Category Archives: Carbon Footprint

Meet The Time Traveller

I stumbled on a new blogger last week, and he’s worth sharing.  Adventures in Time Travel is an Englishman’s blog, so the tagline shouldn’t surprise any Brit-humor fan:

Contains no actual time travel

The Time Traveller does a sound fisking of an eco-fascist news article in “Vegetarians are destroying the environment.”  Here’s a tid:

Article:  “After decades of conversion to cattle farming and agriculture, overwhelmingly soy, but also corn and coffee, only 20 per cent of pristine Cerrado remains, much fragmented between farmland.”

Time Traveller:  Hang on a cotton-picking minute! Earlier in this article you were claiming that 50% had been lost. Now it’s 80%. That really is a rapid rate of development, unless you suffered a particularly long bout of writer’s block after paragraph 3.

Snicker.  Read the rest if you have time.  At the least, do click over and scan for posts that pique your interest.  Yeah, some posts are couched in terms of British politics, but it’s easy enough to get used to.

Rage Is Back!

Grrrr.

Breathing deeply.  Counting backwards from ten.  I love my country.  I love my fellow Americans.  Even the ones that elected this clown-in-chief.  That’s right.  I’m violating my own rule about name-calling.

Via Instapundit comes a remarkable enough tidbit from an AP report:  “Obama needled one questioner who asked about gas prices, now averaging close to $3.70 a gallon nationwide, and suggested that the gentleman consider getting rid of his gas-guzzling vehicle.”

Does anyone out there really believe this is man feels our pain?  He is more interested in deciding what kind of car you should drive, than improving your standard of living, or, you know, actually preserving that pesky old burden of liberty that we bear.  It’s such a burden, liberty.  We don’t know what’s best for us.  Those big, bad, evil corporations are tricking us into destroying our one and only planet by allowing us to choose which of their vehicles we want to buy.

Breathing deeply.  Focusing.

The story then got a little more remarkable, because the AP article from which that quote originated was scrubbed of it.  Apparently, AP has done a substantial rewrite.  See the Prof for the full story and the screen cap.

But that’s not why I’m posting.

In addition to the screen cap, Prof. Reynolds linked to video proof of the President’s gas-guzzle statement.

And I watched it.

Now I know exactly what it takes to sweep apathy from my brain like a tidal wave sweeping the beach:  four minutes of President Obama channeling his inner Seinfeld.

Yep.  President Obama, doing his best stand-up routine.  I recommend that you do not press play:

Really.  You don’t have to watch it.  I have selflessly spared you from trauma, by meticulously transcribing the most pertinent portions (play, pause, write, repeat).

You’re welcome.

The video is from the President’s appearance at a wind turbine manufacturer on April 6th.  Two minutes in, the President starts off with a reasonable enough statement:

“What we can do is increase oil production here in the United States.  But here’s the thing about oil.  We have about 2, maybe 3% of the world’s proven oil reserves.”

Okay, fine.  I also do not like the fact that we do not produce enough oil in the States to satisfy demands.  Instead, we have to rely on countries that are most unreliable.

Next comes the Marxist tendencies.  You know, those redistributionist, mistrusting of all things corporation-y, sounds-like-its-from-the-Communist-Manifesto-type tendencies that we Tea Party folks are crazy to even point out:

“We use 25% of the world’s oil.  So . . . even if we doubled the amount of oil that we produce, we’d still be short by a factor of five.  So, we can’t just drill our way out of the problem, and that’s why the second thing we can do is increase efficiency on cars and trucks, which is where most of our oil is used.”

Do you see the logic here?  Our oil problem will be resolved only by consuming less, and nothing else.  Note how he brings up how much of the world’s oil we so hoggishly hog?  The implication here is that consuming more oil than other countries, relative to population, is a wrong in and of itself.  Unfair.

Anyway, here is the best worst bit:

“Now, I noticed some folks clapped, but I know some of these big guys, they’re still driving their big SUVs, you know, they’ve got their big monster truck and everything.  [Catches eye of person in audience.]  You are one of ‘em?  Well, now, here’s my point.  You know, if you’re complaining about the price of gas and you’re only getting 8 miles a gallon, you know . . . [chuckles] . . . well.  I, you may have a big family, but it’s probably not that big . . . [chuckles].  So, how many you have?  Ten kids you say?  Ten kids?  [Long pause with humorously shocked look on his face.]  Well, you definitely need a hybrid van then.

Grrr.  We Amurikuns R so dumb that Obama has to explain the basic economics of miles per gallon to us.  How do you like your President lecturing you in a mocking, 5th rate stand-up routine?  Feel patronized yet?

Well, I do have one bit of consolation:  Obama using a random audience member to make his point about owning bigger cars than you need?  FAIL.

UPDATE:  Ed Morrissey puts it well:  “Obama fills the role of clueless aristocrat by telling a man who explains that he can’t afford to fill his gas tank at current prices that he should instead buy a new car.”

Global Warming, er, Climate Change, uh, Disruption, and My Kid

Recently, my older son’s study guide included info about smog and ozone.  Strangely, ozone was defined as a bad thing. 

At least it seemed strange to me, because I learned back in the eighties about the holes in the ozone layer.  What a minute, I thought.  Isn’t ozone good, because it deflects the sun’s radiation or something?  (Whatever happened to the ozone holes, by the way?  Did banning CFCs fix everything?  Also, wasn’t the ozone layer related to global warming back then?   Why don’t we hear about the ozone layer anymore?)

Anyhow, I looked it up and learned that, yes indeed, the ozone layer in the upper atmosphere is good and necessary, but at ground level it is pollution.  Not wanting to give him an incomplete picture, I explained both to him.  He listened patiently, as it kept him out of bed a few extra minutes.

He’s in 3rd grade.

Not long after, he expressed worry about me wasting water with the garden hose and depleting the community’s water supply. 

Oh, really?

They’ve learned about the cycle of water in nature, you see.  The lesson includes the importance of conserving water, and lots of ways to do so.

An observant young man, he also has noticed the signs everywhere on base, promoting Energy Awareness Month.  Because, you know, being aware of how much energy you consume is so very, very important.

These are only three of the latest examples.  Don’t even get me started on the environmental overkill at my son’s primary school in the U.K.  Shudder. 

He was too young to care much about it then.  Now, he’s starting to notice.

So we had a talk about global warming, and environmentalism generally.  We talked about how, when I was a kid, I was scared of acid rain killing all our trees and plants and stuff. 

 “Do you ever hear about acid rain?” I asked him.  No, he answers.  “Do you know why?” I asked.  No.  “Because it was a load of garbage.  Nonsense.  Just like the stuff you are hearing about running out of water.  And when you are grown up, environmentalists will have moved on to some new idea which will be nonsense, too.  That is what they do.”

We discussed how God put people in charge of planet earth, and how we need to be good bosses by not trashing the place or being wasteful.  Just as we shouldn’t be wasteful at the dinner table (a common theme in my house).  Whether it’s dinner or fossil fuels at issue, we should never waste the gifts that God has provided for us, I explained.

But there are some people who take it too far, I told him.  We sat down at the computer and watched this video.  At first he was scared, but I provided a running commentary that put it into perspective:  What’s she doing in the desert?  Why is there an earthquake?  Where did all that water come from?  Oh look, she dropped her polar bear teddy.  Snicker.

You see, some environmentalists go overboard, and try to scare you into doing whatever they tell you to do.  That video did not provide even the tiniest nugget of fact.  It was not made to teach, it was made to frighten.  To bully us, when it comes right down to it.

We stayed with the polar bear theme and watched the scrappy Phelim McAleer next, who introduced my son to Al Gore:

See, not every one agrees about all this scary stuff, kiddo.  And the population of polar bears is increasing.  Plus it’s fun to watch them argue like children.

The introduction of Al Gore led to a necessary introduction of a new vocabulary word:  hypocrisy.  What better example of hypocrisy is there?

He then asked me to find the car ad where the polar bear hugs the owner of a hybrid.  Huh.  Okey-dokey, here it is.  We agreed that it is a cute ad, but Rush is hilarious and exactly right with this quote:

“My friends, don’t ever try to hug a polar bear.  You will die.  A polar bear will rip your head off. If a polar bear shows up in your driveway, run for the hills — or don’t leave your house. Do not go out there and let it hug you.”

That night, my son turned off the faucet I had left running during teeth-brushing.  He glanced at me sheepishly and said, I’m not going overboard or anything.  (Love.  Him.)  It’s all good, dear.  You just don’t want to be wasteful, and that is fine.

Can I just say?  Explaining all this to an eight-year-old is extremely difficult.  Children are still learning the basics at this age.  Can’t he learn about energy, weather, and the water cycle without it being tinged with obligation and worry?  When they teach him about the human body in Science, are they going to bring up cancer and congenital defects? 

I need to get another copy of this book; I think he may be old enough for it now.

How Much Does the Media Love the Obamas?

I’ll tell you.

Members of the mainstream media love the Obamas so much, that a reporter can write this, without realizing how extraordinarily bad it sounds:

“Arriving in a small jet before the Obamas was the first dog, Bo, a Portuguese water dog given as a present by the late U.S. Sen Ted Kennedy, D-Mass.; and the president’s personal aide Reggie Love.”

Ha ha ha!  I truly laughed out loud at that one.  Even funnier is the clarification now posted to the side of this article:

“Today’s story about the arrival of the Obamas said the Obama’s dog and one aide arrived on a small jet before the First Family, but there were other occupants on the plane, including several other staffers. The presidential party took two small jets to the Hancock County-Bar Harbor Airport in Trenton because the airport was too small to accommodate the president’s usual jet.”

Ha ha ha ha ha!  Oh, that was nice.  I can always use a good laugh.  Thanks Instapundit.

P.S.  We honeymooned in Bar Harbor, Maine.  It’s really nice there.  I bet Bo really liked it.

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