You Have To Laugh At What Environmentalists Are Saying About Trump

Apr 26, 2017 by


What does it say about environmentalists that a stand-up comic made famous in the 1970s by listing seven dirty words you couldn’t say on TV has far more insight about the Earth than one of the green movement’s most influential leaders?

Is there any other conclusion to draw from a recent New York Times op-ed by Bill McKibben headlined “The Planet Can’t Stand This Presidency”?

In it, McKibben — who founded and teaches environmental studies at Middlebury College (where students recently physically attacked libertarian Charles Murray for trying to give a speech) — declares that President Trump poses both an immediate and a permanent threat to the entire planet.

“What Mr. Trump is trying to do to the planet’s climate will play out over geologic time as well. In fact, it’s time itself that he’s stealing from us,” McKibben writes.

“We have only a short window to deal with the climate crisis or else we forever lose the chance to thwart truly catastrophic heating. We could,” he continues, “put enough carbon in the atmosphere in the next four years to eventually push us past that temperature limit.”

But even McKibben ends up tacitly admitting that he’s exaggerating what Trump can do, since all he manages to accuse Trump of doing is “trying to give gas-guzzlers new life,” “slashing the money to help poor nations move toward clean energy,” “talking about pulling out of the Paris accords,” and “slow(ing) the pace at which (solar and wind power) would otherwise grow.”

Even if all that “trying” and “talking” and “slowing” were true, it amounts to little more than nothing.

What McKibben means by “giving gas-guzzlers new life” is that Trump might not stick with President Obama’s unrealistic fuel economy mandate, which is slated to hit 54.5 mpg by 2025. Even if it could be implemented, it would take more than a decade to have any real impact on CO2 emissions.

And whether U.S. money is slashed or not, poor nations will pump out more CO2 as they claw their way out of poverty. As the Energy Department notes, even with the Paris agreement, CO2 emissions in developing countries are expected to climb 52% from 2012 to 2040 due to “increases in output per capita coupled with population growth.”

Meanwhile, before Trump hit the scene, the nonbinding Paris climate agreement was already showing cracks, with several G-20 nations failing to enact legislation needed to carry their CO2-cutting promises out.

And wind and solar? During the Obama administration, the Department of Energy forecast that, under Obama’s policies, these two energy sources would supply a grand total of 9% of the nation’s energy by …. 2050. Fossil fuels will still account for two-thirds of energy production. And as IBD pointed out recently, Obama’s onerous “Clean Power Plan” would have made a negligible difference in global CO2 emissions.

Is the Earth really that much of a delicate snowflake than it can’t withstand such micro-changes in U.S. policies?

It is, according to McKibben.

He says that thanks to Trump, “more ice will melt … more permafrost will thaw … species (will) go extinct … nations will be submerged” …. cats and dogs living together, mass hysteria!

OK, McKibben didn’t write that last part — that was Dr. Peter Venkman from “Ghostbusters” — but all those other calamities are about as likely to occur because of Trump.

What McKibben is doing here is just adding a new twist to the old “point of no return” warning that environmentalists have been issuing for years, many of which have been passed by. Yet every time the Earth passes one of these “points of no return,” environmentalists simply draw a new line a few years further out, making the same claims all over again.

So what does any of this have to do with George Carlin, the comedian who famously revealed seven dirty words you can’t say on the air?

Carlin wasn’t a right-winger by any means, but in a lesser-known stand-up bit later in his career, he completely shredded the entire “save the planet” crusade that people like McKibben keep pushing.

“Save the planet? We don’t even know how to take care of ourselves yet. We haven’t learned how to care of one another. We’re going to save the (expletive deleted) planet?” Carlin says, just getting warmed up. “I’m tired of these self-righteous environmentalists, white bourgeois liberals who think the only thing wrong with this country is that there aren’t enough bicycle paths.”

“Did you ever think about the arithmetic?” he goes on. “The planet has been here 4-1/2 billion years. We’ve been here, what, 100,000, maybe 200,000? And we’ve only been engaged in heavy industry for a little over 200 years. Two hundred years vs. 4-1/2 billion. And we have the conceit to think that somehow we are a threat? That somehow we are gonna put in jeopardy this beautiful little green ball that’s just floating around the sun. The planet has been through a lot worse than us. The planet isn’t going anywhere — we are.”

There’s much more. And if you don’t mind the fact that Carlin uses almost all of the seven dirty words on his famous list in this eight-minute rant, it is well worth watching, and then sharing with those end-of-the world environmental evangelists.

Source: You Have To Laugh At What Environmentalists Are Saying About Trump | Stock News & Stock Market Analysis – IBD

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