Michigan Sacrifices for the Planet


Detroit — Top climatologist James Hansen endorses anti-industry vandalism to fight global warming and, as noted below, Reuters reports that atmospheric scientist Paul Crutzen sees a global financial meltdown as environmentally beneficial.

“If we are looking at a slowdown in the economy,” says the Nobel Prize winner, “there will be less fossil fuels burning, so for the climate it could be an advantage.”

A round-trip ticket from Planet Gore to a little place called Michigan, Planet Earth, might be sobering for these “scientific experts.”

Crutzen would find that Michigan has been way out front – if that’s the right term – of the rest of the U.S. in slowing its economy and healing the Earth by reducing greenhouse gases. Since 2000, the state has hemorrhaged 460,000 jobs while its unemployment rate has ballooned from 3.2 percent to 8.9 percent. Last year, the city of Detroit recorded the highest rate of home foreclosures in the nation. How advantageous to the climate!

The result of all this slowing down has been a nation-leading reduction in carbon emissions as a direct result of lost jobs and population.

But Michigan citizens are hardly cheering the “advantages” this has brought to Mother Earth. Rather than vandalizing CO2-producing industries as Professor Hansen might preach, the state (led by a green Democratic governor, in fact) has showered over $100 million in tax breaks on carbon-producing manufacturers in a desperate attempt to keep jobs in state.

Crutzen concedes that sacrificing economic prosperity on the green altar might sound “cruel.” Yes, and the idea that two leading scientists seriously discuss things like vandalism and the benefits of financial meltdown only shows how silly the global warming movement really is.


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