For Benefit of Glorious Court of Global Warming

For Benefit of Glorious Court of Global Warming
-By Warner Todd Huston

Welcome to glorious international court of global warming, court with most power in all the land. Global warming Czar welcomes you and says that you are not to worry about silly things like “sovereignty” and “democracy.” Glorious leader has taken this burden from you for betterment of world. You act upset at having modern life taken from you, but be happy. Your sacrifice is for all. Hail all powerful court of global warming and thank supreme leader, Mary Christina Wood. Bow to her and thank her that world is safe. Don’t look her in the eye, though. You are worm to her.

That about sums up a brand new theory of international law. It’s called the “atmospheric trust doctrine” and it is a quaint idea that the “atmosphere” is “held in trust” by the government. That’s right folks, government owns the air. Not just the space through which airplanes travel, the actual air itself. It makes one wonder how long will it be be after such an idiotic concept is cemented in law before we truly are taxed by the breath? After all, every single thing government claims it owns is regulated, taxed or assessed fees.

A penny per breath? A dollar? Let the global warming court decide.

Still, that aside, the concept that even the very air we breathe is owned by government is bad enough, but Mary Wood doesn’t envision just individual government’s owning the atmosphere above their various countries, but that an international tribunal will determine how that “air” will be governed. In other words, she sees no input in the governance of that “air” being the jurisdiction of the people who breathe it. No, this will be a law without borders, a law that has power over the entire Earth.

Like many who wish to oppress, this woman hides her rhetoric behind the concept of “patriotism.” Only it is not any traditional patriotism as applied to a country or a people. It is a new concept in patriotism that does away with the nation state, democracy, and self rule all at the same time. It is being called “The Dawn of Planetary Patriotism,” but it is nothing less than a global power grab that makes the United Nation’s efforts look childish by comparison. If you are looking for a conspiracy of a one-world government, look no farther because this is as pure an example as you’ll find.

It comes back to the “we are all just humans” nonsense that humanists always peddle. Of course, standing in front of a Chinese tank yelling “we are all just humans” will do just as much to stop that tank as will throwing a mustard seed at the lumbering behemoth… but I digress.

But who is our would be glorious leader scheming to usurp the rightful powers of the people? Who is this junior Stalin in the making? Who is the one who wants to be the global warming Czar of the world? Well, maybe Czarina is closer to it. Her name is Mary Wood and she sees herself as the savior of the planet.

Just what we need. Another self-professed savior “doing good” for us despite our wishes.

“Of all tyrannies, a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their consciences.”
—C.S. Lewis

Mary Wood is a University of Oregon law professor who has an extensive background in natural resources and property law. Her legal history seems to heavily favor the side of government acquiring land, eliminating private property rights, so that the all powerful, all-knowing, all caring government might be our loving, but stern, “trustee” over the land.

What is the old saying? The scariest words in the English language are, “I’m from the government and I’m here to help.”

Wood is peddling what some are calling a novel concept. In an interview with the Corvallis Gazette-Times, Wood displayed her misplaced compassion.

“The main problem with climate is that no government is taking responsibility for it and our government is sitting idle while this catastrophe is unfolding,” Wood said.

“There’s no other body of law that requires the government to act. But a trustee has to act to protect the body of the trust.”

In another interview, Wood went further:

I characterize the atmosphere as an asset that the people own in common. The government is a trustee of that asset. This approach has a basis in our environmental law. You can even think of it as an attribute of sovereignty … that is, the duty of government to protect our natural resources. The atmosphere is one of those natural resources. In fact, it’s the most crucial resource in our trust, because it holds everything else together.

And the fearmonger begins to open her bag of tricks to scare the people into casting away the Constitution, turning away from sovereignty, giving up property rights, and forgetting about freedom because of the “dire emergency” we face. After all, regardless of her claims, these rights will have to be cast aside so that her laws and rules will have the power of coercion. There is no room for anything less than the total supplication to Mary Wood and her legal stranglehold lest her efforts lack the teeth to “work.”

This harlot of the bar imagines the court to rule over all saying, “a judge can order an accounting against any level of government.” It doesn’t matter what the Constitution says, what the people vote on. The judges shall control it all. ALL power in the hands of an unelected elite, all guided by the Czarina of global warming herself.

As a warning I give you words often attributed to Benjamin Franklin: “Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little Temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.”

That environmental pied piper, Mary Wood, is bound and determined to make us all undeserving of that liberty.

Naturally, instead of being in the hands of either science or the hands of our duly, democratically elected representatives, power-mongers like Mary Wood would hand all powers to regulate our daily lives to lawyers. Remember, it’s for our own good.

And the lawyers are lining up to fill their pockets with Mary Wood’s gospel.

Greg Costello is one of the public interest attorneys evaluating Wood’s proposal as the basis for potential lawsuits. He thinks it could be a successful legal strategy because it’s grounded in a widely accepted principle of common law.

Yes, to hell with all that “of the people, by the people, and for the people” junk. Let us remove the power from the hands of the unenlightened rabble we call “the people.” Give us a yoke on our necks placed there by lawyers. We cattle are not intelligent enough to live our lives without the strong, more sensible hand of Czarina Mary Wood guiding us.

Pity the poor “people” who are but sheep before the intellectual might of the few, the proud, the lawyers.

This is one of the most self-righteous, dangerous, power-mad, unAmerican cretins in the country today. Every American should be made aware of this threat to our way of life. She is far more dangerous than her mythical global warming could ever be for she is willing to destroy all we have, all we are, and all we could be to satisfy her hunger for control over our lives.

I’ll leave you with the words of Thomas Jefferson, words he took from history and appeared in the last letter he is known to have written.

“All eyes are opened, or opening, to the rights of man. The general spread of the light of science has already laid open to every view the palpable truth, that the mass of mankind have not been born with saddles on their backs, nor a favored few booted and spurred, ready to ride them legitimately by the grace of God.”

–Thomas Jefferson, letter to Roger C. Weightman, June 24, 1826

Let us not now turn to scientists and lawyers and hand them the whip and spurs as tools to ride us now. We have come too far to allow pretender messiahs to enslave us all.


Warner Todd Huston is a Chicago based freelance writer, has been writing opinion editorials and social criticism since early 2001 and is featured on many websites such as,, New Media Journal, Men’s News Daily and the New Media Alliance among many, many others. Additionally, he has been a frequent guest on talk-radio programs to discuss his opinion editorials and current events. He has also written for several history magazines and appears in the new book “Americans on Politics, Policy and Pop Culture” which can be purchased on He is also the owner and operator of Feel free to contact him with any comments or questions : EMAIL Warner Todd Huston

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