Wealthy and ultra-wealthy leftists, most of whom choose to live and work in cities far from nature, are some of the most rabid supporters of the ‘green’ movement. They give tons of money to the Sierra Club, etc. yet have no connection to nature except when they visit their vacation homes or go skiing in Aspen.
They support environmentalism because most people today who are wealthy are college-educated. And since the 1960s and 1970s, colleges have indoctrinated their students with leftist ideology, including puritanical environmentalism.
In addition, there is tremendous peer pressure among leftists to conform. If you don’t sign up for their agenda, they not only stop inviting you to their parties but they actively malign you and shun you. So you do what they do.
Today, many of America’s wealthiest people are strong supporters of environmentalism. Jeff Bezos, the richest man in the world, has just given $10 billion to ‘green’ causes. This is a huge amount of money. Just think if 100 people in, say, New York state, are given $50,000 a year to be ‘green’ activists.
They would spend all of their time writing letters to the editor at friendly newspapers, staging fake ‘green’ events, and spouting off about how they are saving the world. This is their “job” while the rest of us are working at real jobs. In an age when the environmental movement is spreading endless fear, these people can seem very attractive to frightened Americans.
The creepy ‘climate’ goon John Kerry, who is worth $1.5 billion through his wealthy heiress wife, even said recently that the frigid weather in Texas and all over the world is caused by … you guessed it… ‘global warming’. I am not kidding. He said it in a video interview.
Bill Gates, one of the richest men in the world with an estimated net worth of $115 billion, has joined the ‘green’ train. Ironically he promotes the “climate” agenda relentlessly while flitting around on his gas-guzzling private jet. He tells us to stop eating meat while he surely has not. He also warns that “sea levels are rising” while he just bought a $43 million home on the oceanfront in San Diego, proving that he obviously does not believe in rising sea levels.
Meanwhile Breitbart News reported:
In an interview with Chinese state media on Monday, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates saluted China – the worst polluter and emitter of greenhouse gases on the planet – and its autocratic ruler Xi Jinping for “making climate a priority.”
China’s state news service Xinhua gave Gates a pat on the head for absorbing and repeating Beijing’s promise to achieve “carbon neutrality” in forty years or so. In reality, China is currently building three times more coal power capacity than the entire rest of the planet combined, while people in Texas are suffering from the catastrophic failure of the wind and solar power Gates was enamored of.
“It’s great that President Xi is making climate a priority and wants to work with other countries on this. Without the contributions of China, many of the key ingredients (in fighting climate change) like the batteries and solar power wouldn’t be so affordable,” Gates told Xinhua.
At the same time, ge.usembassy.gov reported:
The People’s Republic of China (PRC) is the world’s leading annual emitter of greenhouse gases and mercury. This noxious air pollution threatens China’s people, as well as global health and the world’s economy.
An estimated 1.24 million people died from exposure to air pollution in the PRC in 2017, according to a recent study in the medical journal The Lancet. Since 2000, the number of people who have died from air pollution in the PRC tops 30 million, according to New Scientist magazine.
“Too much of the Chinese Communist Party’s economy is built on willful disregard for air, land, and water quality,” Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo said in August. “The Chinese people — and the world — deserve better.”
The PRC has been the world’s largest annual emitter of greenhouse gases since 2006, and its emissions are increasing. Energy-related emissions of carbon dioxide in the PRC have increased more than 80 percent between 2005 and 2019, while U.S. energy-related emissions dropped by more than 15 percent during the same period, according to the International Energy Agency.
While PRC President Xi Jinping recently committed China to achieving carbon neutrality by 2060, he has offered few details on how he will reach that goal. The country is increasing construction of coal-fired power plants, the largest contributor to CO2 in the air, according to news reports.
In fact all of these Democrats and leftists who scream for the ‘green new deal’ are totally silent about China. The reason is simple. They are all making money off of China. At the same time, Breitbart News reported:
In a recent interview relating to his new book How to Avoid a Climate Disaster, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates stated that the world needs more entrepreneurs like Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon musk to tackle global warming.
Gates told CNBC’s Andrew Ross Sorkin in an interview on Thursday: “I think what Elon’s done with Tesla is fantastic. It’s, you know, probably the biggest single contribution to showing us that electric cars are part of how we solve climate change.” Gates added: “We need a lot of Elon Musks, including… ones who work on these super hard categories,” he said, referring to industries such as steel and cement production.
Gates also praised Musk’s carbon removal challenge, which was announced last month. Musk stated on Twitter that he would donate $100 million toward a prize for the best technology that can capture carbon dioxide.
Several things are noteworthy about this. First, Gates himself is making a lot of money in China. We know that these rich leftists always want more money even when they are fabulously wealthy already.
Second, the burning of oil, coal and natural gas is good for environment. Our national space agency NASA reported in 2016:
A quarter to half of Earth’s vegetated lands has shown significant greening over the last 35 years largely due to rising levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide, according to a new study published in the journal Nature Climate Change on April 25.
An international team of 32 authors from 24 institutions in eight countries led the effort, which involved using satellite data from NASA’s Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectrometer and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer instruments to help determine the leaf area index, or amount of leaf cover, over the planet’s vegetated regions. The greening represents an increase in leaves on plants and trees equivalent in area to two times the continental United States.
Green leaves use energy from sunlight through photosynthesis to chemically combine carbon dioxide drawn in from the air with water and nutrients tapped from the ground to produce sugars, which are the main source of food, fiber and fuel for life on Earth. Studies have shown that increased concentrations of carbon dioxide increase photosynthesis, spurring plant growth.
So there you go. The more carbon dioxide (CO2) we pump into the air from burning oil, coal and natural gas, the more greenery we get. It is like a buffet. If you put free food out on the street (CO2 is the “food” for plants, trees and crops) people will eat it up very quickly, like plants and trees and crops do with CO2.
Meanwhile the electric cars that Musk and Gates favor are a disaster for the environment. The only reason that we have them is that they are heavily subsidized by a tax system that is rigged by environmentalists.
We do not in any way have enough electric power plants to fuel an electric car economy. At the same time, Gates and his ‘green’ friends are shutting down nuclear and coal-fired plants all over the country.
‘Green’ energy like windmills and solar panels will never make up the difference, as we saw with 5,000 frozen windmills in Texas recently.
Second, electric cars need batteries that use rare elements like cobalt and lithium. The mining of these rare metals is very bad for the environment.
Here are several other negatives about electric cars:
*Electric cars can cost twice as much, or more, as a gasoline car of the same size. Are you ready to pay that?
*Batteries that power the electric car can fail. We all have used battery-powered devices where the battery fails. Batteries can be very expensive to replace. In a car, they can be $10,000 or more. Are you ready to pay that?
*Batteries are very heavy. Electric cars can weigh 50% more than the same sized gasoline-powered car. It obviously is very bad for the environment to use all of that extra power to move all of that extra weight.
*Electric cars use much more energy per mile than gasoline cars since electricity is a “refined” resource and it is a rule of physics that ‘it consumes energy to refine energy’. Electricity is the most valuable energy resource of all. We should be conserving it for lights, refrigerators, computers, radios, water pumps, etc. for which there is no alternative, not wasting it on cars for which we have an excellent alternative – the internal combustion engine.
*Batteries can lose half of their charge in frigid weather. We all have heard that sound of a dying car battery on a frigid morning.
*If you live in an apartment building in a city and park your car on the street, you would have to run the re-charging electric cable from your apartment out to the street to charge up your car. Is this feasible? How about if you have to park down the street? Are you going to run that cable there, or around the block?
*It takes more than an hour to charge an electric car even at a “super charging” station. At home, it takes 8 hours. On the other hand, it takes five minutes to fill up your car with gasoline.
*Electric car owners not only get taxpayer subsidies when they buy the car, but they use the roads for free. Gasoline taxes build and maintain our highways. If you don’t buy gasoline, you don’t pay for the roads. This is classic socialism – those who do what ‘greenies’ want (buy electric cars) get subsidized by those who don’t have electric cars.
*If more and more people put more demand on the electrical grid with electric cars, the cost of electricity will skyrocket for all of us under the law of supply and demand, i.e., as demand rises, prices rise.
*Electrics cars have been around since 1890. If they still have all of these problems after 131 years, then we should not be wasting time trying to perfect them. It ain’t gonna happen.
Sad Tale about Cancelling Keystone Oil Pipeline
Here are some excerpts from The Epoch Times about the devastating economic effects of Biden canceling the Keystone pipeline, which is supposed to run through South Dakota and other Midwestern states. It is not just pipeline workers themselves who are being harmed:
MIDLAND, S.D.—“My husband just called me … he just got fired,” said Laurie Cox, her voice trembling ever so slightly as she put on a brave smile. But it was impossible to ignore her now-crestfallen demeanor.
Cox is the owner of a hotel in Midland, a quaint town with a population of about 100. She had just finished talking about how business was booming late last year during which she had befriended people working on the Keystone XL oil pipeline.
Workers would return from their shifts from a handful of nearby pump stations to unwind at the hotel since it was just a short drive away. Cox recalls having dinner together with the workers and lively chats night after night, many became close with her pet dog—a cute canine called Heidi.
Her husband, Wallace Cox Jr., was an industrial mechanic who had been setting pumps in Minnesota before he was laid off on Feb. 10. He was also scheduled to work on the Keystone XL pipeline—specifically on pumps in Montana in the upcoming summer.
The hotel’s picturesque scene crumbled almost instantly after President Joe Biden shut down the pipeline on Jan. 20 through an executive order. The cancellation was among one of his first moves as president.
“The workers staying here all came to me and said well that’s it—we’re done, we’re going home,” Laurie told The Epoch Times, as she described the scene following the news. “As he was signing that executive order, they were getting the lay-offs.”
“My heart sank,” she added. “I tried to hold back everything because they’re packing up. They have to go face their families, start their lives all over again, get back onto the out-of-work list, and try to figure out their next assignment.”
By the time most of the workers had left the hotel, Laurie had really started thinking about the full effects of the pipeline shutdown. She didn’t just lose the workers staying at her hotel, but also those who would have stayed in the future.
She tried to choke back the tears as her hotel slowly became emptier and emptier.
“It felt like it was the death of a family,” she said. “These workers really became part of the community that we have, not just here in Midland but in Philip, Murdo, Kadoka. We’re far and few between here.”
“Even the dog Heidi would sit here and wait for them … she knew what time it was when they would come back to the hotel,” she added. “She would walk them up to their rooms, or she would sit and have dinner with them.”
Their hotel, The Stroppel Hotel and Mineral Baths, sits roughly in the middle of four Keystone work sites in the area. The executive order impacted several other communities and towns within a 45 mile area.
Wallace, who is a member of a carpenter’s union, travelled from Minnesota back to Midland soon after he was fired, in order to help his wife with the hotel business.
He told The Epoch Times he was let go “due to uncertainties of upcoming political policies.”
As soon as he heard Biden had signed the order to shutdown the Keystone XL pipeline, his first thought: “I knew it!” Then came a rush of phone calls from his buddies at the union wondering if anyone knew of any work opportunities as they discussed what to do next.
“For my family I needed to figure how to change gears and what our future holds,” he said. “My work is focused on refineries, power plants, hydro-damns, and paper mills—all appear to be on Biden’s chopping block.”
There are limited opportunities in small rural towns like Midland, Wallace said, as he described the pipeline project as “a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for extra revenue for all our businesses to accumulate for the future.”
When asked if he had any message for the Biden administration he said he wanted to tell the president to “reconsider his course on the American oil and gas industry.”
The Keystone XL pipeline was a massive project that was expected to generate $3.4 billion in U.S. GDP growth, including millions in state and local tax revenue, according to the U.S. Chamber Global Energy Institute. The pipeline would have generated millions of dollars of economic opportunity for South Dakotans.
Laurie estimates there were at least 100 workers at each pump station when counting all the different kinds of trades involved. Anyone who had rental homes along the route, or who owned hotels were “pretty much full” due to the influx of workers.