The cost to abate CO2 production as much as climate catastrophists wish will be staggering. One of the ways the catastrophists and their supporters in the media work to cover up this fact is to publish numerous cute articles about families recycling and such. The hidden message is that this is all that it would take from us to make an impact on CO2.
This Sunday article in the Arizona Republic is a great example (last Sunday, the Republic had an article just mentioning, without letting us make our arguments, that skeptics like me exist in Phoenix. However, even this violates the orthodoxy so the Republic has had pro-catastrophist and green front page articles every day since as pennance.). In today’s article, the Republic looks at a number of families and gives advice on how they could be greener. Here is an example from the analysis of the Weinberger family:
WHAT THEY’RE DOING RIGHT: The family makes an effort to recycle. Brian Weinberger estimated that 20 to 40 percent of their recyclables make it into the recycling bin each week. They also avoid toxic pesticides and herbicides for their lawn and home. "We can never eradicate enough of these types of items," said Greg Peterson of the Urban Farm in Phoenix.
WHERE THEY CAN IMPROVE: With a little extra effort, the Weinbergers could boost their recycling rate to more than 80 percent, significantly reducing their weekly garbage. The family also buys a large amount of processed and packaged food, which consumes resources and creates more trash. When making purchasing decisions, Peterson suggests that the family only consider items packaged in recyclable materials, such as paper or glass.
First, they are dead wrong in their analysis of process an packaged foods. Also, recycling saves us almost no energy, but doesn’t it make us feel good. Here is another example for the Erickson family:
WHAT THEY’RE DOING RIGHT: "This family gives me great hope," Peterson said. "Their actions (are) making a significant difference." Jasper, 10, and Eliot, 7, bring their water bottles and utensils from their packed lunch back home from school each day for reuse. The family recycles nearly all the recyclable items they use. The kids use a blank side of Todd’s old office papers for drawing. Both parents bring their own bags to stores, buy secondhand furniture to avoid excess waste and try to buy organic meats and produce.
WHAT THEY COULD IMPROVE: Peterson suggests investing in a home solar system to reduce their reliance on conventional power supplies. He also recommends they take advantage of the free home-energy audit offered by their utility, Arizona Public Service. SRP offers a similar service.
Does the author sound like a priest talking about his congregation or what? "This family gives me great hope"? Barf. Well, I hope the Ericksons are really, really wealthy, because his recomendation to put in home solar is really expensive. Even with a 50% government subsidy and the best solar site in the world here in Phoenix, the numbers don’t even come close to working.
OK, Ericksons and Weinbergers, here is what you are really going to have to do. The catastrophists want you to cut your CO2 impact by 50-60%. Here, for example, is a climate bill proposed in Britain:
The Bill does not say how carbon dioxide emissions will be cut. However, it commits the Government to a 60 per cent reduction by 2050. One method could be personal carbon-allowances, where everyone is given a fixed amount of carbon to use each year.
Each time they travel in a plane, buy petrol, go shopping or eat out would be recorded on a plastic card. The more frugal could sell spare carbon to those who want to indulge themselves. But if you were to run out of your carbon allowance, you could be barred from flying or driving.
So here is the new plan for the Ericksons and Weinbergers, who have five and four kids respectively:
- Everything you buy requires fossil fuels to produce, so you may only have half as much. That means food for you and your kids too.
- In the next generation, no one is going to be having five and four kids. Certainly those green Europeans would never do something as damaging as having four or five kids. If you had aborted a few of the little darlings, just think how much CO2 you would have avoided?
- The article says all your kids play sports. OK, pick half of your kids, and tell them they don’t get to play sports any more. Gotta cut that driving in half. The good news is the other half of the kids can still play.
- Those vacations you took last summer, to escape the heat in Arizona, well cut them in half as well. That little play area in the mall makes a nice alternative to seeing Yellowstone, and all those tourists are just environmentally damaging Yellowstone anyway.
Actually, there may be an economic way to avoid all these cutbacks — The backyard nuclear reactor is carbon free!