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Some call it God’s hand, including me, but others, like Sharon Stone call it Karma. Still others call it something else but all meaning somewhat the same thing. Because God is something I believe in, we’ll stick with Him.

Czech President Vaclav Klaus warns us the Global Warming Scam has a darker side. Having lived behind the Iron Curtain, I’d opine that he has a unique perspective on it.

Having lived much of his life in a nation once ruled by communists, Klaus recognizes a tyrannical ideology where elites trample on individual freedoms for the greater good when he sees one.

Speaking Tuesday at the National Press Club to introduce the English version of his book, “Blue Planet, Green Shackles,” Klaus said that global warming is being used as a means to erode our freedoms.

Klaus called alarms about man-made climate change a “quasi-noble idea that transcends the individual in the name of something above him” and that it is being exploited by a new elite “certain they have the right to sacrifice man and his freedom to make their idea a reality.”

Like Marxism, it will tell us how we can live, what we can drive, what temperature we can set our thermostats. “In the past it was in the name of the masses (or of the proletariat), this time in the name of the planet,” said Klaus. “Structurally, it was very similar.”

To those who find his fears unfounded, we offer the words of presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama, who, campaigning in Oregon, said: “We can’t drive our SUVs and eat as much as we want and keep our homes on 72 degrees at all times . . . and then just expect that other countries are going to say OK.”

Obama added: “That’s not leadership. That’s not going to happen.” {…}

We’re being sold this idea that we have to live our lives according to the dictates of a governing group who “knows best” and it’s being sold to us through an ideology with an ego so large that this environmental body puts itself above God (or Karma or whatever other term you care to use). All the while God is giving us lessons via the planet itself, trying to tell us what we are puny in comparison. How much carbon does a tornado cause to be released into the atmosphere? A volcano eruption? A forest fire? A house fire, even?

Climate science is a young science. What that means is it’s a science with a lot of theories that haven’t been time tested. Yet, we continually buy into the claptrap of climate catastrophes and believe we can prevent the natural evolution of the earth, when it is not ours to order is such a way. We also continually put decisions on these matters into hands that are uniquely unqualified to make them who also buy into the notion that they can order the earth to their liking.

The earth is bigger and more complex than we are. Even if you buy into Darwin’s evolutionary theories wholeheartedly and take God completely out of it, do we have the right to stop evolution, not only our own but of every other species on this earth? When we build or do something that affects the environment, that is us working toward our own evolution. It is up to the other species to adapt or go extinct. Long before man’s footprint on the earth this was the natural order of the planet. Why should it change to accommodate man’s ego? Will it change anything in the end?

The rest of the article:

On June 2, the Senate is going to take up the America’s Climate Security Act, a cleverly titled assault on both our freedoms and our economy offered up by Sens. Joe Lieberman and John Warner.

The bill essentially limits how much gasoline and other fossil fuels Americans can use, as Klaus puts it, “in the name of the planet.”

A study by Charles River Associates puts the cost (in terms of reduced household spending per year) of Senate Bill 2191 at $800 to $1,300 per household by 2015, rising to $1,500 to $2,500 by 2050. Electricity prices could jump by 36% to 65% by 2015 and 80% to 125% by 2050.

The Heritage Foundation says the bill would raise gasoline prices by $1.10 per gallon by 2030. More importantly, Heritage notes, the act “represents an extraordinary level of economic interference by the federal government” that “promises extraordinary perils for the American economy.”

Look at the harm to the American economy already done by the ever-increasing use of ethanol mandated by the global warming elitists in Congress.

Use of energy-deficient biofuels raises the cost of both food and fuel, without significantly cleaning the air.

But the biggest price to pay, Klaus insists, is the loss of freedom.

Writing in the Financial Times last June, he said: “As someone who lived under communism for most of his life, I feel obliged to say that I see the biggest threat to freedom, democracy, the market economy and prosperity now in ambitious environmentalism, not communism.”

Tyrants, dictators and demagogues have traditionally invoked “foreign devils” to frighten, stifle and control their people and their countries. Now they invoke the threat of planetary doom spawned by unfettered capitalism.

Klaus warns: “This ideology wants to replace the free and spontaneous evolution of mankind by a sort of central (now global) planning.”

Klaus is right. Karl Marx would have signed Kyoto.

Chinese Proverb (from a fortune cookie): The eyes believe yourself, the ears believe other people.

11 Responses to Lessons From a Higher Power.

  • BB-Idaho says:

    Kyoto? Hasn’t done much. Perhaps drawn attention to the world’s movers and shakers that just maybe 6.6 billion hominid bipeds were smart enough to impact
    their own environment..and may be smart enough to
    recognize and rectify it. I am in total agreement with
    your observation that climate science is a young science..and who knows for sure? As a species were
    were smart enough to produce enough thermonuclear weapons to destroy ourselves several times over…and were smart enough to to recognize and not do it.

  • hillbilly says:

    As a species were
    were smart enough to produce enough thermonuclear weapons to destroy ourselves several times over…and were smart enough to to recognize and not do it.

    Okay, if we’re smart enough not to do anything really stupid why is it that we have to have a governing body who requires trillions of dollars to tell us what to do?

  • BB-Idaho says:

    HB,
    I said ‘we’re smart enough’..I didn’t say government bodies were smart! 🙂

  • BB-Idaho says:

    “The Heritage Foundation says the bill would raise gasoline prices by $1.10 per gallon by 2030. .:
    ..got news for my HF friends- given a finite resource
    and market economics, it will be far higher. My guess,
    about $9.35. One suspects government is ‘stepping in’ as a pre-emptive move, believing that climate change might not be a ‘scam’, nor climate science
    ;junk science’. Perhaps not ‘smart’ but hedging the bet in what they deem a responsible manner. Now, I agree, this ‘carbon credit’ thing is, well, plain stupid…but in a market economy, the carrot is preferred to the stick. Watch, some huge corporations will deal in ‘futures’ and commodities which are based on carbon credits..fortunes made and lost. Over slips of paper…been going on for years. *sigh*

  • hillbilly says:

    Well, BB, climate change isn’t a scam… the climate is always changing. That’s the nature of the earth… or dare I say “Mother Earth?”

    However, there is a growing body of evidence that suggests a cooling period… the exact opposite of what the government is saying via Al Gore. Yet, the government refuses to recognize anything other than warming and will enact legislation to counteract it… maybe they’re going to do that and take credit for the cooling? ROFL, I wouldn’t put it past them to try something like that.

    So, we’re looking at tough times ahead, not just from the cooling phase but from government who will leave us with fewer resources to protect ourselves from the changes… while the alarmists get richer and richer off their carbon offset scams and “green” stuff. You know everything good for you costs twice as much as everything bad for you but they’re going to legislate away all the bad stuff?

    But then, the environmentalists say the earth is overpopulated anyway. I suppose a few billion less people who die from climate change they were told was going to be the opposite would be okay with them.

  • Weston says:

    The Environmentalists are doing nothing but seeking control over the rest of the population. They ignore or stifle any scientific evidence that contrdicts their lies that the world is ending in a massive heat wave. They refuse to listen to evidence that we are in fact entering a Solar Minimum; a cooling phase. They don’t want people to know that 95% of the greenhouse effect is caused by water vapor. That the majority of greenhouse gases are NOT released by manmade enterprises but by naturally occuring wetlands. (I’d love to hear an environmentalist talk about wiping out all the marshes, bayous, and everglades in the world.)
    They suppress the voice of men like Dr. William Grey, one of the world’s foremost weather experts who doesn’t support global warming. He lost his funding at Colorado State University because he wouldn’t perpetuate the radical eco-agenda. The Environmentalists bemoan the melting of the Arctic ice sheet, but fail to mention that it melts every year and though it did lose 13,000 square miles, it has since recovered 17,000 square miles. They want to spread the myth about endangered polar bears, but don’t want you to know that the polar bear has quadrupled it’s numbers in the last four decades and is doing better than it ever has. But the listing of the polar bear as an endangered species will eliminate any chance of drilling for oil or natural gas in ANWR. Something this country needs to do.
    Furthermore, do not forget that the sole desire of the radical envirofascists is control. The greatest way to control people is through rationing. Rationing food is the most effective way, but if that can’t be done, then rationing energy is almost as effective. By controling how much energy a person or a company can use, will give the rationer the ability to dictate what that person or company is allowed to do. If the desired energy using activity is deemed unworthy by the envirofascists, then it will not be given the resources to get done.
    To believe that we humans could have an impact on something as powerful as the global climate is absolute arrogance. Other than nuclear war, what we do, has little impact. There are far greater forces at work than us. But then again, the environmentalists are nothing but arrogant.

  • hillbilly says:

    There was a news blog somewhere… don’t remember where now, but they had an article up about how the earth is overpopulated according to the environmentalists. I commented that if they truly believe that, they have my permission to commit suicide to save the planet.

    Haven’t heard of one suicide yet in that endeavor.

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