Green Badges Of Courage

William Yeatman at has a great piece up, one that is near and dear what I have been saying for a long time, and is one of the reasons I started questioning the anthropogenic global warming science: The Latest Green Badge of Courage

I would loathe global warming alarmists less if I could find one who is willing to walk the walk. For example, I would like Al Gore, if he lived like a pauper. I wouldn’t agree with him, but I would respect him. Instead, he preaches sacrifice for the world, while he lives the life of a glutton. That’s annoying.

I think that Mr. Gore’s two-faced approach to the “climate crisis,” as he calls it, is indicative of the green movement as a whole. To be precise, middle and upper class white Americans want “to do something” about the supposed problem of climate change, but they don’t want to be the ones to do it. Instead, they want “polluters” to pay, apparently not realizing that they themselves are the “polluters.”

Rather than actual privation on behalf the climate, it seems to me that environmentalists are more interested in purchasing green badges of courage. These are ostentatious environmentalist wares that broadcast to the world their owners’ support for the idea of fighting climate change, and in this manner, they substitute for actually fighting climate change. After all, it’s much easier to support the principle of an energy tax, than it is to pay more for gasoline. A green badge of courage alleviates the compunction that environmentalists feel when they consider their own patterns of conspicuous consumption.

This is what the so-called green movement is about: a lot of pretty words, attempts to spread awareness, getting people to donate or buy something, and trying to get someone else to pay, but, never actually practicing what they preach.

Make sure to read the whole thing, especially you believers in AGW.


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