environmentalism

Remember Three Dog Night, the rock band that had a string of hits in the late ’60s and early ’70s? They had three lead singers and the oddest name this side of Strawberry Alarm Clock.

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"The dingo ate my economy!"

Wikipedia explains the origin of the name:

…vocalist Danny Hutton’s then-girlfriend June Fairchild suggested the name after reading a magazine article about indigenous Australians, in which it was explained that on cold nights they would customarily sleep in a hole in the ground whilst embracing a dingo, a native species of wild dog. On colder nights they would sleep with two dogs and if the night was freezing, it was a “three dog night”.

Well, sad to say, but the eco-wackos of the world want to take us back to the technological level of the Australian aboriginies.

Check out the recommendation provided by Living Greener, an Australian government website:

To reduce the energy you use while watching TV, take another tip from grandma and share the warmth. Snuggle up under a rug, snuggle with your family or cuddle your favourite pet.

And if it’s really, really cold, cuddle with Al Gore. That big, pudgy pile of suet could keep your entire family toasty.

Source: Living Greener Australia, Wikipedia

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Cold Chisel is an Aussie band that had a long list of hits in the ‘70s and ‘80s in Australia and New Zealand. They’re still rocking today and about to begin a new tour.

The Rolling Stones are often called “the world’s greatest rock ‘n roll band.” But after reading this story, we think you may agree with us that Cold Chisel may merit the moniker even more.

The Daily Telegraph Australia has the details:

These days the bad boys of rock ‘n’ roll poke society in the eye through the politically incorrect practice of emitting carbon, or at least that’s what Cold Chisel songwriter Don Walker seemed to be saying as the band announced a reunion tour of Australia and New Zealand yesterday. Walker, generally a quiet man who was a rocket scientist before music claimed him, said he wanted to make it clear the tour would be “carbon positive”.

“We’re flying everywhere and we’ll be emitting as much as we possibly can,” he said to much applause.

And in the words of the Steve Miller Blues Band, “Fly like an eagle.” A big, honkin’ carbon dioxide spewing eagle, that is.

Odds are most people have never heard Cold Chisel, so here’s a sample of their work. Enjoy the newly anointed World’s Greatest Rock ‘n Roll Band.

http://youtu.be/HEeV1Hx2bxw

H/T: Tim Blair

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Millions of years ago, our ancestors came down from the trees, walked erect and kicked every other species asses. Now, if the eco-wackos have their way, we’ll soon reverse millions of years of evolution and return to the trees.

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Back to the future: Eco-wackos are taking us back to the trees

This is what’s known as progress to environmentalists.

PlanetaryOne.com explains the home of the future:

Our dwelling is composed with 100% living nutrients. Here traditional anthropocentric doctrines are overturned and human life is subsumed within the terrestrial environs. Home, in this sense, becomes indistinct and fits itself symbiotically into the surrounding ecosystem.

This home concept is intended to replace the outdated design solutions at Habitat for Humanity. We propose a method to grow homes from native trees. A living structure is grafted into shape with prefabricated Computer Numeric Controlled (CNC) reusable scaffolds.

Yes. It’s a tree. A tree house, to be exact. Take your choice of closing lines:

1. Not only will you love it, but so will every dog in the neighborhood.

2. This is just what the housing industry needs to once again become a growth industry.

3. Only one problem. The builder says it won’t be ready to move into for another 50 years.

Source: PlanetaryOne.com

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Hmmmmm. Remember all those news stories that said the Deepwater Horizon oil spill was the greatest environmental disaster in history? You know, the ones that said the oil would devastate Gulf Coast wildlife for decades, that avian life would be decimated, that the Gulf Coast was a dead zone.

In the words of Saturday Night Live’s Emily Litella, “Never mind.” Turns out the Gulf Coast has never had so damn many birds.

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Now we know what the laughing gull is laughing at: The environmentalists' predictions

Reuters has the avian info:

The 1,300-acre, man-made island is hosting more than 50,000 birds this summer as nesting pairs gather to raise babies. That number would be considered high in any year, but it’s a particularly surprising sight a year after oil from the BP spill fouled surrounding waters.

The Deepwater Horizon rig explosion spewed more than 168 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico over three months, the largest spill in U.S. history. But so far, there is no evidence of deformities or ill health among the young on Gaillard Island.

Scientists speculate that the baby boom probably results from an abundance of fish left undisturbed in waterways where the federal government banned commercial and recreational fishing last summer, providing a feast for shore birds.

Abundance of fish? But we thought the Gulf Coast waters were a dead zone in which nothing could live. But…but… but…

In a speech this spring, the executive director of the nearby Dauphin Island Sea Lab said the fish populations in that part of the Gulf were larger than he had ever seen.

The population of the pelicans, terns, laughing gulls, egrets, ibis and little blue and tricolored herons nesting on Gaillard Island is determined by the food supply, said Roger Clay, a wildlife biologist with the Alabama Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries.

Now hold on just a darn second. We thought the few fish that didn’t die in the oil were horribly sickened by it, had given birth to deformed little fish fingers and that they would all end up devastating animals further up the food chain.

“If something was wrong with the food, the first place it would show is with the birds,” said Clay, also known as the “the pelican guy.”

In other words, if something were wrong with the science and the scientists, this is also the first place it would show up.

But let’s not talk about that. Hey, look over there. It’s a bright, shiny object.

Source: Reuters

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Consider this another case of your tax dollars at work. And let it be noted for the record that we emphasize the words “your tax dollars” because we all know the U.N. thinks you should pay for it.

Fox News explains how going green will put you in the red:

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Typical hardworking U.N. bureaucrat practices swimming in money

Two years ago, U.N. researchers were claiming that it would cost “as much as $600 billion a year over the next decade” to go green. Now, a new U.N. report has more than tripled that number to $1.9 trillion per year for 40 years.

So let’s do the math: That works out to a grand total of $76 trillion, over 40 years — or more than five times the entire Gross Domestic Product of the United States ($14.66 trillion a year). It’s all part of a “technological overhaul” “on the scale of the first industrial revolution” called for in the annual report. Except that the U.N. will apparently control this next industrial revolution.

Well, of course they will. They’ve demonstrated over and over again that they are your moral and intellectual superiors. Who better to control the next industrial revolution?

The new 251-page report with the benign sounding name of the “World Economic and Social Survey 2011” is rife with goodies calling for “a radically new economic strategy” and “global governance.”

Far as we can tell they resisted the urge to use the phrase “pissing your money away” in the report.

Source: Fox News

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A woman from Los Angeles who was a tree hugger, a liberal Democrat, and an anti-hunter, purchased a piece of timberland in Washington.

There was a large tree on one of the highest points in the tract. She wanted a good view of the natural splendor of her land so she started to climb the big tree.

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She wanted a good view of the natural splendor of her land so she started to climb the big tree.

As she neared the top she encountered a spotted owl that attacked her. In her haste to escape, the woman slid down the tree to the ground and got many splinters in her crotch.

In considerable pain, she hurried to a local emergency room to see a doctor. She told him she was an environmentalist, a Democrat, and an anti-hunter and how she came to get all the splinters. The doctor listened to her story with great patience and then told her to go wait in the examining room and he would see if he could help her.

She sat and waited three hours before the doctor reappeared. The angry woman demanded, “What took you so long?”

He smiled and then told her, “Well, I had to get permits from the Environmental Protection Agency, the Forest Service, and the Bureau of Land Management before I could remove old-growth timber from a “recreational area” so close to a waste treatment facility. I’m sorry, but due to ObamaCare they turned you down.”

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Eco-wackos hand out trophies for “Worst Environmental Disaster In History” like Hollywood hands out Oscars. Just last year the Gulf oil spill won the title, only to have it snatched away by Japan’s Fukushima nuclear meltdown.

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Brussels is a good place to find bureaucrats, but a bad place to find sprouts

One would imagine that the world’s worst environmental disasters must cause untold deaths. Yet, oddly enough, more people have been killed by e coli-infected organic vegetable sprouts in Europe than were killed in both of the world’s worst environmental disasters combined.

Who cares about environmental disasters when US News has the story of the world’s worst epicurean disaster:

Vegetable sprouts grown on an organic farm in northwestern Germany caused the E. coli outbreak that’s sickened nearly 3,000 people and killed 29, according to the head of the nation’s national disease control center.

While no tests of vegetable sprouts from the farm in Lower Saxony came back positive for the E. coli strain responsible for the outbreak, an investigation into the pattern of the outbreak yielded enough evidence to put the finger of blame on the farm, Reinhard Burger, president of the Robert Koch Institute, said…

SmallDeadAnimals.com makes sense of it all:

One German organic farm has killed twice as many people as the Fukushima nuclear disaster and the Gulf Oil spill combined.

Good lord. Do you know what this means? Al Gore will have to make do with domestic vegetable sprouts.

This. Is. Un. Acceptable.

H/T: Andrew Bolt

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Maybe this is all BS, but turd-burgers seem no more absurd than a good bit of what the eco-wackos have tried to feed us over the years.

Let’s go to Inhabitat.com for the straight poop:

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Mitsuyuki Ikeda shows off his shit burger. Rumor has it that McDonald's may sue for patent infringement.

The meatpacking industry causes 18 percent of our greenhouse gas emissions, mostly due to the release of methane from animals. The livestock industry also consumes huge amounts of feed and water in relation to the amount of meat that it yields, and many find the industry to be inhumane and cruel to animals. These factors alone are reason enough for vegetarians to replace their meat intake with vegetable proteins and legumes. But Ikeda, a scientist at the Environmental Assessment Center in Okayama, sought to further the field of alternative proteins by recycling a form of protein-rich waste: sewage mud.

Unfortunately, the term “sewage mud” is a polite euphemism for exactly what you think it is – poop. Scientist Mitsuyuki Ikeda’s extracts the protein and lipids from the euphemistic mud and then combines it with a “reaction enhancer”. We’re not sure what a reaction enhancer is, but we assume it enhances the reaction from “Yuck” to “Mmmmm.” The whole conglomeration is then whipped into “meat”. (This is, thanks to Anthony Weiner, the only time in the last two weeks that the words whip and meat have been used in a sentence that didn’t evoke gales of laughter.) Finally, Ikeda attemps to improve the taste of his product by adding soya and steak sauce. Lots and lots of soya and steak sauce.

Make no mistake about it, this may be crap, but it ain’t cheap crap. Ikeda’s poop burgers may be 10-20 times more expensive than regular meat, but he thinks the prices will even out as time goes on.

Take your choice of closing lines:

Ikeda Beef: It’s what’s for dinner . . . last night.

or

Two words: Soylent Brown.

or

Big deal. If we’re not mistaken, McDonald’s has been serving this for years.

– Written by Kip Hooker @ TheVitaminPress.com

Source: Inhabitant.com

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Obviously, we exaggerate. Not about green cars not being green, but about red faces in the Obama administration. This bunch proved long ago that they are beyond being embarrassed by any of their actions.

But let’s get back to the green car myth with The Australian:

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"It's for the environment" has joined "It's for the children" in the pantheon of plaintive liberal wails

Electric cars could produce higher emissions over their lifetimes than petrol equivalents because of the energy consumed in making their batteries, a study has found.

How is that possible? We’ve been told that electric cars would cure all our ills.

An electric car owner would have to drive at least 129,000km before producing a net saving in CO2. Many electric cars will not travel that far in their lifetime because they typically have a range of less than 145km on a single charge and are unsuitable for long trips. Even those driven 160,000km would save only about a tonne of CO2 over their lifetimes…

The study was commissioned by the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership, which is jointly funded by the British government and the car industry. It found that a mid-size electric car would produce 23.1 tonnes of CO2 over its lifetime, compared with 24 tonnes for a similar petrol car. Emissions from manufacturing electric cars are at least 50 per cent higher because batteries are made from materials such as lithium, copper and refined silicon, which require much energy to be processed.

Electric cars. The vehicles we’ll all drive on the road to ruin.

H/T: The Australian

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Every once in a while environmentalists collide head-on with nanny staters. In this case, they collided in what used to be known as bumper cars. We say “used to be known” because the cars are still allowed, but bumping has been outlawed.

No. Seriously. You know it has to be true, because no one could possibly make up a story this moronic.

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In the nanny state, only the nanny staters are allowed to have fun

The Telegraph UK has the details:

Staff at all three Butlin resorts in Bognor Regis, Minehead and Skegness are instructed to ban anyone found guilty of bumping into each other in the electric cars equipped with huge bumpers.

Bemused customers who assume that the ‘no bumping sign’ is in jest are told to drive around slowly in circles rather than crash into anyone else for fear of an injury that could result in the resort being sued.

Telegraph columnist Michaal Deacon, who has just returned from a holiday at the Bognor Regis resort, said the experience was like “trundling round an exitless roundabout”.

“I’m not convinced that the dangers were great, given that the bumper cars were equipped with bumpers,” he said. “Seat belts, too. There were no airbags for the drivers, but it can be only a matter of time.”

Henceforth and forever more they shall be known as driving around in polite circles cars.

Source: Telegraph UK

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We have nothing against nudity. In fact, we kind of like it. Some of our fondest memories involve nudity.

That being said, not one of those fond memories involves a protest of any sort. No, we’ve given it considerable thought and nary a nude moment in our lives has had anything to do with protesting.

Leftist eco-wackos on the other hand, love to strip naked in the belief that people who don’t yet believe in their cause will suddenly change their minds when exposed to fat, ugly, protesting bodies. It’s a strange theory, yet PETA lunatics, global warming lunatics, supporters of whatever leftist cause you want to name have bared it all for the cameras at one time or another.

Which brings us to this story from South Carolina:

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An artistic mash-up of flesh and bark drew gasps and a chorus of police sirens Saturday at an impromptu photo shoot beneath the majestic canopy of the Angel Oak.

Some 25 people disrobed and posed around the wide, gnarled trunk of the ancient oak as California-based photographer Jack Gescheidt and a documentary film crew recorded the moment in celebration of the tree, which is rumored to be 1,400 years old.

The guerrilla photo shoot was designed to draw attention to the oak’s grandeur and raise concerns about a developer’s plans to build apartments and shops on a larger tract adjacent to the small Johns Island park where the tree lives…

Within three minutes, Charleston police rushed in with sirens blaring and blue lights flashing. The volunteer models were busy hoisting their drawers at that point. They could have taken their time. They were in for long wait as police tried to decide what to do with them. All participants and photographers were detained by police for two hours while they investigated. No charges were filed…

Gescheidt had no permit for the shoot, which was part of his TreeSpirit Project, a collection of photographs featuring naked humans posing vulnerably around trees to call attention to their importance.

We have but one comment: We’ve never seen such a big tree with so many tiny roots.

Source: Charlotte Observer

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Please allow us to translate the highly scientific jargon found in our headline: Give us some money and we’ll study the situation.

Good lord almighty, they actually found a few oil spots on some birds returning to Newfoundland from the Gulf of Mexico. It’s a crisis.

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The Northern Gannet flies south for the winter. Northern scientists undoubtedly want to do the same.

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation sounds the avian alarm:

A bird researcher has found northern gannets returning to a large nesting colony south of St. John’s are faring well despite concerns that a massive oil spill that began in the Gulf of Mexico a year ago would dramatically cut the area’s population.

Northern gannets from six colonies in Newfoundland and Labrador and Quebec migrate to winter in the Gulf annually.

Bill Montevecchi, a Memorial University researcher who has been tracking the birds’ journey to the Gulf of Mexico and back again, said Tuesday hundreds of the gannets were likely killed by oil that spilled after a rig explosion on April 20, 2010.

A year later at the Cape St. Mary’s colony in eastern Newfoundland, Montevecchi said he believed there are signs that some of the thousands of birds that return to the province to lay just one egg each year have been damaged by the spill.

“We think we saw a few birds that had a few spots of oil on them over there.” he said.

We think? Well, that’s good enough for us. Quick, alert the government! Emergency grants must be issued so scientists can begin studying the situation.

This calls for another trip to the Gulf. Probably in the middle of December when it’s minus 30 in Newfoundland and nice and sunny on the Gulf.

Waiter! Another mimosa, please!

H/T: Mike Power

Source: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

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Jeff Immelt, the man who’s done more for the green movement than any other CEO in America, has now had a change of heart. At least that’s what he’d have you believe.

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"Hmmmm. What can I say that will lure a few more suckers into the carnival tent?"

Reuters has the story of Immelt’s supposed conversion from the religion of the Goddess Gaia:

“If I had one thing to do over again I would not have talked so much about green,” Immelt said at an event sponsored by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. “Even though I believe in global warming and I believe in the science … it just took on a connotation that was too elitist; it was too precious and it let opponents think that if you had a green initiative, you didn’t care about jobs. I’m a businessman. That’s all I care about, is jobs.”

Here’s our bottom line:

When Immelt stops taking boatloads of federal dollars, when he stands up against those stupid twisty light bulbs, when he puts out a memo telling NBC to end those moronic green weeks, that’s when we’ll believe anything he has to say on this subject.

Source: Reuters

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Just how hypocritical is Prince Charles? We’ve documented his eco hypocrisy many times here at IHateTheMedia.com.

In this case, though, we bow to the masters. Phelim McAleer and Ann McElhinny are two Irish film makers who have made a series of short films exposing celebrity eco-hypocrites. Some of their previous targets include James Cameron and Robert Redford.

Now they’re taking on Britian’s embarrassing Prince Charles. Their latest effort, “Prince Charles, hypocrite,” skewers the haughty Prince for living in several palaces and roaming the world in private jets and luxurious yachts while demanding that the rest of us “live with less.”

What could be funnier than this pompous ass, this royal nerd, this harebrained heir, telling anyone what’s cool and what isn’t.

Fonzi, he ain’t.

Source: Independent UK

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As the United States dollar swirls down the drain of international finance, the House of Representatives has its eye on bigger battles: Should the Capital Cafeteria be using Styrofoam cups or paper cups?

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Democrats fear the dreaded Styrofoam cup of death. Republicans fear spending money. We fear they're all morons.

The Media Research Center has the vital details:

As part of Green is Universal week, NBC’s Kelly O’Donnell highlighted a fight between Republicans and Democrats over the use of Styrofoam in the House cafeterias. On Thursday’s Today show, O’Donnell reported, “Many Democrats are boiling mad because Republicans, now in charge of building operations, put a fork in the bio-degradable utensils Democrats had picked.”

O’Donnell went on to relay the concerns of Democratic Congressman George Miller as she noted that he had alarmingly tweeted to Republicans, “Stop serving carcinogens to constituents,” and then aired a soundbite of Miller (while he was brandishing a Styrofoam cup) hyperbolically exclaiming: “This cup is a very expensive cup. It’s very expensive to the environment, it’s very expensive to our energy policy and it’s very expensive, in some cases, to the health of individuals.”

Styrofoam causes cancer? We’re not saying it’s not true, just that we’ve never heard that one. Of course, according to “researchers” everything causes cancer, so what the hell. Why not Styrofoam, too.

However O’Donnell did present the GOP side of the story as she reported that the House composting program, first implemented by a then House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was costing the taxpayers “a half million dollars a year” and added: “Many diners complained those compostable cups, forks, and spoons broke easily and even melted in hot soup or coffee.”

Absolutely. We can’t tell you how many times we’ve lamented having to use compostable cups. Far as we’re concerned, and we think you’ll agree, carcinagenic cups give your lunch a special tang that compostable cups just can’t match.

Good lord, these people are complete buffoons. We think we could use compostable drink right about now.

Source: Media Research Center

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In case you don’t know who Cass Sunstein is, let us fill you in. He runs President Obama’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs. Think of him as the Red Tape Czar. Obama and he go way back because Sunstein has taught at the University of Chicago Law School for 27 years. He’s one of the main radicals in an administration teeming with them.

In fact, what Sunstein does for Obama domestically, his wife, Samantha Power, does internationally. She’s a member of the National Security Council and is Senior Director the Office of Multilateral Affairs and Human Rights. She’s rumored to be in line to replace Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State.

The bottom line: Sunstein and Power are two of the main drivers behind Obama’s radical agenda.

OK, enough background. Now let’s get to the video clip. Sunstein is testifying before the Senate and starts talking about environmental justice. (Question: Why does justice always appear to be the thing least desired by people who talk about it incessantly?)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vfHrT3tYxrU

Joe Lieberman treats him with complete respect and asks how costs and benefits are calculated. Sunstein throws out a lot of buzzwords and attempts to make it sound like costs and benefits are somehow scientifically determined.

Then Republican Senator Ben Johnson steps up to the plate and nails Sunstein’s complete line of bull.

“How does that create a burden of proof,” Johnson asks, “when it’s a loophole you can drive a truck through?”

In other words, Sunstein’s just making up shit up as he goes along.

Just once, just once we want to see a member of the House or Senate look one of these guys in the eyes and say, “I have no questions for you. You’re a freaking radical dedicated to destroying this country. I have no interest in wasting my time on you except to expose what you really are.”

Just once.

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It’s not too much of a stretch to say that the Environmental Protection Agency is creating noise pollution, because it has produced what must be one of the worst songs in the history of rap. And that’s quite a statement because rap is a genre rife with really bad songs.

In theory, “Click It, Flip It” is supposed to inspire kids to live more sustainable lifestyles. In reality, it will inspire kids to say, “This rap is crap.”

You owe us a big one, IHTM readers. We sat through this song about fifteen times just so we could transcribe the lyrics for you accurately.

“Click It, Flip It”

Click, click, click, click
Click, click, click, click
C’mon and click it, click it
Turn off your water, turn the handle to the right
Slip on your sneakers and lace ‘em up tight
Leave the car parked, you know that that’s alright.

Public transportation is the way to go
Well, it’s one of the ways keep emissions low
Now you can ride your bike, uh huh, instead of the car
If we save on fuel, then we’ll all go far

I said click it, click it
Turn the handle to the right
Turn off the water turn the handle real tight
Slip on your sneakers and lace ‘em up tight
Leave the car parked, c’mon you know now that’s alright.

Public transportation is the way to go
Well, it’s one of the ways keep emissions low
Now you can ride your bike, uh huh, instead of the car
If we save on fuel, then we’ll all go far

Now you can pick up paper, recycle it too
And there are many other things that you can do
You can click off the Gameboy, flip off the light
While you’re brushing your teeths turn the handle to the right
Close the fridge door and keep it shut tight
No food has been added since the middle of the night
A five-minute shower is all that’s needed
To keep energy from being depleted
A long-sleeved sweater is what I know
Will keep you toasty and your fuel bills low
Planet a tree in your neighborhood
Besides giving shade you know it looks real good

C’mon and click it
Turn your handle to the right
Turn off the water turn the handle’s real tight
Slip on your sneakers and lace ‘em up tight
Leave the car parked, c’mon you know that’s alright.

Public transportation is the way to go
Well, it’s one of the ways keep emissions low
Now you can ride your bike, uh huh, instead of the car
If we save on fuel, then we’ll all go far

The USA is where we are
To kick a new trend and to raise the bar
The climate’s changing and that’s a fact
The bears don’t even know when to take a nap
On top of that it’s not cool
When the flood waters rise and mosquitoes rule
It’s time to get off the couch and start to move.

C’mon and click it
Turn your handle to the right
Turn off the water, turn the handle real tight
Slip on your sneakers, well, and lace ‘em up tight
Leave the car parked, you know that’s alright.

I said public transportation is the way to go
It’s one of the ways keep emissions low
Now you can ride your bike, uh huh, instead of the car
If we save on fuel, then we’ll all go far

C’mon and click it
Click it
Turn the handle to the right
Click it, click it
Turn the handle to the right
C’mon and click it
Turn the handle to the right
Click, click, click, click,
Click, click, click, click,
Click, click

Eat your heart out, Cole Porter.

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The National Press Club held a lovely luncheon the other day and invited Ted Turner and T. Boone Pickens to spread their wisdom among the prostrate press.

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In wind power really works, Ted Turner's mouth should be able to generate enough electricity to power several small cities

North American Wind Power’s website described it as a debate, but our understanding of the word “debate” is that a successful one requires opposing sides. In this case, Turner and Pickens appeared to be singing from the same hymnal.

Of course, they both called for immediate action by Congress – Pickens to protect his substantial investment in wind power and Turner to protect his substantially dwindling reputation as a forward thinker.

But let’s concentrate on Turner, because Pickens commits the double cardinal sins of (1) being in the position to profit enormously if Congress were to actually do something about wind power, and (2) being boring.

Here’s how NAWP.com tells Turner’s tale:

Turner, founder and former head of CNN, agreed with Pickens that natural gas is part of the solution to the U.S.’ energy problem, which has been dramatized lately by rising gasoline prices. But Turner sees natural gas as only a “bridge fuel.”

“In 20 years, there will be no fossil fuel,” said Turner, who asserted that cars will run on electricity in 20 years.

Despite the fact that the world has greater proven oil reserves now than at any time in history, Turner says the world’s gas tank will be on empty by 2031. But the Mouth from the South was just getting started.

“We need renewable energy for a world without pollution, so kids won’t get asthma.”

President Obama tried the same argument last week, claiming that coal-fired power plants cause asthma and was rapidly slapped down by health experts who said the cause of asthma really isn’t known.

Hard to believe that one man could pack so much misinformation into two short sentences, but let’s face it, Ted Turner is no ordinary man.

Source: North American Wind Power

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What was once Earth Day has now morphed into Earth Hour and Earth Week. The success of the celebration can only be explained by the fact that no one ever bothers to go back to check the accuracy of the eco-wackos’ past predictions.

For example, the predictions made at the first Earth Day in 1970 were wrong. No, wrong isn’t a strong enough word. They were spectacularly wrong. Let’s cover all the tenses and say they were wrong, they are wrong, and then make our own prediction and say they will be wrong in the future.

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Jim Morrison, gone. Elvis Presley, gone. Michael Jackson, gone. But none of them were killed by the environment.

Need proof? Here are some of the hilarious, remarkably wrong predictions made on Earth Day 1970.

“Civilization will end within 15 or 30 years unless immediate action is taken against problems facing mankind.”

• George Wald, Harvard Biologist

We are in an environmental crisis which threatens the survival of this nation, and of the world as a suitable place of human habitation.”
• Barry Commoner, Washington University biologist

“By…[1975] some experts feel that food shortages will have escalated the present level of world hunger and starvation into famines of unbelievable proportions. Other experts, more optimistic, think the ultimate food-population collision will not occur until the decade of the 1980s.”
• Paul Ehrlich, Stanford University biologist

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Leisure suits are gone, but the Earth is still here

“Demographers agree almost unanimously on the following grim timetable: by 1975 widespread famines will begin in India; these will spread by 1990 to include all of India, Pakistan, China and the Near East, Africa. By the year 2000, or conceivably sooner, South and Central America will exist under famine conditions….By the year 2000, thirty years from now, the entire world, with the exception of Western Europe, North America, and Australia, will be in famine.”
• Peter Gunter, professor, North Texas State University

“It is already too late to avoid mass starvation.”
• Denis Hayes, chief organizer for Earth Day

“Scientists have solid experimental and theoretical evidence to support…the following predictions: In a decade, urban dwellers will have to wear gas masks to survive air pollution…by 1985 air pollution will have reduced the amount of sunlight reaching earth by one half….”
• Life Magazine, January 1970

“Population will inevitably and completely outstrip whatever small increases in food supplies we make. The death rate will increase until at least 100-200 million people per year will be starving to death during the next ten years.”
• Paul Ehrlich, Stanford University biologist

“At the present rate of nitrogen buildup, it’s only a matter of time before light will be filtered out of the atmosphere and none of our land will be usable.”
• Kenneth Watt, Ecologist

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Sadly, vegans have outlived the Vega.

“Air pollution…is certainly going to take hundreds of thousands of lives in the next few years alone.”
• Paul Ehrlich, Stanford University biologist

“We are prospecting for the very last of our resources and using up the nonrenewable things many times faster than we are finding new ones.”
• Martin Litton, Sierra Club director

“By the year 2000, if present trends continue, we will be using up crude oil at such a rate…that there won’t be any more crude oil. You’ll drive up to the pump and say, `Fill ‘er up, buddy,’ and he’ll say, `I am very sorry, there isn’t any.'”
• Kenneth Watt, Ecologist

“Man must stop pollution and conserve his resources, not merely to enhance existence but to save the race from intolerable deterioration and possible extinction.”
• New York Times editorial, the day after the first Earth Day

“Dr. S. Dillon Ripley, secretary of the Smithsonian Institute, believes that in 25 years, somewhere between 75 and 80 percent of all the species of living animals will be extinct.”
• Sen. Gaylord Nelson

“We have about five more years at the outside to do something.”
• Kenneth Watt, ecologist

“The world has been chilling sharply for about twenty years. If present trends continue, the world will be about four degrees colder for the global mean temperature in 1990, but eleven degrees colder in the year 2000. This is about twice what it would take to put us into an ice age.”
• Kenneth Watt, Ecologist

Today, Earth Day, the eco-wackos will surely get their day moment in the spotlight and their soundbites on the nightly news. They’ll predict a future even grimmer than they predicted 41 years ago.

And they’ll be just as wrong 41 years from now.

Source: Reason.com

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Bad news for Al Gore. The environment has turned hostile for environmentalists at Wal-Mart. Former Gore senior aide Leslie Dach’s attempt to turn the retail giant into a Gore store has succeeded about as well as the Gore presidency.

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Imagine an elitist Al Gore acolyte trying to figure out the minds of Wal-Mart customers

PajamasMedia.com reports the retail heartbreak:

In July 2006, Dach was installed as the public relations chief for Wal-Mart. He drafted a number of other progressives into the company, seeking to change the company’s way of doing business: its culture, its politics, and most importantly its products.

Out went drab, inexpensive merchandise so dear to low-income Americans. In came upscale organic foods, “green” products, trendy jeans, and political correctness. In other words, Dach sought to expose poor working Americans to the “good life” of the wealthy, environmentally conscious Prius driver.

Turns out green put Wal-Mart in the red:

After suffering seven straight quarters of losses, today the merchandise giant Wal-Mart will announce that it is “going back to basics,” ending its era of high-end organic foods, going “green,” and the remainder of its appeal to the upscale market. Next month the company will launch an “It’s Back” campaign to woo the millions of customers who have fled the store.

Fear not. The Wall Street Journal reports that Wal-Mart’s brief excursion into environmental activism has come to an end and rational retail is back in style:

Starting in May, Wal-Mart shoppers in the U.S. will see signs in stores heralding the return of fishing tackle, bolts of fabric and other ‘heritage’ merchandise that Wal-Mart reduced or cut out altogether as it attempted to spruce up its stores …

Do you think Al Gore has ever set foot in a Wal-Mart?

Source: PajamasMedia.com, Wall Street Journal

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This guy must lay awake at night figuring out new ways to spend money, because there just aren’t enough hours in the day to account for all his hair-brained schemes.

Oh, sure, we may be $14 trillion in debt and this year’s deficit will add another $1.6 trillion to that already staggering total, but who cares. Let’s ante up a few more bucks and buy more land for the federal government.

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"Hey, Tony, can you front me another $900 million? This time I want to buy some swampland in Florida."

The Washington Post has the details of President Obama’s latest fiscal fiasco:

President Obama says he’s constantly telling his two daughters to turn off the television, stop using Skype and go outside. He wants to get more American kids off the couch and out the door, reconnecting with the world and its natural beauty.

And he wants to make it easier for Americans to use parks and public lands, saying that too many “can go days without stepping on a single blade of grass.”
Toward that end, the president wants Congress to double spending — to $900 million next year — on a conservation fund that’s used to buy more property for the federal government. Currently, the government owns 635 million acres, or roughly three out of every 10 acres, with the largest chunk in Alaska.

Make no mistake, the federal government already owns a lot of land, almost one out of ever three acres in the United States. Why that must be damn near as much as Ted Turner owns.

Of course, taxpayers get hit with a triple whammy every time the federal government buys another piece of land. First, their hard-earned tax dollars are used to make the purchase. Second, that land is then taken off the tax rolls. And third, additional tax dollars are required to maintain the land.

The problem here, obviously, is that President Obama’s personal experience leads him to belive that Tony Rezko will help him buy this land, too.

Source: Washington Post

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All we are saying is give pee a chance

by editor on April 6, 2011

We know it’s still early in the year, but we’re willing to award the prize for Dumbest Environmental PR Stunt of the Year to whoever came up with Pee-On-Earth Day.

That’s right. Mark it on your calendar, folks. June 21 is Pee-On-Earth Day. Here’s how the organization’s website describes it:

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It's no longer enough to re-cycle. Now they want you to pee-cycle.

Pee-On-Earth Day

June 21 (Dec. 21 in the eastern hemisphere)

Pee-On-Earth Day is a day to bring your urine outside to nourish plants and avoid using water to flush your toilet!

Fertilize plants with your urine’s nitrogen and phosphorus. PEECYCLE either directly or by depositing your contribution in a container you take outside and apply to:
- Soil, wood chips or the forest floor (not pavement)
- Your composter or compost pile (makes brown leaves and woodchips compost faster)

Or dilute it with 9 parts water to 1 part urine, and pour around plants*

*Dilute or distribute widely: Lots of urine deposited in one spot on your lawn can result in nitrogen burn!

“Why, yes, Mrs. Editor, that is a big jug of pee in the bathroom. Just ignore it. It’s going to be really good for the plants.”

Yeah, like that’s going to fly.

NOTE: Far be it from us to correct the experts at Pee-On-Earth Day, but we think they mean “December 21 in the Southern Hemisphere.”

Source: LiquidGoldBook.com

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The Obama administration and Government Motors bet the windfarm that electric and hybrid cars would be the latest rage, but they’re so expensive and impractical that no one’s buying them. What’s a president to do?

The Detroit News reveals that President Obama intends to rig the game by having the federal government buy the cars in massive numbers:

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President Obama wonders how far he could go between charges in a bulletproof, bombproof Chevy Volt limousine

Obama announced the plan this week to “green” the federal fleet.

“I’m directing our departments and our agencies to make sure 100 percent of the vehicles they buy are fuel-efficient or clean energy cars and trucks by 2015. Not 50 percent, not 75 percent — 100 percent of our vehicles,” Obama said today at an appearance in Landover, Md., at UPS facility.

Of course, as we’ve come to expect from this administration, 100% doesn’t eally mean 100% and the rule of law is often replaced by the rule of “good for thee, but not for me.”

The U.S. Secret Service said today that some federal vehicles for law enforcement and security purposes will be exempt from President Barack Obama’s directive that all federal vehicles purchased starting 2015 be advanced technology models.

Secret Service spokesman Robert Novy said the directive wouldn’t apply to vehicles used for some law enforcement or security reasons by various federal agencies.

“Certain specialized vehicles including those with law enforcement and security specifications are not subject to this directive,” Novy said.

That would include the GM-built Cadillac presidential limousine and other vehicles in the motorcade.

Interesting, isn’t it, that this regulation should be proposed by someone whose only driving experience has been driving the nation to the edge of bankruptcy.

Source: Detroit News

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Lights aren’t the only thing that turned off on Saturday night. Earth Hour is dying and Mother Gaia is crying.

You know these are dark days for eco-wackos when Treehugger.com, a division of Discovery, shares this bad news:

Earth Hour started in Sydney in 2007; by 2009 it had spread around the world, becoming a very big deal everywhere but in the USA, where it never really caught on; even the website is empty and looks bogus. This year, the Australian organizers promise over a billion participants in 133 countries. A lot of press releases are flying round the internet, but something seems to be missing. This year the lights are going out not with a bang, but a whimper.

Three years ago in Toronto, ten thousand people turned up to hear Nelly Furtado sing “Turn out the light” at an Earth Hour concert in Toronto; last year a couple of hundred showed up; this year the concert is cancelled.

Here at IHateTheMedia.com intergalactic headquarters we celebrated Earth Hour by turning on the electricity-sucking flat screen TV and watching Cops.

(Eat your heart out. You know you wish your life was as exciting as ours.)

Source: Treehugger.com

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We have a simple belief here at IHateTheMedia.com: Global warming won’t kill us, but stupidity may. Johnny can’t read, write or do arithmetic, but he sure knows that global warming is killing the polar bears.

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They are coming after the hearts and minds of your children

PatriotUpdate.com has the environmental information:

Across the country, states are busy setting goals for environmental literacy, including here in Wisconsin, where the state’s first Environmental Literacy Plan is being drafted by a new group, the Wisconsin chapter of the No Child Left Inside Coalition. State Superintendent Tony Evers asked the group, whose members represent key environmental education organizations, for the plan and has called for educators statewide to “renew our commitment to teaching students about environmental responsibility.”

This year, funding was restored for a long-vacant environmental education consultant position within the Department of Public Instruction. Among this staff member’s duties: making sure teachers are properly trained for environmental education, and providing districts with resources and technical assistance to help meet the state’s goals for environmental literacy.

The flurry of activity is partly due to rumors that the Obama administration is leaning toward including environmental education initiatives in the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (previously known as the No Child Left Behind Act). The legislation may open up funding for states with strong environmental education programs and goals.

In other words, line up at the trough, little piggies. Here comes farmer Obama with a whole new load of slop.

Source: PatriotUpdate.com

H/T: Reader cstrasburger

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