So late last night, I was called by US PIRG. US PIRG is a bleeding heart eco-terrorist group that I once got tricked into supporting with a contribution.
Ok, I wasn’t really tricked, I was just tired and didn’t bother trying to fight it.
This very smelly, very unshaved, very nappy hippie guy came to my door with a clipboard. He said “Dude, like there’s lots of pollution and s@#$ in the air and s@#$, and the government’s trying to f@#$ the entire world over by paying big f@#$ing companies to dump toxic s@#$ into the rivers and lakes and s@#$.”
I said something to the effect of “So?”
Hippie guy was not to be denied: “Dude, they’re f@#$ing trying to kill you, dude. Don’t you want to stop those f@#$ers before it’s too late?”
Incredipete: “Well, yeah, it would suck to be dead.”
Hippie guy: “Yeah, man. We gotta stop those corporate a@#holes before they kill us all.”
Incredipete writes check.
Time goes by. Incredipete begins getting harrassing calls at all hours of the night. “SEND MORE MONEY AT ONCE, OR SOW THE SEEDS OF YOUR OWN DESTRUCTION.”
I usually just hang up as soon as I realize I’m getting a sales call. However, I decided they’d never go away until I told them to go away.
So US PIRG calls me, and the eco-jihadist chick starts the script. “Did you know that mercury is bad? Companies are allowed to dump massive quantities of industrial waste each year, resulting in most of the water supplies in the country have 7 times the normal amount of mercury. Did you know that in 43 states, mercury is so bad that warnings have been issued that people should not eat the fish.”
Incredipete: “That’s a relief… I thought you were going to say the beef supply was contaminated. I hate fish.”
US PIRG eco-jihadist: (nervous giggle) Uh… yeah. So anyway, the Bush administration is trying to make it easier for companies to dump raw sewage and radioactive sludge into our drinking water…. blah blah blah for another 10 minutes.”
Incredipete: “Tell me one thing. Today Bush announced that he was going to change regulations so that new nuclear power plants can be built. What is US PIRG’s opinion on the building of new nuclear plants?”
US PIRG eco-jihadist: “We’re absolutely against it…”
What kind of moronic environmental watchdog group would work against building new nuclear reactors? How stupid are we, that we’d rather clamp down regulations on the current coal-fired plants instead of building clean energy plants like nuclear reactors? Give me a break.
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. Ultimately, we humans are the custodians of the Earth at the moment. If we manage to damage the Earth severly (which I doubt very very very seriously we’re capable of doing), the group that’s going to pay is us. We will die if we manage to make the Earth uninhabitable. Mother Earth will still be here long after we’re dead and/or extinct, and will be just fine.
To think we have the power to destroy OR fix the Earth is so unbelievably arrogant and uninformed, it’s stunning that so many pot-smoking hippies believe it. I say pot-smoking hippies because for the most part, intelligent well-informed people know that the Earth is a tough old gal, and we aren’t likely to hurt anything but ourselves. Sure, we might kill off some lesser species, but that’s ok, because that’s just good old fashioned “survival of the fittest.” If the damn baby seals are so smart, why don’t they build some factories and some libraries and start creating something of value besides MORE baby seals.
That said, it would be foolish to engage in activities that would kill us (the human race) off. It’s just not good planning. We should be building nuclear reactors, because so far that’s the cleanest efficient energy source we’ve found. We should all be driving hydrogen powered cars, because it’s a totally clean burning renewable energy source. I believe that in 20 years, we’ll all have hydrogen cars. We should maintain our national parks… not to help the eco-system, but so we can have a place to go visit that isn’t industrialized.
The Earth is our oyster. We can use it well, or use it badly. Either way, the Earth will be here a long stinking time. We, on the other hand, might not be. And that’s ok.