Friday, July 13, 2012

Guilt is for wussies

"Oh Beautiful for smoggy skies, insecticided grain,
For strip-mined mountain's majesty above the asphalt plain.
America, America, man sheds his waste on thee,
And hides the pines with billboard signs, from sea to oily sea."
~George Carlin

To be honest none of this surprises me. However, to paraphrase a very old commercial, its not nice to mess with Mother Nature but when you do expect one bitching payback when she has had enough.  

Americans Least Green-And Feel Least Guilt


cloudia charters said...

nor do we eat our Veg!

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Pixel Peeper said...

I remember reading once that the production of one pound of beef requires something like 3,000 gallons of water. Soon after that, I stopped eating beef.

The hard thing is to convince people that it's not a huge, difficult change they have to make to be nicer to our environment - a few small changes add up to big benefits.

lime said...

f*ck a duck...i just typed out a long comment and blogger ate it...

lime said...

so the deal...

1. i never buy bottled water, that's just stupid unless your water is truly unsafe.
2. we rarely eat beef (yay for venison)
3. car gets 30-35 mpg
4.we recycle so much we don't even fill a single 33 gallon trash can every week.
5. my kids grew up on hand-me-downs
6. my husband often bicycles to work (i do wish we had better public transportation but basically you have to be in a metropolitan area for that in this country)
7. we got a pellet stove to try to heat green (pellets are made from compressed sawdust reclaimed from lumber yards), sadly, it's a POS and the service from the manufacturer is worse so that hasn't worked out well. unfortunately we are not candidates for solar because of how heavily wooded the place is.
8. i buy a lot of organic produce and certain other items i know are sustainably farmed.

i dunno, i may be deluded but i feel like we take reasonable measures. honestly, i'd like to live in a smaller house as well but i have lost that particular battle.

Mr. Charleston said...

At the same time I, and thousands of others, are fighting a water withdrawal permit for a ranch in Ocala, Florida that will use 13.2 million gallons a day to provide pasture for 30,000 head of cattle. Yahoo! Use it up til it's all gone gentlemen. Grandma taught us to clean our plates.

Randal Graves said...

"All we need to do is grow the economy and the green will follow," said Obomney yesterday.

Mike Williams said...

i can find all kinds of excuses why I don't live a more green lifestyle but plain truth is it's easier not to. Cheaper too.

Mike Williams said...

Oh yeah, I lost my domain name over at blogger so I started a new one:

Akelamalu said...

We are really into recycling, helped by our local council who supply 4 huge reclycling bins per household. 1 for tins, glass and plastic, 1 for paper, 1 for garden and food waste and 1 for any other rubbish which they collect and dispose of.

Ranch Chimp said...

The idea and talk about our "green" goal's is just that ... "talk", much more can be done but nothing of any significance will get done until we stop basing everything on profit margin's only, I have covered quite a bit of this. The only people doing a damn thing as far as enviromental is common people, no one else, even their projected goal's of new energies is BS that the political mouth piece's tell us. Yet, again, this is all connected to one thing, and one thing only ... but enough from me Bum ... good posting Guy ....

Beach Bum said...

Cloudia: Best wishes!

Pixxel: That is my point, a few small changes could have huge effects.

Lime: I freely admit my own family and I could do better, and we are trying, but significant changes will have to wait until the kids leave home.

Mr. Charleston: I figure we are all going to be forced to alter our ways very soon. One scientist predicts cities like Las Vegas and Phoenix will eventually be abandoned as climate change and growing demands for water make it to important to waste on stupid things like lawns and decorative fountains.

Randal: The only thing worse than Obama saying that stupid stuff would be the actions of Romney. God have mercy on our souls.

Mike: Already updated.

Akelamalu: They very wastefulness of American suburbia is one of the reasons I hate it so much. Making matter worse as I have written before we are heavily restricted on many simple energy savings methods and growing any garden except something very small.

Ranch: The only thing that will change our ways is some disaster.

Life As I Know It Now said...

What an interesting article and thanks for highlighting it. I think this weather change we've been experiencing may help Americans understand better that we do have an impact on the environment and maybe, just maybe, be willing to do more about it.

I know I buy used, recycle, don't eat meat, drive a fuel car that gets really good gas mileage (but I would love to use public transportation rather than a car to get around yet we don't have a system here to use), and buy organic foods as much as possible. Just a small dent but it is something and I do it every. single. day.