Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Redford v. Redford

You know what pisses me off?  Well, if you've read my blog for a while you know some of the things that piss me off, but what pisses me off today is this:  When an anti-environmentalist accuses an environmentalist of being a hypocrite because they drive a car or fly on a plane.

Just because we don't like an aspect of society - just because we can see what is coming down the pike when, presumably, so many other people don't - doesn't mean that we don't have to live within our society's constraints.  Until there is a better energy option of travelling long distances, people who need to travel long distances will fly.  But hopefully they will fly less frequently and buy carbon off-sets.  Until there is a better alternative to driving a car, people will drive.  But hopefully less often and in vehicle that gets stellar mileage.

This week Robert Redford, through the Natural Resources Defence Council (NRDC) put out a call to stop using tar sands oil and to support green energy:

What he is saying is that dirty oil is not the way to continue on this planet and that we need to put money into green energy initiatives.  That's pretty clear, isn't it?  He's using the fame and power he has garnered over the decades he has been a movie star to support a cause he (and I) feel strongly about.

What does our Premier, Allison Redford have to say about it?  She said:  "I've really got to question how people who are using (conventional) energy flying on planes can make these sorts of comments and assume that they are going to have any credibility."

Well, sweetie-pie, how else is he going to get to where he needs to go to say what he needs to say to the people he needs to say it to so that he can be heard?  In a perfect world, we would all be tele-commuting and using the technology we have to deal with things in a better fashion.  BUT THAT'S THE PROBLEM - our system is not yet set up that way.  People like Robert Redford are trying to implement that change, but for the time being they have to operate within our society.

Just because something needs to be changed does not mean that we can all just drop it and start doing things differently, "Abracadabra!!"  These sorts of changes take public will, money and time.  R. Redford is trying to increase the public will to change things.  Then a lot of money will have to go into it (after the public is willing to put that money in that direction) and then it will take time.  Things are starting, but if the oil companies continue to fight to stay on top (which they most definitely will) it will probably take too long to save the planet.  And since the oil companies control the money and the government, well .... I think you get the idea.

Anyhow, A. Redford, crying "hypocrite" is quite a line coming from a politician.  Why don't we all set aside the money issue and look at what really matters, eh?

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