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October 27, 2009

Global Warming Cultists: If You Want To Save the Environment, Kill Your Dog


The government cannot have my dog.

Don't tell that to the authors of the new book, "Time to Eat the Dog?: The Real Guide to Sustainable Living." The authors calculate that dog owning is much worse than SUV driving for the planet. So when you see a car heading to the dog park with some very happy labs drooling out the window, you should think "climate criminals."

Meanwhile, in less surprising news, cats (long known as the handmaidens of Satan) have roughly the ecological paw print of a Volkswagen Golf.

The authors don't actually suggest you eat your dog. But they do say we'd all be better off if we weaned ourselves from pets that treat Gaia like a fire hydrant. Better to play fetch with our pet chickens and then eat them.

The book has gotten lots of press because dogs and cats sell newspapers. What interests me is how environmental activists live in a fantasy land.

He makes a common-sense point, lost on leftists, progressives, and various other paranoid schizophrenics:

Meanwhile, an international bureaucracy pushes "global governance" to combat climate change, heedless of popular sentiment. America's founders revolted to protest too much taxation and too little representation. The notion that America will sacrifice its sovereignty and treasure -- and dogs! -- to reduce warming by a fraction a century from now is absurd.

If you cannot afford -- politically, morally or economically -- the solution to a perceived problem, then it's not a solution.

I linked David Thompson's recap of a Guardian piece suggesting that English children have 30 times the carbon footprint as starving Saharan children, and so, you know, of course we should not have any more English children. (England's already doing that, of course; on the other hand, Muslim immigrants in England are picking up the slack and then some.)

The stubborn determination to spread a politics of perfect fantasy -- we are talking Dungeons & Dragons elf politics here, for God's sake; we are so far removed from reality we might as well be discussing whether it's time to forgive Drow Demon Queen of Spiders Lolth for betraying Elf God Corellon Laerethan -- is a sign of gross immaturity or mental illness or both. These people continue blathering on in order to placate their moral vanities while, of course, demonstrating absolutely no willingness whatsoever than do more than talk about crap.

Talking nonsense, it seems, is their version of "carbon offsets." If they talk ludicrously enough, they're somehow convincing others to do absurd things, and that, in turn, gives them enough carbon credits to continue living sinfully carbon-oriented lives of comfort and convenience.

Enough. Enough already.

By the Way: This isn't merely about hypocrisy. Of course they're hypocrites. Ludicrous hypocrites. But that's such a standard charge to make. It's wallpaper.

The more important thing is that they're fantasists. It's not just that they, hypocritically, advocate lives of squalid sacrifice and misery they have no intention of living themselves. It's that they ought to realize that if they, the Global Warming Cultists, aren't willing to live by the stern dictates of their martinet goddess, then no one else is either, and they really, really should grow the hell up, get a life and get a clue.

I'm sure I could reduce my carbon footprint if, every time I ate meat, I slammed my genitals in a desk drawer to "raise my consciousness" about my lifestyle choices.

It's not going to happen. And that is precisely the sort of thing these dour eco-flagellants drone on and on about every three seconds.

Shut up, it's not happening, start over.

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