I came to this conclusion many years ago when I listened to a senator from the state of Colorado (a Democrat ...) warn the American people that we had to do something about the problem with the ozone hole in the stratosphere. The evidence to back up ozone-depletion theory has always been circumspect, but that didn't matter to this scientist/senator. He advised that we couldn't wait for the evidence to appear; by then it would be too late to do anything about the soon-to-be catastrophe.
I knew at that moment we were in big trouble.
So the senator decreed that we needed to ban air-conditioning freon and raise your taxes - without any real evidence that a problem existed. Before a problem arose.
I knew we were in for it when - sure enough - Congress banned freon and raised our taxes and the "problem" with the ozone hole went away forever. Before it ever appeared.
If only the environmentalists had then hopped back aboard their (air conditioned) Lear jets, inhaled a few joints, and headed back to Jackson Hole, Wyoming to celebrate their victory.
No, environmentalists now focus on the problem of global warming. It must be stopped. Scientists aren't sure that it has actually started or that it represents a potential problem or that there is anything we could do about it if we wanted to or that it may not actually be a good thing. But stop it we must.
From an editorial in The Roanoke Times this morning:
Briefly put...There you have the argument. We can't do anything about "natural cycles" (thank God or we'd raise taxes to stop them as well) and we are unable to prevent one-year anomalies, so we need to prevent global warming. Because we can. Even though a whole host of scientists will tell you that we can't.
No one can be certain whether human-induced global warming, natural cycles or a one-year anomaly caused the record-setting hurricane season, but humans can affect only one of those possible causes.
Americans should get serious about their contribution to global warming, lest 2005's storms mark the start of worse to come. (link)
How do you argue against such logic? The environmentalists - in this case, a Roanoke Times editorialist - tell us that we don't know what has "caused the record-setting hurricane season," which means we don't know how to fix it, but we need to act anyway. Aren't you glad your brain surgeon doesn't operate with such rationale.
But we can't stop them. They're on a mission. They're not all that sure where they're headed but, by God, they know they're going to get there. And save the planet. From certain destruction. And they intend to take every one of us with them.
If I didn't think it would disturb the environment, I'd crawl under a rock and hide.