The True Meaning of “Go Green”
Published in Pajamas Media March 2010
By Art Horn, Meteorologist
It seems to be everywhere these days. You see it on TV. You hear it on the radio. You see it in print. It’s plastered all over the place on billboards, in grocery stores and on things you buy. A day is not complete without your fill of it. It is of course the two words “go green”. Smiling faces and colorful images greet us on the television as we are told over and over again to “go green” it’s the right thing to do. Don’t be left out, everyone’s doing it go green! Green is in, save the earth. After all we are destroying nature right? It’s in all the schools, green is good. Green is our future, without it there will be no future right?
In a nutshell to “go green” is a metaphor for a cause. The cause is not the one you think it is. The cause is not about saving energy. The cause is not about conservation. The cause is not about living more efficiently by recycling. It’s not about electric cars or hydrogen power or solar panels. The cause is saving nature…from you. Yes you the “consumer”. You, that person who is gobbling up all the earth’s goodies.
We are being told that going green is the way to create a more eco-friendly and responsible world. The real meaning is more subtle. To go green really means to change what we are doing. It implies if we don’t change what we are doing we will inflict terrible harm on the planet and future generations. So that begs the question what are we changing from and to what? We are being asked (commanded) to change the basic ways that we produce and use energy. The reason for this change is completely different from what you think.
The reality is that “go green” is a cover for the true message. The true message being to “go carbonless”. The idea of going green came from the belief that human industrial activity is harming nature by producing carbon dioxide gas. Part of that belief is that if we continue to pollute the air with carbon dioxide we will cause irreversible changes in the climate. The fundamental belief of all environmental groups is that the climate system reacts strongly to carbon dioxide. There is no scientific evident either in the past or now to support that. The environmental movement around the world is using this flawed opinion to arm its war machine. When they say they are “fighting global warming” what they really mean is they are fighting your prosperity. Your prosperity has and will be directly related to producing affordable energy with fossil fuels. China understands this, India understands this. The environmental movement understands it also but does not care. Roughly eighty seven percent of everything we make energy from produces carbon dioxide gas. The goal of “go green” is to reduce the output of that gas. The problem is there is nothing “green” on any scale remotely near what is needed to replace fossil fuels in the foreseeable future. The leaders of the environmental movement know this. They know that there will never be enough windmills or solar panels to power even a tiny fraction of the world we know today much less the future.
The phrase “go green” seems at first light harmless enough. What’s so wrong with being more efficient and looking for new ways of producing energy. It’s true, there’s nothing wrong with looking for new energy sources. But going green has been promoted as the answer to all of our energy needs. The idea is that if we “go green” we can save the earth and still produce plenty of energy and create new jobs. This is part of the lie of “go green”. What you must keep in mind is that the only goal of the environmental movement is to save nature from you. There is no other reason for its existence. The environmental movement does not care what happens to your job, your family or your future or the future of your children or this country. The earth and all its parts are the only things that matters to them.
Another subtle mission of the “go green” slogan is to have you participate in their war without you knowing it. This is the war on global warming. In a very real sense “go green” is the war cry of the environmental movement against global warming. The environmental movement believes that the climate system behaves like a room in your house. Just turn down the carbon dioxide thermostat and we can regulate the global temperature. This is a concept that is so ignorant, so lacking in any supportive science that it endangers our entire way of life. Why would I say such a thing? The reason is that we now have leaders in Washington who also appear to believe this. They promote this concept by first selling the lie that carbon dioxide is pollution. It is a well known fact that carbon dioxide is plant food. All plant and therefore all animal life on earth needs carbon dioxide in the air. Without it the earth would really and truly die. The “go green” movement uses the word “pollution” to vilify a gas we can’t live without to arm their anti-civilization war machine.
The opportunities of “going green” have not been lost on corporate America. Actually corporations have joined in a strange alliance of sorts with the environmental groups. Some very large companies are promoting “go green” in their add campaigns. You can’t watch at television commercial from General Electric without seeing a windmill. Insurance companies promote “going green” as a responsible and eco-sensitive way to insure your car or house. Solar panels show up on many commercials lighting our way to a brighter more eco-conscious future. The corporations could care less about the environmentalist goal of “going green”. The phrase is used to make the consumer feel good about buying the product from the company. It’s no different than the use of words like “new” or “improved” or “natural”. The word “green” is just another marketing tool. The act of “going green” in the corporate world is the same as it’s always been even if the color of money is not always green anymore.
What “go green” therefore really stands for is reduced economic activity. The idea is to change the world. Scale down the worlds economies to save the climate and the world from prosperity seeking humans. Why else would all these eco-groups demand we meet the now defunct Kyoto protocol carbon emission reductions? Why else would they demand we reduce carbon emissions by 80% by 2050? Because they know the only way to meet those carbon reductions is to radically change the world. The goal of the environmentalist war cry of “go green” is to beat down the economies of the developed nations and to stamp out any hopes of the third world.
The next time you see or hear or read “go green” remember what it really stands for. It really means “go back” to a time when people lived half as long as today. Go back to when there were far fewer people in our country and the world. Go back to dark streets and fewer jobs. Go back to a time when humans were at the mercy nature. Don’t fall for it.