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Saturday, July 07, 2007

Steyn on Environmental Hypocracy

Colby Cosh has some sport with "the guru of green business practices", Joel Makower, who writes:

My travels this week take me to Detroit and Chicago for meetings and speeches. By the time I return home to California on Wednesday night, I'll have taken — if my accounting is correct — 51 plane flights during the first half of 2007. I'm not bragging, mind you. Indeed, it's rather embarrassing (and more than a little exhausting).

As Mr Cosh observes:

51 plane flights in six months for an environmental author and lecturer—embarrassing? Yeah, that's one way of putting it. Another would be "I guess my entire career has really just been one long act of satire."

The green guru defends himself thus:

Like many of my environmental professional brethren, air travel is far and away my biggest personal and professional footprint. And it's not likely to change any time soon. This reality notwithstanding, the airline industry seems poised to finally confront its environmental impacts — and mine.

So his frequent-flyer miles are an unchanging reality, and it's the airline industry that has to figure out a way to deal with it.

On a related note, several readers have asked how my campaign against sexual promiscuity is going. As you know, it's one of the great scourges of our society. Well, I'm still nailing anything that moves, and that's not likely to change any time soon. This reality notwithstanding, the rest of you really need to cut it out.

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