Retard Credits

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  

38 thoughts on “Retard Credits

  1. I always LOVE it when people make fun of carbon credit scams.

    Of course members of the Church of Gore won’t be impressed, but I couldn’t care less if you paid me. (Speaking of which, maybe that can be my idea for my “offset” button…)

    RH

  2. Amen Jim.

    I think John Coleman (the founder of the Weather Channel for those of you in Rio Linda as Rush would say) has the right idea. Since intelligent debate on this scam is practically forebidden in the political realm, I agree whole heartedly Al Gore should be sued for fraud. Maybe then the real facts will come out.
    The problem is, the carbon credit deal is just the tip of the iceberg. The looming man made (or should I say government made) food shortage is going to affect people wolrd wide. $6/bushel corn prices ? $14/bushel soy beans. That’s not future prcies, that was released this morning. All in the name of creating ethanol (can we say ethanol subsidies) to fight global warming? We are in big trouble folks. Who are the environmental whacko’s going to blame when there are riots in the poor countries (maybe even in our streets)because of food costs, or god forbid the shortage of food.
    But thats all right, cuz Arnold and Al will still be able to afford it.

  3. I agree Al Gore should not have received all those awards. What did he do? Make a false story about global warming and receive an Oscar. It would have been fair if he had told the whole story.

    However, the rich are never going to experience the problems of higher gas and food prices, which seem to be going through the roof. They will just go merrily on there way enjoying life, while the middle class and poor will suffer.

    Carol

  4. jetff is right, the real disaster coming isn’t an oil crash or global warming, it’s wasting all our food resources on crappy dirty fuel. There are alternatives to corn ethanol that may work better; there’s a plant that grows all over Africa, especially well in the crappiest land, called jatropha. Its nuts are 30% oil, and can be processed into ethanol, plus it has no other uses because it’s a poisonous plant. Hemp oil can also be converted into biofuel. I assume everyone remembers the riots in Mexico last year over the ludicrous corn prices. We need to switch to a readily available biofuel source that doesn’t steal our food or our farmland.

  5. What about Nuclear energy? Doesn’t France lead the way in the use of that energy source.

    I can’t understand why we don’t have a “man on the moon” type effort or “Manhattan Project” type effort to get this country more energy resources.

    And what did Bush say, correct me if I’m wrong, but didn’t call for a 20 year plan?!?!? Twenty Years? WTF? How about get those MIT engineers on this NOW and tell big oil to get on board and become Big Nuke Company or Big Biofuel company or whatever. Or become obsolete.

    This is about national security and you have not seen chaos like the sort of Chaos that would errupt if this world oil supply dried up without alternatives firmly in place. I actually shudder to think of it.

  6. Jim, Jim, Jim,
    what the F’s wrong with you? You broke rule #3! Crumb is a loser

    Jutropa, hemp, corn, ext. Will not provide an energy solution for this great and powerful nation of ours.

    We have enough oil for 500+ years at current consumption in our own country… Socialist environmental fundamentalist won’t let let us drill for it. We need to utilze our US oil sources.

    The United States Of America is being held back (hostage) in order for some suits in high rise glass towers to feel emotionally secure about themselves..

  7. Yep carbon offsetting is pointless. I don’t see why you need to start talking all cloudy-eyed about the ‘virtuous’ American citizen and how the state should not take a penny of his hard earned cash off him to make that point, though.

    You might be surprised to learn that if they get good public services in return the ‘virtuous’ everyday person doesn’t really mind giving some of their own money to the government, providing taxation is done fairly.

  8. “We have enough oil for 500+ years at current consumption in our own country”

    Proof please sir…………..

  9. Matt,

    Dallas-based H. Sterling Burnett, a senior fellow at the private National Center For Policy Analysis, said there is plenty of oil.

    “Unless politics intervenes, the age of oil is just beginning”, he said. “Currently, we have in reserves 3 trillion barrels of oil. If we did not discover one more drop, if we did not come up with new technology to extract more from the reserves we know of, we would still have enough oil for the next 56 years at the current rate of consumption with a 1.4 annual growth”

    He went on to say, ” the estimate is that we have about 14 trillion barrels of oil in shell oil and tar sand.” He add, “now that is enough to fuel us for THE NEXT 500 YEARS”.

  10. Shell oil and tar sand? Whatever, maybe there is a lot down there but how much will it cost to extract? The point is that I don’t think we should have all our eggs in one big oily basket. But that we should be deleloping alternative resouces as well and developing our own domestic supply. It is crazy that we aren’t doing that.

    Don’t get me wrong, I still want to be able to put the pedal to the metal in my big V-8 Corvette but I would like to have my home, my every day vehicle and such powered by Nuc, electrical, solar, wind, whatever it takes.

    I just don’t want to see the day that comes after we have put this off and we find ourselves and our economy backed into a corner whether that is 56 years from now or 500. That can only lead to bad things. Look at Japan and its quest for resources in the 1930’s.

  11. Jatropha, hemp and other biofuels could easily replace a good portion, if not a majority of America’s oil consumption. You could remove dependence on the Arab nations, and at the same time enrich the driest, poorest, most useless parts of Africa.

    The best part about jatropha is that it can expand the arable land in Africa. It can be planted at the boundaries of the deserts, and it’ll hold the soil together, prevent the expansion of the desert, and gradually expand the useful soil. Jatropha plantations could be planted in American desert states too, providing domestic biofuel supplies and expanding agricultural lands. Hell, it might even make the Mojave useful enough to give the natives a nice settlement and tie up another loose end.

  12. “the estimate is that we have about 14 trillion barrels of oil in shell oil and tar sand”

    If this is true (and I very much doubt it given the obvious bias of your source), why is oil so expensive? Basic supply and demand would dictate that if we have so much oil to go round it would be very cheap.

  13. Gore and his minions have made themselves very wealthy off of this stuff. The Grammy, Oscar and Nobel prizes are the icing on the cake. All the while flying around in jets and consuming 10X more electricity than the average person. They make me ill.

  14. “Gore and his minions have made themselves very wealthy off of this stuff. ”

    That is so true. I love that the founder of the weather channel is wanting to sue him about the issue.

  15. Matt, Crumb, and the rest of the low IQ,

    “It seems to me than when a middle-class shopworker argues with an Ivy League-educated PhD in Economics over… economics, the man who has dedicated years to the explicit, in-depth study of economic systems will be right. But no, when the PhD uses his vast knowledge to disagree with the middle-class worker, it is because of a LIBERAL CONSPIRACY ” Crumb said.

    I guess its ok for you guys to say theres not 500 years of oil (just in the USA)!!!!

    What about the man who has dedicated years to the explicit, in-depth study of the oil systems?

    “Unless politics intervenes, the age of oil is just beginning”, he said.

  16. I never said anything about peak oil. I gave geopolitical reasons for biofuels.
    “You could remove dependence on the Arab nations, and at the same time enrich the driest, poorest, most useless parts of Africa.”

  17. I have to agree with Crumb at least in part. We should be developing the hell out of every resource we have and biofuels is one of those. I don’t know if it is the answer or not. But it doesn’t hurt to investigate it. I don’t know a thing about jatropha but if it has promise, why not try to develop it? As far as ethanol, I have heard that it takes more resources to develop it that it is worth. Again, I don’t know I just heard it and I am not an authority on fuels or energy in the least bit.

    But here is what I DO know (or at least feel strongly about)….to maintain our dependance on the disfunctional middle east for our fuel source is national suicide. We need to develop our own oil fields while at the same time get hot and heavy on exploring/supporting alternative sources.

    just my 2 cents.

  18. “guess its ok for you guys to say theres not 500 years of oil (just in the USA)!!!!

    What about the man who has dedicated years to the explicit, in-depth study of the oil systems?”

    A person with low IQ would generally accept anecdotal evidence as true based on the supposed ‘authority’ of the source, not on the evidence produced by this source.

    I merely question how it can be that oil is so expensive if there is so much of it available? I am not simply going to accept the assertion of a government official with a blatant vested interest in maintaining our belief that oil will run on for ever and ever.

  19. “I am not simply going to accept the assertion of a government official with a blatant vested interest in maintaining our belief that oil will run on for ever and ever.”
    But you will except Goolsbee’s presumptions, and praise his expertise in economics over Jim’s simple and sensible reviews about Goolsbee’s work, and never recognize Jim’s logical arguments which show Goolsbee’s partisan and agenda driven reports which sound like a government official with a blatant and vested interest in maintaining our belief that taxing the rich is going to help us. (Even when history shows it won’t.)

  20. Most of the oil reserves that would carry us through 500 years are embedded in environmentally sensitive areas, tar sands, or undersea deposits. Most of it is too expensive to extract, illegal to extract, or too difficult to extract without the prices rocketing.

  21. THERE ARE huge deposits of oil and natural gas off both of our coastlines, especially around Florida. But the environmentalists, and in part the tourist industries, block every effort to go after it.
    Sooo what does China do? Go into Cuba, build drilling rigs in Cuban waters and drill sideways to get to the huge oil deposits around our coastline. Don’t tell me that it’s too expensive to go after thsoe sources. The technology is there to do it, the libs and moderates are stopping it!

    Matt, here are some of the reasons our energy prices are so high:
    1) Environmentalists stop drilling anywhere and everywhere they can in our counrty. Which obviously means we have to go elsewhere to get it.
    2) The environmentalists have stopped new fuel refineries from being built for 30 years, creating a huge bottle neck to get gasoline. Enter the law of supply and demand.
    3) Environmentalists have stopped the building of the cleanest and cheapest form of electrical energy you can get, nuclear. WHY? France of all countires have proven you can run your country on nuclear fuel, safely. Wind and solar power alternatives are a wet dream. Costly to build, and a matainance nightmare. I can’t remember ever driving past a wind farm and seeing all of the wind powered generators turning. How about you?
    4) Resistance to developing new technology. I believe there many reasons for this, but suspect the big oil and auto manufacturers have a lot to do with it.

    People, there is a world altering energy source out there for powering vehicles, and that is hydrogen fuel cells. By-product? Water. I have no idea why this technology has not been developed faster, but it needs to be done. And it’s a far better alternative compared to bio-fuels. Bio-fuels burn dirty, at least according to some reports that say they cause more polutants than regular gas. They cost more to produce. And they are less efficient. Why in the world is our country so hung up on it? ENVIROMENTALTS!

  22. Western drilling technology can’t drill more than about 5 miles sideways (I know, I’m a petroleum engineer and used to work offshore in the Gulf) and the effective drainage radius of any well is an area not more than about 160 acres, so the Red Chinese aren’t stealing that much American oil from offshore Cuba.

  23. The only complaint you have that there is no excuse for is nuclear. Nuclear is the cleanest high-volume energy source in the world, but oh no! Greenpeace won’t shut up about toxic waste. Nevermind that it can be sealed back up in the same mines the uranium came from, or it can be dumped in an area far from humans [at least one scientist that studied the Chernobyl area has concluded that nuclear waste is fantastic for nature – the wildlife and plant life of Chernobyl is thriving, and humans can never go there again to cut it all down] to create nature havens.

  24. omg these responses are getting ridiculous.
    will it ever stop.

    ps some dumb ass kid wore a shirt in my house that said HILARY FOR PRESISDENT! I

  25. “It didn’t even bother him when I called him a democrat.”

    LOL, you made me spit my milk through my nose. It’s because he has no idea…….

  26. Dealer Girl,

    The worst punishment I have for my eleven year old is to tell him he is a democrat when he really ticks me off.

    The kid runs from the room crying to his mother.

    My kids know what a democrat is!

  27. Hmm,
    Seems to me that the world’s biggest military players are the ones who are “sensitive” to the save the oil use something else mantra.
    If you people only understood how much fossil fuel our military uses for instance, you would freak out.
    What good is the largest military on earth useful for if they have no fuel to go anywhere.
    These large military nations are arguing over fuel for their military, not your Honda.
    Wise up..

  28. “If this is true (and I very much doubt it given the obvious bias of your source), why is oil so expensive? Basic supply and demand would dictate that if we have so much oil to go round it would be very cheap. ”

    Hmmm. Does it never occur to anybody that the whole “oil is running out” scam might be just that? A scam? What’s the price of gas today? $4 or more in some places in the US? How do they get away with that?

    What’s the first thing the Saudis do when they are mad at us, or when they think oil is going to low in price per barrel? Cut back. Price goes up. And you ask WHY if there is so much oil we paying so much for gas? Come on. Figure it out.

    We’ve know for years that diamonds are NOT all that rare, and certainly not rare enough to justify the price of an engagement ring. How do they do that? Well, the control production, and they control how many diamonds are released into the economy.

    You think it’s any different with any other commodity?

    We could be self sufficient to our own needs with our own oil. If being beholden to the Arabs for oil is negatively affecting our country, our foreign policy, and they are using the proceeds to fund terrorism, why are we buying from them when we have our own oil? Conservation? Bull. Money. Tons of it. You think the politicians really care about the Alaskan lizard or some such critter? That’s why we can’t drill? Ha.

    Amazes me how so many big brains on here (usually liberals with brains replaced by computer chips accepting whatever they are programmed to believe) can’t figure such simple things out.

  29. I like to leave the conspiracies until the end.

    But yeah, congress is totally corrupt.

  30. Inside the oil industry there are two opposing points of view. One is that we will run out of oil in 50 or so years at present consumption. The other projects oil to last for around 150 years. Which is correct? Obviously we will find out. What is known is that the cost of oil production in the middle east is less than $3.00/barrel. In the North Sea it is over $10.00/barrel. In the Gulf of Mexico it is around $8.00/barrel. See the trend? All of the oil in North America is useful when profitable. (Find this data in The Economist magazine around 1999) By the way, how much can big oil charge for gas? Whatever they want. What are we going to do, take public transportation?
    I don’t know what the alternatives are for gasoline cars, but I believe that what Americans do best is innovate. An earlier post on this site lamented that Toyota has surpassed GM. No wonder, it was an American that taught them Statistical Process Control as a method to build in quality. (W. Edward Deming)

  31. I realised that none of this really matters, because all the oil exporters are transitioning to the petroeuro instead of the petrodollar. US currency, spending, and economy are all going to tank once the legs are kicked out from under them. We’re all screwed for a completely different reason!

  32. remember this guys, I made this comment towards the bottom of this thread:

    “The problem is, the carbon credit deal is just the tip of the iceberg. The looming man made (or should I say government made) food shortage is going to affect people wolrd wide. $6/bushel corn prices ? $14/bushel soy beans. That’s not future prcies, that was released this morning. All in the name of creating ethanol (can we say ethanol subsidies) to fight global warming? We are in big trouble folks. Who are the environmental whacko’s going to blame when there are riots in the poor countries (maybe even in our streets)because of food costs, or god forbid the shortage of food.”

    Anyone been paying attention to what is going on the third world countries? Happening sooner than I thought it would. And now we are looking at a corn shortage in our own country next year. NOT GOOD! Lets make some more regulations demanding ethanol shall we?

  33. Unfortunately this doesn’t really seem to really be about the environment, or really the idea of carbon credits, but mostly some weird vision where government elites take advantage of everybody.

    Carbon Credits were never meant to be bought by individuals, the only people who have any reason to buy any are those who face legal penalties for emitting more pollutants than they have credits for.

    If you’re not on the list of major polluters, then yeah, buying carbon credits is retarded.

    Ultimately greenhouse gases are the only possible explanation for a rise in the overall temperature of the earth. The sun and the molten core have not gotten any hotter, the energy input into the atmosphere is the same as always. Therefore it must be the atmosphere’s ability to lose energy, aka heat, that is causing a rise in temperature.
    The only thing that would affect that is the composition of the atmosphere, namely the presence of greenhouse gases including carbon dioxide. Also, it is not like there would be any real controversy about whether or not a particular gas contributes to the greenhouse effect, you just need to measure how easily it radiates heat!

    If some scientists say that global warming causes a rise in CO2, that is because the cause and effect relationship is two ways, it is a deadly spiral.

    On the other hand I totally agree with anything bad you have to say about ethanol. It is kinda good on paper, but ultimately turning food into fuel is just dumb. Not to mention how atrociously inefficient the whole process is. If you could make ethanol from non-food plants and plant waste, AND create it efficiently, THEN it would be worthwhile. In reality Ethanol subsidies are more about farmers than the environment.

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