Back in the ‘90s, there was a concerted effort among movie producers to develop a new Superman film. Few of the people involved were devoted to the comic. A plethora of treatments floated around, each of which left much to be desired.
One of the ideas that came and went was that Lex Luthor and the evil alien Brainiac would somehow blot out the sun, the source of Superman’s power, and unleash the monster Doomsday to kill him. I was reminded of this loony plot element recently when a friend forwarded me a peculiar story about a woman who now claims to own the sun.
Stick with me on this. I promise it will be worth your while.
After billions of years the Sun finally has an owner — a woman from Spain’s soggy region of Galicia said Friday she had registered the star at a local notary public as being her property.
Angeles Duran, 49, told the online edition of daily El Mundo she took the step in September after reading about an American man who had registered himself as the owner of the moon and most planets in our solar system.
There is an international agreement which states that no country may claim ownership of a planet or star, but it says nothing about individuals, she added.
“There was no snag, I backed my claim legally, I am not stupid, I know the law. I did it but anyone else could have done it, it simply occurred to me first.”
She’s crazy, right? Maybe. But before you start laughing too hard, let me posit the idea that Ms. Duran is not the first person to invent such a scheme. In fact, she may have gotten the idea from Hollywood – not from Superman, but from Al Gore.
Duran, who lives in the town of Salvaterra do Mino, said she now wants to slap a fee on everyone who uses the sun and give half of the proceeds to the Spanish government and 20 percent to the nation’s pension fund.
She would dedicate another 10 percent to research, another 10 percent to ending world hunger — and would keep the remaining 10 percent herself.
Are you connecting the dots here? Doran wants to take a natural resource currently available to everyone, a resource which people require in order to perpetuate their life, a resource for which people have no alternative option, and charge us for it.
This is laughable only because she is one woman from Spain. Change the resource in question from the sun to carbon dioxide, and exchange Doran for the worldwide radical environmental cabal, and you’ve got a little something known as cap-and-trade.
Doran’s diabolical plot, which would put Lex Luther to shame, is effectively no different than Al Gore’s. Create an artificial commodity out of literal air, a commodity you expend no labor or capital to produce, and trade it as though it were scarce when it is in fact not.