Sunday, September 05, 2010

Poppycock earth day

Attempting to copy the success of the Tax Freedom Day when the nation as a whole has theoretically earned enough income to fund its annual tax burden -- thus promulgating the lie that we are all taxed evenly, and that public taxation is a bad thing as we drive around on publicly funded roads and enjoy books whose ability we can read as a result of publicly funded education -- someone has come up with Earth overshoot day, the day when humans have consumed all of the biological resources that Earth can provide annually and begins burning through a finite and depleting capital.

Reporter Mike Lee of the San Diego Union Tribune decided to include a ridiculous quote from Myron Ebell in his article on this:
"It is, of course, complete poppycock," said Myron Ebell at the libertarian Competitive Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C. "As we become wealthier and more technologically sophisticated, our environmental footprint becomes smaller."
I mean, What the hell gives? The graphic on that article clearly shows wealthy and "technologically sophisticated" Americans consuming 5 planets of resources pro-rata, while poor and lower technology India rates 0.4.

What is the point of being a reporter if all you do is phone up Myron Ebell and print any old crap he spouts sight unseen? Hasn't anyone got a brain around here?


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