April 22, 2009

Happy Poisoned Piven Day

Pseudo-environmentalists are celebrating Earth Day today, a day "a day designed to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth's environment."


My company is celebrating Earth Day by passing out compact fluorescent lamp (CFL) light bulbs to all employees. As you may imagine, I am absolutely thrilled that they are attempting to introduce fragile glass tubes containing poisonous heavy metals into my home. After all, mercury worked so well for Jeremy.

Like Doctor Sanity, I see Earth Day for what it is, a political machination more than an environmental one, and so I'm hardly surprised to see President Obama burn thousands of gallons of jet fuel to take a junket to give a short speech in Iowa supporting his plan to wreck capitalism with a so-called "green economy" that will cost American jobs and cause fuel prices to soar for all Americans during a down market without actually benefiting the biosphere.

Today is Earth Day, they tell me. Today I should appreciate the environment.

Maybe it's simply a sign of how I was raised, but pretty much every day is Earth Day. We cut off the lights when we leave a room. With the exception of the baby, we take showers instead of baths. We grow some of our own vegetables and spices, and hand weed and use organic remedies to minimize pests instead of using chemicals. Given more time, I'd even provide more "green" meat for my family, hunting and fishing to harvest those other meaty emitters of greenhouse gasses and biowaste for the children!

But Earth Day isn't about protecting the Earth for many of those involved. It's about regulating and controlling people, especially people that they find objectionable.

Thanks, but I'll pass.

Posted by Confederate Yankee at April 22, 2009 11:23 AM

Happy Lenin's Birthday!

Posted by: Cargosquid at April 22, 2009 12:28 PM

I work at the EPA campus in RTP, NC. Earth Day is celebrated here with as much solemnity as an Easter vigil at my church. If the tree huggers I work with weren't so scary, it would be funny.

Posted by: TarHeel Repub at April 22, 2009 12:41 PM

The amount of mercury in one of those CFLs is not a problem unless you try to inhale it. Well, I'd recommend opening a window, and throwing them away in an outside trashcan. Seriously, how often do you break a lightbulb?

I'm an environmentalist myself, but I am conservative. I use CFLs to save money mostly. I remain convinced Al Gore doesn't believe in global warming, nor do most environmental groups. When you hear Greenpeace say something like "Nuclear plants are bad, but I'd rather use nukes than flood the world", call me.

Posted by: OmegaPaladin at April 22, 2009 01:21 PM

I just got my earth day present from thompson cigar and I am going out on My new wood deckand light up a stogy!!!

Posted by: Rich in KC at April 22, 2009 02:40 PM

I am an avid gardener but I am sooooo sick of "green" I want to puke. I can't stand this EC crap anymore.

Posted by: mbabbitt at April 23, 2009 12:45 AM

Stopping the use of aerosols in hairspray was a ood thing because it stopped the "hole in the ozone layer" from growing.

Which was a bad thing, because as it "heals" Antactica gets colder - causing Western Antarctican ice to break (ice is brittle) and eastern Antarctica to build up ice - and going against the "The Earth Is Burnung Up" meme.

Lessening atmospheric particulate-matter pollution is a good thing.

Except it is a bad thing, as it encourages plants to take more CO2 out of the atmosphere. Silly nature, doesn't it know only humans are supposed to control CO2?

Posted by: teqjack at April 23, 2009 02:05 PM

There's a company in RTP that makes LED lights. Less power consumption and no mercury.
'Course they're a bit on the expensive side at 50 bucks a pop.

Posted by: Larry at April 26, 2009 02:45 AM