrees below zero this week and Denmark is set to receive its first white Christmas in 14 years. This, on the coat tails of the coldest year globally in a decade.
If something doesn’t seem right with the world’s nare do wells debating the merits of confiscatory global taxes and punitively siphoning the wealth of industrialized nations to give it to “developing” financial superpowers like India and China to combat climate change, that is because it isn’t. God has a sense of humor though, as it seems every time Al Gore heads to Washington D.C., Copenhagen or some other large climate summit, record low temperatures, blizzards and snow delays are sure to ensue. The Copenhagen Climate Council’s Manifesto (hmm) clearly states:
The story of the link between human activities, observed global warming, likely future warming, and the climate effects of this warming, is becoming ever clearer: our Earth is now heating dangerously. That the primary cause is human-generated air pollution is beyond reasonable scientific doubt.
This despite the facts that Climategate e-mails have revealed that much of the temperature data relied on to bolster claims about global warming were falsified, and that the famous Mann “hockey stick” temperature line which has been used and abused to reconstruct the climate history of the last one-hundred years has been largely discredited as they have been truncated and spliced in a misleading way. Why? At Copenhagen, Hugo Chavez received racous applause with an anti-U.S., anti-capitalist rant. Communist and Socialist protesters have a pronounced presence in the Denmark this week and the slight odor wafting through the city is evidence if the flags and signs weren’t. Why is it that Robert Mugabe, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Fidel Castro and all of the other ruthless Bond-esque super-villians and tin pot dictators of the world are the most enlightened of climate change believers? Well, as Chavez detailed in his nearly 30 minute tirade on the floor at Copen-hoaxin’ (25 minutes over his limit, in true totalitarian form), the road to climate reform cannot be accomplished without the death of capitalism (just like health care reform, Wall Street reform, and any other reform proposed by the Democrats here stateside, interestingly enough). But perhaps I am being unfair to Chavez. Perhaps I am twisting his words. Perhaps, even, it would be better to let Chavez explain in his own words… Chavez: “There is a silent and terrible ghost in this room…and that ghost is capitalism”. Standing Ovation. Chavez: “Our revolution seeks to help all people…socialism…that’s the way to save the planet, capitalism is the road to hell….let’s fight against capitalism.” Standing O, obviously. Mugabe so eloquently added later that “when these capitalist gods of carbon burp and belch their dangerous emissions, it’s we, the lesser mortals of the developing sphere who gasp and sink and eventually die.”
What’s funny about the mass murderers of the world and their selfless advocacy for Mother Earth is that the solution repeatedly appears to be a massive transfer of wealth from producer nations to looter nations! Of course, the solution to dictator-induced poverty (labeled neo-colonialism), for the last two decades, was to reform the IMF and to give “poorer” nations 7% of the U.S. GDP (you’d be surprised, but this theory has been taught as legitimate in international relations courses in Universities across the nation–and yes, that totaled something to the tune of a trillion dollars a year). I see a pattern. Global socialism and a multi-multi-multi-polar world of equal squalor appears to be the goal. Leftists here in America apparently concur. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton this week nobly pledged $100 billion a year of your money to save the planet by… Borrowing $100 billion a year from China and giving it all to… China, India, Venezuela and Zimbabwe (among others)! Score. Apparently what the world really needs to avert climate disaster, is not action but… your money! Because as Obama has so often noted, the incompetent Bush administration used the world’s atmosphere as their personal landfill–or maybe not. As Karl Rove points out on his website,
“Under President Bush’s policies, air pollution decreased, ethanol production quadrupled, wind energy increased by more than 400 percent, and more than $44 billion in federal funds went towards climate change and energy security programs, including more than $22 billion to technology research, development and demonstration.”
Conservatives should be reticent to buy into the song and dance of the Sierra Club, and other climate hoaxers. In today’s worldwide environmental movement to combat supposedly man-made global warming, there are many players. There are however, generally only three types of Environmentalists of the ‘Green’ variety. The capital “E” is important as there are many environmentalists (little “e”), including myself. I was raised to respect God’s creation and to be a steward–to recycle, not to litter, and to leave nature as generally untouched as when I found it. Thanks in large part to growing up in a Christian home. Of course, one cannot deny the influence of being subjected to cartoons like Captain Planet, Toxic Crusaders, TMNT and Swamp Thing and enduring Arbor Day, Earth Day and Ficus Day (don’t laugh, I’m sure it exists somewhere). Environmentalists of the big “E” variety, however are of a different kind altogether and have hijacked environmental groups of all kinds, just as Big “F” Feminists did in the 1960’s and 70’s. Today’s Environmentalist is a dyed in the wool, hardcore zealot that believes whole-heartedly that man is destroying the earth. Today’s Green movement is a confluence of three different groups of misfit toys. These groups are not mutually exclusive and there are some rare birds like Chavez using the movement as a tool to wage war on the U.S. There are definitely penumbras that overlap, but the end result is the same, they all accept what is nothing more than pseudo-science at best and an outright hoax at worst. They accept it as inarguable, and they look down on those who disagree. First, the Marxists.
During the Soviet zenith in the 1940’s and 50’s, Stalin found many apologists here in America and the West. They inhabited Universities, Hollywood, the NY Times, Newsweek, and even the halls of Congress. Marxism was in vogue for much of the 20th Century, its advocates pushing for totalitarian government, ultimate authority and the redistribution of wealth (sound familiar?). These neophytes favored Stalin in secret and were sympathetic to the Soviet and Communist cause in general. Glowing pieces were written on Castro and Che Guevera in the 50’s and 60’s as these monsters destroyed one of the jewels of the Western Hemisphere. In the late 60’s and early 70’s, said individuals sided with the Viet-Cong and Ho-Chi-Minh’s underdog effort to bring working class reform to Vietnam against Imperial America. The Communist left was a strong presence in American politics, de facto though it was. When the Cold War ended, they vanished. Or so it seemed. But the day the Berlin Wall crumbled, I am certain the Sierra Club saw a massive membership increase, as Che shirted, freshly greened commies flooded local offices everywhere. Since that time, Environmentalism as a movement has produced solutions to all of the earth’s problems–all man-made, and all remarkably similar to 20th Century Communist proposals. Confiscatory and punitive taxes, removal of property rights, and a strong world governing body, dissolving the sovereignty of the imperial U.S. The Communists never went away, in fact they are in the Obama Administration, praising Chairman Mao at graduation ceremonies and proposing population controls. Instead of using bombs and pitchforks, the Bourgeois who claim to act on behalf of the Proletariat now use “carbon footprints,” and are more Fabian in their Utopianism than Morian. As Patrick Moore, co-founder of Greenpeace writes:
“The truth is Greenpeace and I had divergent evolutions. I became a sensible environmentalist; Greenpeace became increasingly senseless as it adopted an agenda that is anti-science, anti-business, and downright anti-human….The collapse of world communism and the fall of the Berlin Wall during the 1980s added to the trend toward extremism. The Cold War was over and the peace movement was largely disbanded. The peace movement had been mainly Western-based and anti-American in its leanings. Many of its members moved into the environmental movement, bringing with them their neo-Marxist, far-left agendas. To a considerable extent the environmental movement was hijacked by political and social activists who learned to use green language to cloak agendas that had more to do with anti-capitalism and anti-globalization than with science or ecology. I remember visiting our Toronto office in 1985 and being surprised at how many of the new recruits were sporting army fatigues and red berets in support of the Sandinistas.”
A just as large, if not larger contingent in the movement embodies a nearly religious devotion to their cause. As G.K. Chesterton once said, “once man ceases to believe in God, he does not believe in nothing, he believes in anything.” This correlating with the supposed “death of God” is no coincidence. Man has an innate desire to believe in something bigger than himself. God has written this on the hearts of even the supposedly un-believing, who are aware, unbeknownst to them, of God. It is our fallen state that sues to fill that void in our hearts, in folly.
Three-Thousand years ago, if Belrog’s crops failed or his hut was washed away in a mud-slide, it was because he had transgressed against Zeus, Artemis, Baal or Ra. In order to rectify this, only prompt sacrifice of first fruits or sufficient chanting would do. With the withering of religious convictions in the late 1800’s, and the rise of Social Darwinism that inevitably followed, man’s new religion was one that worshiped the self. Amidst the “death of God,” as Nietzsche put it, man placed his faith in the only thing that he could–himself. A religious conviction now exists such that, if something is perceived as having gone awry, man has erected man (don’t) as an idol and subsequently arrogantly placed man in the position of a God–able to easily smite or un-smite the world. The last group, is the looter class and suckers. One wants something for nothing and the other is the same guy who watches History Channel specials about Big Foot, Chupacabras, UFOs, the moon landing hoax, the grassy knoll, 9/11 Truthers and Birthers. This guy desperately wants to live in an interesting, ground breaking, turning point time of history. This guy also tends to live in a room rented from someone else, often his parents. So, in summary, three groups: Neo-Marxists, religious-Atheists, and suckers. Many of them are hypocrites. Some of them are in Copenhagen. All of them want your money. In Copenhagen, they are plotting just how to get it–and something is rotten in the state of Denmark.
David Teesdale, is a Political Science graduate and former White House intern. Back before it was turned into a crash pad for all of Barack’s relations. Dude, pick up the bottles and cans out of the South lawn. Seriously.