It may seem odd that anyone would prefer scarcity of energy resources and the high prices that go with it, but followers of “Progressivism,” the new euphemism for socialism, want exactly that. George Will explains:
In 2011, for the first time in 62 years, America was a net exporter of petroleum products. For the indefinite future, a specter is haunting progressivism, the specter of abundance. Because progressivism exists to justify a few people bossing around most people and because progressives believe that only government’s energy should flow unimpeded, they crave energy scarcities as an excuse for rationing — by them — that produces ever-more-minute government supervision of Americans’ behavior.
Imagine what a horror 2011 was for progressives as Americans began to comprehend their stunning abundance of fossil fuels — beyond their two centuries’ supply of coal. Progressives responded with attempts to impede development of the vast, proven reserves of natural gas and oil here and in Canada. They bent the willowy Obama to delay approval of the Keystone XL pipeline to carry oil from Canadian tar sands; they raised environmental objections to new techniques for extracting gas and “tight” oil from shale formations.
Environmentalism is the greatest ruse ever found for getting people to voluntarily give up freedom, prosperity, and independence. The Nazis and Communists used violence and death to force on people what Progressives have been successful in getting millions of people to do to themselves. As the totalitarian movements in the twentieth century spread destruction and despair, the Green movement would very much like to do the same if that will put them “in control of every living soul” as Leonard Cohen describes in The Future, It is Murder. The evil then and now is different but in the long run can be about equal in its power to spread darkness in the world.
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NOTE: Donna Brazile claims that Gov. Walker exempts police and fire fighters from his plan to limit collective bargaining rights of public employees because all of the police and fire fighter unions supported his election. That accusation has been repeated by other Democrats but it is entirely false. There are 314 police and fire fighter unions in the State of Wisconsin and only 4 endorsed Walker. All the rest endorsed the Democrat candidate.
Here is the video, in three parts, of George Will’s speech Thursday night at CPAC [Conservative Political Action Conference] being held in Washington D.C. February 18-20. As usual with George Will, his speech has many good lines. One I like is “Envy is the only one of the Seven Deadly Sins that fails to provide the sinner with even momentary pleasure.” He has choice words for Rahm Emanuel’s disgusting statement that “One should never let a good crisis go to waste.”
Wonderful speech. I’m looking forward to the transcript so I can read it without having to listen to that cackling woman who was obviously seated too close to a microphone.