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Recession may burst ‘green bubble’

June 6, 2009

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— There once was an Indianapolis concert featuring 50 pianos. Splendid instruments, pianos. Still, 50 might have been excessive. As is today’s chorus summoning us to save the planet.

In the history of developed democracies with literate publics served by mass media, there is no precedent for today’s media enlistment in the crusade to promote global warming “awareness.” Concerning this, journalism, which fancies itself skeptical and nonconforming, is neither.

The incessant hectoring by the media-political complex’s “consciousness-raising” campaign has provoked a comic riposte in the form of “The Goode Family,” an animated ABC entertainment program on Wednesdays at 8 p.m. CDT. Cartoons seem, alas, to be the most effective means of seizing a mass audience’s attention. Still, the program is welcome evidence of the bursting of what has been called “the green bubble.”

Gerald and Helen Goode, their children and dog Che (when supervised, he is a vegan; when unsupervised, squirrels disappear) live in a college town, where T-shirts and other media instruct (“Meat is murder”), admonish (“Don’t kill wood”) and exhort (“Support our troops ... and their opponents”). The college, where Gerald works, gives students tenure. And when Gerald says his department needs money to raise the percentage of minority employees, his boss cheerily replies, “Or we could just fire three white guys. Everybody wins!” Helen shops at the One Earth store, where community shaming enforces social responsibility: “Attention One Earth shoppers, the driver of the SUV is in aisle four. He’s wearing the baseball cap.”

The New York Times television critic disapproves. The show “feels aggressively off-kilter with the current mood, as if it had been incubated in the early to mid-’90s, when it was possible to find global-warming skeptics among even the reasonable and informed.” That is a perfect (because completely complacent) sample of the grating smugness of the planet-savers, delivered by an entertainment writer: Reasonable dissent is impossible. Cue the pianos.

“The Goode Family” does not threaten Jonathan Swift’s standing as the premier English-language satirist. But when a Goode child apologizes to his parent for driving too much, and the parent responds, “It’s OK ... what’s important is that you feel guilty about it,” the program touches upon an important phenomenon: ecology as psychology.

In “The Green Bubble: Why Environmentalism Keeps Imploding” (The New Republic, May 20), Ted Nordhaus and Michael Shellenberger, authors of “Break Through: Why We Can’t Leave Saving the Planet to Environmentalists,” say that a few years ago, being green “moved beyond politics.” Gestures — bringing reusable grocery bags to the store, purchasing a $4 heirloom tomato, inflating tires, weatherizing windows — “gained fresh urgency” and “were suddenly infused with grand significance.”

Green consumption became “positional consumption” that identified the consumer as a member of a moral and intellectual elite. A 2007 survey found that 57 percent of Prius purchasers said they bought their car because “it makes a statement about me.” Honda, alert to the bull market in status effects, reshaped its 2009 Insight hybrid to look like a Prius.

Nordhaus and Shellenberger note the telling “insignificance,” as environmental measures, of planting gardens or using fluorescent bulbs. Their significance is therapeutic, but not for the planet. They make people feel better:

“After all, we can’t escape the fact that we depend on an infrastructure — roads, buildings, sewage systems, power plants, electrical grids, etc. — that requires huge quantities of fossil fuels. But the ecological irrelevance of these practices was beside the point.”

The point of “utopian environmentalism” was to reduce guilt. During the green bubble, many Americans became “captivated by the twin thoughts that human civilization could soon come crashing down — and that we are on the cusp of a sudden leap forward in consciousness, one that will allow us to heal ourselves, our society, and our planet. Apocalyptic fears meld seamlessly into utopian hopes.” Suddenly, commonplace acts — e.g., buying light bulbs — infused pedestrian lives with cosmic importance. But:

“Greens often note that the changing global climate will have the greatest impact on the world’s poor; they neglect to mention that the poor also have the most to gain from development fueled by cheap fossil fuels like coal. For the poor, the climate is already dangerous.”

Now, say Nordhaus and Shellenberger, “the green bubble” has burst, pricked by Americans’ intensified reluctance to pursue greenness at a cost to economic growth. The dark side of utopianism is “escapism and a disengagement from reality that marks all bubbles, green or financial.” Re-engagement with reality is among the recession’s benefits.

— George Will is a columnist for Washington Post Writers Group.

Comments

camper 4 years, 10 months ago

We should always be thinking about ways to conserve our resources and use them wisely. The least of our concerns or thoughts should dwell upon how people internalize this notion. I don't care if they are (accurately or wrongly) accused of self righteousness. Big deal. It is ok to lampoon and point out this hypocrisy, but it should not take our eyes off the big picture.

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jafs 4 years, 10 months ago

Ok.

It is unfortunately true that some very visible supporters of environmentalism don't seem to "walk the walk". I completely agree that folks who claim to care about the environment and live in ridiculously large houses, own jets, etc. should be criticized for it.

And, yes, "green consumerism" seems to have become more popular than true environmentalism, which includes conservation and living more simply.

And, maybe some environmentalists are annoying in their attitudes.

But, all of that means we need to take back the original points that have been lost, and lose the attitude.

Living simply, consuming less, and being mindful. Buying smaller houses. Not making it a liberal/conservative issue. Things that we can all do, and which will make a collective difference.

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camper 4 years, 10 months ago

Yes George does need to retire. Conserving our planet's resources for future generations should always be a consideration when we look at the way we do things now.

And Will is being sidetracked because his neurosis is putting these thought into his head telling him people are acting self-righteous and making statements about themselves. George, you are an old man, your ideas are old and antiquated. Time has gone way past you man.

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Pilgrim2 4 years, 10 months ago

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus (Anonymous) says…

“As unresponsive as ever.”


Are you going to accept the challenge or not?

boohoozo's response: the sound of crickets chirping.


Yeah, that's what I thought.

Pathetic.

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manus_flexibilis 4 years, 10 months ago

Are we going back to stuffing our stockings with chunks of clean coal for the holiday season;yay?

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Flap Doodle 4 years, 10 months ago

Relax & have a popsicle, bronze. It's a cool and fruity treat on a spring evening.

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bronze 4 years, 10 months ago

pretty sad column.

George needs to retire.

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camper 4 years, 10 months ago

Boy, those green people just act so self righteous. I just can't stand it anymore.

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dandelion 4 years, 10 months ago

So far, none of you "green" haters have been forced to give up your gas guzzlers. You aren't forced to recycle or grow you own food. Most of you wouldn't know how or wouldn't have the energy it takes. So why are you complaining. Of course, we might have a hard time assuring that you only get electricity from coal fired plants, but maybe you electric company can guarantee that. And by the way, we aren't trying to save the planet. We are trying to save the human race. We will die off and the planet will continue and possibly cleanse itself of our poison, but none of our descendants will be around to see it. Of course, those that only care about themselves could care less. But we aren't forcing you to care about your children and grandchildren and great grandchildren. We are just trying to help our future. I plan on being a dad one day, and I want to see my kids have a good life, not living in a landfill.

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beatrice 4 years, 10 months ago

I'd just like to add that I've never heard of nor watched "The Goode Family." Not a tv snob, just usually prefer movies or HBO series. However, from Will's description -- t-shirts that read “Support our troops ... and their opponents” -- it seems pretty funny. I'll have to give it a shot. I know they are making fun of liberals, but you have to be able to laugh at yourself sometimes. The depictions of liberals on King of the Hill are usually a riot.

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roger_o_thornhill 4 years, 10 months ago

This forum is the perfect example of how all sorts of people act like those Mr. Will exemplifies in his editorial. Obnoxious fringe people shouldn't be upheld as examples of anything except their own extreme, fringe strata. Isn't Mr. Will himself acting just like those he features in his article by using them in his article?

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beatrice 4 years, 10 months ago

Popular vote: 69,498,215 to 59,948,240 Electoral vote: 365 to 173

That is what anyone who loves America would call "elected."

And I'm glad to know you already have a tiara. I really didn't want to spend any of my own money on one, even if I can get a lead-base painted one made in China for cheap in the toys section at Wal-Mart for you.

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Richard Heckler 4 years, 10 months ago

Green thinking is about energy conservation and less expensive cleaner energy = dollars and sense and saving money.

Coal and nuke power are neither clean nor cheap. Oddly so called conservatives stick to more expensive energy sources that require handsome sums of tax dollars to maintain.

Those expensive sources of energy also require the taxpayer to insure them because conventional insurance will not touch them.

The no such thing as Clean Coal plants cost way too much to build just like nuke plants = dumb dollars and no sense. GW cut off funding to a clean coal project due to mounting cost overruns.

Nuclear Power Is Not Clean or Green! http://www.citizen.org/cmep/energy_enviro_nuclear/nuclear_power_plants/articles.cfm?ID=9720

The "clean coal" campaign was always more PR than reality — currently there's no economical way to capture and sequester carbon emissions from coal, and many experts doubt there ever will be. But now the idea of clean coal might be truly dead, buried beneath the 1.1 billion gallons of water mixed with toxic coal ash that on Dec. 22 burst through a dike next to the Kingston coal plant in the Tennessee Valley and blanketed several hundred acres of land, destroying nearby houses. The accident — which released 100 times more waste than the Exxon Valdez disaster — has polluted the waterways of Harriman, Tenn., with potentially dangerous levels of toxic metals like arsenic and mercury, and left much of the town uninhabitable. http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,1870599,00.html

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Tom Shewmon 4 years, 10 months ago

How do you know I'm NOT wearing a tiara already? I like to dress up when I'm on LJW. You say 'elected' and I see it more as 'selected'.

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beatrice 4 years, 10 months ago

"The corrupt mainstream media will be protecting them even when every other sign reads “Out of business” and we're rife with terrorism."

Tom, what hyperbole! You really are becoming a drama queen. We might need to pitch in and buy you a tiara to wear while sitting at the computer.

Oh, and Obama isn't the "annointed one". He is the "elected one."

And the "out of business" signs you see will be thanks to Wal-Mart's price fixing schemes.

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seriouscat 4 years, 10 months ago

"Well, sorry, but not everyone shares your personal semantic distinction between the “green movement” and “environmentalism.” For most people, they are pretty much interchangeable terms."

-No, green consumerism is not environmentalism, and the fact that it masquerades as such is part of the problem.

"Sure, Al Gore, Oprah Winfrey and any other celebrity or politician probably deserve some of the criticism directed their way. But environmentalism (and the green movement) can't be distilled down to the the right-wing's caricatures of a few celebrities."

-Nor can any movement can it? But as in today's media that's what happens when a movement reaches critical mass and that's what's happened with 'green'.

"Neither is it useful to ridicule the small things that everyday people are doing, because with nearly 7 billion of us on the planet, even that can have dramatic results. But the sick thing is that folks like Will want to use these small but significant steps as justification for not taking the major steps the movement really is trying to achieve."

-No one is ridiculing the actions that people are taking, what is being ridiculed is the self righteous-attitude. You and your vitriolic reaction toward my comments are a convenient example of what I'm talking about.

And yes it is useful to ridicule people anytime they put themselves up on an undeserved pedestal and try to tell everyone else how to live their lives and shout fowl! whenever their sincerity or the effectiveness of their methods is questioned.

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Tom Shewmon 4 years, 10 months ago

Liberals clearly operate strictly on a "Do as we say, not as we do" basis. Pelosi, Reid, Kennedy, Kerry, Leahy, Frank, Dodd, Browner, Holder and Gore especially------all of the far-left liberal SOB's. I can't stand them. The Annointed One is nothing more than a figure head; a celebrity for the Democratic party. The corrupt mainstream media will be protecting them even when every other sign reads "Out of business" and we're rife with terrorism.

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 4 years, 10 months ago

"Hypocrites, the lot of them!"

Well that was easy-- you didn't even have to think about it, did you, LG40?

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lawrenceguy40 4 years, 10 months ago

I hear you Tom.

Liberals complain about CEOs extracting money from the poor working man, but as soon as they get the chance they invent some scheme to do exactly the same - except of course there is no benefit or product to said working man.

It always amuses me to see some guy ranting on about global warming and then hopping in a jet plane to their next venue. Shouldn't they all just stay home if they really believe in this stuff? Hypocrites, the lot of them!

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 4 years, 10 months ago

"As far as Will's column goes, the green movement has been watered down to the point where it is another meaningless trend. I'm not equating that with environmentalism."

Well, sorry, but not everyone shares your personal semantic distinction between the "green movement" and "environmentalism." For most people, they are pretty much interchangeable terms.

Sure, Al Gore, Oprah Winfrey and any other celebrity or politician probably deserve some of the criticism directed their way. But environmentalism (and the green movement) can't be distilled down to the the right-wing's caricatures of a few celebrities.

Neither is it useful to ridicule the small things that everyday people are doing, because with nearly 7 billion of us on the planet, even that can have dramatic results. But the sick thing is that folks like Will want to use these small but significant steps as justification for not taking the major steps the movement really is trying to achieve.

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Tom Shewmon 4 years, 10 months ago

Al Gore has made $100 million. As soon as the fad wears off, "green" will be something you only read about in the history books. In the meantime, Obama and Company are going to empty your bank accounts.

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seriouscat 4 years, 10 months ago

Bozo- You get your panties in a bunch far too easily my friend. I am not much of a regular poster here, but I read the comments regularly and I'm actually on your side on many many issues. I am not a global warming skeptic. I strongly support legislation and actions that protect the environment.

It's interesting that my observation that the green movement has raised itself to the level of knee jerk dogmatism garnered responses accusing me of being too lazy to recycle (I use the Walmart center like everyone else around here, and support curbside recycling), conservative (I'm probably most closely aligned with the green party on most issues) and of having tunnel vision whatever that means.

Without knowing anything about me except what little was revealed people jumped to all kinds of assumptions and incorrect conclusions.

I like the cartoon 'Pluggers' because it points out the irony of all the trendy stuff that people are doing to be 'green', using clothes lines, using everything for as long as possible, buying 'vintage', etc etc etc, is the stuff that pluggers like my parents (and probably mean ole Bozo's) have always done, and will always do just because it's simple and sensible.

As far as Will's column goes, the green movement has been watered down to the point where it is another meaningless trend. I'm not equating that with environmentalism.

"Yes, the easy targets of the wingnut/global warming deniers blogosphere. Al Gore is a former Vice President and was once actually elected President."

  • and he is annoyingly sanctimonious.

"Oprah Winfrey is one of the most recognizable (and by some, worshipped)"

  • which is why her feet have been perpetually off the Earth for some time now and she too, has become annoyingly sanctimonious, (and I used to be one of her biggest fans).

I personally don't think that people who own multiple houses and own their own jets which they fly around like we all drive our cars are necessarily the most sincere or effective mouthpieces for 'living green', but that's just me.

"Are you really concerned about these people, or is this just a thinly veiled complaint about environmental laws of any kind?"

I think people in Africa should be spraying the inside of their dwellings with DDT with the full consent and support of the UN so that they and their children won't get malaria so much.

"Well, not all of us can claim to have such authentic down-to-earthiness as you can. But I hope you'll please cut us some slack while we learn to humble ourselves to a level acceptable to you."

Haha! Get over yourself.

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 4 years, 10 months ago

Oh yea, well, I counter with the 3rd chapter, 2nd page, 1st paragraph of the book I've yet to write.

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 4 years, 10 months ago

I'm not apologizing for anything. No matter how you and your anti-intellectual brethren try, snap, "environmentalists" and "environmentalism" can never be distilled down to a few caricatures of the celebrities and politicians you love to despise.

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Flap Doodle 4 years, 10 months ago

Mis-key, the tulip bubble was in the 1630's.

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Flap Doodle 4 years, 10 months ago

Heard of the South Seas Bubble from 1720 or the tulip bubble from the late 1620's? Now picture the Green Bubble doing the same thing.

(BTW, bozo's still stuck on being the LJW Apologist in Chief)

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 4 years, 10 months ago

"I'm thinking of people like Al Gore jetting around the world in an airbus to 'raise awareness' about global warming. I'm thinking of Oprah Winfrey and Cheryl Crow and their shallow proclamations from on high."

Yes, the easy targets of the wingnut/global warming deniers blogosphere. Al Gore is a former Vice President and was once actually elected President. Oprah Winfrey is one of the most recognizable (and by some, worshipped) people in the country. In this celebrity-crazed culture, even if they wanted to, they couldn't take a vow of poverty just to prove their sincerity to folks like you and expect that to make their message any more effective than what it currently is. They've got high visibility whether they want it or not. I'd rather they (and even middling celelbrities like Crow) used their celebrity to get an important message out than hide away in their mansions in a gated community. Or even worse, use their "celebrity" to defend their war crimes a la Dick Cheney.

"I'm thinking of politicians in the UN who deny Africans the use of DDT inside their huts to protect themselves and their children from malaria."

Are you really concerned about these people, or is this just a thinly veiled complaint about environmental laws of any kind?

"As a person who's religious conservative mother and father taught the value of living a down-to-earth life wayyyy before it was saturating pop culture to the point of a 'bubble', I'm tired of it. So much of it is just shallow and meaningless and does nothing to 'save the Earth'."

Well, not all of us can claim to have such authentic down-to-earthiness as you can. But I hope you'll please cut us some slack while we learn to humble ourselves to a level acceptable to you.

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prolifersforwar 4 years, 10 months ago

God will fix the planet for us once we use it up.

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camper 4 years, 10 months ago

I bought a cup of coffee today. And it made a statement about me. Here is the statement: I am a coffee drinker.

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beatrice 4 years, 10 months ago

Will: "A 2007 survey found that 57 percent of Prius purchasers said they bought their car because 'it makes a statement about me.'"

I'm sure you would find the same kind of thing regarding people who also bought Hummers, SUVs and large pickup trucks. Heck, it might be true about any new vehicle sold. Big deal.

While I do feel that a lot of "green" talk is just that, talk, there are people doing good things ... just not enough for it to ever matter. The planet is doomed.

"We could have saved the Earth but we were too damned cheap." -- Kurt Vonnegut

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barrypenders 4 years, 10 months ago

Once Obama Beach is done with muslim to musliming the gas prices up, things will start greening up. Big fuel and Obama Beach will be able to green the US into saving the planet in no time. Will is just fussin.

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camper 4 years, 10 months ago

George, I don't think any of us can say with certainty wether or not global warming is occurring and if human activity is responsible for this trend.

So it is possible, and lets just assume no matter how small the possibility, and if there is a severe crisis maybe even many decades from now, it will be people like you, George, who history will remember as one of the most foolish generations to ever populate this planet. I'm not saying it's gonna happen, but if it does, you won't have much of a legacy.

We need to start listening to the younger generations...and yes, the engineers and entrepreneurs too.

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dandelion 4 years, 10 months ago

seriouscat, So you waste resources and refuse to recycle and litter, because lots of people are starting to conserve? Or is it really because your do d*** lazy? Or maybe you have tunnel vision?

devobrun, Engineers designed the hybrid. Engineers are designing wind power other energy alternatives. But until someone wakes the people up to let them know that they have to make changes (horrors, gasp) then it won't matter what the engineers do. Politicians can force change with emission and mileage requirements. Celebrities can make it seem "cool' to recycle. Anything to drill it into people's heads. True capitalists would jump right in there. If anyone wanted to get rich, then they would develop alternatives. The old corporations are too stuck in the past to look to the future. Why is everyone so afraid of change? If you are too lazy or bored with the "green" movement, then don't complain if you ever have to live in a trash heap while you're waiting around for an engineer to come along and save you. Do nothing conservatives. Thank goodness they weren't in power when Hitler came along. All of Europe would have been Nazi.

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Starlight 4 years, 10 months ago

I just don't know how one can address the ignorance that doesn't see the significance of conservation. Especially when it comes from a conservative.

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Flap Doodle 4 years, 10 months ago

The Goracle will be stuck with bales of unsellable carbon credits. The horror, the horror.

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seriouscat 4 years, 10 months ago

Bozo- I'm thinking of a general trend of people with the money and the means switching household products and appliances and making some minor changes to their lifestyles and then patting themselves on the back for being 'green'. I'm thinking of people like Al Gore jetting around the world in an airbus to 'raise awareness' about global warming. I'm thinking of Oprah Winfrey and Cheryl Crow and their shallow proclamations from on high. I'm thinking of politicians in the UN who deny Africans the use of DDT inside their huts to protect themselves and their children from malaria.

Them's what I'm thinking of.

Think green! Be green!

As a person who's religious conservative mother and father taught the value of living a down-to-earth life wayyyy before it was saturating pop culture to the point of a 'bubble', I'm tired of it. So much of it is just shallow and meaningless and does nothing to 'save the Earth'.

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Pilgrim2 4 years, 10 months ago

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus (Anonymous) says…

“As unresponsive as ever.”


Are you going to accept the challenge or not?

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rabb 4 years, 10 months ago

Will said...

“After all, we can’t escape the fact that we depend on an infrastructure — roads, buildings, sewage systems, power plants, electrical grids, etc. — that requires huge quantities of fossil fuels.

Devo said..

"Solutions come from engineers...whatever problems exists out there that are not stupid human behavior related will be addressed by engineers.... those drab, calculating, serious thinkers that invent, build, and maintain systems that solve your problems."

Will declines to mention that said infrastructure, which is woefully outdated and antiquated, must be re-imagined and updated by Devo's beloved engineers, aka "serious thinkers".

Devo forgets that while engineers can invent and build systems to solve your problems, those systems must be adopted by politicians that are too often beholden to corporate interests, whose bottom line is profit, not problem solving. This is a classic example of "stupid human behavior".

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 4 years, 10 months ago

"As unresponsive as ever."

For someone whose posts are almost universally content-free, this rings pretty hollow, Pil.

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Pilgrim2 4 years, 10 months ago

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus (Anonymous) says…

Pilgrim, you'd never be satisfied with anything that you hadn't lapped up from Rush's daily puke.


As unresponsive as ever. Are you going to accept the challenge or not?

BTW, I don't listen to Rush. I'm busy at work. But you seem to know quite a lot about what he has to say. Coming out of the closet there, boohoozo? How's the reception down there in mommy basement?

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 4 years, 10 months ago

Pilgrim, you'd never be satisfied with anything that you hadn't lapped up from Rush's daily puke.

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Pilgrim2 4 years, 10 months ago

Unresponsive so far, there, boohoozo. Identify each alleged strawman and knock each one down.

I'm still betting on Will.

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gl0ck0wn3r 4 years, 10 months ago

Richard Heckler post in 3... 2...

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 4 years, 10 months ago

Well, devo, solutions will not come from engineers who are primarily motivated by their grinding of their ideological axes.

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camper 4 years, 10 months ago

George, "green technology" is the most promising place for the next generation of entrepreneur's to prosper. Business Schools (some of which offer degrees on entrepreneurism) are catching onto this. If you don't wish the government to lead the efforts on cleaner technology, business and consumerism is our best chance. Why do you make a mockery out of this?

Also, businesses have always tried to appeal to the emotions of the consumer just as consumers base purchasing decisions on what makes them feel good. This is Marketing 101....not some new phenomena called a "green bubble".

If I can add anything to your rambling editorial that begins with an ever vague reference to pianos and even talks about cartoons, here I go: Right now, our government lacks the will to improve our environment. So consumers who desire "green" should make wise purchasing decisions, be wary of "fake green" stuff, and use your wallet to support the products you support. This is something I think liberals and conservatives can agree on....unless you are blinded by bias (which I see a lot of these days....but I guess this is nothing new as well).

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 4 years, 10 months ago

"it's most vocal advocates have become annoyingly sanctimonious"

This is the same thing Will did-- which advocates are you talking about, and what makes their statements/positions "sanctimonious?"

"parrot the same hollow ideologies as religious fanatics on the opposite end of the spectrum who can't see the world past their own noses."

What are those ideologies, and what makes them "hollow?" What part of the world are they missing that you would like them to see?

"Environmentalists" aren't a monolith to which you can assign any belief system or other characteristics you want just so you can ridicule them.

"However any thinking person can see that the more pressing threats that the 'greenies' are trying to raise awareness about are real and affect us all, unlike the imaginary threats of things like gay marriage and socialism."

This statement is in direct contradiction to the first statements in your post.

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devobrun 4 years, 10 months ago

Dandy: "Why is trying to save the human race from extinction political?"

Save the human race from extinction?

Calm down Dandy.

Solutions, Dandy, come from engineers, not scientists, politicians, vegans, priests, concerned citizens, political columnists, cartoonists, George Clooney, Sting, newspaper reporters, or teachers.

Nope, Dandy, whatever problems exists out there that are not stupid human behavior related will be addressed by engineers. Energy, pollution, food, and water will be dealt with by those drab, calculating, serious thinkers that invent, build, and maintain systems that solve your problems.

You'll not read about them in the newspaper. You'll not see them on Letterman. They will solve problems with wit, hard work and anonymity. Al Gore will take the credit.

They will not care if there are enough minority workers involved. They will not care if you feel guilty or not. They will not try to save the planet, because it doesn't need saving. It is fine.

They will tackle those problems like grownups, without too much emotion. Even keel, steady people who ignore you, Dandy.

Thank God they are there to save you from yourself.

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seriouscat 4 years, 10 months ago

The problem with the 'green movement' is that it's most vocal advocates have become annoyingly sanctimonious, and parrot the same hollow ideologies as religious fanatics on the opposite end of the spectrum who can't see the world past their own noses. I agree with that point in this column.

However any thinking person can see that the more pressing threats that the 'greenies' are trying to raise awareness about are real and affect us all, unlike the imaginary threats of things like gay marriage and socialism.

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Corey Williams 4 years, 10 months ago

And he won't let you wear jeans, either.

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dandelion 4 years, 10 months ago

So we should all go out and buy a Hummer and drive 500 miles everyday, turn on all our lights, leave the fridge door open, turn down the AC and up the heater, buy only processed foods produced in other countries, and throw all our trash in the back yard? Why is trying to save the human race from extinction political? I suppose they think that the oil will never run dry. Did you know that the east coast hauls their trash to our land fill, because theirs are too full? Just more criticism, and no solutions. Just more "it won't happen while I'm alive, and I could care less about my kids and grandkids."

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Pilgrim2 4 years, 10 months ago

Please identify each "strawman," boohoozo, and knock down same. Let's see if you can do it. I'm betting Will wins a contest of intellect and wits against you every time.

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