Environmentalism Run Amok

An e-mail just turned up in my in-box. It was clearly selling something, and the text ended with the following thoughtful note:

Please consider the environment — do you really need to print this e-mail?

And what, you ask, was the e-mail selling?

Private jet travel.

Like the man said: please consider the environment.

Ralph J

Leave the cows alone. What is the largest producer of methane gas in the world today? Sorry for spoiling the day for you vegan Central Park conservationists, but it's plants and trees.

Ralph J

The leading greehouse gas of the day is, believe it or not, water vapor.


Environmentalism may be running amok, but is it zany to the max with bologna in its slacks? I think not.


MGF, why on earth would you keep an email like this for a long time? Most of us would hit the delete button pretty quickly (or the JunkMail button).


Post #7 makes a great point.

The only way for us to not harm the environment is for us not to be apart of the environment. At what point did environmentalism become restoring the environment to pre-industrial revolution? Environmentalism should be about educating people on how to balance their lives so it does unnecessary or irrevocable damage to the environment.

And off point:
And for all those who talk about the release of methane gas and CO2 emissions could you all learn a little more about the earth before claiming human emissions are harming things. The volcano in East Java that is about to explode will release more toxic gases in the atmosphere than humans can in years or decades. The thing people need to talk about are the chemicals that we release that interfere with the environment's ability to break them down or break down molecules in the environment that help protect it.

Tom Jones

The leading greenhouse gas of the day is, believe it or not, Barry Manilow.

ian jones

So we are being accused of reading an email on screen and then hitting the print button. For what reason would somebody do that? Is there any research on this?

Barry Manilow

Tom, that is spurious and you know it!


It's called "greenwash".

Do you care, or don't you? Cognitive dissonance? Bureaucracy?

It's quite depressing.

Mark Denison

Methane gas from cows does not contribute to Global Warming because the source of carbon is from plants which have extracted CO2 from the air. It will be released when the plant dies, burns or is eaten by animals and be recycled. Rising atmospheric carbon comes from oil, carbon and natural gas extracted from underground where it has been for eons. End of story.


Oh no! I am late again to the bash Al Gore party.

#1 Jason, that story about cows being the leading cause of green houses gases was so stupid it was hilarious.

You know what else is a leading cause of greenhouse gas: people who waste electricity turning on their computers to type similar BS as that cow story.


I agree with #7, hypocrisy means nothing anymore. To say "You're such a hypocrite" meant so much long ago, now it's thrown around like "thats so gay". The English is defying science and devolving.


I hear Al Gore inhales oxygen, and guess what he exhales: carbon dioxide!

What a hypocrite...

Barry Manilow

Listen. Al Gore is a hypocrite. He lives in a wasteful palace of opulence. No one needs a house that big. If you care about the environment so much, get a nice three-bedroom home and use all the electricity you want.


You are behind the times! Way back in June, the great Martin Lukes carefully explained the detriments (of printing your email) in the Financial Times.


Point apart...but just for a while lets forget Al Gore and concentrate on cars we use...we see these adverts for Hybrid cars...I wonder if they really save any fuels because of the added weight of the power generating equipment in addition to the engine...I did a rough comparison with a car like the VOLKSWAGEN L3 Lupo..and it appeared really fuel efficient. I find that motor companies are promoting BIGGER cars; and talk less about smaller fuel efficient cars, do even less to spread awareness about such small cars - that is hypocracy and not our Al Gore.


Dear #7 (Zoe):
You just made my day. You are awesome.
Ah, the days of actually funny non-anime-ripoff cartoons...


Can't really blame the man if he makes a living off jet travel. But if he can make up for it by saving some trees, why not? Would be too much to demand someone to switch occupations solely for the sake of the environment, wouldn't it?


the cast of Funky Winkerbean has aged 10 years and nothing is going to bring Lisa back.
So let the planet die in raging floods and stifling humidity. I don't care.


Why does the headline need to have anything to do with the product?