Posts Tagged ‘George Monbiot’

Sermon on the Baltic

Thursday, December 17th, 2009


Air Travel: the Horror, the Environmental Horror

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009

Most environmentalists I know are dedicated air travelers. Somehow they are able to put on their enviro-blinders, don their cognitive dissonance ear muffs and board that deathplane with passion. It’s exciting. Lots of important people all around you. And you are part of the elite. The select. The ones the bombers want to kill. Officialdom’s Chosen Ones. The avec permis.

Flying defines you as Important. Special. Precious cargo.*

Even enviros want to feel Important. Special. Precious.

In Britain, where air travel has caught on like wildfire over the past 20 or so years (they used to travel in civilized style, i.e., by train), there seems to be an increasingly heightened awareness of the environmental destructiveness of air travel–yup, even their Institution of Civil Engineers.

I keep coming back to Monbiot (my fave enviro writer) and his excellent analysis of the environmental impact of flying. No matter the fuel burned, or the technology employed, flying will always be a filthy, destructive endeavor. He also offers a good solution, guaranteed to horrify speed freak environmentalists (and speed freaks of all stripes).

On a personal note, I’m now going on 9 years of no flying; aiming for at least 10! 9 years of unimportance. Lack of specialness. Not precious in the least.

*For a tuneful whine by a Precious Canadian flyer…

Malthusian Delusions

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

Monbiot is one of those rare writers who sees right through to the truth, every time. His latest diatribehis diatribes being always enjoyable, and always backed up with irrefutable data–assails the rich for blaming the poor for all of our environmental ills.

This is the exact same argument I’ve had with well-meaning enviros time & again. Their belief: that overpopulation is the root of all of our environmental ills. As Monbiot points out with data, the overarching generator of greenhouse gases is rich countries. Poor countries, including the most procreative, barely register. Thus, the root of our environmental problems is gluttony, not population. But the the 70s-era enviros cling to their Malthusian delusions, even as they jet about the world, spewing filth out into every corner of the globe….


Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

Monbiot dredges up the data to show just how in denial we are–about everything, but especially on matters of *gasp* teenage sex-Sex-SEX (sha-doobie!). And other topics. He pins the blame on conservatives in the lede, but you’ll find farther down in the article that liberals aid & abet. Why? Reality is dangerous. They know what happens when politicians level with us…..we pitch them out!