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OPINION: Remember Foxworthy’s “You might be a redneck if…


Sub­mit­ted by Martha Scoggin 

Dear Edi­tor,

Read­ers may recall the pop­u­lar­i­ty of Jeff Foxworthy’s “You might be a red­neck” jokes, such as “If you’ve ever cut your grass and found a car, you might be a red­neck” and sev­er­al oth­ers. The pon­der­ance today is not whether “you might be a red­neck”, but “you might be a use­ful idiot”. Only you know if the term applies. 

Where did the term “use­ful idiot” come from any­way? A quick search on Google, from Mer­ri­am-Web­ster, defines the term as “a naïve or cred­u­lous per­son who can be manip­u­lat­ed or exploit­ed to advance a cause or polit­i­cal agen­da.” Fur­ther Google research uncov­ers the term as “Use­ful idiot refers to peo­ple who are eas­i­ly manip­u­lat­ed, brain­washed. Peo­ple who are a great way to pro­pa­gan­dize a cause with­out ful­ly com­pre­hend­ing the cause’s goals, and the entire ide­ol­o­gy behind it.” What is hap­pen­ing in our world these days? Let’s take a look at a like­ly culprit. 

Cli­mate change: Accord­ing to “experts” who are push­ing this nar­ra­tive, the plan­et is going to burn up unless we stop using fos­sil fuels. Recent stud­ies show that more peo­ple die from cold than from heat; con­duct your own research on that. We have been hear­ing for years that CO2 is caus­ing “glob­al warm­ing”.  What is the so-called cul­prit? Fos­sil fuels. 

Many have jumped on the band­wag­on; demand­ing to do away with fos­sil fuels. Let’s all start dri­ving elec­tric vehi­cles, give up our gas stoves and gas hot water heaters. Let’s con­vert to elec­tric! Hogwash! 

Those advo­cat­ing the push to elec­tric seem to for­get SOMEONE HAS TO MANUFACTURE the prod­ucts. “They” don’t tell us about the destruc­tive envi­ron­men­tal impacts of min­ing for lithi­um, cop­per, cobalt, and nick­el, which are used to man­u­fac­ture “all elec­tric” items. Strip min­ing to extract min­er­als requires 900-gal­lon diesel equipment….useful idiots? 

Bjorn Lom­borg from the Copen­hagen Con­sen­sus Cen­ter recent­ly pub­lished “Think­ing Smart­ly About Cli­mate Change” where­in the con­clu­sion was that “some of the typ­i­cal solu­tions West­ern coun­tries have embraced have very poor impact.” 

The arti­cle men­tioned the EU ini­tia­tive and the Paris Cli­mate Accords. As we all know, Chi­na and India signed on to the Paris Accord. Assum­ing ALL PARTIES do as they promised, an unlike­ly prospect, it will only deliv­er about 11 cents of cli­mate ben­e­fit for every dol­lar spent. The arti­cle went on to explain that “…by far the best invest­ments gov­ern­ments can make is in some­thing THAT IS NOT NEW but is quite old: innovation.” 

An exam­ple is the inven­tion of the cat­alyt­ic con­vert­er, which removed most air pol­lu­tion from car exhaust. Anoth­er cost-effec­tive solu­tion (return on invest­ment) is to do as the Nation­al Geo­graph­ic sug­gest­ed years ago; plant more trees. Trees take CO2 from the air to make oxygen…duh!

Our pon­der­ance today is not “you might be a red­neck if” instead it is “you might be a use­ful idiot if”. Let’s demand our politi­cians fund inno­va­tion and less “envi­ron­men­tal poli­cies” and regulations. 


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