One of the interesting things I've discovered is that when I do my minimal research so that I don't have completely wrong facts (to back up my always correct opinion), I always end up on a tangent. Today's tangent is into the world of indulgences. The Wikipedia entry defines it thus:
An indulgence, in Roman Catholic theology, is the full or partial remission of temporal punishment due for sins which have already been forgiven. The indulgence is granted by the church after the sinner has confessed and received absolution. The belief is that indulgences draw on the storehouse of merit acquired by Jesus' sacrifice and the virtues and penances of the saints. They are granted for specific good works and prayers.This threw me a little because I, as many people do, associate the word with the abusive practice of selling them, and with the idea of them being an instrument of forgiveness. I blame Kevin Smith for this:
Eventually, I got to a Catholic site that had cleared up all misconceptions.
But, for the purpose of my point, let's look at my misconception as reality.
Imagine a system where you were allowed to commit the sin of your choice, and then buy an indulgence to offset it. Or even better, you knew you wanted to sin your ass off for a week or so, and you went and got yourself a prepaid indulgence.
There could even be a system where everyone is granted a certain amount of indulgences you were capped at, and if you were going to need to sin more, you could always trade with someone that wasn't as big on the sin.
Sounds like a lot of smoke and mirrors and bullshit to me. You? Thought so.
Now replace the sins with producing greenhouse gases, indulgences with carbon credits, and consider that cap and trade is simply excusing, and the insanity and bullshit of the carbon credit is obvious.
Then look at the biggest proponent of carbon credits. He makes good money selling them. He even sells them to himself to "offset" his big-assed mansion, his private jets, etc.
His name is Algore. And he is dedicated to selling global warming and raking in the dough.
And my liberal buddies wonder why I'm skeptical?