Here Comes Nebby Government Again
By: J.J. Jackson
Call me crazy, but I donâ€™t worry that much about â€œglobal warmingâ€ and how us pitiful humans are supposedly making the Earth heat up. Maybe itâ€™s just knowing that over the millennia since the Earth was born it has gone through massive warming and cooling cycles and a myriad of other devastating events. And all long before us evil capitalistic humans arrived on the scene.
Asteroid collisions spewing more dust into the atmosphere than can be imagined, massive volcanic eruptions belching quantities of sulfur oxides that cannot be comprehended, fluctuations in sun spots and solar temperatures, dinosaurs as big as buildings depositing trillions of tons of poop directly into rivers without waste water treatment plants, and so on all came before evil humans and our oil burning beasts. Lush jungles and massive glaciers all came and went over that time all without human interference.
Make no mistake. Humans can do great harm to ourselves by the actions we take and the junk we dump into our surroundings. But we do also tend to scare easily, freak out and go overboard causing harm as well.
For example, all it took to get DDT banned was a poorly written piece of fear mongering propaganda by Rachel Carson called Silent Spring in which she lamented the lack of birds singing because their eggs had been made weak and their cute little baby birds died all because of DDT. Even despite being completely rebutted it is still to this day on the reading lists at many colleges.
After Carsonâ€™s book millions died from mosquito born illnesses around the world that would have easily been prevented had the ban on DDT not followed. Once the camelâ€™s nose was under the tent did anyone think it would be long before the whole camel was inside?
And how can we forget the numerous times we have been told that we were going to run out of oil in so many years only to completely blow by those dates? Today we continue to discover vast reserves of new oil.
Then years ago we had to put catalytic converters on our cars to convert pollutants such as Carbon Monoxide, oxides of Nitrogen and unburnt hydrocarbons into less harmful things like O2, N2, CO2 and H2O. It was a glorious day hailed by environmentalists as a huge victory. And while it certainly was a good thing that emissions which caused potential problems were reduced into common substances the fact that it was done by the federal government was really the goal and the ultimate victory so-called environmentalists celebrated.
Iâ€™m not saying that I disagree with the result. But I do disagree with the process of citizens turning to government to make it so. All the people had to do was refuse to buy such polluting vehicles from manufacturers. Believe me as a greedy capitalist myself, someone would have listened and produced a car demanded by the people. But thatâ€™s not how we chose to act. Now it was not just the camelâ€™s nose that was under the tent, but its entire head.
Sadly, since then the entire camel has not just come inside the tent but it has also been knocking over tables and pots and lamps ever since generally causing a huge mess.
If you doubt it take note. Now the Supreme Court is being asked to weigh in on the premise that even some of those products created by catalytic converters to be less dangerous are now in need of regulation according to 12 states and some dozen or so environmental groups. The government is being asked to regulate CO2 which is more commonly known as plant food.
Just wait until these folks start looking into water vapor! Because it is a stronger â€œgreenhouse gasâ€ than CO2 could ever hope to be and, as previously noted, it is also a byproduct of catalytic converters.
On top of that we have areas full of this dangerous and deadly â€œpollutantâ€ euphemistically called â€œlakesâ€, â€œriversâ€, â€œseasâ€ and â€œoceansâ€ just to name a few. Obviously emissions (i.e. natural evaporation) from these dangerous reservoirs of pollution will also have to be regulated.
Quick! Someone get God on line one and tell him he has to file a permit and put a control device over those dangerous pollution sources!
Ok, so CO2 from tail pipes is a â€œpollutantâ€? Then the solution is simple! Rip the catalytic converters off cars. That will reduce CO2 emissions dramatically. Sure weâ€™ll be back to having large amounts of CO instead, but at least disaster will be averted!
But thatâ€™s not the goal here. The goal is incremental control by government over the lives of people. First regulate the pollutants from combustion then mandate catalytic converters and then regulate the emissions the catalytic converts cause. Eventually we will be buried under so many regulations weâ€™ll need to fill out a request in triplicate and wait six months for approval from a government bureaucrat just to fart. After all, if cow flatulence causes global warming donâ€™t you know soon us evil humans will need to watch our farts as well?
Now however for a serious question. If we begin to regulate and limit CO2 from tailpipe emissions how long until environmentalists sue on the behalf of trees and other plants that we as humans are â€œstarvingâ€ them and denying them their basic right to food? What about the rights of plants? Donâ€™t laugh. You might be surprised at how insane some people are.
J.J. Jackson is a libertarian conservative author from Pittsburgh, PA who has been writing and promoting individual liberty since 1993 and is President of Land of the Free Studios, Inc. He is the Pittsburgh Conservative Examiner for Examiner.com. He is also the owner of The Right Things - Conservative T-shirts & Gifts The Right Things. His weekly commentary along with exclusives not available anywhere else can be found at Liberty Reborn.