There are a lot of con jobs going on in our society and government. People in our area are being arrested for lying about their situation to get more government aid.
Just because a human is rich or powerful, does not mean that they have suddenly become moral, honest or trustworthy. It is obvious that deception goes from our personal acquaintances up to the presidential level and to military generals.
Some con jobs are of huge proportion. Topping the list is probably the Federal Reserve, which never was federal and has no reserve. As we teeter on the so-called "fiscal cliff," we face the possibility that someone could suddenly declare our money worthless. To understand that system, I recommend a book entitled "The Creature from Jekyll Island" by G. Edward Griffin.
The second biggest con job being worked on us is the idea that global warming is human-caused.
The World Bank has recently reported the world's temperature will warm by 4 degrees Celsius by the end of this century. World Bank president Jim Young Kim recently told reporters, "We will never end poverty if we don't tackle climate change."
There is evidence that the climate is slowly warming, however the big deal is blaming it on the inhabitants of the Earth. I remember, not long ago, that those in power were warning us of the coming ice age. That didn't happen, so they switched the game to global warming.
If you study the history of the Earth, everything from written history, to tree rings, to ice layers and geological evidence; it is a matter of fact that Earth has experienced dramatic climate changes. This evidence goes back way before modern humans and certainly before industrialization.
But hey, if we can convince people that any change is their fault and that the Mother Nature god will punish us, then some people can make a lot of money.
We are punished for success by taxes and regulations. How about a neat concept called a carbon tax? Every form of energy development that gives good housing and abundant food can be penalized under this concept. Maybe even breathing and flatulence will become taxable creators of carbon dioxide.
Al Gore leaves his seaside mansion, climbs in his private jet and tours the world preaching that the sea is rising and that burning carbon fuels is creating worldwide disaster.
On the one hand, governments require us to decrease fuel consumption and increase energy efficiency. On the other hand they cover the Earth with asphalt, which radiates incredible heat.
Some time back, I almost had a disaster riding my motorcycle because the pavement on I-70 got so hot that my brake fluid vaporized and I lost brakes.
When all airplanes were grounded for several days after 9/11, the weather people estimated that 2 percent of the cloud cover was contrails.
I have seen days when almost 100 percent of cloud cover over our area was contrails. In fact, one day I counted 34 contrails and seven were in process. One of them might have been Al Gore's.
I am a proponent of conservation and efficiency. For the most part, Americans have been more environmentally responsible than any other nation.
If you look at the global picture, it does not necessarily make sense that we shut down our drill rigs and mines under the pretense of energy conservation and then buy these resources from other countries. We are just sending our jobs and money overseas.
If climate change is coming and it's our fault, prove it to me. If not, let us start looking at real solutions, not simply enriching the tax barons.
How are you going to stop China, India and the industrialization of other countries?
Maybe legalizing marijuana was a good idea to dumb us all down. It seems to be working so far.
- "Out On A Limb" appears on the first Tuesday of the month. Ross L. Talbott lives in New Castle, where he is a business owner.