“The debate is over” (Gore et al)
The Pythagorean Theorem has been…
Hold on a sec! I know what you’re thinking: “The Pythagorean Theorem? Isn’t that math??? What the heck’s he babbling about? I wonder what’s on Dr. Phil.”
Well, work with me here for a minute, okay? Now…
The Pythagorean Theorem has been around for a couple thousand years, and is regarded as a mathematical constant, one of the foundations of geometry. Einstein’s Theory of Relativity is one of the basic building blocks of astrophysics. Both are used as tools to accomplish very complex equations in various scientific fields. Both also remain classified as “theories”, because they haven’t been conclusively proven in all possible conditions that may exist. Yet the scientific community is unanimous in treating these theories as being, for all intents and purposes, “laws” of science.
On the other hand, we have the idea of Anthropogenic (man-made) Global Warming (AGW), pushed by environmental extremists who take a naturally occurring phenomenon that has been in effect throughout the history of the Earth – climactic cycling – and arbitrarily assign Mankind as being the determinative and causative agent for the latest round of temperature flux. AGW barely qualifies as a theory, is founded in a “science” in its infancy (climactic modeling) which uses selective data in reaching its conclusions (it doesn’t factor in precipitation – rain – for instance), is strongly opposed by much of the relevant scientific community, and can be easily refuted scientifically.
However, we’re told by AGW’s disciples that the issue is settled, the debate is over, and a consensus has been reached. Well, science isn’t an election where people vote on the outcome. Science is a discipline requiring observable, replicable, and empirical data, not politically motivated opinion. There was a time when scientific consensus also held the Earth to be flat; that the Sun revolved around the Earth; that if trains ever exceeded 20 miles per hour the passengers would suffocate, as the air wouldn’t be able to keep up; and other ideas we now consider silly. Consensus is overrated when it comes to science.
Now we have the latest round of silliness inspired by the hysteria over AGW, what I dub the Light Bulb Panic of 2007. Starting with our putatively Republican Governator here in California and continued on the national level by our “compassionately conservative” El Presidente, regular, Plain Jane incandescent light bulbs have been outlawed, to be replaced – mandatorily – by compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs). In a mere few years, you will no longer be able to decide for yourself what type of lighting you wish to enjoy in your own home; the Government has made that decision for you.
Do you like the warmth and intimacy of the golden hue of a SoftGlow bulb in your living room? Tough! Do you find fluorescent light to be flat and harsh? Tough! Does the sub-perceptual “flickering” give you headaches? Tough! Does the high price of CFLs strike you as being a waste of your hard-earned money? Tough again! The mercury in CFLs is a disposal problem, what about that? Uh, we’ll get back to you on that.
The dim bulbs in positions of governmental power have made the decision for you. The mandarins have spoken.
What’s particularly disturbing about this is that these mandates have been turned into law by members of the political party – the GOP – that’s supposed to stand for smaller and less intrusive government, the party of free-market solutions and individual choice and responsibility. In a very real sense, Gore and his fellow AGW nut-jobs may be right when they say the debate is over, if no one in a position of authority has the guts to stand up to these clowns and tell them to shut up and sit down.
What’s next? We already have mandates for “low flow” toilets. How about regulators that limit your showers in duration and frequency? Every other day, for five minutes. My, won’t those elevator rides be fun? How about thermostats that don’t allow heat settings above 68 degrees, or air conditioner settings below 80 degrees? Car engine regulators that don’t allow speeds in excess of 45 mph? Yeah, that trip to Grandma’s house will be lots of fun now! Porsche can fold up tent; dump your stock. The possibilities are endless once we as a society buy into this idiocy as being justified and a proper exercise of governmental power.
If we continue down this never-ending path of paternalistic and intrusive Big Government, then WE will be the dim bulbs who sat idly by while our freedoms were simply eroded away bit by bit, like a river turning a boulder into gravel and sand. Then one day, we or our grandchildren will wake up, look around, and realize freedom is nothing but a fading memory. An ideal sacrificed on the altar of the new religion of environmental pseudo-science.