Saturday, June 27, 2009


Do you remember the hype about acid rain?

Acid rain was going to ruin the woodlands and wetlands around the world.

The world was coming to an end because of acid rain.

Acid rain was caused mostly by us filthy Americans pouring pollutants into our fragile atmosphere (never mind that the atmosphere is not only not fragile, but that "acid rain" is actually part of its cleansing activity).

"Scientific" study after "scientific" study proved that we were totally doomed because of acid rain.

We learn from such experts as thinkquest dot org (I did it that way so as NOT to provide you with a link...but you can still type that in your URL address box and get there), that "The invisible gases that cause acid rain usually come from automobiles or coal-burning power plants."

AND we also find out that there are more natural causes of acid rain than there are human causes.

Later that self-same set of "experts" tell us that "In Third World nations..., acid rain tends to be very high."

Now, do Third World nations have more or fewer automobiles and coal-burning power plants than we do here in the U.S.A.?

So...what have you been hearing about acid rain lately?

Now I use this example to make a point about something that seems totally unrelated: Cap and Trade, which is really not unrelated at all.

With Congress' passing of Cap and Trade legislation comes "economic incentives for achieving reductions in the emissions of global pollutants."

The theory is that some central agency (federal or international - think UN) sets a CAP on the amount of a pollutant that can be emitted.

Companies or other groups are issued emission permits and are required to hold an equivalent number of allowances that represent the right to emit a specific amount.

The total amount of allowances and credits cannot exceed the CAP, Companies that need to increase their emission allowance must buy credits from those who pollute less.

The transfer of allowances is referred to as a TRADE.

The buyer pays a TAX for polluting, why the seller gets a TAX BREAK or even a REBATE.

All of this is the government's idea of the FIX for global warming (and maybe acid rain, too...although acid rain seems no longer to be a problem, since we never read about it in the MSM any more).

Meanwhile, the planet is not getting warmer. According to some very confused scientists, it is now cooling down.

So in the end, the government will be extracting a TAX on you ( think a business that has to pay a Cap and Trade TAX is just going to absorb it?), to fix a problem that has already fixed itself.

Tell me again...why are you surprised?


shoprat said...

The left has long depended on doomsday to scare people into doing things.

60s DDT
70's Overpopulation
80's Acid Rain
90's Hole in Ozone Layer
00's Global Warming

Joe said...

shoprat: Makes sense. DDT led to fewer eagles, which led to more cities, which led to overpopulation which led to more automobiles and coal burning plants, which led to more need for hair spray, which led to a hole in the ozone, which led to more cancer, which led to having to run the A/C in the car, whic led to more CO emmissions, which led to global warming, which led to ice caps melting, which cooled the oceans, which cooled the atmosphere and so now we have Cap and Trade.

See how simple it is?

Lone Ranger said...


snaggletoothie said...

For decades now I have devoted the time between 7 and 8 PM to worrying about acid rain. Are saying that I can now I can now split that worry time up between overpopulation, the hole in the ozone layer and global warming? I hope I understood properly because I think proper worry time allotment is essential to saving the planet.

gary said...

Um, you are aware aren't you that a cap and trade solution solved the acid rain problem right?