Writing a post commenting on the decision by Santa Cruz County (CA – where else?) to ban all forms of oil & gas exploration / exploitation, but to continue themselves to use fossil fuels, an epiphany occurred.
“Further (and this is not limited to oil alone, more in another post), providing a product to people who demand it, but who refuse to allow the replenishment of the supply on which they draw is absurd.”
It occurred that the refusal to replenish the resources they demand is a trait of Liberals far broader than Oil & Gas.
What is THE most pressing issue of the day, GLOBALLY? The redistribution of earned income. Much of the euro fiscal catastrophe, and nearly all of our pending catastrophes of the bankruptcy of Social Security, Medicare, Welfare, etc., have the same root as the Progressive reaction to oil & gas:
A refusal by the Left (whose global fertility is below replacement) to replenish the resources (human beings) they demand to use to create the resource (earned money) for Leftist redistribution.
In large part the increasing inability of the post-War Western Welfare State to redistribute money is an issue of fertility: ALL redistribution systems are Ponzi schemes reliant on the constant inflow of earnings from new generations of workers. The global FAILURE of these redistributive programs is an issue of the Left not replenishing the only resources that can create the earnings demanded by the Left: new human beings. (Check Red/Blue demographics: Blue political entities, states and countries, are below replacement fertility, with the ONLY exceptions in Western Civilization being HI, NM, NV.)
This largely is enabled by the Right NOT pointing this out, by the GOP refusing to educate the voters on what is happening – and on what only CAN and WILL get worse.
As long as voters are not educated that redistribution requires humans, as long as parents and future parents in the Center where elections are won and lost continue to think that future bills for redistribution will fall evenly on both THEIR kids and, well, there isn’t anyone else as the Left is not having kids… then these parents will continue to vote for politicians redistributing money only THEIR children will be making.
The Left bloviates on the environment. All environments require replenishment. But the most important environment – human society – is an environment the Left demands to USE, but REFUSES to replenish.
Redistribution is intergenerational theft by those not populating future generations. The Left is lowering the standard of living, at an increasing rate, or your, and only your, children.