The leftist assault on energy -- all forms of energy -- is based on two nutty theories.
Number one is the theory that the earth is becoming overpopulated, and this will lead to more pollution, accelerating man-made global warming and the destruction of life on earth. This is because more people require more jobs, and more jobs means more industrialization. More industrialization means a larger carbon footprint and ecological doom. To save the earth, we must therefore reduce industrialization, which in turn will reduce both jobs and the population. The best way to do this is by restricting sources of energy and the jobs such energy makes possible.
Reducing energy and resources will make us suffer, and in turn, produce fewer children, so the population will shrink. Therefore, we must deindustrialize, or de-develop, the United States. This is why leftists hope for $8 a gallon gas; to punish us for our overindulgence and prosperous lifestyle and force us to live with less. Here's one example of such an attitude: $8 A Gallon Gas? Bring It On! If that isn't repulsive enough, here's another.
Number two is the theory that, in order for the third world to develop and escape grinding poverty, the USA must "de-develop" or de-industrialize. The factories and industries that are shut down here, can then be transferred there, exporting jobs and resources to the third world. This, in the leftist mind, is a way to "redistribute" the wealth globally. However, such a scenario will result in unprecedented joblessness in the US and substantially reduce our standard of living.
Part of this attitude is the erroneous notion that the economic pie is fixed; that it can't grow, and we can only find new ways to divide it. This view is demonstrated by the notion that "if your child eats, another child goes hungry." Barack Obama is on board with this theme. Back in 2008 he said:
We can’t drive our SUVs and, you know, eat as much as we want and keep our homes on, you know, 72 degrees at all times, whether we’re living in the desert or we’re living in the tundra and then just expect every other country is going to say OK, you know, you guys go ahead keep on using 25 percent of the world’s energy, even though you only account for 3 percent of the population, and we’ll be fine. Don’t worry about us.In addition, there is the belief that industrialized nations caused anthropegenic global warming and therefore owe great reparations to the non-industrialized world. If you and I suffer, that's just too bad. The hoi polloi must be sacrificed to the greater good.
Joel Kotkin, writing in Forbes, states that Obama's Science Advisor, John Holdren, agrees with the leftist goal of de-development. Kotkin writes:
Holdren in the 1977 book Ecoscience (co-authored with Anne and Paul Ehrlich) developed the notion of "de-development." According to Holdren, poorer countries like India and China could not be expected to work their way out of poverty since they were "foredoomed by enormous if not insurmountable economic and environmental obstacles." The only way to close "the prosperity gap" was to lower the living standards of what he labeled "over-developed" nations.The silly notion of de-development, or economic suicide for the west, is thirty years old, but is in the ascendancy today. Kotkin adds:
Yet however wrong-headed, Holdren's world view now has jumped from the dustbin of history into the craniums of presidents and prime ministers. President Obama's pledge to "restore science to its rightful place" has morphed into state-sponsored scientific ideology.If you thought my post title was an exaggeration, think again. The eco-fanatics, socialists and redistributionists actually do want you to suffer. It will help them achieve their goal of economic redistribution, the deindustrialization of the United States, and turn the planet into a pristine paradise, i.e. one with a minimum of human beings. Well, except for China and India, who are smart enough to refuse going along.
So now when you hear of Obama and the Democrats stifling energy development, even green energy development, know that this is all according to plan. If you are out of work, losing your house and facing a frightening future of poverty and want, at least you will know it has all been for a good cause. Yeah, right.
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