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40th Earth Day Birthday

By Mark Alexander · Apr. 22, 2010
“By exclusive property, the productions of the earth and the means of subsistence are secured and preserved, as well as multiplied. What belongs to no one is wasted by every one. What belongs to one man in particular is the object of his economy and care.” –James Wilson

It’s that time of year again – that time when the northern hemisphere will be warming, as it has for millions of years, except during ice ages.

Since most of the world’s industrial capacity and economic wealth is located north of the equator, this means that the now-perennial onset of global warming hysteria is about to sprout into full bloom.

On 20 April 1970, Senator Gaylord Nelson (D-WI) founded “Earth Day” in order to launch an annual “teach in” about conservation and environmental concerns.

Of course, conservation is not a bad word – it even shares the same root word as “conservative.” Indeed, our family makes every effort to use energy and resources wisely. The “waste not, want not” principle is good economic practice.

However, the Left’s motives for “Earth Day” don’t stop at educating folks about conservation and environmental preservation. Those objectives provide cover for a much more sinister purpose – using ecological concern to justify all manner of government regulation and intervention.

It’s no small irony that Nelson founded “Earth Day” on the centenary of Vladimir Ilyich Lenin’s birthday, as it was the impetus for creation of the United States Environmental Protection Agency.

Nelson modeled his anti-capitalist protests after anti-Vietnam War demonstrations of that era, and the so-called “environmental movement” he helped spawn has devolved from a pack of unwashed adolescent peaceniks and malcontents into a slick, influential and well funded cadre of Lefty politicos. (This would be the same movement that protested against nuclear energy, which yields no carbon dioxide as a byproduct of energy production.)

Nelson’s cadre has managed, by way of the EPA, to implement an enormous hidden tax burden on the American people – more than a trillion dollars last year – in the form of runaway environmental regulations, which surreptitiously increase the prices of products and services.

The grand potentate of the modern envirofascist movement is ignoble laureate Albert Arnold Gore, the man whose global warming histrionics and globe-trotting “green technology” promotion have likely made him the world’s first “carbon billionaire.”

Gore and his bishopric of eco-theologists have amassed a large and growing cult of earth-worshiping Gorons, lemming-like adherents to his teachings on the end times ahead.

Gore and his socialist ilk use this cultish devotion to create a central authority over industrial production in the West through mechanisms like the Orwellian Kyoto Treaty.

It must be noted, though, that when Earth Day was gaining popularity back in the 1970s, there was growing concern that another ice age was on the horizon.

Comrade Lenin Cleanses the Earth of Filth

Today, the Gorons contend that the earth is heating up, and global warming is their ruse for insisting that transnational governing authorities, a global EPA if you will, must be established to control the global economy.

Christopher Horner, Senior Fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, aptly describes Gore as “green on the outside, red to the core,” noting that his environmental concerns are a thinly veiled subterfuge for his socialist agenda.

Earth’s climate is changing, of course. It always has, and it always will. Mean global temperatures might, in fact, have trended upward, even though many climatologists are now suggesting that the planet might be in a 10- to 30-year cooling trend.

However, Gore and company have twisted the facts to fit their agenda. Witness the recent “Climategate” e-mail scandal at the University of East Anglia, one of the world’s most influential (some would say nefarious) climate-change research units. Were global warming really “settled science,” its proponents wouldn’t need to fudge the numbers or conspire to keep conflicting research out of peer-reviewed journals.

Commenting on the misuse of science to support political agendas, Harvard’s Dr. Malcolm Ross concludes of such folly, “Freeze or fry, the problem is always industrial capitalism, and the solution is always international socialism.”

Make no mistake; those who are attempting to enact global mandates are advancing, first and foremost, socialist economic agendas under the guise of concern for the global climate. The implication for liberty, in those few pockets of the world where it still exists, is ominous.

Gore’s left-hand man, Barack Hussein Obama, has managed in the last month, to gain control of 17 percent of the U.S. economy (health care) in addition to the 15 percent of the economy already fully under control of the central government.

Now that hotter temperatures are in the seasonal forecast, prepare for efforts by Obama and Gore to supplant the remaining 68 percent of the economy by way of renewed hyperbole about global warming.

In March, some group of politicos on the White House Interagency Climate Change Adaptation Task Force issued this report: “Climate-change impacts are pervasive, wide-ranging and affect the core systems of our society: transportation, ecosystems, agriculture, business, infrastructure, water and energy, among others… Climate change already is affecting the ability of federal agencies to fulfill their missions.”

That would be the remaining 68 percent of the economy not yet fully nationalized.

In a 40th anniversary Earth Day dispatch from Vice Prevaricator Joe Biden, (BF-D) (subject line “Ramping Up for Earth Day”), he announced the redistribution of “$452 million in Recovery Act ‘Retrofit Ramp-Up’ awards.”

Speaking to a group of his sycophants, Biden said, “I wonder what sometimes our constituents think when we come up with these names: The ‘Retrofit Ramp-Up.’”

While I do not exactly consider myself a “constituent” of the Obama administration, I can tell you what I think of the “Retrofit Ramp-Up”: Exactly what you are thinking if you are a Patriot taxpayer.

Perhaps the Ramp-Up will be as successful as the myriad of other such boondoggles.

For example, according to The Washington Times, in March “the Government Accountability Office [GAO] released a report on a $300 million Department of Energy program designed to promote commercial products that boast fashionable ‘green’ credentials. A team of GAO investigators with an uncharacteristically fine sense of humor submitted 20 bogus products to the department and walked away with Energy Star certification for 15 of them, including a gasoline-powered alarm clock.”

The Times' editor concluded, “GAO deserves credit for illuminating the careless attitude that sets in when the greens start spending other people’s money. After all, when it’s being done in the name of the environment, liberal thinking is that there’s no need to measure a policy’s costs against the alleged benefits.”

For his part in the charade, Obama released an Earth Day video in which his teleprompters claimed, “Through the Recovery Act, we’ve invested in clean energy and clean water infrastructure across the country. We are taking the necessary steps to keep our children safe and hold polluters accountable.”

Ah, let’s “invest” for the children.

Bottom line: Human activity does affect the climate. Every time you exhale CO2, you increase the concentration of that minuscule greenhouse gas in the atmosphere, but if you want to make a positive impact upon the environment, don’t hold your breath. Roll up your sleeves and promote liberty and free enterprise, because, per capita, it is the free nations of the world that have the cleanest environments, and those with Socialist governments that have the worst.

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50 Comments

Frankin O said:

Suggestion to all green propaganda peddlers: show your sincerity by holding your breath so we have less carbon dioxide in the air.

Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 11:37 AM

Mark Ahrens said:

Mark, great article. Our local station, KMOX 1120 AM had Mr. Leon Kolankiewicz on, he worked with Sen. Nelson, and he began an attack on the message of Earth Day, that one of the points had to do with human overpopulation. I couldn't stand to listen anymore and turned it off, but in this guy's mind, to celebrate Earth Day apparently most of the world should just end their own lives!

Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 11:40 AM

Chris Navarro said:

Your essay on Earth Day was spot on, as is every essay and every issue of Patriot Post. It reminded me of what I think every time I hear some Leftist going on about "planting a tree" for the Earth or some other cause. Excuse me, but to plant that tree, didn't it have to be dug up from someplace else? They aren't adding anything to Mother Earth, they're just moving something from one place to another! A perfect example of feel-good action with no real impact.

Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 11:42 AM

Dave Brask said:

"Those objectives provide cover for a much more sinister purpose -- using ecological concern to justify all manner of government regulation and intervention."I agree pursuit of their goals would increase government, but I do not see proof that the sinister objective is increase in government. Hard to take it seriously when accusations come out of nowhere."he helped spawn has devolved from a pack of unwashed adolescent peaceniks and malcontents into a slick, influential and well funded cadre of Lefty politicos"I was there for the first earth day, I rememeber what the kids looked like. The "unwashed" adjective is pointless and generally untrue. It does not further the arguement; it is off-topic and abusive.

Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 11:44 AM

Kevin Cullis said:

Could you post links to news articles so that we can follow up and pass things along. Here's a link to the EPA and Dept of Energy potential Energy Star fraud news article: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100326/ap_on_bi_ge/us_energy_star_fraud

Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 11:45 AM

Joe L'Amarca said:

Where was al gore when the dinasaurs went extinct ?Mother Nature shaped the planet Earth ,and on it it shaped maters and life so how can gore shape its creator ?How ever there is something gore can shape ,his bankster accountThey use to rob banks with a gun ! now the banks rob the People with their fraudulant federal reserve debt notes. Thank You Joe

Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 11:50 AM

Rifleman said:

"Winston Smith had won victory over himself. He loved Big Brother."

Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 11:51 AM

Phil said:

Planet Earth has survived Carbon Dioxide in the atmosphere at concentrations of about 7,000 parts per million. The Earth didn't burn up then ... and life flourished. There were MORE species then than there are now. The Carbon Dioxide concentration in the atmosphere today is less than 400 parts per million ...It takes 10,000 parts per million to even be 1% of the total atmosphere ... It has LITTLE to do with the temperature of the earth. Water vapor is a GREATER greenhouse gas than Carbon Dioxide ... should we TAX that too so we'll have fewer clouds and less rain? They've made Carbon Dioxide the boogy man BECAUSE if you control that, you also control ALL ENERGY sources ... plain and simple.

Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 11:54 AM

JLG said:

So we know for a fact that the "northern hemisphere will be warming, as it has for millions of years, except during ice ages," do we?Do we have temperature records from millions of years ago? Do we have photos of the multiple ice ages? These are hypotheticals.Given that we don't have the records to prove these things, perhaps it would be more scientifically accurate to say that the "northern hemisphere will be warming, as it has for all of recorded history."

Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 11:58 AM

Robert Densic said:

Earth Day? Hmmm, must have missed that in our local celebration of Cylinder Appreciation Day. On April 22 every year we pay tribute to the glories and advancements of society due to the invention of the internal combustion engine. As a means of determining ones dedication to this day, we have devised the CAI - the Cylinder Appreciation Index. Simply count up all of the cylinders in every working and utilized internal combustion engine in your household. If your CAI meets or exceeds your age, you are a good CA Patriot. If you fall short, we recommend an immediate trip to the nearest Hummer dealership to purchase a H-1 or H-2 while you still can.Sincerely,Robert DensicRossford, OhioCAI - 54!!!

Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 11:58 AM

T Ford said:

If supporters of the "climate change/global warming" agenda were serious about reducing co2 emissions they would volunteer to hold their breath for 24 hours in honor of earth day. I suspect that on the day AFTER earth day the problem would be solved!

Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 12:00 PM

Jim C said:

Today is the 40th earth day anniversary of the first one and actually the 41st earth day celebration -- It is only confusing if you care about the right number. Everyone is reporting it as the 40th --------

Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 12:08 PM

Patrick M. Crawford said:

I wrote my first article disputing the "Greenhouse Effect" in 1989. I have written several since then. My last one "Cap & Starve" points out that everything on this planet REQUIRES carbon dioxide for its existance. Another points out that the energy our nation uses anually is equivalent to the amount of energy from the sun falling on an area of the earth of less than 2000 sq. miles in the same time frame. I have also pointed out that volcanoes cause more than half the polution on this planet. (Example: Kilauea Volcano on Hawaii puts out 1500 pounds of elemental mercury per DAY.) I fear that environmentalists will cause the largest famine that this planet will ever see. Patrick M. Crawford (Olympia (Littlerock), Washington)

Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 12:31 PM

hopalong said:

gobal warming, happens only when al gore opens his mouth.

Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 1:06 PM

Ellen said:

Thank you for your succinct essay on "Earth Day." What a farce the environmental movement has become. What perhaps once upon a time started out as a legitimate concern for preservation and conservation has morphed into something entirely different, as you outlined in your excellent essay.I pray that Americans are finally starting to wake up to the truth that "environmentalism" has absolutely NOTHING to do with saving the environment. It's now all about money, power, control and, ultimately, destroying these United States.God Save America

Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 1:08 PM