Call the Travel Agency and Book Us a Heavy Guilt Trip
December 13, 2011 2 Comments
One of the “brilliant” ideas from Catastrophic Anthropogenic Global Warmists (CAGW’s) is to tax developed countries because of their “historical responsibility” for causing “global warming” via CO2 emissions. Third-world countries will not be obliged to pay anything.
Poverty rates (in %) in the Developing World, 1981-2005. Source: PovCalNet, World Bank (2010).
In the words of Indur M. Goklany – This figure shows that the most spectacular reductions in poverty occurred in East Asia and the Pacific, where the number of people living in “absolute poverty” (defined as living on less than $1.25 per day in 2005 dollars), dropped from 1,071 million to 316 million between 1980 and 2005. And as anyone who has bought anything in the past few years ought to know, their economic growth was driven substantially by trade.
So, if I understand this correctly, we evil, CO2 emitting devils, and our wasteful consumerist ways (buying trinkets from China, etc.) have played a large part in elevating over 700 million people out of “absolute poverty.” And for this we are supposed to (a) pay more carbon taxes, and (b) feel guilty as hell.
Thank you to Peter Kent and Stephen Harper for drawing a line in the “CO2 sands” and saying enough to this nonsense.
I would however like to make a suggestion to the Conservatives. If they really want to make a statement that it’s not business as usual, then commit $1 billion of the money they have just saved us by dropping out of Kyoto, and earmark it for a fund, to be administered by Canada, to feed starving children in the developing world.
While the $1 billion is only about 20% of what is needed on an annual basis, by doing something as bold as that, Canada would be further challenging the rest of the world to step up and put their money where their mouths are. You really want to help the developing world? Then shift your self-centered and righteous focus from CO2 to sufficient food, water, clothing, shelter, medicine and sanitation which will help prevent 16,000 children a day from dying unnecessarily.
What a world leader and hero Canada would be.
We could also erase any notion of having to book any “heavy guilt trip.”
C’mon Stephen, think outside of the box…what Green Grinch could argue with that idea?