When I went out last night for my walk with the dog, the Empire State Building was lit up in brilliant green, presumably in honor of Earth Day. . . . The spire on the new One World Trade Center was a similar shade of bright green. We should all join in feeling warm and fuzzy that we are saving the planet!
Call me a grinch, but I don't want to be associated with the people who promote Earth Day. Not that I have anything against being a good steward of the environment. I even picked up the litter on the sidewalk as I walked down the block! But Earth Day has a very unfortunate association with people who have used the promotion of phony environmental scares in the effort to impose authoritarian government on the people. Forty-eight years after the first Earth Day in 1970, the scares that got the thing going look, frankly, ridiculous in retrospect. Yet somehow, instead of developing a healthy skepticism of those who promote scary sin-and-redemption fantasies to aggrandize their own power, we've just moved on from the old fantasies to a whole crop of new and equally phony scare stories. And even more people seem to have bought into them. Is there any chance that today's environmental scare stories will look any less ridiculous forty-eight years from now?Read More