RUSH: While I was gone, I had Paul Shanklin working on a couple of global warming update themes, in addition to the one that I’m going to use. I’m going to use the Crazy World of Arthur Brown and “Fire.” It’s a shortened version. It works. But I also had Shanklin cut two. I said, “Look, we need to do a takeoff on ‘What a Wonderful World,’ a Louis Armstrong song sung by Algore, and ‘Ring of Fire’ by Johnny Cash, sung by Algore as well.” I don’t want to play the whole versions here, but just to give you a sample, let’s play the “Ring of Fire” parody first, Mister Broadcast Engineer. Both of these are Algore as portrayed by Paul Shanklin, just to give you a heads-up.
(“Ball of Fire” parody song.)
RUSH: Okay, that’s enough of that one. Now, this is a takeoff on “What a Wonderful World.” We call it “What a Horrible World.” That’s a great tune by Louis Armstrong, by the way. We’ve butchered it here quite appropriately for Algore.
(“What a Horrible World” parody song.)
RUSH: Okay, that’s just a sample. These will be in the rotation along with, “I am the god of hellfire!” by the Crazy World of Arthur Brown, and just to give you an illustration of how absurd it is getting: the Valentine’s Day bouquet has become the latest problem, the latest cause c?l?bre among environmental campaigners. The Valentines bouquet! “Latest Government figures show that the flowers that make up the average bunch have flown 33,800 miles to reach Britain. In the past three years, the amount of flowers imported from the Netherlands has fallen by 47 per cent to 94,000 tons, while those from Africa have risen 39 percent to 17,000 tons.” So these Valentine bouquets in Great Britain are causing global warming! There’s also a calculation today by some University of Illinois guy that the number of overweight people driving around in cars and trucks and so forth is causing X-number of millions of gallons of gasoline to be wasted every year. It’s gotten this ridiculous, in the sort of transferring the guilt to everybody for destroying the planet and creating all kinds of pollution.
RUSH: Peter in Memphis, I’m glad you called. You’re up first today. Welcome to the EIB Network.
CALLER: Thank you, Rush. It’s an honor. It’s my first time getting through. One point I wanted to make as a conservative is: I think we could take this as a golden opportunity to quit arguing with the liberals and say, “Look, let’s take this opportunity now with our business know-how, innovation, research ability or our money and be the leaders in the world in non-carbon-based fuels.” Case in point: have a Manhattan-type project to develop a prototype nuclear fusion generator, which once that succeeds — and there’s a lot of work to be done on that, but once that would succeed — you’d take… Overnight, literally, you’d take the Middle East out of the equation. And I think considering the fact that with — forget about the climate change issue, look at petro politics and geopolitics and economics and so on. What if we could be the innovators in fusion-based energy and other renewable non-carbon-based fuels and say, “Look, let’s take a positive, optimistic approach about the future,” as Americans and conservatives, and say, “We can do this. We can overcome it,” and I think there’s a lot to be said for the fact that if you go back to the Middle Ages where coal has been used and is still being touted in China as the main source of fuel for the future for hundreds of years, and oil has been used for a hundred years. Surely we’re better innovators and better at research and, you know, forward thinking, intelligence and so on, to come up with better ways to do it than digging rock and pumping black goo out of the ground.
RUSH: Hold it, just a second, just a second. I appreciate what you’re saying out there, but I don’t think that conservatism needs a sparkplug or a boost to be innovative, and I don’t think freedom requires that, either. I think the country here has proven itself and the people who make this country work are its entrepreneurs and the people who come up with these solutions. Necessity is the mother of invention. It just isn’t there yet. Everything else… You talk here about missing the golden opportunity or the politics of climate change? That’s precisely what this is, the politics of climate change! I keep seeing the word “consensus” associated with the notion that there’s global warming. Most of the global warming, by the way, is supposed to occur when? During the winter. The 1999 winter was bad, the 2000 winter. This is bad, this winter. There’s nothing warming about this winter, unless the global warming crowd wants to sit there and tell you that every weather extreme is due to global warming — which they want to do. It’s the gullible and the easily guilty who will fall for this sort of stuff.
But when it comes to new fuels and so forth, I think that that will happen in and of itself, as it always has, if the society is kept free. But when the government gets behind it, when the government starts directing the private sector to come up with these kind of things, what do we get? We get the electric car, which nobody wanted! We get the Prius, we get the hybrid, which, by the way, there are no longer lines to buy them. The prices are coming down. They’re not the panacea. I don’t fault people for trying here, but these things are not the answer. You want fusion and this sort of thing? My gosh, we haven’t gotten the people of this country to go along with going nuclear yet, and you want to start talking about fusion and these sorts of things? You’re going to have… You watch. The minute that comes up in a very public way, the very people that are going to oppose it are the very people who are telling you that everything else we’re doing is polluting and destroying the world. Folks, why do you think the latest predictions say that global warming is going to go on for hundreds of years, maybe a thousand years? Because they’ve given themselves a 1,000-year issue! They don’t have to say anymore, “It’s going to get worse in five years, 10 years, 20 years, 30 years,” because they’ll be wrong and they’ll be proven to be wrong. So they give themselves thousands of years here for an issue to continually be used to pummel people over their heads.