Governor Schwarzenegger flies a Gulfstream jet up to Sacramento and back home two or three times a week, to serve the people of Kalifornia and do homework with my kids and spend time with my wife and everything.
Supposedly, he also buys Carbon Credits to offset his carbon usage. In other words, if you’re rich, you can burn up all the fossil fuel you want, create all the climate change you want, and put us all at risk due to the pending climate disaster you are creating all you want, but the rest of us are going to have to drive little tin boxes mandated to get forty-five miles per gallon so when Arnold and his family crashes into us driving our good gas-mileage death traps with his H1 Hummer we die, and he just goes on like he ran over a Budweiser can.
I was really curious to find out how easy it is to buy Carbon Credits and searched it on the net. Sure enough, it’s pretty easy. All kinds of companies are ready to take some suckers money and they promise to plant a tree for the trouble!
According to Terra Pass, some company that sells Carbon Credits (imagine that), Arnold’s one hour private jet jaunts to Sacramento and back only place about 10,000 pounds of pollutants (a.k.a. CO2 that stuff we were taught in school plants needed to breath, and Coca-Cola adds it to their drink for the fizz) into the atmosphere for each leg of his flight.
Listening to the ignoble Governor of New York resign today I am reminded of the arrogance that wealth, privilege, and political office instills into its proprietors. Eliot Spitzer was born rich and was quite happy to break laws he felt himself above. California’s governor can be credited for obtaining his own wealth and his own success, but clearly, spending a lifetime among the privileged class he too believes he is above us little people and only his intent should be judged, not his action.
It is not accidental that America’s Founders felt in addition to accomplishment and industry, our public officials should possess in abundance, virtue. Without virtue, industry and accomplishment are for naught.
Virtuous men and women are all around us, running small businesses, teaching our children, working in hospitals and repairing our cars. Their virtue isn’t defined by some esoteric or far out ideal that can be neither proven nor understood undergoing even diminutive skeptical analysis. Their virtue is presented through the services they provide with honesty, with integrity, and with an honest day’s effort of toil. They present their gifts to us because it is their job, and for doing their job we accept the help they provide and they receive a fair paycheck.
Today’s political leaders are promising to protect us and they promise their works are virtuous. We are supposed to trust they possess knowledge and understanding we are too dumb to comprehend, and any money they take from us to help us is for our own good. Crazy thing is, some citizens are actually happy to pay up the money! Of course when you see who likes the big tax confiscations, its unemployed losers at the bottom who don’t work much for little money and overpaid celebrities at the top who don’t work much for lots of money who are playing rah rah!
Simple inquiries like, You know, some scientists say CO2 in the atmosphere is a result of global warming not the other way around, what about that? are greeted with ridicule for the heretical thought, and merit the inquirer burning at the stake (I wonder if that contributes carbon pollutants to the atmosphere?).
If you’re dumb enough to buy Carbon Credits then you certainly do not want to populate our planet with your off-spring. To help you do your part and still contribute to the positive population growth of our nation I have convinced my wife to have another kid.
Since I have a higher than average IQ it is likely my kid will have a higher than average IQ and I am going to make available, to any carbon neutral geniuses out there, Retard Credits which will contribute to the creation of an individual with high intelligence who can help our country move forward through uncertain times.
Click the Donate Button and for a buck each (much better deal than Terra Pass) you can purchase your credits. After we sell a million Retard Credits, I’ll do my part, knock up the old lady, and we’ll bring one little human into the world smart enough to know carbon credits are a big fat scam and CO2 isn’t even a pollutant. And I promise he’ll possess more virtue than Eliot Spitzer or Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Copyright 2008 Jim Pontillo