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· Greens: Save the planet, screw the people
· Dems on climate crisis: Worse than World War II; Too many people; ‘Go vegetarian immediately’
Greens: Save the planet, screw the people
Editorial by Washington Examiner
September 05, 2019
When an environmentalist says he or she wants to “save the planet” be sure to ask: “For whom?” Because often it seems like they're not doing it for people at all.
The anti-people nature of environmentalism is sometimes just a matter of minor inconvenience, as when environmentalist policies force upon us flickering light bulbs, weak showers and toilets, and front-loading washing machines.
Sometimes the imposition is greater, resulting in higher energy costs, the destruction of industries, and the degradation of human health.
For instance, the Economist recently lamented, “More poor people are eating meat around the world. That means they will live longer, healthier lives, but it is bad news for the environment.”
Greater meat consumption in the developing world is a result of wealth, and, the Economist admits, a cause of health. Yet, if more Africans eat meat, this “will raise Africans’ collective contribution to global climate change.” So “the environment” now matters for reasons outside of human health?
Bernie Sanders, the socialist senator running for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination, took anti-human environmentalism a step further on Wednesday night. A schoolteacher rose at CNN's climate town hall and brought up population control. Would Sanders have the “courage,” the teacher asked, to “make it a key feature of a plan to address climate catastrophe.”
Sanders said yes, and then he went straight to abortion — “especially in poor countries around the world.” He cursed America’s Mexico City policy, which prohibits international family planning funds from funding abortions. Again, all in the name of saving the planet.
Here, Sanders is dancing dangerously close to federally funded eugenics. To say that overpopulation is a problem, and then to immediately call for more funding of abortion in, say, Africa, is a rather startling position to take — maybe even "courageous," in the sense that it is risky to appear so callous an cruel.
Sanders may have meant something else. He seemed to believe the Mexico City policy curtailed access to contraceptives. (It does not.) He spoke the language of autonomy. So maybe Sanders sees himself as just wanting to empower poor women to control their fertility. Even so, Western enthusiasm for reducing the number of African babies has always had racist and colonialist undertones.
Even if we give Sanders this benefit of the doubt, the shadow of green misanthropy hangs over the exchange. Go back to the schoolteacher whose premises Sanders so enthusiastically embraced.
“Human population growth has more than doubled in the past 50 years,” the teacher, Martha, began. That’s imprecise enough to be misleading. The rate of growth is actually declining, while the population has continued to grow, only more slowly. “The planet cannot sustain this growth,” she continued.
This is the same hogwash we’ve been fed for over a century. “The battle to feed all of humanity is over,” Paul Ehrlich wrote just one generation ago. “In the 1970's and 1980's hundreds of millions of people will starve to death in spite of any crash programs embarked upon now.”
Ehrlich was dead wrong. Just as Martha and Bernie, Ehrlich saw humans as only hungry mouths and stomachs, not as useful, innovative hands and brains.
Human life is better today than it was 100 years ago, by far, and it had improved from 1000 years before that, and so on. What has improved mankind’s state? It wasn’t climate change. It wasn’t aliens. It was human ingenuity.
In other words, humans are a net positive. At least, that is so, if what you care about is human health and happiness. Too many environmentalists think people are a net drain. Or at least they think some people are.
Dems on climate crisis: Worse than World War II; Too many people; ‘Go vegetarian immediately’
By World Tribune
September 5, 2019
CNN on Sept. 4 let the 2020 Democratic presidential hopefuls make their cases for who was best suited to save the Earth.
In a seven-hour marathon town hall, the airport news network gave each candidate 40 minutes to spew on climate change.
South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg said the fight against climate change is worse than battling Nazis in World War II.
“This is the hardest thing we will have done certainly in my lifetime as a country, this on par with winning World War II,” Buttigieg said. “Perhaps even more challenging than that.”
Mayor Pete, apparently, was not speaking figuratively. He called for deploying the military to engage the climate change enemy.
“The military has an amazing capacity to rally, to achieve what is being asked of them,” Buttigieg said. “Even though we think of the military as a conservative institution, there are times when the military has actually been out front relative to a lot of parts of America.”
Buttigieg wants the U.S. government to make all military bases carbon negative and force Navy ships to run on biofuels.
The military paved the way on racial integration as well as homosexuals serving openly in the service, so it can do the same on global warming, Buttigieg suggested.
“Imagine if we harness that same ability to get things done when it comes to the biggest crisis on our plates,” he said.
Speaking of plates, 2020 candidate Andrew Yang said that, in order to save the planet, the majority of its inhabitants must become vegetarians.
“The U.N. just released a study that said we’re going to be OK if the vast majority of the world goes vegetarian immediately,” Yang said.
“So, it’s good for the environment, it’s good for your health if you eat less meat. Certainly, meat is an extraordinarily expensive thing to produce from an environmental sustainability point of view. So, I think it would be healthy on both an individual and societal level for us to move in that direction.”
While one of Yang’s climate change solutions is less meat, Sen. Bernie Sanders said it is imperative that the Earth have less people.
Asked by an audience member if he supported curbing population growth as a way to fight climate change, Sanders said he did.
Sanders said he supports U.S.-taxpayer funding of abortion worldwide, specifically bringing up the Mexico City agreement.
“The Mexico City agreement, which denies American aid to those organizations around the world that allow women to have abortions or even get involved in birth control, to me is totally absurd,” Sanders said.
“So I think especially in poor countries around the world, where women do not necessarily want to have large numbers of babies and where they can have the opportunity through birth control to control the number of kids they have: something I very, very strongly support,” Sanders said.
In a Sept. 5 analysis, Breitbart senior editor-at-large Joel B. Pollak wrote of the CNN climate change marathon: “Given that the United States is the only country in the world that has reduced emissions over the past decade-and-a-half while growing its economy, and that the main reason is the growth of hydraulic fracturing (‘fracking’), which Trump has supported and almost every Democratic candidate promises to ban, the only choice is to vote for the Republicans. That is, if you really care about climate change. (Otherwise you’re just putting party before planet).”
Pollak continued: “That wasn’t the point CNN wanted to make. Nor was it CNN’s goal to expose the ignorance and extremism of the Democratic field. Yet that is exactly what happened … the aspiring Democratic contenders showed that they are willing to de-industrialize the U.S. economy, put millions of people out of work, and lower the standard of living for tens of millions more, all for the sake of ‘science’ they cannot explain and do not understand.”
CNN was equally complicit, Pollak wrote, as it “kept making ‘scientific’ claims that ranged from half-truths to pure baloney. Again and again, for instance, moderators suggested that Hurricane Dorian was caused by climate change, or a sign of things to come. (It isn’t.)”
The 2020 Democrats, Pollak noted, “all want to rejoin the Paris Climate Accords; none wants to submit them to the Senate for ratification, but several want to eliminate or evade the filibuster to pass the ‘Green New Deal’ — the ‘green’ socialist manifesto written by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
“No compromises on the road to utopia. And plenty new material for Trump’s campaign ads.”