Human Exceptionalism

Radical Environmentalism: Make Food Prices Rise to Save the Planet!

The hysterics in the global warming crowd want us to give up everything that makes modern life prosperous and worth living. We are to give up having more than one, or at most, two children. We are to give up dogs and cats.  We are to give up flying–except Al Gore. We are to give up driving cars, other than tiny unsafe vehicles. We are to stop importing food from poor countries around the world. We are to give up air conditioning.  We are to give up most forms of obtaining energy–oil drilling, coal mining, oil shale, etc–to save the polar bears that are increasing in number, while alternatives won’t have the ability now to make up the difference for decades.  And now, the UN head hysteric wants us to give meat to save the planet. From the story:

People will need to turn vegetarian if the world is to conquer climate change, according to a leading authority on global warming. In <a onclick="s_objectID="an interview with The Times_1″;return this.s_oc?this.s_oc(e):true” href=”http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/environment/article6891287.ece”>an interview with The Times, Lord Stern of Brentford said: “Meat is a wasteful use of water and creates a lot of greenhouse gases. It puts enormous pressure on the world’s resources. A vegetarian diet is better.” Direct emissions of methane from cows and pigs is a significant source of greenhouse gases. Methane is 23 times more powerful than carbon dioxide as a global warming gas. Lord Stern, the author of the influential 2006 Stern Review on the cost of tackling global warming, said that a successful deal at the Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen in December would lead to soaring costs for meat and other foods that generate large quantities of greenhouse gases.

These people don’t give a fig about the poor.  Moreover, they want to make most of us less prosperous by mechanisms that they, however, will be able to avoid because these things never stop the elite from living extravagantly.  (I recall a sumptuous UN hunger conference being reported about in S. Africa, with lobster and all the trimmings served less than three miles from people who were hungry.) And there is no way that President Obama would give up his hamburger runs.

I have an idea for these ideological nihilists that can be expressed in three simple words. No, make it five: Go. Away. Leave. Us. Alone.

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