Earth Day is a solemn occasion for most Bobos in search of Gaia’s paradise–which means it’s absolutely made for Mark Steyn to point out that the emperor is bereft of (hemp-made, PETA-friendly non-animal fiber) clothes:
Environmentalism doesn’t need the support of the church, it’s a church in itself — and furthermore, one explicitly at odds with Christianity: God sent His son to Earth as a man, not as a three-toed tree sloth or an Antarctic krill. An environmentalist can believe man is no more than a co-equal planet dweller with millions of other species, and that he’s taking up more than his fair share and needs to reduce both his profile and his numbers. But that’s profoundly hostile to Christianity. [Spot on–Ed.]
Oh, and here’s my favorite — Dr. Sue Blackmore looking on the bright side in Britain’s Guardian:
“In all probability billions of people are going to die in the next few decades. Our poor, abused planet cannot take much more. . . . If we decide to put the planet first, then we ourselves are the pathogen. So we should let as many people die as possible, so that other species may live, and accept the destruction of civilization and of everything we have achieved.
“Finally, we might decide that civilization itself is worth preserving. In that case we have to work out what to save and which people would be needed in a drastically reduced population — weighing the value of scientists and musicians against that of politicians, for example.”
Hmm. On the one hand, Dr. Sue Blackmore and the bloke from Coldplay. On the other, Dick Cheney. I think we can all agree which people would be “needed” — Al Gore, the guy from the New Yorker, perhaps Scarlett Johansson in a fur-trimmed bikini paddling a dugout canoe through a waterlogged Manhattan foraging for floating curly endives from once-fashionable eateries.
Read the whole thing, for it is terrific.
Meanwhile, Power Line shares the thoughts of climate scientist Fred Singer on Vanity Fair’s Green issue:
Today is Earth Day