"Good News for People Who Love Bad News". The title of this Modest Mouse album was the first thing I thought of when I heard the news that the House narrowly passed the global warming bill. Practically, this bill even turned many Democrats off, and it will face severe resistance in the Senate so there is still hope that this economy crushing, rights violating, power grab by the left can be stopped. Secondly, and more importantly, I think there might be a silver lining.
In a previous post, I attempted to explain why I think Americans are so easily taken in by the apocalyptic prophecies and pseudo-science of the environmentalist movement. This movement, which relies on guilt and the veneer of science, combines together every ideological ingredient necessary to take full advantage of a culture steeped in altruism and intellectually disarmed by modern philosophy's assault on reason and objectivity. While these philosophical factors have ripened the American populace to be led into fascism, there is a large element of the population that is anti-intellectual but reachable.
By that, I mean that there are Americans who, despite warnings from writers like myself that the environmentalists are profoundly anti-human, may have dismissed Al Gore and the environmentalist left as "well-intentioned" but "impractical". There are Americans who may have thought there was some validity to the concerns expressed by this movement but who did not fully appreciate their philosophical premises, and therefore, remained unable to abstractly grasp the deathly implications of the environmental movement's ideology. While these ideas remained in the abstract it was possible for this type to dismiss them. Not anymore. The left and particularly the environmental movement has finally been exposed.
In the midst of massive scientific uncertainty and in fact a seeming scientific revolt against the global warming orthodoxy, can there be any doubt about the motives of politicians and intellectuals who rush through a bill that threatens to impose "the highest tax in American history" to decrease carbon emissions? Is there any doubt about the "intentions" of politicians and intellectuals who denigrate oil companies and threaten energy producers with punitive regulations and "windfall profit" taxes as energy prices rose last year but who then pass a bill that will directly cause energy prices and thus the cost of everything to rise? Is there any doubt about the motives of politicians who in the middle of the worst economic crisis in 80 years pass a bill that will burden industry with draconian regulations, higher costs, and cause Americans to pay exorbitant prices for the lifeblood of American prosperity: energy?
Are these people really "well intentioned"?
(Incidentally, I have heard the Democrats make the argument that this bill will actually result in an increase of "jobs" allegedly in the alternative energy industry or some such thing. This is like saying that a bill which forces doctors, engineers, and businessmen to quit their jobs to take up ditch digging and collecting rocks is a value because they will have "jobs". It is like arguing that cavemen were better off than modern man because they were all "employed" hunting squirrels and evading predators in caves. Is it better that people are employed finding cures for cancer and inventing spaceships or devoting time to monitoring ethanol regulations and assembling windmills? This argument completely drops the context and ignores the most fundamental principles of economics which I explained in this post. )
Defenders of freedom have a historic opportunity. The environmental movement and the larger aims of the left can no longer be dismissed as ivory tower idealism. The practical consequences of the their deadly ideas are coming to fruition for all to see. Our job has been made easier in that now, all we have to do is point. If Americans still can not grasp this, then maybe they will finally grasp it when they are herded into a rail car and shipped to a Green Re-Education Camp. Then again, maybe not.