By Ted Twietmeyer
Stomping out eighty to ninety percent of the world's population has been promoted by people like Trump and Blair. But how to accomplish that goal is another matter without making people angry. Perhaps Trump and Blair should start setting an example for everyone by taking the final exit first.
Much has been made in the media about "Carbon Footprint." The term makes any human being like a smudge on a white carpet, a stain that can't be removed. There was a television series a few months ago which delved deeply into the personal lives of ordinary people. The camera crew invaded someone's home for each show, and reviewed every aspect of their lives sparing no feelings (except the bedroom.) They interrogate the family about details such as how hot the shower was, how much water is used, how much electricity and gas is consumed, their utility bills, the amount of food they eat and how much was food is in their trash cans, the amount of insulation in their homes, the cost to put water in a small inflatable outside pool (don't let the children have fun, it's too expensive) etc Victims of the interrogation and subsequent tongue-lashing have either an I-really-don't-care attitude, or a beaten animal look.
The show's host had a field day with everyone they documented, often poking fun at them and showing an aerial view of their neighborhood with a giant shaded circle of their carbon footprint covering numerous homes (more drama.) In the end, it really isn't at all about carbon footprints. The real truth is that this and all television shows is simply about selling more ADVERTISING TIME.
In the show, out goes the ordinary light bulbs and in with the new toxic, mercury-based compact fluorescents for every lamp socket. Why worry about mercury? Why, those new bulbs last forever! Apparently about five years today is forever in the current mentality. People foolishly think their two year old computer is "obsolete," so out they go with credit card in hand to buy another one.
Did I forget to mention something else that no one ever talks about regarding compact fluorescent lamps? There is a toxic phosphor material inside these lamps that makes these lamps glow "white." (Phosphor is excited into emitting white light by the internal ultraviolet light in these lamps.) Radio frequency pollution from the lamps only adds to the existing RF smog in any home. Internally, these lamps function at several thousand cycles per second. No one has a clue what the long term effects of this RF energy on humans will be. And what about that sealed, solid plastic base they all have? It has a circuit board with numerous difficult-to-recycle materials and electronic components. It doesn't have any gold inside to make it worth the trouble to tear it apart and recycle it.
Compact florescent lamps probably cost more to recycle than the electricity they save. And there is the problem with disposing of all the toxic materials. Extracting the mercury and phosphor materials is not a trivial or cheap process. It's cheaper to recycle plastic pop bottle to make a park bench or warehouse pallet out of it and far less toxic. Recycled plastic is not in liquid and gas form like the mercury in lamps, and not in powder form like the phosphor.
But I digress from the carbon footprint problem.
Vehicles are often a big target of carbon footprint fanatics. Hydrogen cars are becoming all the rage. But few talk about the fact that most of these cars are intended to use hydrogen extracted from gasoline, not water. The late Stan Meyers proved hydrogen can be easily extracted from water, but that invention cost him his life to public about it. So how is driving a hydrogen vehicle any better? What happens to all the byproducts of the hydrogen extraction process? What of the heat required or generated in the process? Hydrogen vehicles are far more expensive than an ordinary gasoline powered vehicle, too. Could it be the oil companies want it this way? Say it isn't so.
Then there is the diet problem. When the carbon and weight-loss fanatics attack people who eat too much, absolutely no one talks about WHY that is. It's well known that Aspartame and other synthetic molecular sweeteners cause carbohydrate cravings. And then there are habit issues, too.
But how many fat fanatics today talk about what may be an even bigger issue REAL STRESS? People everywhere in America and elsewhere are under attack as jobs are sent packing on a one-way trip to China. The dream of owning a home is rapidly disappearing into the distance. Retirement is becoming increasingly impossible.
Children are under endless pressure to be like their friends and have every electronic toy there is. Many of these toys have monthly fees associated with them that add up to some serious money each year. All of this and more exerts additional pressure on parents and children. By design it has become increasingly difficult to live a happy and secure life. Often the end result is that all the accumulated stress makes people eat too much. Who knows what the decider will do next to wreck life? Where will the next concocted war take place? Syria? North Korea? Iran? All this stress only helps to increase that nasty carbon footprint, and he keeps on smiling.
To hammer people about their carbon footprint today is the equivalent of walking into a boxing ring and standing over a knocked out opponent on the mat - and dropping an anvil on him because he lost the fight.
Recently, Sir Paul McCartney was "horrified" that his Lexus Vehicle, worth £84,000 that was GIVEN to him by the car company for helping to promote the vehicle was FLOWN to Britain - instead of being transported by ship. It increased the carbon footprint by a terrible and shocking "100 times" according to a reporter.  So this is his biggest worry he has in life now? Does he really believe that the empty space on the ship where his car would have been remained empty? The working masses should be so lucky to have such minor problems.
Then there is China the choking-smog carbon footprint caused by their manufacturing makes the footprint of the average person look like a grain of sand. And it's getting worse literally by the minute as cars continuously replace bicycles everywhere. But when was the last time you heard anyone complain aboutChina's carbon footprint? In fact, we've heard the media praise the Chinese people for having a smaller footprint. That might be true on a personal basis (for now) but their manufacturing pollution more than makes up for that.
Gary, Indiana at one time was probably the most smog-filled place in America. At high noon in the 1960's the sun was barely visible. Almost every day looked like it was about to rain as a result of constant gray polluted skies. Steel mills and heavy manufacturing were the cause of it. When those companies went away, so did the smog. Now all the smog has basically moved to China. No one disagrees that with today's technology, making steel and iron is an incredibly dirty process from beginning to end.
The biggest problem of all is quite simple you're breathing. So stop that right now if you can. You'll stop creating all that excess carbon dioxide which is creating a biggest part of your footprint. And you'll stop staining your carpet with all that carbon. Practice holding your breath as long as you can. Don't think about all that gasping that surely will come later that's not important. Instead, think of the compact florescent light bulb which saves money now and pollutes far more later. That should put your mind at ease.