Category Archives: Environmentalism
…Er, I mean, the Green Jobs Answer Man. LOLZ ensue.
If this commercial is any indication, the answer is really freaking stupid.
My first reaction on seeing this was to think, “Wow, clever ad to get people to think about how much electricity they consume!’ Because, of course, almost all the electricity consumed in the United States is produced by burning something. True, gasoline is just a small part of the total but – Hey! – coal is the devil, right?
Electric vehicles produce no emissions at the point of use but that doesn’t mean there are no emissions associated with their use which is the clear implication of this commercial. And, judging from the people I know who are anxiously awaiting their opportunity to own an electric vehicle, it’s a marketing ploy that resonates.
Food heists, that’s how.
Late last month, a gang of thieves stole six tractor-trailer loads of tomatoes and a truck full of cucumbers from Florida growers. They also stole a truckload of frozen meat. The total value of the illegal haul: about $300,000.
“I’ve never experienced people targeting produce loads before,” said Shaun Leiker, an assistant manager at Allen Lund, a trucking broker in Oviedo, Fla., that was hit three times by the thieves. “It’s a little different than selling TVs off the back of your truck.”
The rising prices are driven partially by increased fuel costs and rising demand, such as the diversion of food products for ethanol production.
Okay, so I’m fairly at a loss for words. Yeah. It’s that bad.
Can someone please show me the Bible passage that establishes Delta Smelt as part of the Body of Christ?
Honestly, I don’t know much about Rand Paul but I think I may want to see more of him, if his performance today during an Energy and Natural Resources Committee meeting today is any indication.
Paul launched into an epic rant that started with a simple question to Kathleen Hogan, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Energy Efficiency, with the Department of Energy: “Are you pro-choice?”
Watch the entire thing, because, really, it’s just too good to miss.
Here’s Paul’s point in a nutshell:
You’re really anti-choice on every other consumer item that you’ve listed here, including light bulbs, refrigerators, toilets – you name it, you can’t go around your house without being told what to buy. You restrict my choices, you don’t care about my choices. You don’t care about the consumer frankly. You raise the cost of all the items with your rules, all your notions that you know what’s best for me. (This snippet via ABC’s The Note)
Ms. Hogan’s response, I think, illustrates our current issues with out-of-control, out-of-touch government quite nicely.
One, I think the Appliance Standards Program is an example of a really great partnership between Congress and the Administration over many, many, many years. So much of what we are implementing really had its genesis in bi-partisan bills that have been put forth at a number of different points over the history of this country over the last 30 to 40 years…and I really do not believe that the appliance standards end up restricting personal choice.
You can see that Senator Paul is focused on the hypocrisy of the so-called “pro-choice” set and on the consumer…you and me and Ms. Hogan is focused on the Beltway establishment…the “great partnership” between “Congress and the Administration” and their “bi-partisan bills.” This woman doesn’t have one thought to spare for the people who pay her salary, the ones who are affected by the standards they’re implementing. (I would imagine it’s a safe bet that she’s not all that concerned that Chinese workers are being poisoned manufacturing CFL bulbs either, but I digress.)
Getting back to Senator Paul’s opening question, Ms. Hogan’s inexplicable response was, “I’m pro-choice of bulbs.” Inexplicable because on first examination, it would appear that she was either brazenly lying to a U.S. Senator or that she lacks a good working knowledge of what would otherwise appear to be her native tongue. A second look, however, reveals the real answer.
Paul: I can’t buy the old light bulbs. That restricts my choice on buying.
Hogan: My view is what you want is lighting, right?”
So Ms. Hogan’s real answer is “you’ll take whatever light bulbs we give you and be happy to have the light, damn it!”
Cubachi: Senator Rand Paul to Government…
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A new video from CatholicVote.org
As outlined by the Purple Avenger at Ace of Spades HQ, it’s been a rough few months for environmental extremism.
Despite public protestations to the contrary, even the most fanatical disciples of the Church of Global Warming realize they’re losing the battle for public opinion in regards to climate change. What’s a zealot to do?
If Al Gore and the other snake oil salesmen had actually based their belief in climate change apocalypse on now-questionable data, you might expect them to be at least a bit relieved that perhaps Earth was to be spared, rather than doubling down on the stupid. If, on the other hand, they were more concerned with wielding near total control over every aspect of your daily life than in the possibility that Denver might become a major seaport, they might start casting around for a new crisis that could be attributed to rising levels of CO2 in the atmosphere.
Thank Gaia for a new cudgel, ocean acidification, which will be brandished to subdue the unruly automobile-driving, electricity-consuming, breathing mobs.
During a December 2nd, 2009, Climate “Science” Hearing, Washington’s very own Jay Inslee recounts a heart-warming encounter he had at the University of Washington with a young man global warming denier, of whom he asks , “Look, if you’re right and there’s no global warming, if you’re so right, what are you gonna do about ocean acidification? What do you say about that?” (If you’re allergic to insufferable, condescending jerks, fast forward to 2:32; living in Inslee’s district, I can attest that the rash is quite bothersome.)
I find it absolutely astonishing that Inslee would treat a tax-paying citizen of the United States with such disdain, while treating John Holdren – a man who, during the 70s, proposed forced abortions; mass, involuntary sterilization; and even compulsory marriage or adoption for unwed mothers as a way to avert another imminent crisis threating to destroy the Earth – as a respected expert. I may be overly critical, but I think Holdren’s creds are in question.
The oceans may be becoming more acid but, just as with global warming, the snake oil salesmen need to show first, that human activity has significantly contributed to the problem and, second, that human efforts can significantly improve it. Until then, keep casting, guys.
Update 1: Stacy McCain explains how, She Puts the Fin in Fine.
Update 2: Jimmie Bise opines that he doesn’t get out fishing nearly often enough.