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Tag: environmentalism
  • United Nations climate change peacekeeping operations

    George Orwell would be proud. The United Nations is now considering expanding its operations to include “climate change peacekeeping.” No, really. The proposal includes the creation of a military force called “green helmets” which would be charged with “peacekeeping operations” in conflicts caused by global warming and depleted natural resources. Of course there is only …

  • Washington State Devotes $1.32 million to Develop Electric Highway

    Washington State has recently proposed construction of electric charge stations along the I-5. They are able to do this with a $1.32 million grant from the federal government. The thinking here is that if they build the infrastructure, then people will purchase more electric or hybrid vehicles. That seems to me to be a very …

  • BP and Climate Change

    How likely is it that the BP oil spill will be used to grow government?  Wait, don’t guess.  I’ll tell you:  very likely.  Dean Zarras at the Civil Society Trust blog says: Addressing climate change just doesn’t rank very high with voters.   Amongst the top ten “most important issues” listed in a recent Rasmussen poll, …

  • Green Libertarianism

    Amidst all the craziness that has been the recent healthcare bill, I’ve found some “fun” in taking a closer look at what is called “green libertarianism” or “free market environmentalism.”  It’s a really cool idea that basically argues that libertarian principles would work as great fixes for many of our environmental problems. The concept deals …

  • The Politics of Environmentalism

    My latest column at the Old Gold & Black talks about the political motives behind much of the climate change movement, applying Murray Rothbard’s view on the relationship between the ruling and intellectual classes, which he laid out in The Anatomy of the State, to the current environmental debate. Any human that cares about the …

  • Idea for Campus Event

    Here’s an idea that may be helpful to YAL groups around the country: Our group (YAL at Middle Tennessee State University) is collaborating with other environmentally-minded students and student organizations to produce an entire month of events and activities in the public areas of campus that promote non-pollution and awareness of society’s pollution levels.  This …

  • Fanny pack politics

    Fanny packs serve a number of important roles in society: They help us identify dorky tourists. They make for convenient conealed carry of firearms. Most important, they illustrate the anti-market illogic of the “green” nonsense, regrettably en vogue.

  • Being Al Gore

    “Al Gore on Tuesday compared the battle against climate change with the struggle against the Nazis.” Wait, which side is he on? “He also accused politicians around the world of exploiting ignorance about the dangers of global warming…”  Moments later he imploded under the weight of his own hypocrisy. “We have everything we need except …

  • The Salem Witch Hunts, Revisited

    The EPA has released a list of its “most wanted” eco-fugitives, wanted for “assaulting nature.” A few things should strike the reader immediately. For one, in the Anglo-American justice system, as it has been practiced for hundreds of years, it is impossible to “assault” an inanimate object. For another, the EPA is not an actual law-making body; it is an …