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A lefty critique of cap and trade

This is actually a good explanation of the evil economy-raping Enron-inspired resource-suck that is Cap & Trade, but from the lefty perspective. So it accurately portrays the mischief in the system, but in a framework of CO2-phobic, capitalism-hating, bleeding-heart boneheaded hippie shit.

Notice the expression “climate justice” in there. You’ll hear those words again in future. It’s our old friend redistribution of wealth dressed up in her new environmentalist togs.

Anyhow, this is worth ten minutes of your time, if you want a quick rundown of where the holes are. Annie Leonard, the narrator, is better known for a similar film called The Story of Stuff, which is chock-full of so much stupid I’m surprised it can drag its stupid ass out of its stupid bed in the morning.

Edit: my bad. I just watched it again. She doesn’t use the expression “climate justice” in this one. She says “pay back ecological debt.” Man, all the new names for old concepts…I get so confused.


Comment from d3ft punk
Time: December 3, 2009, 8:45 pm

I feel dumber for having watched this crap.

Hey, here’s an idea for why we shouldn’t do Cap ’n Trade: it’s completely useless, as we aren’t doing [expletive deleted] to really change the climate.

But I guess that would make too much sense.

And I just edited this comment because I could. That’s what giving me the ability to edit things will do for you. Editing.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: December 3, 2009, 8:53 pm

You didn’t have to edit out the swear, if that’s what you did. I fucking love swearing!

Well, no. But I married an Englishman, so I get a lot of it.

About the film — I know, I know…but I didn’t know the sneaky bits that make the whole scheme useless even from a hippie perspective. So I learned something.

Then I set fire to a bunny just to cleanse my palate.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: December 3, 2009, 8:55 pm

My little friends Pomplamoose got a writeup in a WJS blog today. Doing good for themselves — sold 20,000 songs in September.

At a buck a hit, that’s pretty sweet.

Comment from Allen
Time: December 3, 2009, 9:02 pm

The only difference to her is that any money collected goes to the third world, ecological debt. Hell, I want all the food we’ve given to a whole lot of people over the years back. Call it a food debt, with interest please.

It’s like watching deranged children trying to build a bridge on fond wishes. Hey the ends don’t meet but I got partial credit!

Comment from d3ft punk
Time: December 3, 2009, 9:27 pm

Well, I originally wrote the censored portion, as I don’t normally use expletives (you never can tell when God’s reading the blogs, ya know). The editing part was the last line full of my great love of editing comments. Years ago, I had a blog with the same editing function. Great fun for grammar Nazis such as myself.

As a descendent of the Irish, I find it difficult to even start to get my swear on without a gallon of whiskey.

Or, you know, something not making my happy.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: December 3, 2009, 9:35 pm

I thought God read all the blogs (but never commented under his own real name).

Which is Howard, obviously.

Comment from Claire
Time: December 3, 2009, 11:32 pm

So what’re those third-worlders gonna do with all our cash, anyway? Buy ChiCom-made plastic chairs and flip-flops, build roads and buy cars, make electric plants, become world economic powers and *then* where are ya? Eh?

Hip deep in a carbon-copy of what we got now… with funny place names. Good thinkin’, Hippie.

PS can we dispose of that carbon-derived polyester shirt, please? Hair shirts are so much more appropriate.

Editing?!?! ok — that’s kewl!
But …I …can’t…. handle… the Time PRESSURE gaaaaaaaarrrgh

Comment from Cocklebur
Time: December 3, 2009, 11:43 pm

I will bet $1000 and my left pinky toe that stupid bint shops at Whole Foods. I made the mistake of going to one of them the other day and the sanctimony almost made me woozy.
Obviously this waste of white skin has never heard of photosynthesis, to her CO2 is like plutonium and lasts for millions of years and shit. Also she acts like human activity is the only producer of CO2, makes me want to take this cunt to a volcano and throw her in.
Yeah, I’ve been drinkin’.

Comment from surly ermine
Time: December 4, 2009, 8:49 am

“The future of the planet is at stake.” Hmm, ever read “Hogfather” by Terry Pratchett? Reminds me of the sun not rising but merely a ball of flaming gas. Perhaps the climate hullabaloo is all a result of misplaced belief. Now if you’ll excuse me, I must put another log on, its a bit chilly.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: December 4, 2009, 2:44 pm

I used to shop at Whole Foods! Well, there was a large one near me and I used to buy specialist stuff there I couldn’t get anywhere else. They made wicked sushi in-house, for example.

Whole Foods was my Sunday treat. The best part? Scuffing around the store in faded jeans and a novelty t-shirt, waiting for that moment it dawned on a fellow shopper I was wearing an NRA t-shirt.

It was a little plink thing; you could see it in their eyes.

Good times.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: December 4, 2009, 2:47 pm

You have to admit, there’s a certain sadistic brilliance in convincing the world that the stuff we exhale is a deadly pollutant that must be curbed. That has lefty fascism written all over it.

I mean, go back in time and try to convince yourself you’d pay a buck for a bottle of tapwater some day.

There’s a pattern to all this. A sort of, “that’s so crazy it’s got to be true” thing. Or, “I’m so powerful I can force you to do something bug-fuck insane — and like it!”

Comment from GOD
Time: December 4, 2009, 2:58 pm

d3ft punk: I read your post (I read everything. Of course.) and I’m pleased to tell you that your swearing won’t get you an express trip to Hell—mostly because you’re already going to Hell.

You know why.

Comment from jwpaine
Time: December 4, 2009, 3:01 pm

“Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.”

Comment from weirdsister
Time: December 4, 2009, 5:51 pm

Cocklebur, you are probably correct about the Whole Foods theory.

Y’know, I think I remember, way back in the day when I took Biology, that plants breathe C02…but hell, back then, we still said the Pledge of Allegiance in class, so maybe the textbooks have changed, since science is now so very clearly DEAD.

Comment from weirdsister
Time: December 4, 2009, 5:54 pm

Oh, and for posterity, and because swearing is so satisfying, fuck Al Gore and the fucking Trojan horse he rode in on…

Comment from Oldcat
Time: December 4, 2009, 6:59 pm

Climate Justice? I’ll take some of those nice English summer days instead of the high winds from the desert that turn So Cal to a tinderbox and burn it every year.

Comment from scubafreak
Time: December 4, 2009, 7:47 pm

Ohhh, I just watched that clip, and felt my IQ drop about 6 points.

This new age hippy neo-druid cult needs to drink a great big cup of hot steaming STFU, before I hurl on their nice clean hemp shirts….

Comment from Mrs. Hill
Time: December 4, 2009, 8:29 pm

The clientele at ‘Ho Foods is insufferable. Still, I had to do the “buycott” thing after this: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204683204574356390709311288.html? Ironic with extra cheese!

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: December 4, 2009, 8:38 pm

That was a beautiful thing, Mrs Hill.

Whole Foods was also the only place I could get Lurpak butter, which is Danish. It’s the only butter I ate after the Mohammed cartoon controversy.

Say, did the Islamic boycott of Denmark come to anything? I never heard a follow-up.

Comment from Rich Rostrom
Time: December 4, 2009, 11:19 pm

Claire: “So what’re those third-worlders gonna do with all our cash, anyway?”

It will be stolen by their corrupt rulers, who will spend it on palaces, limousines, guns, and Vegas vacations.

Comment from Roman Wolf
Time: December 5, 2009, 6:37 am

A bit late, I know. Been busy the last couple of days but…

On the issue of Whole Foods, you do know their CEO is a libertarian.


“The union is like having herpes. It doesn’t kill you, but it’s unpleasant and inconvenient, and it stops a lot of people from becoming your lover.”

Comment from Steve I n Tulsa
Time: December 5, 2009, 10:39 am

Everytime I hear her say “we need to stop climate change” I realize I am listening to an idiot. The only way to stop climate change is to kill the sun and the earth and approach entropy. That is such a stupid thing to say. What does she think? We are all a bunch of Aztecs waiting to have our hearts ripped out by Pelosi and Reid?

CO2 has been up to 7000 ppm on this planet with tempuratures similar to ours today. There is still no eveidence that CO2 can force tempuratures. No evidence anywhere ever. It is an assumtion that these hoaxers start from. All their supposing starts right here.

And Dr.Phil Jones at the CRU says they do not have the raw data, they do not know what stations or periods were used to create the dataset, and there is no record of how they arrived at the current ‘cooked’ dataset. This is not science. That is not how it is done. In fact that is almost the exact way NOT to do science. You do not destroy the data and records and present only the end result. A real scientist would publish everything, the raw data, the ‘cooked’ resulting data, and the methods used get there. Then they would dare the world to disprove it. These people are not ‘doing science’.

Comment from Anonymous
Time: December 7, 2009, 12:12 am

This ignorant wench and all those with similar thinking seem to have their heart in the right place, but they’ve already accepted the ‘fact’ that global warming is man-made. AGW is Science! (except it’s totally not based on any, and those that present this Science! hide their research from peer review)

Drives one batty. Problem is it’s already taken hold. We’ll all be shivering to death under fleece blankets from all the run-away global warmening while meanwhile swearing me mustn’t put the heat on.

I suggest they immediately stop breathing to help us cut back on the obvious ill effects of their exhaling.

Comment from Gregory the First
Time: December 7, 2009, 1:01 am

Uh. This is a moronblog. I would have thought that swearing was pretty much fucking much mandatory here.

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