While the mainstream media was busy yesterday filling the airwaves with cutesy soundbites from what will likely be the final press conference for the 43rd president of the United States and with intense discussion of the four-legged, furry opportunities facing the new first family, news about the background of the woman selected by President-elect Barack Obama as his “global warming czar” quietly rested, largely unnoticed, on the pages of The Washington Times.
According to the piece, Carol Browner was until last week listed as one of the 14 leaders of Socialist International’s Commission for a Sustainable World Society, a group which overtly supports socialism, criticizes U.S. policies, and calls and strives for “global governance.” The commission, known as the environmental department of Socialist International, maintains that the developed nations of the world must be forced to reduce energy consumption, carbon emissions, and enter into binding, enforceable and punitive covenants promising and facilitating each.
Though her name has since for the most part been removed from the rolls, Browner has served on the board of directors for the League of Conservation Voters, the National Audubon Society and the Center for American Progress, and on the committee in former vice president Al Gore’s Alliance For Climate Protection.
See, the amorphous concepts of global warming and climate change are not so much about climate as they are about politics, about government, about wealth redistribution. The polar bears don’t matter, the sea level estimates are overblown and nevertheless inconsequential, and the fear-mongering designed to equally thin and fatten wallets according to status and size rather than spare the planet from some farcical scourge. The global warming movement is more about tearing down industrial and economic powers in favor of superficially and artificially supporting the Third World at the expense of the rest than ensuring the long term condition of planet Earth.
This movement, championed by many who are more socialist than environmentalist and shout down dissent from any that suggest otherwise, uses manufactured–or in some cases, genuinely blissfully ignorant–concern for the welfare of Mother Earth in order to push an agenda of global governance in the name of regulation, in the name of greenhouse gas abatement, in the name of limitations on carbon discharge. Its goals are not so much the preservation of our environment as leveling the playing field between the planet’s haves and have-nots. You’ve seen the television commercials, heard the dramatic music and seen the choppy shots of filth-spewing smokestacks. Industry is evil. Capitalism fosters industrial growth. Therefore, capitalism is evil. Why not eliminate it and, in the process, apply hefty global taxes to the industrial powerhouses which have the money to spend — at least until that industry dries up under the heavy hand of collectivist thought on a truly global scale?
If this were truly about climate and science, those who advocate for change in the name of saving the Earth from man-made global warming would be concerned that many of the changes they hope to implement actually cause more harm and more problems than they are designed to eliminate. They would be worried about the adverse effects on the global food supply caused by corn-based ethanol. They would be concerned about acres upon acres of Brazilian rainforest clear-cut to make room for soybeans and other crops used to produce biofuel. They would be concerned about the increased production energy required by, as well as the toxic mercury contained in, purportedly environment-saving compact fluorescent light bulbs.
If climate change and global warming were really about the environment rather than merely about the redistribution of wealth, this think locally-act globally crowd–the same crowd which encourages the purchase of foodstuffs from no further away than a farmer could drive in a single day–certainly wouldn’t fly a whole bunch of people in private jets from across the world to Arizona to dine on such local desert delicasies as miso-cured Alaskan butterfish, guinea hen, seared tune with curried eggplant, Kobe strip loin and butter-poached lobster medallions after stealing the Nobel Prize for Peace from 97-year-old Irena Sendler, a Polish woman who singlehandledly saved more than 2,500 Jewish children in the Warsaw ghetto from a terrible fate and certain death during World War II. Sendler passed away without such recognition last year; former Vice President Al Gore undoubtedly has his Nobel Prize on display at his Nashville, Tennessee home — you know, the same house which uses as much energy in a month as the average American family uses in one year. Or perhaps it’s on display in his 100-foot, fuel-guzzling houseboat. Or maybe one of his carbon-vomiting private jets. Regardless, you get my point.
Over and over again, I’ve said that until these people find private jets and convoy-destined SUVs which run on hypocrisy alone, we shouldn’t pay any attention. Unfortunately, it’s far too late. The so-called “green” movement has permeated every aspect of our lives, aided and abetted by a mainstream press so brazenly hypnotised by the not-so-veiled socialism that they’d gladly perpetuate rumors that the polar bears are endangered when, in reality, numbers are up three-fold since the 1980s.
As a result, People without thinking spend tens of thousands of dollars more on hybrid cars, on homes built with sustainable materials, on organic food which spoils in half the time and costs twice as much. Green is everywhere, green is universal. Even Nickelodeon, the venerable children’s television station, is running a promotion and advertising video games in which kids can, with their parents’ permission of course, sit in front of the computer and destroy carbon-emitting monsters and subsequently swear up and down to change their own habits.
It’s everywhere, and it has little to do with carbon dioxide, with energy, with the ice caps or with the global temperature. It’s all about global socialism, about the redistribution of wealth, and anyone who dares to suggest otherwise–such as European Union President Vaclav Klaus or countless scientists from across the globe–is shouted down and held in similar esteem as Holocaust deniers.
“The debate is over,” Gore famously said, but hundreds of scientists suggest otherwise. Nevertheless, fighting the tide of short-sighted environmentalism is like trying to swim in a lead apron. Global socialism is nothing short of religion now, and it has a new deacon in Carol Browner, ready to reach into our pockets, steal our wallets, and drop them in the collection basket, never to be seen again.
Watch as it happens. Industry is bad, and Mother Earth is hurting. No matter what the Chinese do, no matter what steps are or are not taken in India, the United States must act to curb emissions in order to reverse a trend which may not actually be occurring. Economic consequences be damned. We’ll see global oversight, fierce penalties, and double standards. All in the name of junk science, all at the expense of our sovereignty, our prosperity, and our freedom. All while most Americans are looking the other way, listening to glib soundbites and reading articles on the White House pets — if they have their eyes open at all.