For many of them the new carbon regime means a gradual decline in living standards. Huge increases in energy costs, taxes and a spate of regulatory mandates will restrict their access to everything from single-family housing and personal mobility to employment in carbon-intensive industries like construction, manufacturing, warehousing and agriculture.Read the whole article! More importantly it's becoming clearer that the "settled science" that AGW is based upon is...if not fraudulent, then manipulated in order to reach a preconceived political agenda and that is an end to Western affluence.
You can get a glimpse of this future in high-unemployment California. Here a burgeoning regulatory regime tied to global warming threatens to turn the state into a total "no go" economic development zone. Not only do companies have to deal with high taxes, cascading energy prices and regulations, they now face audits of their impact on global warming. Far easier to move your project to Texas--or if necessary, China.
The notion that the hoi polloi must be sacrificed to save the earth is not a new one. Paul Ehrlich, who was the mentor of President Obama's science advisor, John Holdren, laid out the defining logic in his 1968 best-seller, The Population Bomb. In this influential work, Ehrlich predicted mass starvation by the 1970s and "an age of scarcity" in key metals by the mid-1980s. Similar views were echoed by a 1972 "Limits to Growth" report issued by the Club of Rome, a global confab that enjoyed a cache similar to that of the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
Wednesday, December 09, 2009
If the intelligentsia of the West desires economic suicide, let them move to equatorial Africa and live close to the land. By implementing voluntary limitations to "carbon output" while the new economic power houses of Asia (India, Chine, Taiwan, Korea) continue their unfettered growth will mean the end of your life as you know it. You'll suffer brown outs, where electricity will be limited to certain times of day. You will be limited in where you can work, and how far from home you can travel, what kinds of vehicles the government will permit you to own...the list goes on and on. This is what Copenhagen really means.