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Green Anti-humanism
National Review ^ | Feb 21, 2013 | Robert Zubrin

Posted on 02/24/2013 4:57:30 PM PST by Vince Ferrer

On February 11, 2013, the Denver Post ran a guest commentary of great clinical interest. In the piece in question, Colorado State University philosophy professor Philip Cafaro advanced the argument that immigration needs to be sharply cut, because otherwise people from Third World nations will come to the United States and become prosperous, thereby adding to global warming.

“And make no mistake: Immigrants are not coming to the United States to remain poor,” warns the philosopher. “Those hundreds of millions of new citizens will want to live as well and consume energy at the same rates as other Americans. . . . What climate change mitigation measures . . . could possibly equal the increased greenhouse gas emissions we would lock in by adding 145 million more new citizens to our population?”

This is truly remarkable. Conservative immigration skeptics have voiced the concern that immigrants might not assimilate and achieve success, and even common xenophobes have never objected to would-be immigrants’ attaining prosperity elsewhere. But according to Cafaro’s liberal argument, the wretched of the Earth must be kept poor wherever they reside, because otherwise they will ruin the weather for the rest of us. Following this logic, the United States should adopt the role of the world’s oppressor, enforcing the continuation of poverty around the globe.

But why stop there? We have millions of poor people right here in America who hope to rise into the middle class. Surely we must stop them from doing so. At present, there are at least 12 million unemployed. If they get jobs they will be able to keep their homes, and buy oil, or gas, or coal-fired electricity to heat them. They will be able to put food on their tables, and to buy gasoline to drive to work or get their children to school or soccer practice — or engage in any number of other ecologically unsustainable practices. Not only that: if the rabble become more prosperous, they can pay for better medical care, prolonging their carbon-footprinting lives. And what about those impoverished black farmers down south who want to migrate north and integrate to better their condition? Why, they are as big a global-warming threat as migrating Mexicans! Better keep them in their place.

The use of fictitious necessity to rationalize human oppression is not new. Whether the justification is a putative lack of food (e.g., Malthus, 1817, “A great part of the [Irish] population should be swept from the soil”), shortage of Lebensraum (e.g., Hitler, 1941, “The law of existence requires uninterrupted killing, so that the better may live”), overpopulation (e.g., Ehrlich, 1967, “India . . . will be one of those we must allow to slip down the drain”), or global warming (e.g., Cafaro, 2013), the argument has always been the same:

TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: globalwarming; greenenergy
I believe that if the democrats succeed in vanquishing the republicans, they will turn on each other, as the democrats are nothing more than a coalition of groups that do not like the other democrat groups, but hates the republicans even more.

Now we see cracks in the coalition, with the white elitist environmentalists declaring that the darker skinned do not need to use up the resources of the planet.

1 posted on 02/24/2013 4:57:35 PM PST by Vince Ferrer
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To: Vince Ferrer

“And make no mistake: Immigrants are not coming to the United States to remain poor,” warns the philosopher.

I wonder - certainly the benefits of remaining poor are enormous, while the so-called “rich” are dunned and taxed and criticized unrelentingly for abusing everyone else.

I would argue that immigrants are coming to America quite INTENTIONALLY to remain poor.

2 posted on 02/24/2013 5:11:26 PM PST by Jack Hammer
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To: Jack Hammer

“Poor” is a relative term, depending on where one hails from, but you’re right. A Mexican can get welfare at home, hence the move here. We go out of our way to pander to foreign immigrants from poorer countries and to spit on our own citizens.

3 posted on 02/24/2013 6:22:58 PM PST by Amberdawn
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