Alan Caruba
November 21, 2009
The global carbon footprint scam
By Alan Caruba

I never cease to marvel at the environmental alarmists who create one "crisis" after another using wretchedly bad "science" to support their scams. On Tuesday, November 24, the Global Footprint Network is going to "release new data on the Ecological Footprint of 100 nations and humanity as a whole, and the current ledgers are sobering."

Well, of course, they're sobering. Everything the Greens announce is sobering because, as you well know, the oceans are rising, the glaciers and polar caps are melting, we're running out of oil, every animal on Earth is endangered, incandescent light bulbs and global warming will destroy all life on Earth, yada, yada, yada.

"The figures provide a data-driven look at some of the most pressing issues facing humanity, from climate change to equitable distribution of resources."

Is the "equitable distribution of resources" the same as Barack Obama's "redistribution of wealth"? Is this shorthand of every liberal's wet dream, communism? Oh, yeah. Been there, seen it, don't want any part of it. After giving communism a try for over seventy years, the Soviet Union imploded because it doesn't work, never has, and never will.

After Chairman Mao Zedong introduced communism to China, his various programs managed to kill off several millions through starvation until his death allowed a revision toward capitalism that initiated the transformation that holds out vastly improved lives for its 1.3 billion citizens.

However, according to the Global Footprint Network, "Humanity now requires the resources it would take almost one and a half planets to sustainably produce, according to figures to be released."

The Greens have an established pattern. They use bogus computer modeling to conjure up scads of "data" that take years to debunk and dispute. In the meantime, billions are wasted on their schemes.

This new hogwash conveniently debuts just before the United Nations Climate Change Conference to be held in Copenhagen in December. The many delegates will wine and dine their way through tons of champagne, caviar, and other delicacies while trying to convince everyone the Earth is doomed unless virtually all industrial activity is ended

They will warn that carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions are responsible for "global warming," but there is NO global warming beyond what the Sun provides and CO2 plays no role whatever in climate change.

The phony "carbon footprint" ignores the fact that carbon compounds form the basis for all known life on Earth!

Their bogus "carbon footprints" ignore the fact that CO2 is vital to life because it is to all vegetation what oxygen is to all animals. It is food! More CO2 is better than less because it would provide for more abundant crop yields, healthier forests, and would reduce the spread of deserts.

The "carbon footprint" and the mountains of phony data built around it provides the Global Footprint Network the ability to announce that "The new numbers also reveal a growing disparity between those countries with the largest Ecological Footprints per capita and those with the smallest." This is their way of saying that nations that produce more food and more commodities have an unfair advantage over those that do not.

It ignores the fact that "poor" nations are famous for despotism, oppression, and corruption, none of which have anything to do with whether they have abundant resources such as oil, natural gas, and coal. It has everything to do with encouraging class or tribal warfare, religious strife, and all the ills common to humanity.

The key to spotting the Big Green Lie is the word "sustainability."

Sustainability is a subterfuge for the destruction of property rights, a concept so essential to success in America that it is protected by the Constitution.

Wherever you see the word "sustainability," you know that the Greens are emphasizing "renewable energy" (solar and wind) which cannot begin to compare with oil, natural gas, and coal. Renewable energy is responsible for a mere one percent of all electricity generated in the United States and reliance upon it will leave people in nations such as Great Britain freezing to death in the dark.

The Greens want to replace hydrocarbon fuels with "biofuels" such as ethanol which diverts real food like corn into a useless form of energy that reduces mileage and actually emits more CO2! The Greens want to pack humanity into crowded cities, forbidding people from living in suburbs filled with trees and lawns. They want to reduce vehicle size and encourage the use of electric vehicles.

There is little evidence that the Earth is running out of oil or other sources of energy. Oil not only provides for transportation, but is the basis for fertilizers and other beneficial chemicals that ensure more crop yield to feed humans and livestock. It has a thousand other uses as well. Coal is so abundant that its use is calculated in centuries.

In short, the Greens want to impose the most stupid and evil standards and restrictions on human life. They would drag humanity back to an age when horses and oxen were the modes of transportation and means of agriculture.

This is the goal of the United Nations Climate Change Conference and its treaty to impose a One World Order with its incumbent oppressive government structure to deprive its victims of privacy, dignity, and initiative. And, as history has repeatedly demonstrated, of life itself.

The "carbon footprint," along with "global warming," should be consigned to the dustbin of failed and false economic and schemes known as socialism and communism. They are a synonym for suffering and death.

© Alan Caruba

 

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Alan Caruba

Best known these days as a commentator on issues ranging from environmentalism to energy, immigration to Islam, Alan Caruba is the author of two recent books, "Right Answers: Separating Fact from Fantasy" and "Warning Signs" both collections of his commentaries since 2000 and both published by Merril Press of Bellevue, Washington... (more)

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