Oct 28, 2009 3 Comments ›› Erik Wong
The Environment: Britain’s climate chief says humans should give up eating meat to protect the planet from global warming. The alarmists keep making it hard for anyone to take them seriously.
According to Lord Nicholas Stern, “Meat is a wasteful use of water and creates a lot of greenhouse gases. It puts enormous pressure on the world’s resources.”
Though not a strict vegetarian himself, his lordship has decided that “a vegetarian diet is better.”
Sometimes it seems there’s no end to the loopy solutions that are issued as serious proposals to “fight” global warming.
We can’t eat meat (unless the meal was once one of our pets) or use standard incandescent light bulbs. We have to use rough toilet paper. Our showers have to be shorter, our children fewer, our commutes briefer and bike rides longer. We should flush less, buy carbon offsets and build more windmills (except where view sheds of the beach-dwelling rich and famous would be compromised).
Stern’s go-meatless comments made headlines, of course, but his more telling comments have not gotten the attention they should. Whether intentional or not, he exposed the real cause that drives the left to perpetuate the global warming scare.
The London Times reported Tuesday that Stern, the Baron of Brentford, is “deeply concerned that popular opinion had so far failed to grasp the scale of the changes needed to address climate change, or of the importance of the (United Nations) meeting in Copenhagen from Dec. 7 to Dec. 18.”
“I am not sure that people fully understand what we are talking about or the kind of changes that will be necessary,” he said.
The key word is “changes.” “Change” is what warm-mongers are all about. They want to force us to radically change the way we live, and the environment is merely a vehicle through which they are trying to establish their version of utopia â€” an egalitarian society in which, as Orwell noted, “some are more equal than others.”
By terrifying the public over climate change, the left hopes to rid the developed world of objects it finds offensive: comfortable houses, larger cars, unfettered travel, hearty meals, any conspicuous symbol of prosperity. In the left’s handbook, if everyone can’t have the biggest and the best, no one should â€” no one, that is, except for the elitists who’ll make the rules.
Those elitists will meet in Denmark in December in hopes of writing a new international agreement to cut CO2 emissions.
If they want the world to take them seriously, they should arrive by bicycle, on horseback and in rowboats, work by candlelight, shiver in the cold and eat nothing but salads. But they won’t, and that’s another telling sign that the global warming threat is a con.