PETER SINGER UPDATE: Yes, everyone’s favorite Princeton ethicist is back with more moral equivalence. Singer compares SUV drivers to the 9/11 hijackers:
Consider two aspects of globalization: first, planes exploding as they slam into the World Trade Center, and second, the emission of carbon dioxide from the exhaust of gas-guzzling sport-utility vehicles. One brought instant death and left unforgettable images that were watched on television screens all over the world; the other makes a contribution to climate change that can be detected only by scientific instruments. Yet both are indications of the way in which we are now one world, and the more subtle changes to which sport-utility-vehicle owners unintentionally contribute will almost certainly kill far more people than the more visible aspect of globalization.
Of course, it’s tough to take seriously someone (unless you have to write your kid’s tuition checks) who think it’s OK to get frisky (yes–that kind of frisky) with Fido.
(Link found the Wall Street Journal’s “Best of the Web” column)