I know, I know. I haven't been posting lately. I have been busy lately. I will likely be busy again next week, but I couldn't let this piece by Monica Showalter at the American Thinker entitled The greenie left is coming for your coffee now go to waste. I like my coffee, and I make 1 to 2 double espressos every day. As Ms. Showalter says, this is just another attempt to put us peasants in our place, while the elites get to enjoy a cup or two of coffee every day. Oh, and as a plus, they get to starve poor doffee farmers, who might not be able to grow much else on their properties.
What they want, of course, is to take away more stuff from us, the better to control us. It wasn't enough to target our gas-powered cars and tell us to take the bus. It wasn't enough to take away our electricity and natural gas in the name of 'going green' and tell consumers to freeze in winter. It wasn't enough to howl for an end to jet travel while greenie leftists bought carbon indulgences and continued to jet about with their private planes. It wasn't enough to take away our plastic bags, to ensure that we only use unsanitary bacteria-filled cloth recycle bags. It wasn't enough to take away our meat and tell us to eat bugs.
All these are things they are -- no, really -- trying to take away. In some cases, they have succeeded at such schemes, too, all for a phony and chimerical quest to stop global warming, which somehow never happens. Oftentimes, they have trashed economies of third-world countries that rely on production of raw materials and agricultural production, but not a problem for them. You can bet this coffee nonsense is going to worm its way into leftist discourse the same way every other bad idea has among the greenie-dictator set. They just can't stop grabbing for power.
Now coffee is to become a luxury item in their narrative, to be consumed only by the elites. As for the rest of us, have a cup of instant ... just like they do in prisons.
If the study cited by the New York Post has any actual scientific basis, it is not cited in the article. I suspect that as usual they have cherry picked the data to present the worst possible case. And of course, they have left out the health benefits of coffee.
The idea that we should reduce our "carbon footprint" rests on a couple of assumptions. One is that we can actually drive the global temperature up or down by our behavior. Another is that the current global temperature is the ideal. Neither assumption is true. The fact is that world's temperature has been much warmer and much much colder and people were not even living on the planet at that time. In fact, the global temperature has been both warmer and colder in historic times, and humans have adapted to them.
The fact is that the global temperature is out of our control. In fact, it is the Sun controls our temperature. Showalter actually makes a good point that the "researchers" never ventured a guess as to how much giving up coffee would actually make in the total scheme of things. One suspects it would be like spitting in the ocean hoping to make it rise.