Environmentalists frequently use the phrase “shared sacrifice” but what do they mean by that? Check out this story and clip from Bill Maher’s show “Politically Correct” or something:
Environmentalists are saying YOU need to share the sacrifice because I will not. So when Al Gore announces he is creating a new org because the debate regarding climate change is over he is really saying “Send me more money so that I can maintain my corpulent life style, quash a free and open exchange of ideas and create vast bureauocracies that make my friends rich while telling you what you cannot do or must do without.
Check out The Really Inconvenient Truths by Iain Murray to see what happens when the State gets involved in trying to regulate the environment. Murray writes chapters showing how government decisions have caused millions of people to die of malaria, forest fires to rage out of control while destroying animal habitats and have caused a whole sea to disappear in Russia. Murray says that private property rights will lead to free market environmentalism because the individual or corporation has a vested interest in maintaining the environment, whereas, property held in common by the State has nobody to protect it.
The argument has been made that letting free enterprise protect the environment is the same as letting Barry Bonds investigate steroid abuse in Major League Baseball. On the other hand, I say, it could be like letting Ryne Sandburg or Cal Ripken police the MLB.
So when people say the debate is over, challenge that assertion. And then ask them if they have ever tried to read a book late at night in a room lit only by compact flourescents. I will bet they have not made that “shared sacrifice”.
Hey, Maher, the limo is waiting to take you to your private plane…I gotta go.