We should all be able to agree that extreme climate change anxiety is largely coming from the political left. If you took at the issue of legalizing and normalizing marijuana, it, too, is more or less a left-wing issue. Therein lies the dilemma for those on the port side of the political divide.
The UN recently issued a report that said the warming of the planet has reached a Code Red level. In terms of left-wing ideology, that means we must IMMEDIATELY take the severest measures to prevent the extinction of the human race. I wish that was hyperbole, but many climate change activists have made that very prediction. And in their minds, our extinction is not very far off.
I was personally hoping that I would not be around for human extinction, but the way the environmental Chicken Little’s are talking, I may be around for the end – at least the beginning of the end. In the meantime, I will avoid living in places prone to flooding and forest fires. I suppose that means a move out of Florida.
The UN Report says the earth has not been this hot for 2000 years. That is about the time of Christ. That was before the Industrial age and the massive use of fossil fuels. So, why was the earth so hot – and what caused the earth to cool down? That information was not in the report.
This commentary is not about the Report, however. I will save that for a later commentary. It is more about what the left is willing to do about the Report and the cataclysmic conditions that will be manifest in the near future. You see … the scientific community has issued another scary report dealing with climate change. It also has to do with human activities and habits that are supposedly driving up world temperatures. It has to do with that old bugaboo – the carbon footprint.
We already know about the car as a major source of toxic emissions. So, we will all be forced into glorified electric golf carts by 2035. We know about all those airplanes. So, some of the climate change extremists are suggesting that the entire world population be put on a no-fly list. Of course, there are all those cattle and sheep that are flatulating us into extinction.
Now … researchers at Colorado State University have found a new culprit. Pot. Weed. Marijuana. The vice of choice for the younger generation – especially those of a more progressive persuasion.
For every 1000 joints – about a year’s supply for a three-a-day user – 2 to 5 tons of Carbon Dioxide is released into the atmosphere. That is in the range of an averaged gas-guzzling automobile. And what if the pot smoker also drives?
The reason for the high carbon footprint is because the vast majority of marijuana – legal and illegal – is grown inside, where it requires lighting and warmth. If all pot was grown outside, the Carbon Dioxide emissions would drop by 96 percent. That leaves only one option.
If a pot smoker is one of those with a high level of anxiety over climate change, they are facing a dilemma. Should they stop smoking pot? Or … maybe they should inhale until they no longer give a damn about climate change?
So. There ‘tis.