MINOT, NORTH DAKOTA — It is exceptionally difficult to
deny people what they want and enjoy unless force and threats are used
to scare them into cooperation and compliance.
The President’s chief advisor, Rahm Emanuel, has said, “It’s
a shame to waste a good crisis” — certainly this is sound advice.
People are willing to give up freedoms and self-determination in times
of crisis. In the absence of a crisis, those who wish to force an ideology
on a population must create one. Otherwise, it is exceedingly difficult
in a free society to convince the population to do what otherwise makes
We have heard so much about the dangers of global warming over the
last few years that the average person believes it threatens the survival
of mankind. It makes little difference that there is considerable disagreement
over whether global warming even exists. If indeed global warming exists,
it is even less certain whether it is a normal phenomena or caused
by man, or whether it is good or bad thing.
Nevertheless, we have been told repeatedly that certain disaster looms
unless we stop global warming. The claims range from global flooding
in a few short years to food and resource shortages that will mandate
the imposition of worldwide Marshall Law. Al Gore recently said that
if we do not act in the next several years, it will be too late.
Despite the rhetoric that bombards us, the possibility of positive
impacts of a warmer world is simply not discussed. Instead we are told
we must take immediate steps — even draconian ones — or life as mankind
has known it will come to an irreversible end.
Bureaucrats aggressively push the imposition of policies to curb “greenhouse
gases” (GHG). These emissions include carbon dioxide, methane,
and nitrous oxide. The feared “carbon footprint” is a measure
of GHG emissions.
All we hear is how we must reduce the carbon footprint. The U.S. House
of Representatives recently passed a bill that will impose “cap
and trade” rules on emitters of carbon. The biggest emitters
are power plants. This bill, if implemented, will result in an increase
in the average household utility bill, according to the U.S. Treasury
Department, of $1,761 per year — equal to a 15-percent income-tax
hike. If enacted, according to a Heritage Foundation study, it would
eliminate over 3 million jobs between 2012 and 2035.
The crisis promoters point to an Oregon State University study (Oregon
was the first political jurisdiction in the world to legalize assisted
suicide). Professor Paul Murtaugh tells us, “Up to this point,
little attention has been given to the overwhelming importance of reproductive
choice.” Murtaugh says each child born in the U.S. contributes
9,411 metric tons of carbon dioxide. He claims this is about 5.7 times
the amount an average person should contribute.
Where is all this going? Maybe we should look to the United Kingdom.
In March, a study produced at the behest of Prime Minister Brown warned
that Britain must drastically reduce its population if it is to build
a “sustainable society.”
Sustainable is defined as, “Meeting the needs of the present
without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their
own needs.” The British study suggests it must reduce its population
to 30 million if it wants to feed itself sustainably. The current population
stands at 60 million. Jonathon Porritt, spokesmen for the study said, “Cutting
our population is one way to reduce (environmental) impacts (on developing
If the world’s bureaucrats can make a crisis of global warming
aka greenhouse gases aka carbon footprint aka environmental harm, the
next step may well be population control mandates. In the dead of night,
the U.S. House passed a bill that will, in effect, be the largest tax
increase in the history of this country. Could power rationing or mandatory
population controls be far behind?
A Voice from Fly-Over
A Voice from Fly-Over Country is copyright © 2009 by Robert
L. Hale and the Fitzgerald Griffin
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Robert L. Hale received his J.D. in law from Gonzaga University Law
School in Spokane, Washington. He is founder and director of a non-profit
public interest law firm. For more than three decades he has been involved
in drafting proposed laws and counseling elected officials in ways
to remove burdensome and unnecessary rules and regulations.
See a complete biographical sketch.
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