Sunday, July 8, 2007

Live Earth Dead Wrong

Paul points out the inherent folly of a worldwide concert to combat global warming in which thousands of participants fly or drive huge distances to attend a show that uses the electric power of a small city.

In today's column "Live Bad Go Green," Thomas Friedman suggests that we take carbon offsets one step further and allow people to break a commandment as long as they offset it by planting trees. I think indulgences already cover this, but he's right about the fact that we're looking for a quick fix for which no one has to sacrifice. Not gonna happen--or if it does, it will surely result in class warfare, as the haves increasingly push back on the have nots, keeping them driving donkey carts in the dark.

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