Gov. Perry Acts Boldly/ Ecologists Lie about Light Bulbs

First, a salute to Republican governor Rick Perry of Texas for sending 1,000 National Guard troops to the Mexican border to protect against the invasion by illegal aliens. This bold move alone puts Perry at the top spot for the GOP presidential nomination in 2016.

Now today’s editorial:

Consider the common light bulb. It is one of the 10 great inventions of all time yet Democrats and environmentalists now are waging a War on Light Bulbs and warning us about some nebulous danger in this awesome little device.

To replace our standard bulbs enviros are urging us to install the compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulb which is expensive and full of toxic chemicals. So they want us to replace something sensible, inexpensive and harmless with something impractical, expensive and ecologically harmful.

Environmentalists promote nothing useful. They always want to sell us on inefficient and primitive technologies like solar panels and windmills. And in the interest of disclosure, I, Nikitas, have never in my life purchased one single one of these spiral CFLs because my operating assumption always has been that anything that ecologists advocate ultimately is counterproductive and will hurt me, my wallet and the environment.

Always remember the eco-narrative: Environmentalists believe that only they are saving the world and so they promote their ideas with radical fervor and hold themselves in godly self-esteem. They never consider fundamental things like cost and practicality.

Meanwhile it is free-market capitalism that has produced the great technologies like the light bulb and electricity and the internal combustion engine, all based on centuries of scientific advancement in the Western Christian nations of Europe and the USA. Free-market technology even created the very idea of energy efficiency. America today uses only half as much energy per dollar of GDP produced as we did just 50 years ago. This comes not from enviro regulations but from natural efficiencies that our capitalist economy developed in order to deliver goods and services in a cost-effective manner.

One example of hundreds: Airlines are adopting more and more fuel-efficient jet engines to save money and energy and to keep fares reasonable. These new engines are the result of more than 70 years of technological progress, not a product of tree worshippers on the enviro left who are still focused on perfecting the paper airplane.

Consider our American freight railroads which move 1.9 TRILLION ton-miles of freight every year. Did they abandon the polluting and inefficient steam locomotive at the behest of environmentalists? Heck, no. They adopted efficient diesel-electric locomotives because capitalist technology created them.

Now look at Al Gore who is a sterling example of an eco-reactionary who could never find a job in the real world. He has invented precisely nothing. He has never worked at any real job. Gore promoted the ‘global warming’ fiction for years and even wrote that the internal combustion (IC) engine that powers our automobiles and our diesel locomotives is the worst thing ever. In his 1992 book Earth in the Balance Gore wrote that the IC engine is “a mortal threat . . . more deadly than that of any military enemy.”

We were all supposed to genuflect when Gore started blathering from his “green” pulpit. Because most of us have never heard the other side of the story – that the IC engine is one of the greatest innovations ever. Below are several paragraphs about the IC engine, and once you read just a few sentences of common sense you will never think the same about automobiles or about anything else that environmentalists say. This is why environmentalists are always trying to censor any ideas that contravene theirs – because they will lose all credibility, which they lost decades ago among people who think clearly, like myself.

In 2007 a University of Georgia professor named Dwight R. Lee wrote in the first line of an op-ed article in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

The motto of all environmentalists should be “Thank goodness for the internal combustion engine.”

To which says: It’s about time we heard the truth. But most Americans would find Dwight Lee hard to believe because the environmentalists control the Liberal Media and never want you to think positively about anything unless they themselves invented it. Like the absurd solar-powered car which carries one person and no luggage at 15 miles an hour but only when the sun is high. Otherwise you are out of luck. Like in the rain, or at night. Or on a cloudy day…

Here is what Mr. Lee wrote about the IC engine to put this wonderful invention into historical perspective:

The abuse heaped on the internal combustion engine by environmentalists was never justified. But a recent story on cow flatulence in the British newspaper, The Independent, makes the environmental benefits from gasoline-powered engines even more obvious. Based on a recent study by the Food and Agricultural Organization, The Independent reports that “livestock are responsible for 18 percent of the greenhouse gases that cause global warming, more than cars, planes and all other forms of transport put together.

Long before global warming became an environmental concern, however, the move from the power provided by animals to that provided by gasoline had greatly improved the environment. The emissions that came out of the tailpipes of horses were much more lethal pollutants that those now coming out of the tailpipes of cars. Horse emissions did more than make our town and cities stink; they spread fly-borne diseases and polluted water supplies that killed people at a far greater rate than the pollution from cars and trucks ever have.

Photochemical smog is clearly a health risk, but not nearly the health risk of cholera, diphtheria and tetanus that have been largely eliminated with the help of gasoline powered transportation.

Before the internal combustion engine it wasn’t just cows, sheep and pigs emitting pollution down on the farm. Tractors and other types of gas-powered farm machinery eliminated the horses, mules and oxen that had provided most of the power necessary to grow and harvest our food and fiber. This not only reduced the problem that still exists from animal waste that environmentalists, with justification, still complain about.

The internal combustion engine also eliminated the need to produce food to fuel millions upon millions of agricultural beasts of burden. It has been estimated that in 1900 it took about 93 million acres of land to grow the food for the farm animals that were replaced by current farm machinery. Most of that land has now gone back to woodlands, greatly increasing the number of trees that are reducing the problem of global warming by absorbing carbon dioxide.

The above consideration should have been enough to warrant an environmental shrine to the internal combustion engine. And now we find that by eliminating all those farm-yard animals, the internal combustion engine also eliminated vast amounts of methane-producing flatulence, which is a much more powerful greenhouse gas than the carbon dioxide produce by burning gasoline.

Even though the internal combustion engine is less polluting than what it replaced, it is obviously not pollution-free. Efforts should, and will be made to make it even less polluting than it is, and some day internal combustion will be replaced by an even less polluting technology. But history will look kindly on the internal combustion engine as a major contributor to the steady progress toward a healthier environment that has been made over the centuries. (end of Lee excerpt)

Thus you can see here how just a few well-stated facts can completely alter your perception of an issue, for instance that more Americans die every year in backpacking accidents than have died in the entire 50 years of operation of American nuclear power plants, including the Three Mile Island accident of 1979 (zero people killed or harmed).

If every newspaper in America printed Dwight Lee’s whole editorial contributions to enviro groups would plummet. This is precisely why no Liberal Media newspapers will publish columns like Lee’s except occasionally as an “opposition point of view” which is then countered by frantic letters to the editor from environmentalists.

Think about the light bulb. It replaced candles and gas lamps and torches, all of which pollute more and produce less light with less efficiency and at much higher cost than the light bulb. Thomas Edison famously said that “We will make electricity so cheap that only the rich will burn candles.”

But as soon as the enviro movement got organized they started to attack every single thing that keeps our modern economy afloat including oil, coal, natural gas, light bulbs and the IC engine. This is for one reason only: To get money for the Sierra Club and all the other slackers on the enviro left. Because environmentalists could never find work in the real world and so they need to push their ridiculous ideas like solar panels and windmills and CFLs in our faces every day to get money and jobs for themselves. This is what environmentalism is really about, friends – money. Period. End of story.

OK, so now imagine that it is 1814 and that you have to go out and feed your horse even though you did not use it today. Because it is important to remember that you have to feed horses every day and clean up after them and tend to them even if you don’t use them. Yet you do not have that problem with that modern automobile in your garage in 2014. In fact you can go away for a month and your car just sits there, bothering nobody and needing nothing. What a wonderful idea. Gee, who thought of that? I think I’ll get one!

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