Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Environmentalism is nothing more than a PR campaign

How hypocritical is this (via AP)!

House Speaker Dennis Hastert of Ill., center, gets out of a Hydrogen Alternative Fueled automobile, left, as he prepares to board his SUV, which uses gasoline, after holding a news conference at a local gas station in Washington.

Environmentalism is nothing more than an assortment of PR and marketing gimicks. Supermarkets and manufacturers boldly offer bio-degradable, eco-friendly products. But consumers rarely question what the so-called environmental benefits are. Hey if its advertised as something green, well then it must be good for the planet, no ?
Rational people should be doing a cost-benefit analysis on certain actions. If you ride a bike all the time, like any good eco-friendly hippy would ( instead of driving ), you reduce emissions from your car.
But wait, the story doesn't end there. There must be some kind of trade off. Its clear that the bike-rider is now burning much more energy. That energy must be replaced with more food and calories. But food itself is a resource. More cows and chickens need to be fed grain and slaughtered to provide food. The meat has to be transported which uses fuel and electricity. More bread needs to be baked which itself uses electricity. And on it goes. But these facts rarely figure on the average person's calculus.

As seen above, even political figures will drive a hydrogen car in front of the media whilst switching to gas-guzzling SUVs when the cameras are gone. John Kerry and Hillary Clinton do exactly the same thing. It doesn't make them any more hypocritical than the rest of us carrying green shopping bags, purchasing "fair trade" items and/or driving hybrid cars.