Manmade Global Warming: The Solution

Manmade global warming, like so many other social and economic issues, has become hopelessly politicized. Each side has dug in its heels and has accused the other of acting irresponsibly and dishonestly. For the believers, the other side has become the equivalent of Holocaust deniers; and for the doubters, the other side has become a cult intent on manipulating mankind to remake the world in some sort of natural Utopian image.

The divide has become so great, it seems virtually impossible to bridge the gap. However, I’m not writing for Ricochet merely to outline problems; I’m here to offer real solutions. And I’m not just blowing carbon dioxide.

Let’s assume that a third of the world’s population really believes mankind has the power to adjust the Earth’s thermostat through lifestyle decisions. The percentage may be higher or lower, but, for the sake of this exercise, let’s put it at one-third. Now it seems to me these people have a special obligation to change their lives dramatically because they truly believe catastrophe lies ahead if they don’t. The other two-thirds are merely ignorant, so they can hardly be blamed for their actions.

Now, if those True Believers would give up their cars and big homes and truly change the way they live, I can’t imagine that there wouldn’t be some measurable impact on the Earth in just a few short years. I’m not talking about recycling Evian bottles, but truly simplifying their lives. Even if you were, say, a former Vice President, you would give up extra homes and jets and limos. I see communes with organic farms and lives freed from polluting technology.

Then, when the rest of us saw the results of their actions—you know, the earth cooling, oceans lowering, polar bears frolicking and glaciers growing—we would see the error of our ways and join the crusade voluntarily and enthusiastically.

How about it? Why wait for governments to change us? You who have already seen the light have it within your grasp to act in concert with each other and change the world forever. And I hate to be a scold, but you have a special obligation to do it because you believe it so strongly. Then, instead of looking at isolated tree rings and computer models, you’d have real results to point to, and even the skeptics would see the error of their ways and join you.

So start Tweeting each other and get the ball rolling. We’ll anxiously await results. See, I told you I had the solution. My work here is done.

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  1. Adam Freedman
    C

    Pat: I love your modest proposal. But I think you’ve underestimated the extent of the left’s delusional thinking. That one-third of true believers? They already think that they are doing all they can to stop global warming. What with composting toilets and locally-produced produce (I mean, except coffee, tea, sugar, salt, etc). But honestly, what more do you expect them to do? If they give up the SUV, how can they drive the kids to the farmers market?

  2. Tom Lindholtz

    Pat, your proposal truly is modest. Too modest. If the True Believers really believed they would recognize that, “In the long run we’re all dead,” and would voluntarily end their environmental impact right now for the greater good.

    But as we all know, the True Believers are not disciples, they are scolds who merely want to run other people’s lives. It has ever been thus.

    “Of all tyrannies, a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busy-bodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.” — C.S. Lewis.

    “I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.” — Thomas Jefferson

  3. Jimmy Carter

    “Global warmers…” First ask them if they believe in evolution. If so, then the earth is evolving, as will humans; unless there is some other superior creature, then We will become extinct, like those on the “endangered species” list that We can quit trying to save.

    Also, there’s global warming every morning and global cooling every evening.

    Hay greenies, nuclear power IS solar energy…. ever heard of the Sun?

  4. Jimmy Carter

    Also, ask the warmers where in the owner’s manual that states what the global temperature is suppose to be.

  5. Scott R

    Liberal doom-monger guys get vasectomies; their chicks get their tubes tied (just to be safe). They party for a few decades with peaceful minds, content in the knowledge that they’ve saved Mother Earth.

    Then they die and conservatives inherit the saved earth, which indeed it would be.

  6. Lilium
    Pat Sajak: .

    How about it? Why wait for governments to change us? You who have already seen the light have it within your grasp to act in concert with each other and change the world forever.

    Not waiting for government to change us before acting. What a novel idea.

    ;-)

  7. Steve MacDonald

    Pat, great concept but execution is a problem. It’s kind of like a Govt. “leader” who feels we need to pay more taxes but cheats on his/her own (Geitner, Rangel, Dodd etc),

    or thinks the proper rate for someone earning over $250K is 39.5%++ but remains paying the lower rate until the law is changed – Buffet……or an environut not spending time in Africa where the DDT ban leads to millions dying of malaria.

    For your idea to work we have to figure how to bridge the gap between logic and hypocracy.

  8. tabula rasa

    Pat: I like your ideas, but don’t forget that the leftie/greenies really think that it’s their job to organize the rest of us (see, e.g., Thomas Sowell’s The Vision of the Anointed: Self-Congratulations as a Basis for Social Policy).

    Your plan would solve the climate change problem, but that’s just their cover for their bigger project (the one for which they are the “anointed”): solving the independent thinker problem. They just hate it that those d***ed conservatives won’t sign on to their groupthink projects.

  9. Mel Foil

    One thing that I’m encouraged by is the increasing number of lefty environmentalists that are coming around to promoting nuclear power. It doesn’t produce CO2, but what I care most about is, it doesn’t come from the Middle East, or Venezuela. There’s no reason in the world that we can’t build safe nuclear power plants. Modern plants have safety redundancy upon safety redundancy upon safety redundancy. If everybody can agree on that, let’s get going. At the same time, wind and solar are becoming less attractive, simply because they’re not very attractive. They take up a lot of space, and they’re kind of an eyesore. I hope we can all agree on that too. Great to put solar panels on your roof, but maybe not on 50,000 acres of pristine desert.

  10. Rob Long
    C

    Michelangelo said that we should “criticize by creating.”

    Brilliant solution, Pat. No one’s stopping anyone from living green. But we all know how this ends up. After all, the left — which “cares” about the “poor” — has a generally dismal record of charitable giving. How much did Al Gore give again?

  11. Mel Foil
    Rob Long: How much did Al Gore give again? · Jul 25 at 12:32pm

    But Al Gore contributes his pearls of environmental wisdom. That’s wealth beyond measure. :)

  12. Jason Hart

    etoiledunord – Same here. I’ve actually got my eye on a company called Babcock & Wilcox that has put lots of energy (pun intended, sorry) into nuclear plant designs. I may be investing when they finish a spin-off from their parent at the end of this month, but cautiously… nuclear still has an uphill climb on the PR front.

    Pat, I’ll join in your helpful spirit with a link to http://www.tumbleweedhouses.com.The less dedicated among the global warming faithful could splurge and get 200- or 300-square foot homes, unlike the company’s founder who lives in 89 square feet!

    Really though, your suggestion cuts to the heart of this: if the situation is so dire that the government should enforce innumerable new restrictions, why doesn’t Gore start a commune in his mansion and recycle his private jet?

  13. EJHill
    Rob Long: After all, the left — which “cares” about the “poor” — has a generally dismal record of charitable giving. How much did Al Gore give again? · Jul 25 at 12:32pm

    I think that’s because Big Government has become their “church” and they prefer to give through it. The really are Scrooge-like. Remember how Dickens described the men who came to solicit for charity at the beginning of A Christmas Carol? Scrooge wanted to know if the tax supported government programs were still operating.

    Assured that the debtors prisons were still there Scrooge was satisfied his obligations had been met.

    Why should Gore give to charity when he has created government?

  14. The Mugwump

    No seriously, Pat, why would any green reveling in our consumer culture bother to take such extreme steps when he can pay a carbon tax? Think of it as the modern equivalent of a medieval indulgence. Sinning is fun, but now you can pay for your sins in CASH! Step right up to the Church of Global Warming and meet the high priest himself, the most Reverend Al Gore. He takes cash, checks, even credit cards. So, you see, Al Gore learned something in divinity school after all. I tell you, the man is dumb like a fox!

  15. Cas Balicki
    etoiledunord: Great to put solar panels on your roof, but maybe not on 50,000 acres of pristine desert. · Jul 25 at 12:03pm

    Has anyone figured out how we’re going to keep solar panels in the desert efficient at producing electricity? By the way the primary impediment to solar panel efficiency is dirt, as in solar panels must be regularly washed to remain productive. Er, that’s washed with water, which if you’re ahead of me on this I need not add that a desert is a desert because it lacks water.

  16. Duane Oyen

    To quote the immortal Glen Reynolds, I will believe that global warming is a crisis when those who keep screaming at me that it is a crisis start acting and living as though it is a crisis.

    When Laurie David junks her private jet and the First Dog flies commercial instead of on a separate jet from the First Family, I will listen more closely. Of course, since Roy Spencer has pretty well proven that the model feedback loops are so far wrong that they have the wrong (strong positive rather than mildly negative) valence assigned, I am not feeling particularly threatened.

  17. Melanie Graham
    C

    The Gores might still be happily married if Al wasn’t able to jet around like he did. So it would not only save the planet, but a marriage as well. The universe wins.

  18. Chuck Cattano

    Pat, your idea is __ __ E S __ __ E (I’m giving you RSTLNE)!!

    Yes, living in the Bay Area, you know, home of the Tesla, I see delusional thinking all the time. Everyone else is right and I am wrong. Is it wrong to point out that there is NO way to even come close to being able to measure “anthropogenic” aspects of global warming? Isn’t this the “science” part? Is it wrong to point out that the most poetically simple explanation is the multi-century cycles caused by that big yellow thing in the sky? And that most other sciences have evidence that corroborate this theory?

    Am I crazy? Would I be wrong to point out that global warming researchers trying to get their PhD’s in their respective fields are looking for a certain type of grant…oh yeah, it’s called a “government” grant, right?

    If anyone needs some good stuff to “suggest” that someone read, Bjorn Lomborg has a couple of terrific books, and there is a great refutation of antrhopogenic global warming in “SuperFreakonomics”.