by James Delingpole
CO2 is not – and has never been a poison
Each of our exhalations, each of our breaths, emits an astronomical quantity of CO2 proportionate to that in the atmosphere (some >40,000 ppm); and it is very clear that the air we expire does not kill anyone standing in front of us. What must be understood, besides, is that CO2 is the elementary food of plants. Without CO2 there would be no plants, and without plants there would be no oxygen and therefore no humans.
Plants love CO2. That’s why the planet is greening
Plants need CO2, water, and daylight. These are the mechanisms of photosynthesis, to generate the sugars that will provide them with staple food and building blocks. That fundamental fact of botany is one of the primary reasons why anyone who is sincerely committed to the preservation of the “natural world” should abstain from demonizing CO2. Over the last 30 years, there has been a gradual increase in the CO2 level. But what is also observed is that despite deforestation, the planet’s vegetation has grown by about 20 percent. This expansion of vegetation on the planet, nature lovers largely owe it to the increase in the concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere.
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The classic 1954 movie “The Caine Mutiny” crescendos with a court martial. Charged were crewmembers that had relieved Captain Queeg of command during a storm, citing as their defense their fear that his mental state had impaired his decision-making, and they feared loss of the ship and, possibly, all hands on board. The court martial did not appear to be going well for our mutineers. But then, as the cross examination of Queeg proceeded in earnest, he began rolling steel balls in his hand, and increasingly displayed the subtle cues evidencing a serious mental health problem lying below. The mutineers were not convicted.
In 2008 John McCain sought command of the United States, and the electoral crew relieved him of command before he’d even assumed it. Mutinous were many Republicans of the base who stayed home rather than vote for “John McAmnesty.”
Fast forward to the 2016 election, and the voters, and particularly Republican base voters (many of whom had long-since registered as “Independents”) elected a man whose platform was a rousing repudiation of the results a President McCain would have intended – “build the wall” trumped the lead Gangster of Eight and his stillborn amnesty.
For one who may feel entitled to the office, and robbed of it, and to see his agenda so publicly repudiated, it must feel like … like … like a mutiny against the legitimate leadership. And how to handle the mutineers? Why, a mutiny against their leader to restore the rightful order. And how to do that? Well, how about the political equivalent of a court martial: an impeachment?
That’s precisely how the board of Episcopalian Christ Church in Alexandra decided to rip out two plaques – signatures – indicating the pews where Confederate General Robert E. Lee and Revolutionary War General George Washington sat, both men being parishioners.
Their crime? Being men of their time who fought for a better world. From the multi-page letter issued by the worldly wise and self-enlightened board:
Hebrews 13:2 says, “Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.” Christ Church lives into this call, feeding the hungry with our Lazarus ministry, welcoming the stranger in our refugee ministry, and inviting all to worship with us. The plaques in our sanctuary make some in our presence feel unsafe or unwelcome. Some visitors and guests who worship with us choose not to return because they receive an unintended message from the prominent presence of the plaques.
Many in our congregation feel a strong need for the church to stand clearly on the side of “All are welcome – no exceptions.”
Well, two exceptions anyway.
Ignore for a moment that “All are welcome – no exceptions” as a maxim simply doesn’t rest on as strong an authority as say, the Book of Hebrews. Let’s further ignore for a moment that both men were practicing Episcopalians, prayed the same Book of Common Prayer, believed in the same principles, the same values, fought for the same country – Virginia. Participated in a system whose fundamental principles rested neither in the wage slavery of the industrialized North nor in the cheap consumerism that ties Chinese workers to a factory bench for 14 hours making iPhones.
Their crime was making the other feel uncomfortable, and in a parish that is apparently more a museum for saints rather than a hospital for sinners – well, let’s just say that some sinners are more equal than others:
The Vestry has unanimously decided that the plaques create a distraction in our worship space and may create an obstacle to our identity as a welcoming church, and an impediment to our growth and to full community with our neighbors. Accordingly, the plaques will be relocated no later than the summer of 2018.
This decision is a beginning, not an end.
We should trust them to their word. The iconoclasts have already come after images of veterans in the National Cathedral (so called – I was not aware that Episcopalianism was the national creed), torn down Lee’s memory in Lexington, Virginia with its thirst barely slaked for the whitewashing of memory.
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