Earth Day 2018
Another “green” thing. Or that’s how this day is portrayed. The reality is those who back Earth Day are the ones doing earth the most damage. There is a push to return to past times without fossil fuels. This would be catastrophic and cause massive human casualties. Since the reason given by some for wanting to save the planet is to save human beings, this move is 180 degrees off for achieving the stated goal. Plus, the time before fossil fuels was very hard on the environment–burning coal and dung, massive amounts of animal feces everywhere due to horses being the transportation mode, people had nothing but outhouses, if that. A very bad time for the earth.
Renewables are the panacea for saving earth–“free” energy. Well, “free fuel”, extremely pricey and damaging devices using that free fuel. Much of the mining and manufacturing for renewables is done in countries with very lax environmental laws, not the US. This has resulted in ecological damage on a grand scale, but so long as the “greens” can’t see it, it’s not really there. Then there is the damage to wildlife and scenic areas. When Earth Day was started, electrical power lines were under attack for being ugly and reportedly causing illnesses, etc, if you lived too close to the lines. Now, it’s “cover the planet with those high power beauties”. What changed? Not the power lines. Must be the Earth Day supporters–now they don’t care about damage because their pet projects need the lines. Remember when killing eagles was bad? Not any more. It’s okay to cause a species extinction in the name of saving the planet, you know, is just fine. Only if you’re an evil coal company are you in trouble for destroying birds and bats. Which is interesting, since the lives of the birds and bats seem more a political agenda that actual science. You don’t think………?
Then there’s the terrifying “extreme weather” lie out there. Statistics show weather is no more extreme than it was in the past. Like all things weather, the number of storms and intensity vary from year to year, decade to decade. The East Coast of the US had four very heavy snow storms this year. There were hurricanes in the last year or so. Before that, no major hurricanes hit the US for 12 years. Yes, the term “super storm” was invented to replace the terror of the missing hurricanes, but the facts say the weather has not become more intense, extreme or anything similar. There are more people living on the planet, so obviously more people are affected by the weather–storms, flooding, droughts. However, being affected by something does not mean that something is more common, more intense or anything like that. It just means more people are affected. It means dramatic news coverage and endless reminders of how mean and cruel nature is becoming because we burn fossil fuels are the staple of the media. Even if it isn’t true. Truth is so nebulous, you know.
For Earth Day, just take a walk outside if it’s nice enough and enjoy the planet you live on. It’s very sturdy and will be around for a long time. The “end of the earth” predictions have been around as long as humans have lived here. Total eclipses used to bring that terrifying predictions of an apocalypse as did earthquakes. Last year, people traveled thousands of miles to see a total eclipse in the United States August 2017. There were no “it’s the end of the world” predictions. We can learn, if we are willing to.
Cottontail in snow
Dandelions in snow
The brunch crowd
Unusual mule deer-looks earless