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Thursday, August 10, 2006

If there is a thinking adult in the United States who still maintains that the global warming debate in this nation is anything other than political, they have a hole in their head. To think that the power mongers (politicians) of today give one whit about the environment demonstrates a certain softness in the average American head. Here is the deal:

  • Contemporary politics is about power.
  • Money is power.
  • The world's natural resources are money.
  • Most natural resources in this nation are controlled by private capitalists.
  • These wealthy are referred to by others as "Big Somethings" (Big Oil, Big Tobacco, etc.)
  • These "Bigs" are largely "conservative" when it comes to government, low taxation, non-interference, etc. because they want to keep those resources.
  • The "Littles" are in a struggle for control over what the "Bigs" have and the only hope they have of gaining that control is to scare their constituents into empowering government to seize control of those resources for their own benefit (to increase their own power and ambition)

Now if you are a "Little" constituent who has been frightened out of 7 of your 9 lives by Al Gore and his parties (the sky is falling!) fear mongering, don't feel bad--fear is contagious and rapidly spreading in our flagging democracy. - Gore isn't quite as green as he's led the world to believe: "Al Gore has spoken: The world must embrace a 'carbon-neutral lifestyle.' To do otherwise, he says, will result in a cataclysmic catastrophe. 'Humanity is sitting on a ticking time bomb,' warns the website for his film, An Inconvenient Truth. 'We have just 10 years to avert a major catastrophe that could send our entire planet into a tailspin.' For someone who says the sky is falling, he does very little. He says he recycles and drives a hybrid. And he claims he uses renewable energy credits to offset the pollution he produces when using a private jet to promote his film. (In reality, Paramount Classics, the film's distributor, pays this.)"

posted by Jack Mercer @ 8/10/2006 02:28:00 PM  
  • At 8/11/2006 12:10:00 AM, Blogger Kathy Schrenk said…

    Talk about full disclosure: Jack, maybe you should have put in your original post that the "article" you quote is actually an OPINION piece by someone from a right-wing think-tank.

  • At 8/11/2006 08:12:00 AM, Blogger Jack Mercer said…

    Hi Kathy!

    I figured I would try to stir the pot. The Snipet has been rather slow of late, and I wanted to get some lively discussion going! :)

    I DO sincerely believe that the current debate is just a political one with our government, while the debate between people like you and me is a real one. I am not denying global warming, just pointing out the intent of those who want to exploit anything and everything to advance their person. Al Gore and Howard Dean remind me of the street preachers and tent revival fundamental preachers who used to scream at people about going to hell...damnation and doom, repent or perish. The only difference is another gospel.

    Also, Al Gore has been cited for his hypocricy many times--his failure to donate to charity, while saying that others should give more, the examples cited in this article, etc. If I were a liberal, I would not want him as my spokesperson anymore than Pat Robertson is desireable to conservatives.

    Good to hear from you as always!


  • At 8/20/2006 10:23:00 AM, Anonymous Lucyp said…

    Leaving aside the politics behind it, the Al Gore documentry is very good and if it raises the profile of global warming and gets people talking about it, we may save the planet afterall and that is only a good thing.

  • At 8/21/2006 11:11:00 AM, Blogger Jack Mercer said…

    Hi Lucyp!

    Thanks for stopping by the Snipet! Always great to hear from new people.

    I guess the problem is that the debate has left science and become an issue of politics. Because of this, it obscures the truth (politics is largely lies) and prevents it from being presented truthfully. Politicians are often magnanimous in their proclamation and in their rush to exploit they often exagerate and obfuscate. If we can ever get back to the semblance of a scientific debate we may get somewhere.

    Kindest regards,


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