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Why Are We Still Listening to Progressives About the Environment?

Your food is going to cost more, some products will be much harder to get and I'll tell you why: California's farmers are suffering through an environmental crisis and the government is only making it worse.

The Central Valley is a 400-mile long area spanning 18 counties in California, which is responsible for 57 percent of the state's total farming. And when you consider that California represents about 13 percent of farm receipts in America, it's going to make almonds, artichokes, olives, nectarines, grapes, strawberries, peaches, lettuce and plums harder to get.

The Central Valley has already been hit with a severe drought, which Washington managed to make much, much worse. The Wall Street Journal reports that federal environmental rulings (designed to protect the delta smelt) have reduced water shipments to local farmers to just 10 percent of what they had been getting.

Common sense could tell you the effects of keeping water from a drought-stricken area, but for all the lawmakers and left-wing bloggers who are watching us in their basements, here's what happened: The farmers stand to lose at least $1.2 billion in revenue this year, according to a study by the University of California, Davis.

And that means less food.

In a sick twist of irony, the government is actually starving farmers, which is exactly what happened with FDR.

In the year that ended June 30, the Fresno Community Food Bank distributed a record 14.5 million pounds of food to residents in three counties — twice as much as they gave out last year. Governor Schwarzenegger even called a state of emergency in half of the Central Valley's counties, as well as asking President Obama to declare Fresno a disaster area, to help pay for food shipments to the area known as California's agricultural heart.

But FEMA turned them down, claiming the states and localities had enough money. And as they continue to wait for the appeal, Schwarzenegger's office was forced to set aside $4 million, enough food to hold them out to next week.

I have a really tough question here: How many times do progressives, environmentalists and eco-nutjobs have to be proven wrong, before we finally say shut up?

Van Jones, the green jobs "czar" — I'm so sorry, they don't say that over in Barack Obama's house — the special adviser to the White House Council on Environmental Quality, made a comment as head of the Ella Baker Center, that we're now in the "third wave of environmentalism."

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VAN JONES, SPECIAL ADVISER TO THE WHITE HOUSE COUNCIL ON ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY: We began to realize that we're really entering a third wave of environmentalism in the United States. The first wave is sort of the Teddy Roosevelt conservation era which had its day. And then in 1963 Rachel Carson writes the book "Silent Spring" and she's talking about toxics and the environment. That opens up a new wave. So it's no longer just about conservation. It's conservation plus regulation.

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He goes on to talk about the "upgrade" the second wave received from the "environmental justice community." The what? Why, the "environmental justice community," of course — those who, according to Van Jones, decided that:

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JONES: The white polluters and the white environmentalists are essentially steering poison into the people of color communities.

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Wow. "White polluters have been steering poison into minority communities"? But that's another discussion.

I'm so glad the special adviser to the White House Council on Environmental Quality brought up Rachel Carson's book, "Silent Spring." Indeed, as Jones points out, she talked about "toxics" and the environment and that did open up a "whole new wave." One of the things it did was make a villain out of the pesticide, DDT.

DDT had been amazingly affective at killing mosquitoes, fleas and lice that spread malaria, yellow fever, sleeping sickness, plague, encephalitis, West Nile virus and other diseases. So much so that before the discovery of DDT, in World War I typhus killed more servicemen than bullets. After DDT, in World War II, typhus wasn't a problem at all and by the 1960s, DDT had all but eradicated malaria.

Then came Rachel Carson's "Silent Spring," which kicked off a firestorm over the safety of DDT. By 1970, Joni Mitchell included the controversy in the lyrics of her song, "Big Yellow Taxi." It would have been great if "spots on the apples" had turned out to be the nastiest effect of banning DDT. It didn't. The U.S. banned DDT in 1972 and the Stockholm Convention later made the ban worldwide on agricultural use.

The National Academy of Science credits DDT with having prevented 500 million deaths worldwide in just a little more than two decades. Now, tragically, up to 2.7 million people in Africa alone, die every year — 90 percent of those, are children under 5.

Some, "spots on the apples," huh?

By the way, any harmful link to humans from DDT has never been found. Bruce N. Ames, a world renowned biochemist and professor of molecular biology, and Thomas H. Jukes, professor of biophysics and a foremost expert on DDT, from the University of California at Berkeley — yes, that "right-wing kook tank" U.C. Berkeley — said of the attack on DDT: "This is nonsense."

Wayland Hayes, U.S. public health service scientist, for 18 months, fed to human volunteers, daily, three times the quantity of DDT that the average American was ingesting annually. Each day! None of the volunteers experienced any adverse effect, then or six to 10 years later.

Now look, I'm not saying I want to use DDT as a topping for ice cream, but shouldn't we be killing mosquitoes with it? The answer is yes. The progressive nut-balls had it wrong — as usual. And in this case, it's costing lives — millions of them.

Now, the last thing you'd ever want to do is connect any dots with this progressive movement.

Around this time — the early to mid-70s — the new "science adviser", John Holdren, was writing a book called "Eco-Science," in which he discussed population control possibilities. He wrote: "A program of sterilizing women after their second or third child, despite the relatively greater difficulty of the operation than vasectomy, might be easier to implement than trying to sterilize men."

Holdren also wrote: "Indeed, it has been concluded that compulsory population-control laws, even including laws requiring compulsory abortion, could be sustained under the existing constitution if the population crisis became sufficiently severe to endanger the society."

There's more — we could spend the entire hour with his quotes, each more shocking than the last.

We have our regulatory "czar," Cass Sunstein, who didn't want to control pet populations, he wanted them to have attorneys: "[a]nimals should be permitted to bring suit, with human beings as their representatives, to prevent violations of current law...."

Is it that much of a stretch to believe that people who put animals and Earth over humans, wouldn't think it was a problem to allow disease to run its course to reduce the threatening population? Remember, John Holdren said the problem with sterilants in drinking water was getting the public to go along with the plan. Disease — or banning DDT — doesn't require you to take a stand against humans; you're taking a stand for the Earth.

Let me give you an example — it's the progressive way of thinking — people are secondary to the Earth and animals. There's something that's most likely happening in your child's school and you don't even know it. This was sent in by a listener of my radio program; this poster was in their child's classroom.

We can't say the pledge of allegiance to our flag, but now these teachers are trying to get our kids to pledge allegiance to the Earth. The Earth and the environment are the progressive replacement for God; you will bow to, obey and worship it.

Just a few years later, in 1975, Newsweek carried the story of a coming, planetary "Ice Age" due to "global cooling." Now, because of our SUVs, according to Al Gore: "The Earth has a temperature". Uh-huh. Unless you woke up yesterday or today, in the greater New York area the temperature was around 48 here in late summer and there have been, maybe, three or four typical summer-type days in New York this year — period.

But it still isn't Al Gore who needs to backtrack — it's anyone who doubts:

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FORMER VICE PRESIDENT AL GORE: I think that those people are really in such a tiny, tiny minority now with their point of view. They're almost like the ones who still believe the moon landing was staged in a movie lot in Arizona and those who believe the Earth is flat. That demeans them a little bit, but it's not that far off.

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But because we've listened to their scare tactics, their fear-mongering, for so long, they are now promising to shut down the biggest, most important source of energy we have in this country — without an alternative solution to replace it with: coal — clean and otherwise — provides nearly half of all our energy. Yet, Barack Obama promised to bankrupt the industry:

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THEN PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE BARACK OBAMA: If someone wants to build a coal fire plant they can, it's just it will bankrupt them because they're going to be charged a huge sum for all that greenhouse gas that's being emitted.

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Vice President Joe Biden promised no coal in America:

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THEN-VICE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE JOE BIDEN: No coal plants here in America. Build them if they're going to build them over there make them clean because they're killing you.

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And special adviser to the president for green jobs, Van Jones said:

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JONES: You could have clean coal; I'm for clean coal. But if you have clean coal let's have a couple of other things. We could have clean coal or we could have unicorns pull our cars for us all day. Equally fictitious. Equally fantastical. Equally ludicrous. You know. We could have the Tooth Fairy bring us our energy at night. I mean equally ludicrous.

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Or, we could have a self-proclaimed communist create new jobs in America — now that's ludicrous.

And speaking of unicorns and fairies, what do they have in mind to replace 48 percent of our national energy source, once they bankrupt it?

Will Van Jones sprinkle pixie dust on a giant windmill to make up the difference? I mean, that's what they'll have to do, because we're nowhere near being able to convert to wind or solar power.

Will progressive pigs fly out his butt and peddle bicycles to power the turbines attached to our power grid? No, because for the most part the turbines aren't even attached to the power grid. Even T. Boone Pickens, after his massive ad campaign, dropped his plan for the giant wind farm, with the wind turbines in West Texas and stringing the power lines all the way to Dallas were the people live, was scrapped.

Why?

The $10 billion price-tag might have had something to do with it.

With a track record like these progressives have, why would you listen to them on anything? It's like letting your friend, who's been wrong on every Super Bowl prediction since 1967, bet your mortgage on who'll win this year.

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