Although I voted Green last election, I'm not much of an environmentalist - I mainly voted for them cos when it comes to social issues, they're like a lefty version of ACT. Who can you rely on to call banning party pills what it is, or tell the govt where to stick their amendments to the Suppression of Terrorism Act? Only the Greens and ACT. So, which one you should vote for really just comes down to how keen you are on Ayn Rand and Roger Douglas. There aren't really any other contenders.
That said, environmentalists generally give my arse the ache. Not so much because of their concern for the environment, but because they're all hippies, and their party attracts food nutters like Sue Kedgeley and opportunist commos like Sue Bradford. OK, that's not really a sound basis for forming an opinion on a political movement, but nobody's perfect, least of all me.
What really gets on my wick is the environmentalist attitude to cars. Those who recall my posts at Sir Humphreys might have noted I rather like cars. We're hearing plenty at the moment about how we shouldn't use cars, it's bad for the environment and it's using up all the damn oil. Well, OK, the emissions are bad for the environment, I'll grant you that. Nothing like so bad as Third World subsistence agriculturalists turning out a kid a year and defoliating the surrounding landscape for firewood, mind you, but it remains a valid point.
But using up the oil? What the hell kind of an argument is that? Apparently, if we were all to start biking, taking the bus and walking more often, we wouldn't use up the planet's oil reserves so quickly. Er, and? What, exactly? We use our vehicles less and it takes a few decades longer for oil to become so scarce it prices the internal combustion engine out of existence? Surely I can't be the only one to find this argument less than compelling? You know, the question of whether driving a Daimler V12 becomes an unreasonable prospect 10 years from now or 50 isn't really one that is going to drive me to getting on my bike.
Face it folks, we're going to use that oil up. The only thing that's going to stop us using it is scarcity increasing the price to the point where plastic bottle caps become units of currency. Later generations may curse us for it, but the likelihood of them being in any sense our moral superiors is about equivalent to the likelihood of us giving up using oil because it would be nice to leave some for posterity, so fuck 'em. If they were here, they'd enjoy putting their foot down in a V8 too.
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