Monday, April 28, 2008

The Natural Truth About Eco-Kooks

Are you prepared to see your lifestyle reduced to the level of Somalia, Haiti or Jordan? If not, then you're not a true Al Gore environmentalist. You're just, as Mark Steyn calls them, "poseur environmentalists."

Because, as every Hillary Clinton/Barack Obama supporter knows--and as the cartoon above claims--the only action we humans can take that will solve the alleged climate change problem is reducing carbon emissions by 80% before the year 2050. That's the "promise" Hillary and Obama have made, because if you don't want to do that, you won't remove enough carbon to stop the alleged warming.

So here, for your consideration, is the math on the "80-by-50" proposal, courtesy of Stephen Hayward in the Wall Street Journal:

Begin with the current inventory of carbon dioxide emissions – CO2 being the principal greenhouse gas generated almost entirely by energy use. According to the Department of Energy's most recent data on greenhouse gas emissions, in 2006 the U.S. emitted 5.8 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide, or just under 20 tons per capita. An 80% reduction in these emissions from 1990 levels means that the U.S. cannot emit more than about one billion metric tons of CO2 in 2050.

Were man-made carbon dioxide emissions in this country ever that low? The answer is probably yes – from historical energy data it is possible to estimate that the U.S. last emitted one billion metric tons around 1910. But in 1910, the U.S. had 92 million people, and per capita income, in current dollars, was about $6,000.

By the year 2050, the Census Bureau projects that our population will be around 420 million. This means per capita emissions will have to fall to about 2.5 tons in order to meet the goal of 80% reduction.

It is likely that U.S. per capita emissions were never that low – even back in colonial days when the only fuel we burned was wood. The only nations in the world today that emit at this low level are all poor developing nations, such as Belize, Mauritius, Jordan, Haiti and Somalia.

Now, it's always possible that Barack Obama may have a "magic electricity machine" he got from Farrakhan's last visit to the Mother Ship. But assuming he doesn't, are you prepared to run your house on less electricity than your grandmother used? Back when she had four electric appliances? Are you prepared to heat your home on less fuel than the colonists used in their log cabins?

If not, then you're an Earth-Mother-hating, Bush-loving, oil-company stooge. Shame on you!

To all Gaia-worshipping Gorons, I offer this simple and indisputable challenge: If you really love the Earth, you will do your part to reduce your carbon footprint to (almost) zero....and kill yourself. If you're right about climate change, it's our only hope.

UPDATE: By the way, the 2025 date in the cartoon above is particularly idiotic given that a) there has been no warming in 10 years; b)even the global panic kooks only claim the temperature will rise by no more than 1 degree C by 2050, assuming their meteorological models suddenly stop being wildly wrong. Will a degree change in temperatures--which has happened many times in human history--really drive us all into our HazMat suits?