How do you know when a Green -- hardcore environmentalist -- is lying to you? When his lips are moving. Okay, itís a clichť used in other cases as well, but it is especially true when the latest absurd claim comes flying at you courtesy of the mainstream media.
Take nuclear energy as an example. A new survey by Bisconti Research, taken since one conducted in April, revealed "a record-high 74% of Americans favor nuclear energy, with only 24% opposed." Thatís a big change in just five months and no doubt has a lot to do with the growing public realization that America will have an energy crisis on its hands if it does not permit new plants to be built.
"The unprecedented levels of support for nuclear energy found in this survey," said Ann Bisconti, "can be attributed to growing concerns about energy and focus on energy alternatives." There are few real alternatives. At present, coal-fired plants generate just over 50% of electricity and nuclear represents about 20%. The rest is made up by hydroelectric, and some natural gas. The much touted "clean" energy sources, solar and wind, only 1%.
The Greens have a long history of being opposed to nuclear energy, claiming it is too dangerous and thereís no place to put the spent rods. However, they have also been shouting about the need for "clean" energy that does not emit "greenhouse gases." Nuclear does not do that. It emits water vapor in the form of steam and water vapor is a key element of the Earthís atmosphere.
Moreover, there hasnít been an accident since the problem encountered by Three Mile Island in 1979. Even then, no one was harmed. The technology since then has ensured that the nuclear energy industry is astonishingly safe.
Thereís a billion dollar facility, Yucca Mountain, waiting to receive nuclear waste, but the Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid, (D-NV) refuses to allow it to begin operation. The facility recently received clearance from the Environmental Protection Agency for meeting a stringent radiation protection standard. You would get more radiation from a CAT scan than Yucca Mountain.
So, while Greens tout wind and solar, two of the least effective and reliable ways to provide for the nationís energy needs, they continue to bad mouth nuclear as a viable alternative. Its popularity is such that developing nations all over the world are seeking to build their own nuclear plants. India, for example, is embarked on an ambitious program.
Greens also are actively opposing nuclear energy. Friends of the Earth, a leading environment organization, is engaged in program to denigrate nuclear energy, calling Yucca Mountain "a false solution that would run trains full of toxic nuclear waste through neighborhoods like yours." This ignores the fact that all manner of toxic materials move around the nation every day for manufacturing and other purposes. And they do it safely.
So what do the Greens want? Itís more like what they donít want. They donít want more electricity for Americans no matter what generates it.
They are opposed to all expansion and development even as the population continues to grow. Thatís why you will find Greens trying to stop any form of development, whether itís more land use for housing or more energy for electricity to light and heat it. Thatís why they are against any exploration and drilling for oil and natural gas and against coal.
They are against the timber industry, too, and the production and consumption of meat, claiming that raising livestock contributes to global warming.
There is no global warming. The Earth is in a new cooling cycle, but that doesnít slow the deluge of lies.
Alan Caruba passed on June 15, 2015. His keen wit, intellect, and desire to see that "right" be done will be missed by all who his life touched. His archives will remain available online at this site.
Alan Caruba was the founder of The National Anxiety Center, a clearinghouse for information about media-driven scare campaigns designed to influence public opinion and policy. A veteran public relations counselor and professional writer, Caruba emerged as a conservative voice through his weekly column, "Warning Signs", posted on the Center's Internet site (www.anxietycenter.com) and widely excerpted on leading sites including this one.
A member of the Society of Professional Journalists, the American Society of Journalists and Authors, and a charter member of the National Book Critics Circle, Caruba applied a wide-ranging knowledge of business, science, history and other topics to his examination of issues that included protecting our national sovereignty, environment and immigration, education and international affairs.
Caruba resided in New Jersey and had served in the US Army, had been an advisor to corporations, trade associations, universities, and others who used his public relations skills for many years. He maintained a business site at www.caruba.com.
Caruba performed many reviews of both fiction and non-fiction at Bookviews.Com, a popular site for news about books of merit that do not necessarily make it to the mainstream bestseller lists.