Whoa! But, yep. The ‘greatest threat facing mankind!(!!!)’ flopped, in the end, so it’s time to go back to small ball. Remember that. Greatest. Threat. Evah! Then…not so much.
Basic salesmanship says to get them nodding. And the greens did that, peddling easy issues demanding “action!” (if usually by the federal government) even if on that which often had been addressed by concerned citizen groups before lawmakers intervened with legislation now inaccurately romanticized as having stopped the cause célèbre (e.g., Cuyahoga River fires, plural, as in ten over a century thanks to government being government).
Move on to local initiatives, poisoning the school curricula, and then POW!, Kyoto, energy rationing, Gore-, Wallstrom- and Chirac-extolled ‘leveling [of] the playing field’, ‘global governance’ and the whole shootin’ match of riding the excuse, the vehicle they created to finally enacting the long-held policy agenda.
But now, as Time writes, “These are dark days for the environmental movement. A year after being on the cusp of passing landmark legislation to cap greenhouse gases, greens are coming to accept the fact that the chance of national and international action on climate change has become more remote than ever.”
Hardly a coincidence. What the scribbler here misses is the connection between the overreach and the consequential setback, reflecting something I have touted for years: when Americans are presented the check, they’ll stop the agreeable, cocktail-party level ‘well, sure, we should do ‘something'” nodding and ask to see the science. And fortunately by the time cap-and-trade rolled around the science had already exposed itself.
So while they’ve got a few backdoor ‘other ways to skin that cat’ cooking, it’s back to square one for the greens. Soon enough they’ll rehabilitate themselves with soothing overtures and checkout-line magazine teases — ‘simple ways to live green!’ — then leap back in with the hype, demonization and power grabs. It’s their move, how they roll, and what they’re all about.
P.S. With its next sentence, and all that follows, Time’s little item also affirms the asininity of the establishment media: “The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is under attack by newly empowered Republicans in Congress who argue that the very idea of environmental protection is unaffordable for our debt-ridden country.”
Quick: name one who argues that. Sorry, two, it says “Republicans”. Unless ‘environmental protection’ only means an ever-expanding EPA, and restricting domestic energy production, permissible energy sources and individual freedoms, that is. Which, to Time, it clearly does. Pretty well reaffirming the rest of the above.
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