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January 8th, 2007

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If the eco-snobs had their way, none of us would go anywhere

Wonderful commentary from Janet Dailey of the UK's Telegraph.
 
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From:bayarts
Date:January 8th, 2007 06:42 pm (UTC)

Eco-snobs?

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Oh, brother! Now those of use who hate the smog are eco-snobs? lol! I don't think anyone is saying that people shouldn't travel. The so-called, "eco-snobs" are merely concerned with the vast amounts of pollution that are caused by fossil fuel emmissions. Cutting back, using public transport more often and using common sense about these things *does* make a difference. I live in an area where on some days, I can barely breathe. It is disgusting! I have grown to resent the big SUV's and the people who refuse to cut back or to car pool. You probably would, too, if you had to experience this.

In unrelated news, I found this clipping that made me laugh out loud this morning. Thought I would share with you:
http://www.idiolect.org.uk/notes/archives/books/why_not_be_a_writer.html
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From:john_holton
Date:January 9th, 2007 01:44 pm (UTC)

Re: Eco-snobs?

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There's an element of the "environmental movement" that sees feigned concern for the well-being of the environment as a way to use the government to force a lifestyle on people that they don't want to accept. They try to dress it up as being progressive, where in fact it's fascism (which is, in truth, a form of socialism). The author of the article was addressing those who use ecology as a way to punish people who engage in activities that they don't approve of. Many of these "eco-snobs" are well-to-do individuals who don't have to concern themselves with earning a living for themselves and who believe that it's their manifest destiny to control the world and force their agenda onto it. These are contemptible individuals who could care less about anyone but themselves, no matter what they say. I certainly don't consider you to be one of those people, and I apologize if I gave that impression.

Capitalism and concern for the environment are not mutually exclusive. A healthy environment is one of the products of a prosperous economy. Environmental regulations have exacerbated the problem, rather than solving it. You live in California, which has some of the most stringent environmental regulations in the country; have they made the environment any better? They've certainly taken enough money from you to do it. People are slaves to the government. I'm sure that if you could take those SUVs off the road for 90 days out of the year, you would. I know I would. Those 90 days represent the tax burden placed on the people who are driving them.

It took a long time to answer this, and I'm not sure that I've said all that I want to say, but that's pretty much where I'm coming from. Thanks for giving me the opportunity.
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From:bayarts
Date:January 9th, 2007 02:20 pm (UTC)

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I didn't intend to give you the impression that you had offended me in some way. I guess I just didn't understand the term "eco-snobs" and was amused by it, because I gag and choke on this smog every day and I can't view those who try to improve the environment as snobs, but I think you described it very well.

Have a great day, John.

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