Monday, June 25, 2007

Going (against?) Green to the Extreme

Today while working I happened to catch part of a muted news segment on ABC's Good Morning America. The network aired what was clearly designed to be a glowing piece on environmentalist Colin Beaven, who fancies himself the No Impact Man. The segment was entitled "Going Green to the Extreme: No Lights, No Car, No Coffee".

For the leftist media to give this guy gushing approval, however, is lunacy. Talk about confirming everybody's worst fears about the true intentions of the CAGW movement. It'd be like Tom Tancredo interviewing some nutjob who advocates putting all people of Hispanic descent living in the US in hard labor camps and emaciating them to the point of death as a way of bolstering his Presidential platform's support for immigration reform. Beaven shuns virtually everything about the existence of a capitalistic society--or human civilization, more accurately (he's opposed to using toilet paper or transporting food)--as having a catastrophic impact on Mother Gaia. Logically, it seems the last step he must take in his ascension from Greenisatva to Gruhda is one of self-immolation--he must commit suicide. Only then will his zero-impact aspirations become sustainable!

As someone who is fascinated by the natural world and seeks to preserve much of it from the artifices of man, the 'mainstream' environmental movement has little credibility. There is a dogmatic obsession with the putative disastrous consequences of climate change, with almost no attention given to the many of earth's species and regions that have benefitted from the gradual surface warming over the last four decades. It is generally in opposition to or silent on the two surest ways to clean up the globe--more nuclear power and population reduction in the third-world, both strategies that would raise, rather than cause to plummet, the standard-of-living for the average planetary resident.

1 comment:

JSBolton said...

Once the left taught that vast new power was needed to raise per capita
economic levels, now they set up 'saints' of greenliness, as if the level of economic activity ought to continually decline.