If you're a partisan Republican, odds are you mock the very idea of global warming. If you're on the other side, chances are you've built a shrine to Al Gore, made out of compost, natch.
I'm not a scientist. I have no real interest in science. I'm aware of the issue, and I read a few articles here and there, but frankly I don't know whether man is destroying the planet. I tend to side with the majority of experts who say we are, but it appears there hasn't been enough serious debate to consider the matter closed.
Still, like most people, I'm inclined to do my share for the environment. Then I read about No Impact Man and I want to spend the rest of the day throwing shredded Styrofoam cups out my 8th floor window.
Isn’t that strange? You click off family’s electricity and make them go to bed at nine every night because it’s too dark to do anything else. You ban them from the elevator so they have to walk up and down nine flights of stairs. You take away their fridge so they can’t keep more than a day or two of food around the house.
Even more obnoxious are afffluent Hollywood liberals turned eco-lobbyists. I can see why they're attracted to the cause; unlike, say, working with the poor, environmental activism requires no personal contact with the grubby masses. Instead, you get to hang out with Leo DiCaprio and talk about how satisfying it is to be fully evolved. Oh yeah, and there's lecturing. Lots and lots of lecturing.
“We represent the entertainment community,” said Kelly Chapman Meyer, whose husband, Ron, is the president of Universal Studios Group. “We use our resources and our connections to push for environmental issues.”
“We want a climate bill that’s not going to die,” said Colleen Bell, a philanthropist and writer whose husband, Bradley, is the executive producer and head writer of the soap opera “The Bold and the Beautiful.”
Because they have rich, connected husbands, Meyer and Bell got a face-to-face with Barbara Boxer, who shares their concern.
“We can see it happening, we can feel it happening,” she said. “The fashion industry is so upset because they can’t sell their cashmere sweaters.”
Well now I'm really worried.