Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Bad Religion

I just saw this as a signature on a post on a discussion group:

"We can't do nothing and think someone else will make it right."
Kyoto Now, Bad Religion

I was immediately struck by a couple of levels of irony in this. Number 1, Kyoto was a product of bad religion in the first place -- that is, the Enviroligion that blinds so many to the actual science in favor of finding civilization, especially western civilization and industrialization -- at fault for some impending disaster that must be averted by political action.

The other irony is in the statement itself. "We can't do nothing and think someone else will make it right". Well, if you don't know what it is you're doing, or worse -- you do know and don't care, you might just find yourself creating massive new problems in your solution to a non-existent one.

Enviroligion's solution is to halt development in the developing world, and turn back and/or severely cobble the developed world. It's got that "social justice" tag of approval on it. "We shouldn't be any better off than they are."

Only there's a few problems with that. 1: Why not? 2: They would much rather have the problem solved by elevating their standard of living to ours. 3: Do you really think people living industrialized lifestyles will actually accept going back to third-world lifestyles? hint: This is the purpose behind carbon credits. At best, in reality it would end up making things just slightly less unequal. And 4: it would end up dooming millions in the third world who might've had a chance to better their lives to more starvation, illness, and the death that accompanies them.

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