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July 19, 2007

Wackos on the Attack

This article from the WAPO paints a side of the Green Movement that may be Earth Friendly, but is far from friendly about other people's choices:

On a narrow, leafy street in Northwest Washington, where Prius hybrid cars and Volvos are the norm, one man bought a flashy gray Hummer that was too massive to fit in his garage.

So he parked the seven-foot-tall behemoth on the street in front of his house and smiled politely when his eco-friendly neighbors looked on in disapproval at his "dream car."

It lasted five days on the street before two masked men took a bat to every window, a knife to each 38-inch tire and scratched into the body: "FOR THE ENVIRON."

Vandalism for the Environment. Perhaps they should simply have spent their time in the middle of the night watching Live Earth reruns.

It is probably not real Earth friendly to drive an H2. But jamming knives into tires and scratching paint isn't too earth friendly either. Now, he gets to simply repaint it and replace the tires. Or maybe he gets the message and sells it to someone else in some other neighborhood.

But what is the message? Is the message that college aged Eco-nut kids know no bounds in making decisions about the property that others are allowed to own? Why not blow up a GM Plant or kill a few executives? Why not send letter bombs to "Industrialists"? Why stop at vandalism instead of taking it to the next level?

This is collectivism and communism in action. The "people" make decisions on what other people can own and not own. There is no respect for property rights. And for whatever reasons that the "people" can justify, they feel it is their responsibility to make decisions for other people.

And now the reasoning is "to save the Earth". What better reason could there be than that? The Earth is too important to sit by and not witch hunt people that aren't friendly enough to it and destroy their property. If you believe strongly enough in your cause, you can justify almost anything.

Posted by Justin at July 19, 2007 08:50 AM


Ironically, even gas hogs like the H2 aren't a huge environmental thread. I don't understand how everyone has gone so hell bent over the cars we drive in lue of the rest of what is going on.

Jet aircraft, industry, trucks (i.e. 18 wheelers), and military vehicles completely eclipse the environmental impact of commuter vehicles. The abrams tanks that are cruising all around the desert in Iraq rate fuel usage in "gallons per mile" instead of "miles per gallon"...

Ten years ago I was wishfully thinking about how I wanted the general population to be more mindful of pollution. Now it's turned into some kind of irrational fad. It's really sad.

Posted by: Zaskoda at July 19, 2007 10:53 AM

I am such a believer that most human behaviors have a larger impact on the "environment" than what we drive and that the "environment" is so much more than "global warming".

I drive across the Nevada desert from Las Vegas to St. George and while Nevada is not a utopian paradise for farming, it does seem to raise one thing well along the I-15 corridor--trash. The Interstate looks like a landfill.

Ocean levels rising and mega-storms, etc., are often overhyped scare tactics made with claims based on anecdotal evidence as compared to REALITY that Humans create waste and damage due simply to convenience. Worst case scenario for Global Warming is that it forces behavior changes due to rising temps. Greenhouse gasses are not as much of a problem as pollution and waste. If ocean levels rise and storms worsen, we move to higher ground and it opens up tundra fields and northern countries with longer growing seasons. I still maintain that global cooling represents a larger threat because it so dramatically decreases the food supply by shortening the growing season, but hey, I am no climatologist.

Why do industrial plants simply CHOOSE not to use cleaner environmental techniques (and this is mostly the developing world since we have much more stringent mandates than China, India, Mexico, etc.)? Why do developing nations pollute our oceans and air with toxins other than greenhouse gasses that folks are so concerned about?

Instead of keying H2's, why don't environmental activists boycott Chinese, Indian, Mexican, and Latin American products? Why not take some garbage bags and go clean up our highways, parks, and forests? Ah, it is because the little a-holes that did this to the H2 are too stupid to recognize the real threats and are too lazy to go out and do something about it. They would rather run around the suburbs vandalizing cars and think they are "making a difference".

Posted by: Justin B at July 19, 2007 11:15 AM