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08-08-2008, 02:19 PM
This is part of an interesting blog by Stanley Fish. I don't normally read Fish very often but this piece is worth reading. Not only does Fish acknowledge that eco-mania is more or less a religion but the comments he has received are amazing. I had no idea that paper towel usage was a moral issue.

I Am, Therefore I Pollute
Tags: the environment

Last week, I confessed to being a bad traveler. This week, I confess to something much worse. I resist and resent the demands made on me by environmental imperatives. I don’t want to save the planet. I just want to inhabit it as comfortably as possible for as long as I have.

Things reached something of a crisis point a few days ago when my wife asked me to read a communique from Greenpeace. (She thought, she told me, that if I read it rather than hearing about it from her, my unhappiness would be directed at the organization.) It said that Kimberly-Clark, the maker of the paper towels, facial tissue and toilet paper we buy, does not use recycled fiber and instead “gets its virgin wood fiber clear-cut from . . . the North American Boreal . . . one of the world’s most important forests.” And that meant, she told me, that we would have to give those items up and go in search of green alternatives. But we had already done that once before when it turned out that the manufacturer of the paper products we used to buy — Procter and Gamble — engaged in research on animals. That’s when we found Kimberly-Clark. So it seems that the pure were not so pure after all, and who’s to say that the next corporation won’t have an ecological skeleton in its closet, too?

What rankled me most was the toilet paper, but when I protested, my wife smiled at me with a mixture of indulgence and contempt. Some years ago, I beat back an attempt to eliminate paper towels altogether and replace them with re-washable rags. But there are too many battles to be fought and I find that I am losing most of them. I did retain the right to have a small supply of paper napkins in an out-of-the-way cupboard. (I hate cloth napkins; you always have to worry about soiling them; paper napkins you just throw away, which is of course the problem.) But my house is now full of environmentally approved lightbulbs. They are dim, ugly and expensive, but I am told that they will last beyond my lifetime. (That’s supposed to be reassuring?) A neighbor told me today that he is planning to stockpile incandescent bulbs in the face of a prediction that they will be phased out by 2012.

Read the whole thing and check out the comments.

NYT (http://fish.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/08/03/i-am-therefore-i-pollute/index.html)

08-08-2008, 05:58 PM
I think it is the beginning of a trend. I saw this today.

A new Great Satan
Say it quietly, but I think there are signs that the zealotry surrounding the religion of environmentalism in the West might have peaked.

This is not because George Bio-pot has just come over all ambivalent about nuclear power. Most people are unaware of the various arcane sections and sub-sections within the environmentalist movement.

Rather, it has simply been the TV and press pictures of the quite incredible smogs enveloping the Olympic Stadium in Beijing and the Great Wall.

China is now the world's biggest polluter, and boy, does it show.

The long term effect of such images will be to take the massively anti-American, anti-Western steam out of the environmentalists' argument.

Expect to see the more vociferous, especially left-leaning elements in the movement gradually, ever so softly, backing away.


08-08-2008, 06:40 PM
This fellow summed it up nicely;

Take heart–we’re all on the losing side of history.

— Posted by Harry