The Right Side

Notes from a conservative student.

Obligatory Earth Day Blog

Posted by Cullin on April 22, 2009

Today we celebrate the destruction of man kind in hopes of saving the environment.  And, this is exactly what environmentalists want to do.

To your average environmentalists, the planet is worth more than man kind.  Some people want to say that plants and animals have a value of equal value to humans, and as such we should try to make sure they survive also.  However, your typical environmental activists actually believe that plants and animals have a value greater than their fellow people, and would gladly sacrifice us for the sake of some sole fungus in the deep reaches of South America.

Now, let me take some time to clear up my thoughts.  Yes, we should avoid waste and pollute as little as possible.  But, we also need to make sure that we don’t allow people to suffer needlessly as we do so.

A lot of people think that we can enact environmental legislation without affecting many, if any people.  However, the opposite of this is what actually happens.

The best example of this is the use of ethanol in gasoline in the United States.  The entire US, after fear of global warming caused the federal government to pass the Energy Policy Act of 2005,  is required the use of ethanol for an additive in fuel.  Since corn is the major player in American ethanol, the demand for it was pushed way up after this law.  This caused the price of corn to rise.  And, since corn is a staple crop in Mexico, when the price for corn rose as much as it did in the name of environmentalism, Mexican citizens starved.  The worst part about this is that the environmentalists who fought so hard for this law, and others like it, have never and probably never will see this effect of their goals.  Or, they just do not care that their values are causing so much pain in other parts of the world.

Beliefs of anthropocentric global warming pose to cause the same type of calamity.  As pointed out in Lomborg’s “Cool It”, even if we were able to follow Kyoto Protocol perfectly, we would waste a lot of money world wide to only delay the full effects of global warming for a short time.  We would be much better using this money to invest in infrastructure to deal with rising water, cures for malaria and other problems that are expected to arise in the area’s that would be most affected by a changing climate.  And, the free market would do this on it’s own, people would recognize the problem and find a way to fix it.  However, Kyoto Protocol is only going to cost industrialized nations millions of dollars, and LDCs millions upon millions of lives because of the aide and normal development which cannot happen due to misuse of resources.

I mean, this is if they can ever decide if it’s “global warming” or just “climate change” or whatever they’re going to call it next.

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