By Hiserodt, Ed
The New American , Vol. 25, No. 23
Ask a friend or associate, "Can you explain 'cap and trade?'" More than likely you will be astounded at what a poor grasp (if any) he or she has of the subject, even though the future of our economy and even our country hinges to a large extent on whether or not cap-and-trade legislation passes or not. Without knowledge, our citizenry will not realize this innocuous phrase "cap and trade" really means government control of an ever diminishing energy supply and the rationing that must accompany any restrictive policy implemented.
Explaining how the government plans to control energy, and the effects of that control, is just one of the points that co-producers and directors Phelim McAleer and Ann McElhinney put forth in their documentary Not Evil Just Wrong. This explanation is not given by means of graphs and charts, but by the words of a young couple who have raised their family by hard work and who can see what the Obama administration's promise to shut down coal plants (because the tax on them would be prohibitively expensive) would do not only to their family, but to their community and the nation.
Where did this rush for "cap and trade" legislation come from? It is a spin-off (actually the only goal) of the hysteria over global warming alleged by the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), warming supposedly caused by the tiny human contribution of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere. This alleged connection has become "fact" in the mainstream media, in liberal political rhetoric, and in academia. Yet polls show that most American voters believe that climate change is caused by natural factors; moreover, more people become skeptical every day as we see and feel temperatures on the decline. This year, for instance, meteorologists joke that winter in the upper plain states came 70 days early.
McAleer and McElhinney show that a general trend of planetary warming has been going on since the end of the Little Ice Age some 150 years ago, proving that there is no connection between C[O.sub.2] and increasing temperature--except in that increases of C[O.sub.2] levels in the atmosphere follow temperature increases on Earth because the oceans warm and outgas C[O.sub.2]. Further, they show that the major "proof" given by global-warming alarmists of C[O.sub.2] forcing temperatures up was a farce. The proof, which was offered by the IPCC in its 2001 assessment, was a graph known as the hockey stick. The film gives the history of this graph, documenting how it was found to be a fraud that caused the IPCC to remove it in its 2007 assessment.
About the "In" Crowd
Not Evil Just Wrong provides plenty of time for environmental alarmists to explain their positions, which appear ludicrous when juxtaposed with a few basic facts. First on the list is Chief Global-warming Alarmist Al Gore, whose Inconvenient Truths was found to contain nine significant errors according to Britain's High Court.
In another example of self-condemnation, a member of Plane Truth promotes shutting down air travel because of a belief that C[O.sub.2] emissions from aircraft are going to cause the planet to become uninhabitable from skyrocketing temperatures (temperature increases that I'm sure he is sad to see are not coming about, as the Earth's temperatures have actually been decreasing during the past several years to record lows--as proven by satellite temperature readings and underwater ocean monitors). There's no word from Al Gore in the movie about stopping air travel, apparently because he continues to fly around in his private jet from one "green" function to another. Nor was there any commentary from Obama and his wife, who took separate jumbo jets to Copenhagen to lobby the International Olympic Committee to hold the 2016 Olympics in Chicago.
Many viewers (including your correspondent) were expecting the documentary to be strictly on the global-warming issue, since dialogue on that issue is in a critical phase in U. …