We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
This level of alarmist claptrap shouldn't surprise anybody who has been paying attention to the environmental organizations supporting Gore.
In "Earth in The Balance", Gore makes statements like we "easily lose ourselves in the forms of culture, society, technology, the media, and the rituals of production and consumption, but the price we pay is the loss of our spiritual lives".
He goes on to say: Gore says his "own religious experience and training" (p. 244) encourage him to care for creation. In fact: "my own faith is rooted in the unshakable belief in God as creator and sustainer, a deeply personal interpretation of and relationship with Christ, and an awareness of a constant and holy spiritual presence in all people, all life, and all things. The old story of God's covenant with both the earth and humankind, and its assignment to human beings of the role of good stewards and faithful servants is a powerful, noble, and just explanation of who we are in relation to God's earth. What we need today is a fresh telling of our story with the distortions removed".
Now I ask you - does that sound like a mentally stable individual? Consider that this was written prior to his election as VP of the US in 1992.
He's on the wrong side of the deal. He is totally blind to his own consumption, justifies it as being "offset" (which is total BS) and continues on fully believing his own lies. That ain't to stable either.
I'm a conservationist and an environmentalist. I believe that we have serious problems in the biosphere, but most of them can not be related to Global Warming, but over farming, over fishing and over reliance on ridiculous science and wrong headed zealous beliefs that promote the use of food grains for the production of gasoline substitutes.
We don't need to work on CO2 - carbon dioxide will take care of itself - it's the food for trees and plants after all. We do need to build consensus on proper use of food stocks as food, deforestation, pollution (not greenhouse gases, but real pollution) and endangered species that are directly related to support of the predatory life cycle - blue back herring, river run herring, sardines, darts, etc.
Splendid rant, Tom, and I agree with most all of it. I* worry about 'rogue environmentalists' who rant about the poor polar bears [on the basis of no science whatsoever] and want them declared endangered, not because they are, but because it's another way to grab power away from the civilian population.
I particularly love your comment "We don't need to work on CO2." You're right on the money with that. The 'greenies' are wrong, as usual, when they declare it's a 'greenhouse gas.' Instead, it's an essential gas, like oxygen -- essential fertilizer for every bit of vegetation there is on earth, from trees to food to flowers. Get rid of all CO2 and you end up living the rest of your short life in a sandbox. Species that are really endangered and at the same time essential as food stocks should be nourished by CO2 generators, and big commercial greenhouses do this daily when necessary.
But don't worry about the polar bears, technically described as "the world's largest land-based marine mammal/predator."
They're just fine, thank you, each wending its solitary way through the Arctic and sub-Arctic. Just don't try to pet one. But you are a real naturalist -- you'd know better.
One wonders where Mr. Cuomo has been for the last twenty years. This is "process" is called zero-based budgeting and I believe it was invented by Democrats so one would have figured he would have known about it for some time!
Now he sees the light! It's about time, but a welcome change that someone on his side of the aisle has come around.