Top 10 Environmental Scams–环保主义十大骗局

http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=43111

In honor of Earth Day 2011, here are the Top 10 Environmental Scams:

1.  Global warming alarmism:  Predictions from the early global warming alarmists that the Earth was rapidly heating, and would suffer untold damage as this trend continued, have already failed to come true.  There has been no discernible warming since the mid-1990s.  Coupled with Climategate’s disclosures showing bias among key scientists, and the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s laughable report predicting melting Himalayan glaciers, with no evidence to back it up, it is hard to accept the global warming alarmists’ constantly changing theories as anything other than hysteria.

2.  Earth Day:  Earth Day’s solutions to save the planet often include calls for stricter government environmental regulations that would strangle the economy.  The Washington Times was right when it editorialized several years ago that Earth Day has “anti-business overtones and [a] message of guilt and limits. … Earth Day is a global guilt-fest that views the future with a sense of dread. … Rather than increasing their productivity, people are told to decrease their carbon footprints.”

3.  Cap and trade:  The cap-and-trade legislation that failed last year in a Democratic-controlled Congress was a maze of environmental regulations that would have resulted in lost jobs and an energy tax for the American people.  The Heritage Foundation estimated the cap-and-trade bill would cost the economy $161 billion in 2020—$1,870 for a family of four, rising to $6,800 for a family of four by 2035.

4.  Green jobs:  By giving czar status to Van Jones, Obama chose an ex-Communist to come up with a plan to create green jobs.  That pretty much tells you all you need to know about the economic viability of such a government-subsidized enterprise.  Spain’s attempt at actualizing a green jobs revolution ended up costing the country more than $774,000 for each green job created, according to a study from King Juan Carlos University in Madrid.

5.  Environment activism:  Many environmental activists are as eager to denounce capitalism as they are to save the planet.  Their activities are often aimed at preventing the development of abundant energy resources in the United States that would help the nation move toward energy independence.

6.  Hollywood hypocrisy:  The Lords of Malibu love to preach about saving Planet Earth from the evils of corporate America even while they dump tons of pollutants into the atmosphere from their high-octane cars and opulent mansions.  Memo to Leonardo DiCaprio, Harrison Ford, and James Cameron:  No more lectures about reducing our carbon footprint until you ground your private jets.

7.  Wind power hypocrisy:  Wind power is another environmental dream that has proven to be too expensive to be effective on a massive scale.  And even environmentalists can’t agree on where wind projects should be located when it soils a pristine scene.  Members of the Kennedy clan opposed Cape Wind, a wind energy project in Massachusetts, because it threatens the view of Nantucket Sound.

8.  Carbon trading:  The attempt to set up a system for trading carbon emission allowances to thwart global warming gave purveyors of alarmism a way to cash in on their hysterical ranting.  Former Vice President and global warming guru Al Gore founded a private equity firm, Generation Investment Management, which trades in carbon offsets, and he made a fortune.  He even purchases carbon credits from the company for his own personal use, which comes to $30,000 a year just for his posh Belle Meade mansion in Nashville, Tenn.

9.  Greenwashing:  Greenwashing is a term used to describe companies that use marketing to portray false claims that they are turning green.  Usually these companies spend more on advertising than any real effort to save energy.  The next time you see a hotel room sign promoting the reuse of towels to save the environment, recognize that it is just spin.

10.  Al Gore:  Al Gore transformed his movie An Inconvenient Truth into a mega-money maker (see No. 8).  What is truly inconvenient about his Nobel Prize-winning film were the 11 falsehoods that it contained, as determined by a British court, including the misleading suggestion that Hurricane Katrina was caused by global warming.

.全球变暖危言耸听:早期的“全球暖化”的鼓骚者就曾预言过:地球迅速地在变热,常此以往,地球将遭受无法估计的损害,但事实并非如此。90年代中期以来,地球不再出现明显暖化迹象。不仅如此, 被戳穿的“气候门”事件更突显了大科学家们的固执己见。IPCC的报告更是贻笑大方,其中对喜马拉雅冰川会融化的预言,一点根据都没有。“全球暖化”的鼓骚者除了抓狂之外,还不断地修改他们的理论,实在是很难令人信服。(IPCC:联合国政府间气候变化委员会)

2.地球日:所谓的“地球日”解决方案,通常是为了拯救地球,呼吁政府进行更严苛的,扼杀经济的环保管制。《华盛顿时报》几年前的社论说的好,“地球日的基调是反商业的,所表达的信息是忏悔和限制。地球日是一个“全球忏悔日”,是对将来的恐慌……人们被灌输,不要提高产能,而要减少碳足迹。“

3.总量控制与交易(Cap and trade):去年,《总量控制与交易》的立法没有在民主党掌控的国会通过。该法犹如一个环境管制的迷阵,不仅会减少就业岗位,而且还给美国民众增加了一个能源税。《美国传统基金会》估计到2020年《总量控制与交易》法案的经济成本将达到1610亿美元——对于四口之家来说,费用为1870美元;到2035年之前,费用还要升到6800美元。

4.绿色工作:奥巴马任命前共产党范琼斯为“绿色沙皇”,来制定一个创造绿色工作的计划。对此,其实你只需要了解这种靠政府补贴企业,它的经济活力究竟怎样。根据马德里的胡安卡洛斯国王大学的一项研究表明:西班牙绿色工作革命的结果是,每一份绿色工作耗费国家77.4万多美元。

5.环境主义:为了拯救地球,许多环保人士热衷于谴责资本主义。他们的活动宗旨往往是阻止在美国境内大量开采能源,然而,在境内开采却有助于实现美国能源独立。

travoltapilotrex_468x5026.伪善的好莱坞:马里布的“大腕”们喜欢说教,所谓“救地球,阻止美国企业的破坏”。但是,他们自己却开着高能耗的轿车,住着超级豪宅,把成吨的污染排到大气。莱昂纳多•迪卡普里奥,哈里森•福特,詹姆斯•卡梅隆们,你们要知道:除非你们不开私人飞机,否则你们办再多的“减少碳足迹”讲座,都是枉然的。

7.虚伪的风力发电:风力发电是环保的梦想。但是,风力发电已经被证明,其成本太高,大规模投产,没有效率。风力发电项目要坐落在原始场地,但是究竟应该设立在什么地方,连环保主义者之间都无法达成一致。肯尼迪家族成员反对马萨诸塞州的风力发电项目,Cape Wind,因为它破坏了Nantucket Sound的景观。

8.碳交易:凭借所谓“为了防止全球暖化”而建立的这套碳排放配额交易制度, “恐慌散播者”就可以一边抓狂地叫嚣,一边大把大把赚进钞票。前副总统,全球变暖大师,艾尔•戈尔创办了一家私人股权投资公司(世代投资管理公司)就是专门经营“排碳权”(carbon credits )业务的,靠此,他发了大财。但是,戈尔光是自己在田纳西州豪宅用电,就花钱买了3万元/年的“排碳权”。

9.刷绿(Greenwashing):“刷绿”这个词是形容,一些常常靠吹嘘“自己走环保的路线”来营销的公司。通常,这些公司真正用在节能上的开支,还不如广告上的开支。如果你下次在酒店里看到有“为了保护环境,请使用旧的毛巾”的标语,切记这只是在“忽悠”(spin)。

10.艾尔•戈尔:阿尔戈尔把影片“难以面对的真相”变成了巨大的摇钱树(见第8)。然而,真正难以面对的事实是,他获诺奖的影片在英国法庭被查出有11处谎言,其中包括影片中使用了误导性的暗示,例如,卡崔娜飓风是全球变暖引发的。

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