Monday, 31 July 2017

The Greenies have ruined our planet....

Two "N words":

(1) Ralph Nader
Nader was the third party candidate in the 2000 US election.  He took part even though many Democrats warned that he could take votes from Al Gore.  He denied that he did. But he did.  It's undeniable that the votes he won took the election from Gore.  (Here is the link to the spreadsheet that I did on the election results)
George W won by 271 to 266 electoral votes.
In Florida, W won by 537 votes (2,912,792 vs 2,912 253), which gave him Florida's 25 Electoral Votes.  (put aside the whole drama of hanging chads, etc).  Nader took 97,488 votes in Florida.  Now there's not dispute that the majority of these would have gone to Gore, had Nader not been there.  Not all who voted for Nader would have bothered to turn up for Gore, but most guesses are in the high 80s% would have done so, and would have voted for Gore.
It actually needed 538 of Nader voters to turn up and vote for Gore, or 0.55% of Nader voters.
There's simply no doubt that many otherwise-Nader voters would have turned up to vote for Gore, had Nader not been there. The result would have been a win to Gore of 295 vs 242, or an Electoral Vote win by 53.
So: Nader's claim (to this day), that his vote didn't spoil Gore's chance at the presidency, is simply nonsense.
So what if Gore had won the presidency?  Well, then there's 9/11.  Gore said at the time that he would have sent Special Forces into Pakistan and Afghanistan to search for Osama bin-Ladin. I can remember his saying that, at the time.  And this would have been a far wiser thing to have done. Not the attack on Iraq and then the attack on Afghanistan.  Let the Special Forces handle it, as they did in the end anyway. That may well have meant less chaos in the Middle East than we have now. (though I don't blame all the chaos on the US. They bear plenty of responsibility themselves -- eg, Tunisia and the beginning of the "Arab Spring", Syria made chaos on its own, etc)
So, there's part one of the Greenies' responsibility for their part in the destruction of the world: for Nader, let's recall, ran as a Green Party member.
Because Nader >> Bush.  Because Bush >> Iraq war.  Because Iraq war >> middle east chaos
(2) Nuclear
I can remember back in the sixties when we were going to build a hundreds of nuclear power stations around the world. Even Australia, my country, would have done so.  But that didn't happen. It didn't happen largely because of Greenpeace's war of scaremongering about nuclear in which Nader was complicit.
Nuclear was then, and remains to this day the most economic, the most reliable and the most clean way to generate the sorts of power the earth needs.
Instead, because of Greenpeace, we don't have anyhthing like the number of plants we need (maybe 10,000 vs the 440 we have).  As a result we've relied much more on fossil fuels which we all hate -- yes, we agree with Greenpeace there. And as a result we've blown right past the 395 ppm of CO2 which is said to be some kind of red line which we should not have passed.
All due to Greenies.