The Environment is Overrated – Part 2

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…”

Incredipete: **CLICK**

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.

  29 comments for “The Environment is Overrated – Part 2

  1. April 29, 2005 at 10:50 am

    Funny you should mention PIRG. They were, and likely still are, at Rutgers while I was there. No one single group put up more fliers and shit around the campus. Folks…using that much paper kills trees. Idiots.

    Nuculur, Lisa, Nuculur

  2. April 29, 2005 at 11:12 am

    They are idiots.

  3. April 29, 2005 at 12:13 pm

    And just how do you propose to disopose all the radioactive waste produced by these nuclear plants? Why can’t we just walk, or ride a bike, or drive electric cars?

    I read an article once that perhaps global warming is just a nature cycle of the earth and that emissions and such don’t play that big a part in it.

    You are so gonna piss some people off today, Incredipetey!

  4. Wen
    April 29, 2005 at 12:35 pm

    Where are the flying cars we were promised? Huh? And robots to do everything for us?

  5. April 29, 2005 at 1:09 pm

    Ummm WCG….never been to New Jersey, have you? This is where they store it all.

  6. April 29, 2005 at 1:20 pm

    I already suggested we send radioactive waste to North Dakota in my previous entry on the Environment. It’s nice and close to Canada in case there’s a problem.

  7. April 29, 2005 at 2:00 pm

    I could hear the Battle Hymn of the Republic in the background as I read the end of that one…

  8. April 29, 2005 at 2:30 pm

    Incredipete, I had to stop hugging my tree long enough to read this entry.Saying things like “the environment is overrated” is why I love you. Alright, I have to go recycle something.

  9. April 29, 2005 at 3:06 pm

    And here I thought you wanted to shoot it out into space. And no, NGD, I’ve never been to Joisey. I remember a George Carlin joke though: I saw a t-shirt, it said “Kiss her where it smells; take her to New Jersey!”

  10. April 29, 2005 at 3:25 pm

    Tired and didn’t try to fight it? I bet you used that excuse for the surprise butt sex too.

  11. April 29, 2005 at 3:47 pm

    Actually, I’m in agreement with Pewte on this one, sort of. “Save the environment” is a mis-statement. The definition on environment is:

    The totality of circumstances surrounding an organism or group of organisms, especially:
    The combination of external physical conditions that affect and influence the growth, development, and survival of organisms.

    Humankind cannot ‘destroy’ the environment. We can and are changing it to a point where we might endanger ourselves. Yes, we pollute too much. Yes, we are responsible for acid rain and pollution that is killing animals and plants that may be necessary to our survival. However, Nuclear power is the cleanest source of power we have available at this time. Most nuclear wate that is already generated by the more than 100 nuclear plants that we already have is so minimal that it is stored on site at these facilities.

    Nuclear power has gotten a bad rap in this country. What most people do not realize is that big oil happily paid for commercials and spent tons of money lobbying against nuclear power. Why? because it might cut into their profits.

    Read the actual history of the Three Mile island incident. The accident at Three Mile Island is what stopped the licensing of any new Nuclear Power Plants, but if you read what happened, there was never any danger of the ‘core meltown’ they kept tossing around at the time.

    I disagree with Incredipete that the environmental situation on the globe is not dire. Mankind is doing a bang up job at poisoning all of the water and air and that needs to be addressed. But I do agree that nuclear power is clean, safe, efficient and cheap. We have the technology, let’s build the damn things.

    DK, you just love throwing that suprise butt sex in wherever you can, don’t you?

  12. April 29, 2005 at 3:57 pm

    I’ve been saying that for years!

  13. April 29, 2005 at 4:05 pm

    Wombat, don’t ever type anything that long and serious again. Or, if you must, then please type it in a white font.

  14. April 29, 2005 at 4:24 pm

    Oh my goodness, I can’t believe Wombat agreed with me. (Note to self: Flip-flop on environmental stance faster than John Kerry at a military funding vote)

  15. April 29, 2005 at 6:43 pm

    See, Incredipete!

    Not all Liberals fall into one tidy little group…

  16. April 29, 2005 at 6:46 pm

    Ok what about this BBQ??

  17. April 29, 2005 at 6:47 pm

    I’m not kidding either. I need BBQ!!

  18. April 29, 2005 at 7:32 pm

    June 4th, 4:00. Shoot me an email and I’ll send you directions.

  19. April 30, 2005 at 12:19 pm

    But don’t shoot him. Unless, he deserves it. If he does something like step on your foot by accident – cease fire, dude. If he tries to serve lite beer at the BBQ – you have the green light.

  20. May 2, 2005 at 6:14 am

    So, did we have a hot date this weekend, Incredipete? You cheatin’ on us? *crosses arms, taps foot impatiently*

  21. May 2, 2005 at 9:26 am

    I was wondering how you feel about large, beautiful br – *click*

  22. May 2, 2005 at 11:40 am

    I had a great time this weekend talking to a beautiful, smart, funny gal… I’d even go so far as to say she has nice *click*

  23. HRT
    May 2, 2005 at 12:10 pm

    P.S. once that whole “space-elevator” http://science.nasa.gov/headlines/y2000/ast07sep_1.htm thing gets perfected maybe they will finally implement my theory of sending nuclear waste into the sun. I mean, I know its not exactly cost effective right now, but if we could do it cheaper..

    On another note, how is it that unitelligent, butt-faced-ugly, mean, wart-faced women somehow get married. And normal, intelligent, reasonably attractive women remain single. Not that this affects me directly in any way shape or form, but I just find it terribly curious.

  24. May 2, 2005 at 12:28 pm

    *blush* Stop being so great…

  25. May 2, 2005 at 12:34 pm

    Us fabulous ladies are single by choice. We cut through the BS and wait for the “right one”

  26. May 2, 2005 at 12:53 pm

    Here I am.

  27. May 2, 2005 at 12:57 pm

    We’ll see if you pass the rest of the test Dearest. Lets see here… last question: Are you breathing?

  28. May 2, 2005 at 12:58 pm

    Well, due to the nosebleed, my breathing is a bit… gurgly…

  29. May 2, 2005 at 1:00 pm

    This is on a pass/fail basis. I’ll need a definite yes or no, Sir.

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