Monday, April 12, 2010

True conservative values inconsistent with life on earth

The LA Times reported a story about Ronald Reagan's voice being used in radio ads to prove that "conservative values" aren't just what Myron Ebell pulls out of his ass. Reagan officially had more of a conservative mind than Ebell, so his sayings ought to trump them.

The Climate Conservative campaign is a good effort, and I support it. Ronald Reagan was from a more sophisticated era, when rank ignorance was not seen as a character strength. We used to think he was unintellectual and stupid (especially as alzheimer's crept in), but we didn't know what real stupidity was in those days. Reagan read Reader's Digest every month (link). Sarah Palin doesn't even know what she reads.

You can tell it's a good effort, because Myron Ebell is against it:
"I can say with no hesitation that Ronald Reagan, were he alive today, would not believe that global warming was a crisis and would not support energy-rationing legislation," said Myron Ebell, director of energy and global warming policy at the pro-market Competitive Enterprise Institute.
There's no saying what Reagan would believe if he were alive today, given the nature of the right wing wackos who would have his ear. We know he suppressed a 1978 prediction of the threat of climate change.

By 1988 his peer, Margaret Thatcher, was concerned with the issue, and nailed it in a speech:
For generations, we have assumed that the efforts of mankind would leave the fundamental equilibrium of the world's systems and atmosphere stable. But it is possible that with all these enormous changes (population, agricultural, use of fossil fuels) concentrated into such a short period of time, we have unwittingly begun a massive experiment with the system of this planet itself.

Recently three changes in atmospheric chemistry have become familiar subjects of concern. The first is the increase in the greenhouse gases -- carbon dioxide, methane, and chlorofluorocarbons -- which has led some to fear that we are creating a global heat trap which could lead to climatic instability. We are told that a warming effect of 1°C per decade would greatly exceed the capacity of our natural habitat to cope. Such warming could cause accelerated melting of glacial ice and a consequent increase in the sea level of several feet over the next century... It is noteworthy that the five warmest years in a century of records have all been in the 1980s.
Another ten years on, a global treaty on greenhouse gasses was negotiated and signed between all nations, in 1997.

Then Myron Ebell and his pals got to work and, using the power of corporate controlled media and money interests, lied and bribed the United States and the world into inaction and drove us down the road of suicide and death.

It is not a mistake. It is not an error, or foolishness. It is deliberate. Our minds and systems of governance are too weak to resist today's machines of propaganda, and those of wield it are too irresponsible and dangerous.

Thanks Myron. Your name is recorded in the story of the downfall of the human race.

Sweet dreams.