Either way, government will control of your life.
The National Climate Assessment the Obama administration released this week describes in Sisyphean terms the task government faces in limiting carbon dioxide emissions, which the assessment says make up 84 percent of the greenhouse gas emissions it holds guilty of artificially warming our planet.
"Of the carbon dioxide emitted from human activities in a year, about half is removed from the atmosphere by natural processes within a century, but around 20 percent continues to circulate and to effect atmospheric concentrations for thousands of years," says the report. "Stabilizing or reducing atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations, therefore, require very deep reductions in future emissions -- ultimately approaching zero -- to compensate for past emissions that are still circulating in the Earth system."
How would government start down the road to achieving zero carbon dioxide emissions from human activities?
"The two dominant production sectors responsible for these emissions are electric power generation (coal and gas) and transportation (petroleum)," says the assessment.
"Over the period 1963-2008," says the assessment, "annual U.S. carbon dioxide emissions slightly more than doubled, because growth in emissions potential attributable to increases in population and GDP per person outweighed reductions contributed by lowered energy and carbon intensity and changes in economic structure."
In sum, America had too many people enjoying too much wealth while traveling too freely and using too much electricity.
Some jerk with a wife, three kids and a station wagon went on too many long drives back in 1965, recklessly spitting carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, some of which will still be there long after Barack Obama has surrendered the Oval Office.
Worse, each of the station wagon drivers' three kids now own an air-conditioned home with a two-car garage, housing a minivan and an SUV.
At a United Nations conference in Mexico in 2010, the Obama Administration pledged to cut U.S. greenhouse gas emissions to 17 percent less than what they were in 2005. That, however, would get the United States nowhere near zero -- let alone where we were in 1965.
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