Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Green Activists Contribute Greenhouse Gases

What's the opposite of green? On the color wheel, it's red, so I'll go with that.

It seems that Green idealists are also the reddest. The Guardian (UK) reported today on a British study into the lifestyle habits of Greens.

People who believe they have the greenest lifestyles can be seen as some of the main culprits behind global warming, says a team of researchers, who claim that many ideas about sustainable living are a myth.

According to the researchers, people who regularly recycle rubbish and save energy at home are also the most likely to take frequent long-haul flights abroad. The carbon emissions from such flights can swamp the green savings made at home, the researchers claim.

Stewart Barr, of Exeter University, who led the research, said: "Green living is largely something of a myth. There is this middle class environmentalism where being green is part of the desired image. But another part of the desired image is to fly off skiing twice a year. And the carbon savings they make by not driving their kids to school will be obliterated by the pollution from their flights."

Some people even said they deserved such flights as a reward for their green efforts, he added.

It's like people who go to the movies and order Milk Duds and a Diet Coke. It would be worse if they got a regular Coke, I suppose, but really what's the point of saving calories?

They found the longest and the most frequent flights were taken by those who were most aware of environmental issues, including the threat posed by climate change.

Greenies, don't let your ideals get in the way of ruining the planet!

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