Saturday, July 4, 2009

Enviromental Group Equates Happiness With Tyranny

If like me you suspect that the Greenies won’t be happy until we’re all back living in caves take a gander at this list:

1. Costa Rica
2. Dominican Republic
3. Jamaica
4. Guatemala
5. Vietnam
6. Colombia
7. Cuba
8. El Salvador
9. Brazil
10. Honduras
11. Nicaragua
12. Egypt
13. Saudi Arabia
14. Philippines
15. Argentina

So, which of these countries would you want to live in? According to Ashley Seager at the Guardian, Costa Rica is the world’s greenest, happiest country. Heaven help us, the above list represents the countries that come closest to meeting the New Economics Foundation's standards for “one-planet living.”

The message is that by shrinking your “carbon footprint” you can actually be happier. Nonsense. Being dropped off in the middle of nowhere may make for a good reality show (I wouldn’t know), but I bet there are more people living in the above listed countries who given the opportunity would move to the United States than Americans who would go live in Vietnam, Cuba, Egypt, et al.

Contrast the list of “greenest” and thus “happiest” countries with the list of countries that enjoy the greatest freedom:

1. Hong Kong
2. Singapore
3. Australia
4. Ireland
5. New Zealand
6. United States
7. Canada
8. Denmark
9. Switzerland
10. United Kingdom
11. Chile
12. Netherlands
13. Estonia
14. Iceland
15. Luxemburg

I am not at all surprised that there are no over-lapping countries on these two lists but I suspect that there is a correlation between living free and being happy that the Greenies completely discount. Environmentalists (and progressives of every stripe) would restrict individual freedom to promote their agenda. Cap and Trade is a perfect example. Cap and Trade represents huge taxation which will lower the standard of living for every American and restrict American’s abilities to pursue their own definition of happiness.

Any group whose agenda is dependent on the restriction of individual liberty and freedom, regardless of their ’good intentions’, is not a group that Americans should support. We, as citizens, need to work diligently to remain on the second list and avoid any push towards the fascism inherent in the first list.

h/t Fausta's Blog

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