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Wednesday, February 13, 2008


Mayor Bloomberg Compares Threat of Global Warming to Terrorism

Speaking on global warming to a U.N. climate change conference, he declared, "No scientist knows for sure what's going to happen, but you don't want to wait to find out." Read the whole article here.

Going beyond what scientists don’t know, Bloomberg imagines catastrophe, something so bad it is like terrorism. His solution?
  • enact a national tax on carbon emissions
  • convert New York City's taxi fleet to hybrid fuels
  • devise a plan for congestion tax
  • "green our buildings"
  • plant more trees
  • curb the use of tropical hardwoods
  • His company has announced a prize of $25 million to those who find a solution to global warming.
This is paranoia. The Mayor of one of the largest cities in the world is fearful of the unknown. He has let his mind run uncontrollably wild to conjure up dread of the future and shares his fright with others equally in panic. His paranoia will become our enslavement to more unfunded government mandates to solve an imagined problem.

In the face of true tragedy, we look to our mayors to calm our fears and rally hope and courage. In this case, it is probably impossible to calm the Mayor who is paranoid over the unknown and unknowable.

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