Remember the Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth? It was probably the most successful environmental documentary which succeeded in raising international awareness of global climate change. The movie made close to 50 million dollars worldwide. When Al Gore is not giving lectures around the world and writing books about global warming, he manages investments in his company, Generation Investment Management, with his friend from Goldman Sachs, David Blood, as the managing partner of the firm. It’s basically a company which sells “carbon offsets” and invest in “green technologies”.
Other companies also seized the opportunity to make money. Did you notice all the “eco-friendly” products are usually more expensive than the other goods? For example, energy-efficient light bulbs are often more expensive than incandescent light bulbs. Many people go green simply because it is trendy and want to do it for social recognition ( Don’t get wrong, I am not telling you to stop making rational environmentally-friendly choices because you are afraid of being seen as pretentious. There are far more sensible and practical reasons to go green other than to be seen as cool).
Not only are businesses making huge gains by going “green”, governments collect large amount of dollars from tax payers by implementing carbon taxes, gas taxes and more. Most of the time these taxes already in our water bills, electricity bills, car taxes etc. without us even realizing it. Besides, the government subsidize a lot of money in large scale agribusiness. Corn, one of the major crops grown in Canada, is not only grown as food, but also be used in biofuels. Unfortunately, this has cause world-wide food prices to spike drastically. The idea of using staple foods for energy is wrong. What happens when there is a large scale drought in the growing areas. Do we not drive, or not eat? More importantly, who pays for all of these government subsidizes and policies? Of course, the tax payer will be asked to contribute vast amounts of their personal wealth to pay for the lie. Already, governments around the world are salivating at the prospects of separating you from your money. The rain forests will also suffer tremendous loss. The poor in these nations will realize they can earn more by slashing the forests and planting food for biofuels. These means the rain forests will disappear ever more rapidly (this will reduce the huge carbon sink provided by the rain forests making the CO2 issue worse).
The general population will also pay much more for food. This is happening now in poorer countries, where riots have broken out over food prices. These will only get worse as governments mandate biofuels. Companies grow what makes the easiest profit, and right now that is for biofuels at the expense of our food sources.
Energy prices, such as gas, will also sharply rise. Oil,coal and nuclear are the cheapest forms of energy. That is why they are currently the most utilized. But with mandates of biofuels and renewable sources (very expensive), energy costs will continue to sharply increase.
The unfortunate truth to all of this is the poor are the most drastically effected. Wealthy and middle class people can absorb the increases more easily. The poor (who are the ones rioting) can not absorb the higher costs for energy or food. Thus they will be forced to eat less, and barely survive. Once this gets to bad, then the government will kick in with higher taxes on the wealthy (the producers of the world) and middle class. They will make the excuse that poor need more and more help (only because of the original government mandates). Of course with government, for every $1 you give them, only about 20% makes it to the people who need it. The rest is absorbed by government beauracracy. Expect taxes to raise sharply if we allow them to implement more “green” solutions.
The bottom line, conservation is always a good thing. I myself often turn of the lights when I am leaving my apartment, recycle my garbage every week etc. But having government mandates on such things as fuel and green products will always have a net negative impact. The poor in this country and others are already beginning to feel the pich from the AGW lie. If you think going green is a great idea, then maybe you should stop to think about the consequences.