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Pesky Kids?

The NYT published an article last week about how some parents stay green because their kids hound them about it.  This is characterized in the article as cute, noble and totally annoying behavior.  “Heh heh! Those little rascals!  Now stop making me feel all guilty and eat your dinner.”  What particularly struck me about this article is how the parents tend to complain that their kids are really good at remembering to be “green”, sharing what they’ve learned, and expressing their convictions.  One telling bit:

Liz DiVittorio, of Raleigh, N.C., a mother of three, recalled walking with her 10-year-old son, Michael, this summer after a rainstorm and seeing a neighbor running his sprinkler.

“My son looked at him and said, ‘Why are you watering your lawn? It just rained,’ ” said Ms. DiVittorio, who works for a software company. “I sat there and cringed.”

Cringed?  Seriously?  Kid, that was a good question.  Do not listen to your mother; keep asking questions.  Just because you know that overwatering is a bad idea, both for grass and the planet, does not mean that these things occur to other people.  Go ahead, push them outside of their comfort zone- and after they stop being appalled at your “rude behavior”, they’ll come to their senses.

One interviewee does get to the heart of the matter.

“One of the fascinating things about children is that they don’t separate what you are doing from what you should be doing,” Ms. Bovey said. “Here’s this information about how we can help the environment, and kids are not able to rationalize it away the way that adults do.”

Yeah.  So the next time your kids or anybody else asks you why your actions don’t conform with your ideals, be prepared to admit your hypocrisy.  Maybe you have a good reason.  Explain it, but don’t excuse it.  We’re all hypocrites about something.  Don’t blame the tiny messengers.  Sheesh.

PS.  In what I assume is an attempt at journalistic unbias, the article helpfully points out that some people think “turning children into stewards of the environment is an inappropriate use of taxpayer money.”  Who are these people, these citizens who honestly think that it’s a bad idea to instill a respect for their environment in schoolchildren?  Will one or more of these people please get in touch with me so we can have exchanges of opinion?  I’ll refrain from telling them what I actually think of them if they give me one good reason why they make any sense at all.

Move Along, Nothing More to See Here

Speaking of public figures I find ridiculous, remember when McCain was reliable on environment issues? Like, before he started the campaign? His ideas on environmental and climate protection are now at odds with his own party’s platform. But it’s cool, he’s not serious about the environment or global warming in the first place, not now. One can’t be, when one needs the Republican party to actually vote for you, and them’s just the breaks.

By picking Palin, McCain’s gone ahead and given up all pretence of environmentalism.  Palin thinks global warming happens and that it’s bad for Alaska, but she doesn’t think global warming is a man-made phenomenon.  Fortunately, that makes it logical for her to believe the answer to our energy problem is to drill for as much oil as possible, as soon as possible, since our use of fossil fuels has nothing to do with the danger her state and it’s icy resources are in.  She hasn’t offered other ways to solve the energy crisis, and contradicts herself on whether drilling will actually help or just make us feel like we’re doing something.  Plus she is totally into wildlife, in the sense of she likes to kill it.  Details here and here.

She’s not really big on science or truth anyway, so there she’s consistent.

So, hum a dirge for rational, responsible Republican environmentalism, and head on.

(Specifically, head on over to Biden’s record on the environment.  Obama/Biden are the only candidates left with environmental integrity, so it’s now just great that they have an actual plan to solve the energy crisis and reduce our dependance on oil.  Not that voters concerned about the environment won’t have to settle for whatever this pair doles out, but they give a good, strong product, so whew.  Biden is a fine compliment to all the groundwork Obama’s laid on the issue.  Would that they’d talk it up!)

McCain Not Serious About Capping Emissions? Whatevs.

During an interview on CNN last week (with Glenn Beck, a conservative commentator who “disbelieves” in global warming), one of McCain’s economic advisors said he doubts McCain will follow through on his promise to implement a cap-and-trade system for greenhouse gases.  Because limiting greenhouse gases is silly and pointless, and of course McCain knows better, no matter what he says to fool those crunchy independents.  There’s a video and transcript, along with reference to another incident this month when McCain’s campaign undermined itself on the topic.  Well, undermine might be too strong, as it would indicate an actual foundation to upset.  His campaign has been having plenty of problems with advisors (and McCain himself) talking against and around his alleged platform, so this kind of contradiction is neither new nor surprising- nor that disruptive to his “message”.

I disagree with the guy on plenty of issues, but I tried to give him credit for at least talking up the environment.   ‘Course, Bush said the same stuff (including praise for cap-and-trade) in 2000, and every SOTU since, and look where that got us.  I should probably cut out the benefit-of-the-doubt stuff, it’s wasting my time.

Looks like after Nov. 4th, we won’t need to worry about what his plan might have been anyway.

How Keith And Bob Taught Me There Are More Important Things Than the Environment

(A helpful post from some of my more enthusiastic party guests last night.)

1) In fifty years we’ll all be dead, so why not enjoy the world now

2) Compost on my porch smells bad

3) Because We Can

4) If Others Have Chosen Not to Conserve Resources By Now, They’re Ours…to Burn

5) I Like Driving Fast

6) I Have to Compensate for Small Boobs/Penis

7) Penguins Are Useless Animals Anyway

8) Oil Tastes Good, Especially When the Middle East is on Fire

9) Sleeping With All the Lights on Keeps Dick Cheney Away

10) Jesus Loves Me, This I Know

11) PS Don’t Forget to Log Out of wordpress when you invite people over


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