RUSH: Here’s Rick in Frostburg, Maryland. I’m glad you waited, sir.
CALLER: Hi, Rush.
CALLER: Thanks for taking my call.
RUSH: You bet.
CALLER: I got a question or a comment to make on the dog and pony show in New York the other night. They lit that Christmas tree up. They have an 84-foot Christmas tree and make a big deal about it being a ‘green ‘tree. It’s a Christmas tree. It might be green anyway.
RUSH: Are we talking about the Rock Center tree?
CALLER: Yeah. The Rock Center tree, yeah.
CALLER: They make a big deal about cutting it down by hand, but they didn’t say anything about the 50-ton crane that was probably holding it up burning diesel fuel out the yin-yang. How much do you think they saved making all that noise about this being a green tree?
RUSH: This is what’s so asinine. What’s a ‘green’ tree? What, really, is a green tree? I’ve got a Global Warming Stack. In fact, you are going to be the catalyst for me getting into it, because it took a lot of carbon footprint to transport that green tree to Rockefeller Center. It took a lot of electricity to hang that green tree, to put it up. It’s going to take a lot of electricity for the lights on that green tree. So however ‘green’ the tree was has been canceled out by the massive footprint to get it there, and to make it look like a Christmas tree at the Rock Center skating rink. So let’s just go to the Global Warming Stack. I know we had these 600 reasons yesterday. It is just ridiculous! If I were you, and you believed in manmade global warming, I would be embarrassed to admit it! Let me just give you the headlines. This is from the Inquirer.net. It’s from Brazil. ‘UN: World Has Only Ten Years to Fix Climate.’ Wait a minute! It was just two weeks ago we had a story from the UN that it’s irreversible already, and six months before that we had a story it was irreversible — and in 1988, Ted Danson told us we only had ten years to fix the oceans. In 1984, Michael Oppenheimer on This Week with Brinkley said we only got 20 years so solve global warming.
Well, that was 23 years ago. It’s always ten years. It’s always, ‘We’ve only got ten years!’ Here’s another one. ‘As climate alarmists around the world head to a tropical paradise on Bali next week to…’ Oh, can I tell you how this is going to work? There is a UN conference on the environment, Kyoto and so forth, and they’re doing it in Bali. (singing) ‘Bali haiiii.’ They’re all going to fly there on their corporate jets. Now, there’s nothing wrong with that. Well, there is. They’re hypocrites! They’re going to fly there on their corporate jets. Now, wait. There is only parking space at the airport in Bali for 15 of them. So most of the private jets from around the world — from all these people that care so much about the environment — are going to have to be ferried. The term, when you fly an empty airplane, is ‘deadhead it.’ You’ll have to deadhead that plane to a nearby island where they have an airport with larger parking space. Which means if nobody is on that plane except the crew, you’ve got to deadhead over and then for as long as the conference is, keep it over there; then you gotta deadhead back to pick up your rich passenger-owner. You are burning fossil fuels, jet fuel for no reason. There’s nobody aboard. You’re not transporting anybody.
They are making a mockery of all this. They criticize all these people and their carbon footprint — and then, of course, they’ve gotta house the crews of all their planes over at the other airport, and their bodyguards and their staff and all this. Well, in this case, just the crew. So it’s an absolute joke, when they go into a place that holds 15, a parking space, a ramp big enough for 15 jets, and this island! It’s enough that it’s how far away? Oh, and the worst thing you can do on an airplane is what’s called a short cycle. That’s not the worst thing you can do, but the last thing you want to do is have a little jump that is just 30 minutes, 30 miles, or whatever, because the takeoff and the landing is a cycle, and the plane goes through pressurization and not-pressurization depending on altitude, and that puts stress on the airframe and so forth. So you like long hauls. You like coast-to-coast hauls for a cycle and so forth, and efficiency, fuel efficiency. They’re going to burn so much fuel because they’re not going to get to altitude because this jump is not that far away but still you’re going to be deadheading all these airplanes.
Something like that 75 or 80 airplanes they’re going to be deadheading to this other island. Empty! Anyway… ‘As climate alarmists around the world head to a tropical paradise next week to discuss how developed nations should pay to solve global warming, an inconvenient truth has emerged. Many countries that are part of the Kyoto protocol are going to dramatically overshoot their greenhouse gas emissions limits,’ meaning none of them are going to make the Kyoto limits that they’ve signed on to! ‘While it seems a metaphysical certitude that America’s green media will largely boycott such revelations, so as not to put a damper on the hysterical proceedings in Bali, the fact that taxpayers in countries missing these targets will end up footing the bill, also appears likely to be ignored. As reported by Bloomberg: Japan, Italy, and Spain face fines of as much as $33 billion combined for failing to reduce greenhouse gas emissions as promised under the Kyoto treaty.’ Do you understand what this is? The Kyoto accord from the get-go has been a fleece! Put emissions standards that are impossible from an industrialized, growing economy to meet; when they don’t meet them, fine them.
‘That makes it all better.’ But who’s paying the fine? Taxes are going to go up in Japan, Italy, and Spain to pay for this. I hope the citizens over there who are green and think they’re really helping the planet, feel good about the taxes they’re going to be paying. The UN is fleecing Western democracies and productive nations: $33 billion just from those three countries. Can you imagine what our fine would be if we were a member of Kyoto? ‘If nothing is done to combat global warming, two of Florida’s nuclear power plants, three of its prisons, and 1,362 hotels, motels, and inns will be underwater by 2100, a study released on Wednesday said. In all, Florida could stand to lose $345 billion a year in projected economic activity by 2100, if nothing is done to address emissions that are viewed as the main human contribution to rising global temperatures according to the Tufts University study.’ So to put this in perspective, let me put this in perspective for you. Ninety-three years ago, Woodrow Wilson was in his first term. Woodrow Wilson, I know many of you are saying, ‘Who?’ Woodrow Wilson!
Not to mention the Soviet Union and commercial radio had yet to come into existence. One hundred years from now, 93 years from now! They have no clue what they are talking about, and the formulaic nature of perpetuating the myth and the hoax, you know, Florida has a much bigger problem right now than global warming. You know what it is? You’re all Floridians. Do you know what Florida’s biggest problem is? Not lack of water. That’s number two, and that’s only in South Florida. The biggest problem Florida has is it’s on the verge of real economic problems because of the property tax structure in this state. Our property taxes are very high, but the snowbirds — the people that live here, half the year or less — their property taxes skyrocketed, and they’re refusing to come because they can’t afford it anymore. You travel around this state, and you’ll find restaurants shuttered this time of year in the season. I had a friend in this morning who said, ‘I was down to Ft. Lauderdale. I could not believe it. Hotels were shut. I could not believe it.’ That’s property taxes. People just aren’t showing up. There was an exodus. There was an exodus from the Northeast … (interruption) What are you laughing at in there? What are you laughing at? (interruption) Mmm-hmm. (interruption) Well, the friend was in Ft. Lauderdale, too!
A friend had a dinner down there at a restaurant in Ft. Lauderdale. (My friend gets around.) At any rate, there was an exodus in the Northeast, 800 people a day moving in. That’s dried up. That’s a far more immediate concern, 100 years or 93 years from now, global warming closing all these hotels? UN: ‘Climate Change Threatens Millions of Poor People — Floods, droughts, and other climate disasters will rob millions of children of the decent meals and schools they need, unless rich nations,’ i.e., the United States, ‘pony up $86 billion by 2015 to help the poor adapt to global warming.’ This is journalistic malpractice. This is an AP story. If you want to help the poor adapt to global warming, put them on the path to becoming wealthy! Let them build cleaning plants and transition systems that help them go from being poor to wealthy, instead of making them continue to live in squalor! But, see, $86 billion from us will rob millions of children. You know what’s robbing millions of children of the decent meals and schools they need? Liberalism! Dictatorships! Socialism! People like Robert Mugabe and Hugo Chavez! That’s who’s robbing children in the world today, not the United States. ‘Study: Canadian Beer Drinkers Threaten Planet — The government-commissioned study says the old, inefficient beer refrigerators that one-in-three Canadian households use to store their beer contribute significantly to global warming by guzzling gas and coal-fired electricity.’