Wednesday, September 10, 2008

"WE Demand", Bad Science, and Socialism Disguised as "Political Will"

When consumers demand, they do it with their money. When demands are demanded without money, it must then be political. I am talking about "We Can Solve It," publicly seen as the "We Demand" advertising campaign.

I wrote the first sentence before I pulled up the "We Demand" website, and the site proves me correct. It is political, not economic. How do I know? Because this is what the site says:

"The We Campaign is a project of The Alliance for Climate Protection -- a nonprofit, nonpartisan effort founded by Nobel laureate and former Vice President Al Gore. The goal of the Alliance is to build a movement that creates the political will to solve the climate crisis."

I did not know Al Gore was behind it. But our nation's troubling crises are getting deeper because of too much government intervention and not enough economic/consumer intervention. The "political will" that "We" talks of is exactly the will to create a monument to bureaucracy that can stop at nothing less than actual socialism, where the "means of production" is privately owned, but the goals are set by anyone who is not the owners.

"Anyone" who is not the owners is anyone who can create "the political will," where "will" translates into "power," and "power" being political is an agenda, and the agenda is to rip the power from the owners. True will is the power to "demand" with dollars. T. Boone Pickens is absolutely correct when he says not enough Americans are doing their part.

"In the Texas panhandle, just north of Sweetwater, is the town of Pampa, where T. Boone Pickens' Mesa Power is currently building the largest wind farm in the world. In addition to creating new construction and maintenance jobs, thousands of Americans will be employed to manufacture the turbines and blades. These are high skill jobs that pay on a scale comparable to aerospace jobs. Plus, wind turbines don't interfere with farming and grazing, so they don't threaten food production or existing local economies."

Forget that Gore might be right--and recognize that I said might be--about climate change. It cannot be proved. I have just as much proof that the clear-cutting of the Amazon rain forest is responsible for the shifting of much of the climate change. Gore says the North Pole has melted? The South Pole has seventeen more inches of ice this year than in any year since man first set foot on it. The climate may be shifting, but it is not cooling.

The climate "crisis," if it is a crisis, is one of shifting weather patterns. There is scientific evidence that the very late arrival of the 11-year-cycle of the solar storms is responsible for some of the change. "The previous solar cycle, Solar Cycle 23, peaked in 2000-2002 with many furious solar storms. That cycle decayed as usual to the present quiet leaving solar physicists little to do other than wonder, when would the next cycle begin? The answer is now [January, 2008.]"

Solar Cycle 24 was more than a year late in coming, meaning China had the coldest winter in over a hundred years (07'-08'), and among other world-wide anomalies, Colorado and Washington had mountain peaks covered with snow in June. That same scientific evidence of change pointed to a cooling of the earth of barely more than a degree, but "NASA and several university studies show that the earth is cooling and that we have at least 20 years, and perhaps as much as 30 years, of colder than normal temperatures ahead of us."

But forget all of that. It doesn't matter which way the science points, the politics points to more collectivism, more socialism, more government interference, more bureaucracy, more taxes, more legislation, more court cases--and oh yes, quite possibly uncorrected scientific beliefs being used to back it all up with.

And it means that capitalists like Pickens are not using political power, but the power of money. As consumers, we need to put our money where the capitalists put theirs, not where the government allows politics to put it.

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