Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Earth Day Musings

Today is Earth Day, when we are supposed to remember that we only have one Earth, that the Earth doesn’t belong to us, we belong to the Earth, that we can’t use up all the natural resources, and that global warming is bad. There may be a few environmentalist clichés I missed, but those pretty much sum up the effort. Earth Day advocates usually use Earth Day as an excuse to advance their agenda. In practice, that agenda takes on the qualities of a secular religion.

A religion without any real salvation, or even any point. Radical environmental leaders seem to think that being green is just too easy, hence an array of extra challenges for the believers. Nuclear power is anathema to believers, even though the widespread use of nuclear power would solve the greenhouse gas problem. Nuclear energy is clean and plentiful, and many nations, such as France, rely on it almost exclusively. Widespread nuclear power would be a boon the environment—and radical conservationists oppose.

True, nuclear power does result in nuclear waste, but nuclear waste has been responsible for very, very few deaths. Coal mining is dangerous and environmentally harmful, and oil is expensive and running out. Nuclear power is neither, but Greens oppose it anyway.

Another ridiculous challenge thrown up by radical environmentalists is the idea that helping the earth must be inconvenient and expensive. Some of their conservation ideas actually have some merit—recycling is inconvenient (and I personally don’t recycle), but is a good idea, and solar power probably saves money in some areas.

But environmentalists stress the inconvenient parts of environmentalism. For example, on wikihow.com’s guide to reducing global warming, one of the steps recommending is using a push mower (the kind they used in the fifties) instead of a power mower. This saves 80 pounds of carbon dioxide. That amount is totally insignificant. But it lets people feel good about themselves, and gain environmentalist grace. The actual effect on the environment is ignored.

Another sign of the global warming movement’s cultishness and unseriousness is its adoption of carbon credits. Carbon credits are used when a rich yet environmentally friendly activist feels guilty about his use of natural resources—but not that guilty. So he pays a sum of money that permits him to indulge himself and use as much carbon dioxide as he sees fit. That money goes, in many cases, straight into the coffers of Al Gore, who owns one of the largest carbon credit companies.

Environmentalists have a solid core philosophy—care for the Earth. Unfortunately, they have sullied it by embracing an impractical, cultish belief system. Their cause is now based on trendy assumptions of what it good for the earth, instead of practical, real-world solutions.


At April 23, 2008 at 9:05 AM , Blogger Name: Soapboxgod said...

You couldn't be more correct in citing that it's become a religion of sorts. The modern day movement is not so much a pro-environment movement in as much as it is an anti-freedom, anti-capitalist one. As such, it's become much more of a political movement.

For God's sake, even Patrick Moore says as much. And, he was one of the Co-founders of Greenpeace!

At April 23, 2008 at 9:27 AM , Blogger Beth said...

You don't recycle Daniel? Wow, I have lost all respect for you.

Just kidding, actually I have heard how the cost/benefits of recycling are questionable, and how the recycling trucks use more energy collecting the trash than its worth, but who knows? It's not much effort for me to do it and I'm in the habit of doing it, but I am not militant about it.

At April 23, 2008 at 10:45 AM , Blogger Name: Soapboxgod said...

May I just say this about recycling? We do it at our house. We get a credit on our bill for doing so.

Before we moved into our house, we did it as well. But, when we lived in our apartment, it was so much easier because you could just through all the cans, plastic and glass in one and the mags, newspapers, etc. into another. I liked that.

Now, we have to separate it and I don't like that so much.

But, here's the thing I got to thinking about.....

Aren't the "green" and "environmental" advocates always saying that this environmental awareness will create "green" jobs??

Seems to me a good "green" job might be allowing me to revert back to throwing all my cans, plastics, and glass together and the refuse company having someone else sort it. Of course then they'd have to charge me more so it might not be that cost effective. But still....

At April 23, 2008 at 12:31 PM , Blogger Marie's Two Cents said...


I recycle, I dont litter, and instead of dumping oil or substances in the trash that will eventually make it to a landfill I take those to designated places for responsible disposal. And a few minor other things I do here and there.

That's about all I am willing to give to this cause lol

Global Hysteria has turned into a religion and another reason for Liberals to jerk more money out of us for an unproven theory.

At April 23, 2008 at 1:31 PM , Blogger WomanHonorThyself said...

Marie is so right..so much junk science eh!!

At April 23, 2008 at 2:20 PM , Blogger Name: Soapboxgod said...

"Global Hysteria has turned into a religion and another reason for Liberals to jerk more money out of us for an unproven theory."

Jerk more money out of us and in turn subject us to a lower standard of living.

I hate to beat a dead horse here. But, let us be reminded that this hysteria has been fully embraced by far too many Republicans.

At April 23, 2008 at 4:51 PM , Blogger Marie's Two Cents said...


Jerk more money out of us and in turn subject us to a lower standard of living.

I hate to beat a dead horse here. But, let us be reminded that this hysteria has been fully embraced by far too many Republicans.

Yes way to many Republicans are falling for this nonsense and it's time it comes to a halt.

At April 23, 2008 at 6:54 PM , Blogger Name: Soapboxgod said...

Well said Marie. And kudos to Inhoffe. He seems to be the only disenter at present.

At April 23, 2008 at 7:01 PM , Blogger Name: Soapboxgod said...

One of the major problems that I have with Republicans embracing it is that on the one hand they're running around touting themselves as fiscally conservative (you know, low taxes, pro-business, etc.). But, what gets overlooked is a thing called regulatory taxes. Simply put, they amount to tax increases that come about by way of government regulations and mandates (i.e., the now infamous mandate in the horrendous 2007 "Energy" bill which says that by 2012 you can no longer buy incandenscent light bulbs but which cost about $.60. Instead, you've now got to buy a $4.00 one because of a regulation).

If a politician is touting themselves as having never voted for a tax increase but then they support these types of regulations, the former isn't going to account for anything because on the back end they'll be getting their money right out of your pocket.

At November 5, 2014 at 4:46 PM , Blogger oakleyses said...

louis vuitton outlet, coach purses, prada outlet, tiffany and co jewelry, nike shoes, red bottom shoes, longchamp handbags, oakley sunglasses, longchamp outlet, christian louboutin outlet, oakley vault, kate spade handbags, louis vuitton handbags, true religion outlet, louis vuitton outlet online, coach outlet, ray ban outlet, nike air max, burberry outlet online, polo ralph lauren outlet, kate spade outlet online, polo ralph lauren, coach outlet store online, nike air max, tiffany jewelry, cheap oakley sunglasses, coach outlet, true religion, christian louboutin, longchamp outlet online, burberry outlet online, michael kors outlet online, michael kors outlet store, michael kors outlet online, tory burch outlet, michael kors outlet, chanel handbags, gucci handbags, michael kors outlet online, nike free, louis vuitton outlet, michael kors outlet online, ray ban sunglasses, christian louboutin shoes, louis vuitton, jordan shoes, prada handbags

At November 5, 2014 at 4:49 PM , Blogger oakleyses said...

nike blazer pas cher, lacoste pas cher, timberland, north face, air max, guess pas cher, nike free, air jordan, sac louis vuitton, air max pas cher, hollister, michael kors canada, lululemon, barbour, abercrombie and fitch, burberry pas cher, hermes pas cher, vans pas cher, north face pas cher, nike air max, sac vanessa bruno, chaussure louboutin, mulberry, nike roshe run, ralph lauren pas cher, louis vuitton, louis vuitton pas cher, sac michael kors, converse pas cher, nike free pas cher, oakley pas cher, ralph lauren, longchamp, new balance pas cher, hollister, nike roshe, louis vuitton uk, tn pas cher, scarpe hogan, true religion jeans, nike air force, longchamp pas cher, michael kors uk, ray ban pas cher, ray ban uk, true religion outlet, nike air max

At November 5, 2014 at 4:52 PM , Blogger oakleyses said...

marc jacobs outlet, beats headphones, canada goose, rolex watches, abercrombie and fitch, celine handbags, new balance outlet, instyler ionic styler, ugg boots, reebok shoes, roshe run, uggs on sale, ghd, north face jackets, nike huarache, valentino shoes, vans outlet, ugg outlet, p90x workout, ugg soldes, mont blanc pens, chi flat iron, canada goose outlet, lululemon outlet, ferragamo shoes, longchamp, nfl jerseys, asics shoes, mac cosmetics, bottega veneta, north face outlet, herve leger, birkin bag, wedding dresses, insanity workout, soccer shoes, soccer jerseys, giuseppe zanotti, nike trainers, canada goose outlet, babyliss pro, canada goose outlet, hollister, jimmy choo shoes, uggs outlet, ugg, mcm handbags

At November 5, 2014 at 4:55 PM , Blogger oakleyses said...

moncler, moncler outlet, hollister, juicy couture outlet, ralph lauren, moncler, louis vuitton canada, montre femme, moncler, canada goose pas cher, pandora uk, parajumpers outlet, thomas sabo uk, iphone 6 case, ray ban, lancel, oakley, swarovski jewelry, supra shoes, moncler, louboutin, uggs canada, coach outlet, swarovski uk, wedding dress, ugg, canada goose, baseball bats, canada goose, timberland shoes, replica watches, pandora jewelry, gucci, moncler, converse shoes, air max, karen millen, hollister clothing, juicy couture outlet, pandora charms, hollister canada, vans, converse, links of london uk, nike air max, moncler, toms outlet, canada goose uk

At April 5, 2016 at 10:21 PM , Blogger ninest123 said...

ninest123 16.04
nike air max, tory burch outlet, tiffany jewelry, prada handbags, replica watches, longchamp outlet, louboutin shoes, ray ban sunglasses, ray ban sunglasses, chanel handbags, tiffany and co, longchamp pas cher, oakley sunglasses, prada outlet, nike outlet, replica watches, louboutin outlet, ray ban sunglasses, ralph lauren pas cher, nike free, oakley sunglasses, nike roshe run, burberry, polo ralph lauren outlet, sac longchamp, louis vuitton outlet, jordan shoes, louis vuitton, ugg boots, polo ralph lauren outlet, oakley sunglasses, gucci outlet, longchamp, louis vuitton, uggs on sale, nike free, louboutin pas cher, louis vuitton, michael kors, oakley sunglasses, louboutin, christian louboutin outlet, air jordan pas cher, ugg boots, louis vuitton outlet, cheap oakley sunglasses, longchamp outlet, nike air max, air max

At April 5, 2016 at 10:23 PM , Blogger ninest123 said...

michael kors, timberland, north face, vans pas cher, michael kors outlet, michael kors outlet, michael kors, kate spade outlet, ralph lauren uk, ugg boots, replica handbags, coach purses, michael kors outlet, hogan, ugg boots, air force, tn pas cher, lacoste pas cher, nike air max, vanessa bruno, abercrombie and fitch, true religion jeans, sac guess, true religion jeans, new balance pas cher, kate spade handbags, nike free run uk, ray ban pas cher, north face, converse pas cher, hollister pas cher, nike air max, hollister, ray ban uk, michael kors, coach outlet, hermes, michael kors outlet, burberry, nike blazer, burberry outlet online, michael kors outlet, lululemon, mulberry, michael kors, true religion jeans, coach outlet, true religion outlet, nike air max, oakley pas cher

At April 5, 2016 at 10:25 PM , Blogger ninest123 said...

north face outlet, soccer shoes, nike trainers, nfl jerseys, iphone 6s plus cases, iphone 5s cases, lululemon, hollister, p90x workout, insanity workout, s5 cases, beats by dre, nike air max, timberland boots, ferragamo shoes, jimmy choo shoes, iphone 6 cases, soccer jerseys, north face outlet, celine handbags, valentino shoes, louboutin, instyler, asics running shoes, nike roshe, babyliss, mcm handbags, nike huarache, nike air max, bottega veneta, hollister, wedding dresses, iphone 6 plus cases, vans shoes, oakley, iphone cases, ghd, chi flat iron, longchamp, reebok shoes, new balance, giuseppe zanotti, hollister, iphone 6s cases, mac cosmetics, ralph lauren, abercrombie and fitch, birkin bag, baseball bats, ipad cases, mont blanc, herve leger

At April 5, 2016 at 10:27 PM , Blogger ninest123 said...

swarovski crystal, bottes ugg, pandora jewelry, doudoune canada goose, hollister, ugg,ugg australia,ugg italia, ray ban, barbour, converse, moncler, replica watches, louis vuitton, toms shoes, moncler, canada goose, moncler, canada goose outlet, pandora charms, gucci, supra shoes, links of london, canada goose uk, ugg pas cher, moncler, juicy couture outlet, canada goose, vans, barbour jackets, ugg boots uk, marc jacobs, ugg,uggs,uggs canada, converse outlet, pandora jewelry, thomas sabo, juicy couture outlet, canada goose, louis vuitton, canada goose, swarovski, moncler, karen millen, moncler, montre pas cher, louis vuitton, wedding dresses, moncler outlet, lancel, sac louis vuitton pas cher, coach outlet, canada goose outlet, louis vuitton, pandora charms, moncler
ninest123 16.04


Post a Comment

Subscribe to Post Comments [Atom]

<< Home