A Green Reality

Is the national obsession with going green an eclectic fad stoked by the media?
Takes me back to the propaganda years of Carter’s administration when they trumpeted in the first energy crisis, mandating we all drive 55 MPH telling us it was our moral duty to conserve energy; smile and like it. Our response as a nation was to built larger gas guzzling SUVs and raise the speed limit to 75 MPH.

Granted a heightened awareness encouraging energy conservation is a good thing but can we really expect people to suspend their quality of life, and abandon the high standard of living they’ve grown accustomed? (Different shade of Green)

Can we really expect the rest of the industrialized world that competes in the same global market—industrialized nations that trail our standard of living by light years to impose strict environmental controls that inhibit production and stifle growth? I think not. Why should they care about the hypothetical threat of global warming when their economies are stagnating and their populations scramble for basic human necessities?

What chance does the environment have against the deprivations of an incessant human race? The quintessential environmental question here is should humans be cast back to more primitive societies in favor of the environment. It all makes me a little nostalgic. Hey, what ever happened to earth day anyway?


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