If there is any doubt in anyone’s mind that global warming is more about politics and funding, let it be clearly demonstrated why I have very little faith in the environmental movement to arrive at a truthful conclusion on which to base broader policy decisions. It is my personal opinion that the environmental movement has been co-opted by the far-left socialists to the detriment of all American citizens.
Surprise: A politician pandering to his far-left democrat base?
It angers me when a high-ranking politician, be they democrat or Republican uses his office to publicize a group which is overtly racist and claims that their constituency is somehow being victimized by others along racial, ethnic or class lines.
“House Majority Whip James E. Clyburn (D-SC) today released the following statement on the establishment of the Commission to Engage African Americans on Climate Change (CEAC). Clyburn participated in a press conference today with the Joint Center on Political and Economic Studies to announce the establishment of the CEAC.”
“America's energy policy can either be reactive and arcane, or it can be proactive and visionary. Everyday in Congress we are fighting for policies that will end our dependence on foreign oil, enhance our national security, protect our environment, create new economies, and provide better options to those who suffer disproportionately from rising energy costs. The debate over climate change policy will impact all of these goals and it is critical that our community be an active part of this debate. I am honored to participate in the launch of the Commission to Engage African Americans on Climate Change and commend the leaders of the Commission for having the vision to bring this diverse group of experts together to broaden the reach of the African American community. I look forward to working with the Commission as Congress continues to tackle critical energy and climate change issues.”
Proactive and visionary – surely the Congressman is wrong. What is proactive and visionary about further dividing the nation along racial, ethnic or class lines? The only people attempting to do this seem to be democrats who are fond of using the word “progressive” when they actually mean “socialistic.”
Politics and funding trump science …
I have always claimed that the issue of global warming was more about the politics and the control over political influence and funding than it is about science.
And now, we find that the House Majority Whip, James Clyburn (D-SC) has truly made it an issue of race by promoting an organization with a unique perspective.
“Africans are less responsible for global warming and suffer from the effects of global warming. African Americans are thirteen percent of the U.S. population and on average emit nearly twenty percent less greenhouse gases than non-Hispanic whites per capita.”
Have you ever noticed that liberal democrats want people to believe that it is natural to think in terms of racial or ethnic percentages. If the jailhouse population of an ethnic minority does not mirror its proportion in the general population, the conclusion is that something is very wrong and certain people are being oppressed. The actual number, nature and character of their crimes is of lesser importance than the “proportional population number.” Or if a certain percentage of a minority doesn’t live in mansions in a particular area, something must be wrong. All of which is dead wrong.
If this organization had even a modicum of intellectual honesty, they would simply say – the poor, all of the poor, lack the resources to enable the use of profligate amounts of energy when compared to the general population. Notice they dare not attack those who use the most energy: the politicians, the movie stars and their other liberal supporters.
“Though far less responsible for climate change, African Americans are significantly more vulnerable to its effects than non-Hispanic whites. Health, housing, economic well-being, culture, and social stability are harmed from such manifestations of climate change as storms, floods, and climate variability.”
Again, they are speaking in terms of racial, ethnic and class discrimination. The poor and disadvantaged in America have always been more vulnerable to adverse events of all kinds.
And the politicians and community leadership have every incentive to keep them dependent on the political machine for any crumbs that they receive.
Look around you, especially at today’s leaders – are they sending out a message of individual initiative or are they telling you to organize to provide them with political power? Are they about the “collective” over the rights of the “individual?” You bet! They want to hold everybody back – to the extent that they are necessary and relevant to a manufactured struggle based on class, ethnicity and race. And failing that, on geographical lines. The classic “us” vs. “them” war that brings them to power.
“African Americans are also more vulnerable to higher energy bills, unemployment, recessions caused by global energy price shocks, and a greater economic burden from military operations designed to protect the flow of oil to the U.S.”
Notice that while they are speaking of racial and class discrimination, they insert a blatant, unrelated lie: that the United States military operations are designed to protect the flow of oil to the U.S. If this is true, where is the oil that we are supposed to be receiving from Iraq and why am I paying $4.50 for a gallon of regular gas? And what does this have to do with global warming?
Blending class and racial warfare into global warming …
“Global warming amplifies nearly all existing inequalities. Under global warming, injustices that are already unsustainable become catastrophic. Thus it is essential to recognize that all justice is climate justice and that the struggle for racial and economic justice is an unavoidable part of the fight to halt global warming.”'
“All justice is climate justice.” What is this crap? Justice? Are these loopy liberals saying that unless we embrace communism or socialism – equally sharing everything -- that there is injustice? Climate justice? What the hell is climate justice and what does that really mean?
Justice = entitlements, give-aways and special privileges for minorities?
“Sound global warming policy is also economic and racial justice policy. Successfully adopting a sound global warming policy will do as much to strengthen the economies of low-income communities and communities of color as any other currently plausible stride toward economic justice.”
I thought that global warming or, more properly, global climate change, was a scientific phenomenon and not another socialistic call for “justice” on the basis of class, ethnicity or racial divides.
Assuming you raised the standard of living beyond its current value in a particular community, wouldn’t it be logical that you were increasing energy usage and thus contributing to the phenomenon which they call global warming?
They can’t have it both ways: reducing man’s energy use and standard of living – while at the same time demanding more perks.
“A distinctive African American voice is critical for climate justice. Currently, legislation is being drafted, proposed, and considered without any significant input from the communities most affected. Special interests are represented by powerful lobbies, while traditional environmentalists often fail to engage people of color, Indigenous Peoples, and low-income communities until after the political playing field has been defined and limited to conventional environmental goals.”
Unless African-American scientists want to weigh-in on the scientific merits of the case for or against global warming, there is no need for any political voice. Especially one based on race, ethnicity, class envy or any of the other tricks liberal socialistic democrats use to polarize their coalitions.
Politicizing the issue …
“African Americans Pay a Heavy Price and a disproportionate Share of the Cost of Wars for Oil”
As does every poor American. The correct question is who is keeping these people uneducated, unemployed and poor? Could it be the democrats and their unions who have failed our children by providing a substandard level of education? By forcing jobs overseas with their insane work rules? Could it be those who openly encourage multi-cultural diversity where deviations from the social norm: in language, custom and appearance, makes it less likely to attain any level of achievement amid mainstream America?
“Oil company profits in excess of the normal rate of profit for U.S. industries cost the average household $611 in 2006 alone and are still rising.”
Am I wrong? We are in America, prospering under a capitalistic system where profit is not a bad word? Only a socialist or communist would even speak of “profits in excess of the normal profit rate for U.S. industries.”
Consider the proposition that someone’s excess profits has cost people a certain amount of money. What isn’t being told is that the government makes more money on oil and energy than do the corporations who find, develop and sell the oil.
Let politicians or your community activists tell you what your total combined tax rate is and how much of your money simply disappears into special interest sinkholes without a trace.
The government demands you keep perfect books, yet the preponderance of government agencies cannot keep track of millions, and in some cases, billions of dollars. Ask the government and the community activists to account for their funds. Yeah, right!
“The total cost of the war in Iraq borne by African Americans will be $29,000 per household if the resulting deficit is financed by tax increases, and $32,000 if the debt is repaid by spending cuts. This is more than three times the median assets of African American households.”
This is sheer nonsense. Telling someone that tax increases will reduce their total debt burden whereas spending cuts will increase their total tax debt. Orwellian – where up is down and down is up. All of which has nothing to do with the median assets of African American households or global warming. This is the type of crap that the media is unwilling, or perhaps unable, to point out or challenge.
I am unaware that African Americans have some special tax bill to pay for government operations. Again, with the class argument along racial lines. This can be said of the poor –- regardless of whether or not they just happen to be African American.
Somehow these evildoers have latched on to the subject of global warming to make political statements which makes my point. Example:
“Combat Racism for Healthy, Efficient Communities. Racism, both institutionalized and individual, is a driver of sprawl, inefficient housing, and irrational transportation policy.”
Perhaps they should have said: concentrate on education and individual achievement so you can earn enough money to live in any manner to which you aspire. No victimhood. No government intervention required.
Bottom line: This organization is another in a long line of organizations seeking to capitalize on the media attention surrounding global warming in order to promote the goals of its leaders (personal power, prestige and profits) by obtaining money under the guise of helping the community.
What can YOU do?
First, recognize the difference between weather and climate is a matter of time. Weather is defined as the the state of the atmosphere at a given time and place in terms of characteristics such as temperature, wind velocity, moisture, etc. Climate can be defined as the mean meteorological conditions that characteristically prevail in a particular region over longer periods of time.
The government can no more change the climate than they can stop an earthquake, tidal wave or any other naturally occurring phenomenon.
It is all a ploy to secure additional power, raise taxes and increase the dependency of individuals on their government.
Almost as foolish as disarming the American public so only the government can protect you from the crooks who have weapons. And what about the crooks in the government? Or the fact that a government representative cannot be everywhere at once – and is not legally responsible for protecting individuals as they are charged only with maintaining a good general order.
Second, recognize when anyone is attempting to use a topic of interest to polarize a particular segment of the population for the purposes of gaining political power or raising funds.
Third, recognize the corruption of those politicians who pander to these special interests in exchange for votes, campaign funds or other personal advantages.
Fourth, recognize those so-called activists who want to assume a leadership role or solicit funds by playing on the hopes and fears of a particular segment of the population.
And fifth, recognize the toxicity of those who continue to attempt to divide the American people by race , ethnicity or class – speaking incorrectly in terms of “justice” as if injustice can be remedied by political action rather than individual performance.
I suggest you obtain a copy of “While African Americans Slept: Leadership by Parasites” by Dr. Lenton Aikins at Zit Publishers. See what so-called African American leaders have actually done for their community. I am sure it will be extremely enlightening.
As for those who are attempting to milk the public treasury for grants, earmarks and other funds – be aware that they are doing it more for their own personal prestige, power and profits than for the benefit of the community which they purport to serve.
Do not vote for any candidate or current politician who is willing to subvert the safety, security, sovereignty and economic strength of the United States or limit an individual's right of self-defense for their personal philosophy, power, prestige or profits.
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I strongly suggest you read this claptrap – if for no other reason to see how the far-left socialists have attempted to use the subject of global warming to further divide America on race, ethnic and class lines.
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“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS "The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius “A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell “Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar “Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS
“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS
"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius
“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell
“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar
“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS