The next steamroller that will flatten Detroit is the relentless
campaign projecting polar bears in bikinis and palm trees in Antarctica.
Hysteria over global warming is turning Americans into a bunch of Henny-Pennys, rushing about screaming for someone to do something before we boil to death in the oceans' waters.
Democrats are listening. They see in the alarmism over greenhouse gasses a populist issue they can leverage to keep control of Congress and seize the White House. And they have a solution:
Squeeze the life out of Detroit's automakers.
It now seems inevitable that the Big Three will bear the burden of cooling the earth. President George W. Bush, in his State of the Union address last week, made higher fuel economy standards the centerpiece of his energy plan. And though cleverly crafted to minimize the harm, the proposal affirms the popular sentiment that automakers own the responsibility for stopping global warming.
Even if all the hype is true. I'll flat out say it. Outside of the snow related industry, I'm not convinced that global warming is a bad thing. I could give a rat's rear end about polar bears in the Arctic (more fish is good anyway) when we have humans here losing our jobs and livelyhoods closer to home.
That said, I do support alternative energy research, but NOT for this reason. I'd rather not have the Middle Eastern countries have us by the you-know-whats due to oil dependency. Telling the Saudis to screw off would be a good thing.
As far as global warming goes, we have some REAL environmental problems a lot more serious than this. Dumping in the great lakes, littering, invasive species (Zebra mussell). That deserves more attention than the current chicken little fad of global warming.