When is enough really enough?
From Australian Climate Madness Today we read:
That’s what I, and I guess a lot of you, have just about had. Environmentalism has become far too dominant, and it’s time it was taken down a peg or two.
I am sick to death of being told what to do, what to buy and how to behave, by governments and environmental activists, in order to “save the planet.” We have such short memories that we forget how many times in the past we have heard about the impending death of our planet, only for it still to be here, healthier, wealthier and stronger. And then the next scare comes along…
The planet has been here 4.5 billion years. It will be here for another 4.5 billion – long after we, and every other species, has disappeared. The conceit that the planet needs us to save it would be hilarious if it weren’t so tragic.
The latest lunacy, noted by Baldrick in the comments to an earlier post, is the plan for electricity companies to have the right to remotely switch off your appliances if demand gets too great. Just a reminder, in case you forget while reading the following extract, that this is Australia we’re talking about, not the former Soviet Union or an African dictatorship:
TVs, airconditioners and fridges could be switched off remotely by power companies during peak times under plans to rein in households’ demand for electricity.
The option is among measures being considered as part of a national review of the management of domestic power use.
The Ministerial Council on Energy has initiated the Australian Energy Market Commission review in response to the nation’s increasing demand for power.
The council is seeking ways to ease the demand for electricity during extremely cold nights and exceptionally hot days, to avoid the need for energy companies to build more power stations. (source)
The last sentence is the key. All of this is due to climate alarmism and the consequent imperative to cut emissions. If that alleged problem was not given the weight it is, the electricity companies would happily build more coal-fired power stations and supply us with as much electricity as we demand. But the nanny environmentalists won’t allow that. Oh no. Gaia’s representatives on earth require that we reduce our consumption of electricity, and personally, I’ve had enough of it.
I long for the good old days when if you wanted more electricity, all you had to do was pay for it. Which back then was easy since it was CHEAP. But not now – ridiculous, pointless and futile renewable energy targets and hopeless wind farms and solar power stations mean that electricity is frighteningly expensive, and, it appears, not under your control for much longer, if the above report is to be believed.
I am the first to agree that we must take care of our environment and use our resources wisely. But the key point is that there has to be a balance between environmental needs and the needs of humanity. And that balance is all wrong. At the moment, thanks to the green movement worldwide, and here in Australia, the Greens’ alliance with the Labor government, humanity is trailing a very, very distant second.
And the irony is that the inevitable result of this badgering and hectoring from the Green movement will be the opposite of what they want. Most people, like myself, who wish to do their bit for the environment, are increasingly irritated by the incessant demands of “the planet” curtailing how much petrol I use, or how much electricity I use, or dictating what kind of light bulbs I must use, or any number of equally intrusive and controlling requirements thrust upon us by governments in thrall to the green movement. The corollary of this will be a rejection of environmentalism to make up for decades of enslavement to the Green gods.
I won’t be sorry to see that happen. Environmentalism is out of control and needs a swift reality check. The activists and the governments need to realise that people who are tied up in green regulations will develop deep resentments towards environmental goals, rather than working towards them.
As Andrew McIntyre pointed out in his book “The Greens” (reviewed here), environmentally-friendly behaviour requires a high GDP and a high standard of living. The poorest countries have the worst environmental records.
Give people the ability to enjoy high standards of living, and they will voluntarily help the environment. Witness the emergence of the urban Greens. Start telling them how they must live, and punish them, on the other hand, and they will rebel. The Convoy of No Confidence is the first of many signs of this reaction.
Rant over. Final comment: I’ve had enough greens, thanks. Time for the next course.
JustMEinTsays: if you have had a belly full, pass this along far and wide please.