cur-mud-geon: anyone who hates hypocrisy and pretense and has the temerity to say so; anyone with the habit of pointing out unpleasant facts in an engaging and humorous manner
President Barack Obama has appointed, as you may recall, Carol Browner as the new head of the Environmental Protection Agency. It was expected that she would continue her past patterns as an activist environmentalist.
We need have had no concerns about her activist bent. She has already decided that greenhouse gases need to be brought under control. She has proposed to the White House that a "threat declaration" be issued which would begin the process by stating that global warming is a threat to public health and welfare. This is the first step toward regulating carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases under the already existing "Clean Air Act". That would, obviously, give credence to the White House move to create a "Cap and Trade" marketplace that would ostensibly help diminish this issue (while collecting tremendous amounts of new tax dollars).
As could've been anticipated, the proponents are out talking about how important this finding is and urging action sooner rather than later. Expect an even greater hullabaloo than has been heard before on this subject.
We seem destined to be hoodwinked. There is no body of evidence that would confirm these suspicions; there is, at best, only a body of conflicting evidence that is suspect.
We have written of the folly of one country trying to correct the "supposed" ills of the world without the company of any other countries, many of which are significantly greater offenders, if there is an offense being committed. How can we be so smart and so dumb at the same time? There is no consensus of knowledge, real knowledge versus fictitious knowledge, but we somehow feel obliged to bull our way ahead while forcing the economy of our country further down the drain than is already the case.
How is it that our weather prognosticators have maybe a 50-50 success rate with weather forecasts a week out into the future, and this group believes it has accurately forecast the global warming calamity that is many decades or even centuries down the road?
All this is going on while the Senator Boxers of the world are decrying the establishment of wind turbines and solar collectors in the middle of Death Valley, and the Senator Kennedys and Dodds are decrying wind turbines out several miles in the ocean. Sen. Boxer is a "green" senator. Al Gore is a "green" former vice-president, and on and on. Yet, this medicine is only good for you and me, and not for them. "Not in my backyard" seems alive and well in Washington.
Are they really that disingenuous, that hollow, that bereft of conscience? Apparently the answer is yes; but that is no solace for the disaster they are working to launch with our money and with our futures.
This foolishness needs be stopped unless and until there is something more solidly evidential than an Al Gore Power Point slide show.
By the way, the White House says 'not to worry'; that, too, gives me a bad feeling in the pit of my stomach given that entity's brief track record of truthfulness or lack thereof.