I’m So Bored With The Government
So I hear the Greenies (rhymes with “Meanies”) want to levy a “carbon” tax to help combat the pesky climate change problem. As astounding as it may seem, I have never shat in a river, although no one has ever forbade me from doing it. I do not spit on trains. I also do not piss on cats.
There are no laws or taxes for any of these things, yet most (!) people still have performed none of the above-mentioned fun activities.
The fact that we must pass legislation to remind us how to treat our environs shows us how far we’ve come.
If it is not OK for us to dump on the environment, why is it OK for Chevron to dump billions of gallons of toxic wastewater in the Ecuadorian jungle?
If the business of America is business, why not just turn the country into one giant, paved Stock Market where the rich can play and everyone else maintains the building in gloomy subterranean levels?
If we are so concerned about the environment, why the reliance on “safe” nuclear power?
If we are so concerned with the environment, why does no one question whether we now have, finally, enough plastic?
What about the environment inside of us? Does that not count? Should we not be outraged at the way we desecrate it? See: Chop’t Panko Fried Chicken Salad.
If we are so concerned about the environment, why have we continually shown such utter disregard for it? Do we ask the land beneath our feet if we may build a machine gun factory on it? Do we ask it for permission to grow the crops we want, when we want them, where we want them? Do we ask animal's permission if we can cage and slaughter them to satisfy our voracious appetites? Do we ask for the Earth's permission if we may bury our nuclear waste underground or our toxic waste off the coast of sunny California?
Maybe the question here is not whether there should be a carbon tax or not, but rather what have we done to earn the right to even live here? It's ironic that before we have even begun to deal with this questions, billionaires have already begun to build their dick-rockets and blast off to ?
Most of us are not ready to answer the above question, much less ask it. But since I am trying my darndest to be a more positive, productive, and helpful human being, despite all of the impediments life puts in my way, I would ask that we all perform an exercise:
Try to imagine the most spectacular, amazing thing humans have ever produced. My wife said the Inter- or Intranet*. She has a point. The Internet, and possibly the Intranet, allow us to keep in touch with anyone on Earth, or procure any kind of information in the blink of an eye. You might also find that other things, like beer, are way huger accomplishments.
I wonder, however, if one short 20-foot flight of a common monarch butterfly isn’t as amazing as anything we’ve ever done. You can’t even hold the Internet in your hands. Most of our accomplishments benefit only the person using whatever it is, if anyone. Beer is not healthy, sadly. [I said ladies lingerie, which is swell, but I’m sure we’d all get along just fine without it, sadly.]
If my idea is true, that a 20-foot flight of a butterfly is more important than anything humans have ever produced**, then it’s about time we began putting Nature in its rightful place: at the head of the table. Nature is not here to do our bidding. It is we who must find our place in it, if such a thing is still possible.
Only then will the need for a “carbon tax” be relegated to its rightful place: the scrap heap of history.
*Is the Intranet really something? I always say 'Intranet' as a joke but I recently heard someone mention it seriously. What is it? Help! I’m spooked...
let’s talk and think, all!
The Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act, H.R.2307 was reintroduced in the House. I think that, or any carbon tax bill, would be a welcome breath of fresh air. I look at the horrific weather events around the globe and feel upset, saddened, and angry. I want to fire up my peers. I lobby my representatives as a member of my local chapter of Citizens Climate Lobby (CCL), an environmental conservation organization.
Realistically, as much as I hope to get H.R.2307 passed, it's not practical to get my leaders behind climate change legislation. In my state, it's likely impossible now, due to denial, ignorance, apathy, &/or possibly other seeminly unrelated factors, such as politics.
Even trying to change people's habits en masse seems daunting, an insurmountable challenge. We need to get away from viewing videos on such enjoyable, entertaining sites as YouTube, TikTok, or Netflix. These and similar sites require the most energy use, producing the most carbon emissions. I don't know how to link an article's website. By copying and pasting, you'll find more info in this article: All of your YouTube and TikTok videos are contributing to climate change (greenandgrowing.org).
Supporting a carbon tax bill makes all the sense in the world. So why am I pessimistic that the world won't grasp it? Oh, did I say 'pessimistic'? I'm really just trying to force myself to be 'realistic'. I'll close, before I get myself all choked up. Thanks for the challenge, and that's not sarcastic! It's certainly a topic fit for discussion! Sincerely!