Environmental Parasites

While we’re on the topic of the environment:

  • Here’s a helpful summary of key emails from ClimateGate 2.0. Don’t fall for the line that misconduct revealed by these emails is irrelevant to scientific conclusions. The emails reveal that the source data is a complete mess. No one knows where it came from; no one can trace data points to specific locations; it’s been “corrected” or “adjusted,” i.e. fudged; it reveals gaping holes in the basic methodology of using tree rings as proxies for temperatures; it yields no clear conclusions about climate change, even according to the leading climate change researchers, who admit that at key points their work rests on “guts feelings” rather than science.
  • Richard Fernandez calls environmentalists parasites. That would once have been unfair. It’s not anymore. The meliorists who led the movement at certain stages have been pushed aside by people who are more than willing to shut down the economy to achieve their goals. Indeed shutting down the economy appears to be one of their goals. At the very least it’s a feature rather than a bug from their point of view. The Canadian government is now on to them, perceiving the radical and devastatingly harmful nature of their agenda.
  • Even under perfect conditions—a solar array in Death Valley—the government can’t make solar energy work. Once regulations grow past a certain point, the jungle they constitute is no longer passable. Walter Russell Mead writes: “if the wrangling, process crazed bureaucrats wrestling with the conflicting, nonsensical regulations and requirements issued by various state, local and federal bureaucracies can’t work out reasonable solutions to the relatively simple question involved in a no-brain solar installation in the desert, what chance is there that these same bureaucracies will redesign the American energy grid and take us to the low carbon utopia that always seems just out of reach?”
  • Current environmentalist objectives here in Austin show the state of the movement quite clearly. It ranges from the annoying—the city council is about to ban bags plastic or paper from Austin stores—to the foolishly destructive. There’s a move afoot to shut down the Fayette power plant, which provides a large amount of energy to central Texas at very low cost, because it burns coal. Never mind the fact that the utilities involved (Austin Energy and the Lower Colorado River Authority) just finished installing state-of-the-art scrubbers on the plant which eliminate 95% of its emissions. Never mind the fact that the plant won’t shut down; if Austin wants out, there will be plenty of buyers. Never mind that there’s no obvious replacement for Fayette as a power source. Never mind that any replacement that might be found would cost many times as much, adding about 30% to the average electric user’s bill. It’s insane. There would be no environmental gain whatsoever. The cost would be immense. And it’s fairly likely to happen nonetheless.

Eventually people will wake up to the destructiveness of environmentalism in its current form. By then it may have done so much damage to its host, to use Fernandez’s metaphor, that the economy won’t be able to recover.

2 thoughts on “Environmental Parasites

  1. I think the phrase, “Even under perfect conditions—a solar array in Death Valley—the government can’t make solar energy work.” says it all. government when given all the tools can, in point of fact, do nothing of value.
    It is private individuals who make a difference in this world. When left to themselves, without government intervention, or for that matter incentives stolen from taxpayers, businesspeople can come up with great ideas.
    This whole Death Valley thing was an example of Corporatism with government supplying funds for what private companies should have done with investments instead of using it for their own greedy ends.
    In a truly capitalist system, with no government intervention or favoritism the system works. Those whose ideas are valuable to the economy and thus the people in it will thrive while those whose inventions or businesses are not will fail.
    No bail outs by tax paying citizens because the government doesn’t buy every little murder machine the military industrial complex can come up with and the banking system is backed by real value instead of pieces of useless paper.
    Whatever one may think of the man Ron Paul, his ideas are the answer to the kind of theft that this government has been involved in with our money for the past century or more. Until we come to understand that government has far to much involvement in all of our lives we will continue down this rat hole.
    My hope is that a non-violent revolution will occur before people become so frustrated that they unwittingly fall into the plans of those who would prefer to have a violent uprising to use as an excuse for mass extermination and Orwellian type controls.
    Already we are seeing the TSA, which is supposed to be a non-law-enforcement agency being used from highways, to train & bus stations, to NASCAR events, and even high school prom nights. Basically we already have an army of these viper teams all over the US making unannounced inspections which have in some cases even doing pat-downs of passengers, including children, after they have already arrived at their destination at train and bus stations.
    The people are NOT supposed to be afraid of their government. Government is supposed to be AFRAID OF THE PEOPLE. It is ours, not theirs. They work for us and it is time to fire them ALL.
    It may even be time to put some of them on trial for treason and if found guilty require the ultimate penalty for that as well, as an example to future government bureaucratics as well as elected officials. As much as I dislike violence a public hanging might convince folks of the responsibility that a government position entails.

  2. Glenn Reynolds has lately been fond of ending posts about the corruption, incompetence, or overreach of government officials with

    “Tar. Feathers.”

    I take it he’s pointing out what you are: There are currently few consequences to the misbehavior of government officials. A recent study showed widespread insider trading among Congressmen of both parties. Such conduct by private officials would result in jail sentences. Does anyone think that any of the people guilty of this in Congress will face even a sanction, much less a criminal penalty? Solyndra and many other similar enterprises involved conspiracies to steal hundreds of millions of dollars from the government. Is anyone, inside government or out, likely to be punished?

    I don’t call for violence against anyone. That’s the province of the OWS crowd. But I think you’re right that something must be done to hold people responsible for their actions. Once people lose faith that government officials are doing anything other than enriching themselves and their friends, things fall apart in ways that only residents of Communist countries and banana republics understand.

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