By Jessica Pacholski
When I was a young child I remember there were scientists who crowed about the oncoming global climate change. It was a disaster, how could we protect ourselves from it? What was it? The next Ice Age, we were overdue and maybe we would avert this because of human production of greenhouse gasses that would artificially keep temperatures raised. When I was a teenager the big crisis was the hole in the ozone layer, this we were told, were due to CFCs in the atmosphere. You couldn’t get away from the rhetoric, we were all going to die if they weren’t banned. Legislation passed, The Montreal Protocol adopted, and I never heard another word about it. No updates, nothing. Recently during my research into global warming I ran into an article on a science journal website about solar storms and the thinning of the ozone layer. It seems that solar activity may be a larger factor in holes in the ozone than previously thought. Hm… natural phenomena pinned on human habits? I’m starting to see a pattern here.
The state loves disaster science, it gives them an opportunity to increase it’s size and power in the name of the “public” good. It can tax and regulate all it wants, agree to “fix” the problem, and then go on to expand it’s power all with the assent of the citizens it lords over. Does anyone ever ask: what is the real cause of the problem? Could it be the state itself?
Henry Ford had a vision for the automobile industry, hemp powered cars. Of course this vision hasn’t come to be. Why? The oil companies had already tied themselves to the government and through regulation and legislation had made it nearly impossible for a car that ran on such a cheap and renewable fuel to be introduced to the public. As a matter of fact, every time a regulation is added to an industry it has an effect on free enterprise that is more negative than positive. The more heavily regulated the industry, the less innovation and competition. It’s competition that often brings better , and oftentimes cheaper, solutions. The idea that all our problems are solvable through government hasn’t worked, no matter how many protest that it is just a matter of time before it does. “They just don’t have the money or enough power, there are just too many selfish people to let it work,” is always the excuse I hear from those who think that the only way to solve a problem is to have the state fix it. How many billions have to go down the rabbit hole before you realize that state funded solutions are getting us nowhere? That for all the regulation, control measures, and bureaucracy there is still an enormous amount of waste and pollution? You want to go green? End the farm subsidies that ensure the most dangerous pesticides are used and encourage the worst kind of abuse of livestock and farm workers. They decrease food production and empower companies like Monsanto at the expense of smaller family farms. End the monopoly on energy that allows the most powerful corporations to pollute and destroy without any kind of redress or prosecution. Encourage better, more efficient use of resources that are already in use, higher mpgs on automobiles, the use of algea scrubbers for coal powered energy plants.Since algae can be made into bio-diesel and takes nothing away from the production of food it is a far better alternative fuel source than corn ethanol. Maybe if we allow people the freedom to innovate, our quest for a cleaner environment can be attained without resorting to the use of force. As George Washington said, “Government is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master!” The more you ask the government to solve our problems, the tighter the restraints you put on yourself and the more you hamper your own cause.