When politicians leave office, or presidents leave after serving their elected terms, it would be nice if they would retire to their homes and stay out of the political limelight. This is even more important when they become aged, regardless of their mental status. Case in point is none other than one former President James Earl Carter.
After keeping quiet for a while, Carter is back in the news advocating a carbon tax to fight climate change/global warming and calling skeptics "nutcases." At a renewable energy conference in Colorado, Carter told attendees, "We need something like a carbon tax," claiming it was the only reasonable approach to global warming. Carter also blamed skeptics for tying the hands of Congress when it came to regulating carbon dioxide emissions or the dreaded "greenhouse" gas.
"The biggest problem we have right now is some nutcases in our country who don't believe in global warming," Carter said. "I think they are going to change their position because the ravages of global warming is coming or is already there."
Carter's one term in office brought to America the creation of the Department of Energy, because America was experiencing economic difficulties due to an oil shortage caused by an OPEC embargo and "federal price controls on energy." But, Carter, in 1977, announced to America the world was about to run out of oil and gas. He postulated that production would cease increasing in the 80s as the wells ran dry.
In his "Energy Address to the Nation," Carter stated, "The oil and natural gas that we rely on for 75 percent of our energy are simply running out … World oil production can probably keep going up for another 6 to 8 years. But sometime in the 1980s, it can't go up anymore. Demand will overtake production. We have no choice about that. To some degree, the sacrifices will be painful – but so is any meaningful sacrifice. It will lead to some higher costs and to some greater inconvenience for everyone. But the sacrifices can be gradual, realistic, and they are necessary."
I can still see President Carter now, sitting at the Resolute Desk in the Oval office of the White House in his down home, thick sweater, trying to look average while sitting in luxury. Hanging on his every word, I, as a child, was mesmerized, because I believed the President of the United States was telling us all that our way of life would soon be coming to an end; that we would not have enough resources to provide homes, schools, and places of business with power. It was frightening to me since I had always known a home with electricity.
My dad happened to be working in the oil fields at the time, and was home for his two weeks. Turning to my parents for answers on what the President was saying opened my eyes. In a very matter of fact manner, my dad told me that the oil fields would not dry up, America had vast amounts of oil stored, and new oil was being discovered for America to use in the Gulf and other offshore areas. He informed me that the Arabs had decreased the amount of oil being sent to America because of the government's unwillingness to pay the price per barrel, but that would be resolved. He called Carter's announcement a "chicken little" stunt to increase commodity prices on electricity and expand government and its control.
As it turns out, my dad was right and Carter was wrong.
Oil and gas have continued to serve this country, with production in both increasing during the 1980s, and continuing to do so to this day.
So, Carter was wrong then. Why would anyone think he would be right now?
Carter used his few minutes of fame when receiving a lifetime achievement award to promote the farce of climate change/global warming. He is a familiar face to many, and his age reaches out to a generation who trusted the man wearing that down home sweater; he is one of the simple masses – a peanut farmer – who rose to the rank of President. Maybe former President Carter actually "believes" in climate change/global warming caused by human activity, even though the United Nations IPCC computer models have been determined grossly inaccurate and wrong. Maybe former President Carter is not aware of the work of scientists who have proven that climate change/global warming caused by human activity is negligible. Is it that President Carter is unaware the earth experiences cycles of warming and cooling that have occurred for billions of years?
As someone who has actually met and spoken with former President Carter and former First Lady Roslynn Carter, I can honestly say I truly like both of them. They are genuinely honest, sincere, and actually enjoy meeting and speaking to people from all backgrounds. I am sure, when we met, they had no idea they were talking to a climate change denier "nutcase." But, this is their "personal" demeanor, not their "political" one. As the old saying goes, "you can take the man away from politics; but, you can't take the politics away from the man." Carter, as a Democrat, tows the company line when it comes to the political stage; this includes resorting to name-calling those who are in opposition to the rhetoric and lies.
What President Carter "believes," or what anyone else "believes" is irrelevant; it is the truth that is relevant. So, what is the truth with regards to the climate change/global warming theory?
The truth is that all variables cannot be accounted for in running the models as nature, along with man, is unpredictable. Scientists still do not fully understand all the variables produced by the Earth, and even admit that it is possible variables are missing. The truth is, these "experiments" do not satisfy the Scientific Method, where anyone can take the same information and come up with the same results.
When policy and regulation based on science is being made that will affect every American citizen, should Americans not expect those decisions to be made in sound, fact-based science that satisfies the Scientific Method? The answer here is yes.
So, entertaining the idea that climate change/global warming accelerated by human activity is real (it's not), should not the government explain fully to the people how a tax, paid by Americans and American companies, is going to halt this climate change/global warming in the world when America does not exist in a bubble separate from the world? Should not the government explain to the citizens how they are justifying a carbon tax they claim will "help" this situation when Australia just rescinded their carbon tax because it did not work to quell climate change/global warming? Should not the government explain to the citizens why it is basing decisions on climate change/global warming caused by human activity on inconclusive science?
The answer to all of this is "yes."
However, Americans will not be given any answers to these questions, as government is no longer responsible to the people; the people are now responsible to government. And, big government needs funds.
Americans can expect more rhetoric coming from Democrats like Carter on climate change/global warming. Those who deny the "science" of climate change (I prefer to call it a farce or pseudo-science) will continue to be ridiculed, called names and chastised for not wanting to be herded into a sardine can under Agenda 21 to save the planet. But again, this is not about saving the planet, it is about control, the eradication of individual liberty, the eradication of God-given unalienable rights, and the destruction of America as the leader of the free world.
More importantly, it is about breaking the will and means of the American public who celebrate freedom through any means possible.Don't forget to Like Freedom Outpost on Facebook, Google Plus, & Twitter. You can also get Freedom Outpost delivered to your Amazon Kindle device here.