Tuesday, February 06, 2007
Anne Applebaum’s Answer To “Global Warming”
For some reason I have a hard time reading Global Warming propaganda on days when my car has a hard time starting because its so damn cold outside. I know its been a mild winter in most parts, but still. Today it was cold enough to freeze the balls off a brass monkey.
Where was I? Oh, yes. Global Warming.
I’m not a scientist. I don’t claim to have all the answers as to what is going on with the Earth and her climate. Some people, especially those who claim to have cornered the market on scientific knowledge, claim the Earth is getting warmer and its all the fault of the United States in general and W in particular. They have their climate models. They have their computer generated doom and gloom predictions. We’re all going to die next year because the oceans will rise. Polar Bears are drowning.
You get the point.
Those same prognosticators sometimes have suggestions as to how to avert catastrophic climate change. First they tried Kyoto. If you listen to Algore, the Kyoto protocol will save the world – even though I’ve only heard of one signatory nation who has met the reductions in carbon emissions required by Kyoto. I think it was Norway.
Then there are those who can take a somewhat serious look at what the environmentalists are calling for. Here’s a quick summary. To seriously reduce the amount of evil carbon in the air, here’s what would be required:
Everybody in the United States could switch from cars to bicycles. The Chinese could close all their factories.Europe could give up electricity and return to the age of the lantern.You might think there is some sarcasm in Alan Zarembo’s article. I don’t. I think he actually buys into this stuff.
[Shutting down] all truck, all trains, all airplanes, cars, motorcycles and boats in the United States.
Jules Crittenden has probably the best summation of climate change in layman’s terms:
Re Earth. It gets hot. It gets cold. This is what Earth does. No one knows why. Even the scientists who say its getting hot because of human activity, when pressed, have to admit it might be only heating up at a greater rate because of human activity, but even then, no one can really say for sure.But, stop the presses. The Washington Post’s Anne Applebaum has the answer. Steel yourself, dear reader. Applebaum has the solution – a Carbon Tax. Yep. According to Ms. Applebaum:
It’s hotter now than it’s been since the time of Jesus. What that means is, 2,000 years ago, the Earth was as hot as it is now. I’m blaming Iron Age farming practices and smelting for that New Testament uptick. Or maybe it was the righteous fire and burning passion of the age … have to go back and have another look at the ice cores. Might find some particles of faith.
By the 14th century, it was wicked cold. And I do mean wicked. Like, medieval cold. Even all those witch burnings had no effect. But not as cold as it was 10,000 years ago. We’re really only just starting to warm up from that. We have a long way to go before it is as warm as it was 66 million years ago, you know, Everglades in Montana warm.
All the time in between, I’m fuzzy on the temps. But I’m going to take a wild guess. Warm, cold, warm, cold, warm, cold. You have a water view? Look out. It might come through your picture window. Never know. Things happen. Wouldn’t be the first time.
… it should be applied across the board to every industry that uses fossil fuels, every home or building with a heating system, every motorist, and every public transportation system. Immediately, it would produce a wealth of innovations to save fuel, as well as new incentives to conserve. More to the point, it would produce a big chunk of money that could be used for other things. Anyone for balancing the budget? Fixing Social Security for future generations? As a foreign policy side benefit, users of the tax would suddenly find themselves less dependent on Persian Gulf oil or Russian natural gas, too.I don’t know what requirements the Washington Post has for its Op-Ed contributors, but whatever they are, they’re pretty low.
Memo to Anne Applebaum: The Clinton (Sorry Excuse For) Administration tried this early in its forgettable first term. Back then they called it the BTU (British Thermal Unit) tax. It was found to be an economy killer then, as a Carbon Tax would be now. Taxes, Ms. Applebaum, don’t produce a wealth of innovations. Taxes don’t produce anything. All they do is feed a massive governmental bueracracy that feeds on taxes the way an addict feeds on heroin. The only amount of taxes it wants is more. If you could explain, in a rational manner, how a Carbon Tax could balance the budget or save Social Security with a Government that spends anything it gets, I’d be most appreciative.
Don’t worry. I won’t hold my breath. If you’re waiting for the UK, Germany, China, or any other country to commit economic suicide on the advice of a climatologist’s best guess, I wouldn’t advise holding your breath either.
Here endeth the lesson.