Why has green crusading been all about sweet persuasion, trying to make us feel virtuous and conscientious?
Fair question, and Patt Morrison has the answer.
The government and the greenies are afraid of making you feel guilty.
Nuts to that, says Morrison (via common dreams).
Noting that California, Australia, Canada and others are passing legislation to outlaw the incandescent lightbulb, Morrison points out that "every time you go fluorescent, you save more than a quarter-ton of coal and all the sulfur dioxide and acid rain and sundry gunk that comes with coal. One bulb does all that."
When you throw away plastic bags, you’re throwing away oil, says Morrison. In energy alone, recycling a ton of plastic bags saves 11 barrels of oil. Which means that Californians, by tossing away 19 billion plastic bags last year - all of them blowing across my lane of the freeway - wasted about 4.5 million barrels of oil.
And those darling little plastic water bottles you tossed - 18 million barrels of oil to make them.
How about wasting paper? Morrison notes that a mature tree eats 13 pounds of carbon dioxide every year, "so every time you don’t recycle a huge stack of envelopes and junk mail and wrapping paper and newspapers, you’re murdering a tree that could have saved you. You could heat your house for six months on the energy saved from recycling a ton of paper."
How about aluminum cans, where the energy you waste by throwing away a single soda can would run your TV for three hours. Throwing away an empty six-pack is like throwing away nearly a $3.50 gallon of gasoline. According to Morrison, we Americans toss away enough aluminum cans in a year to rebuild every commercial airliner in America.
Says Morrison, "Good work, cola-for-brains."
There's more, yet you'll have to go read Morrison's op-ed piece to get it.
Know this for closers: the body of a 175-pound man can yield a little more than four gallons of fuel oil.
Feeling guilty yet?