Saturday, March 1, 2008

Green Frauds

When it really comes down to it, Mark Udall's sole claim to fame and thus his sole claim to the US Senate Seat is that he is an environmentalist. Some, including this author would call him an environmentalist extremist, and the whole movement a fraud.

Yes, the movement has lofty goals. It just lacks common sense.

During the Vietnam war, an army major was quoted as saying "In order to save this village we had to burn it." That quote was instrumental in undermining support for that war, as it should have been.

The modern Mark Udall equivalent would be "In order to save the forests from logging, we had to let the beetles and wildfires destroy it." Unsurprisingly, the msm has been slow to see the comparison, the fraud, the absolute attack on the public interest.

Someone read about our quest to discover the true costs of wind and solar power and forwarded us the information that they had, including a link to a very interesting Business Week article titled "Little Green Lies."

Does anyone recall their middle ages history when the Catholic Church was selling "indulgences?" Some green entrepreneurs are now selling indulgences to corporations like the Aspen Skiing Company. They call them "carbon offsets." The article makes it quite plain that these indulgences just transfer money from one company to another with absolutely no impact on the environment.

It has a link to another Business Week article "Another Inconvenient Truth."

Done carefully, offsets can have a positive effect and raise ecological awareness. But a close look at several transactions—including those involving the Oscar presenters, Vail Resorts, and the Seattle power company—reveals that some deals amount to little more than feel-good hype. When traced to their source, these dubious offsets often encourage climate protection that would have happened regardless of the buying and selling of paper certificates. One danger of largely symbolic deals is that they may divert attention and resources from more expensive and effective measures.

And, of course, that links to still another Business Week article "Ethanol: Too Much Hype and Corn."

The Mark Udall's of the world would do well to take a good hard look in the mirror before deciding that they know best about the environment. Almost all of what they are proposing and pushing is backfiring and backfiring badly.

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