Acid Man does Environmentalism

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And Environmentalism doesn't come out so well. Rob over at Gut Rumbles ran into an oh-so-precious comment from an envirnmentalist that prompted an excellent rant. bq. How old are you, Dustin? I was born in 1952. I grew up in a coal mining camp with no indoor plumbling and I had to take shots for polio, dyptheria, cholera and every other kind of third-world disease you can name. I swam in a creek where outhouses hung over the water a few miles upstream. You just learned to dodge the floating turds. bq. When I moved to Savannah, my Uncle Gene took me on a boat ride up the Savannah River on the "Blue Moon," a boat my step-grandfather built with his own hands. I was eight years old at the time. bq. I never saw a more filthy river in my life, and these words are written by a boy from Harlan County, Kentucky. Raw sewage was spewing from gigantic pipes right into the river on the outgoing tide. The paper mills and the other chemical plants blotted out the sky with the belching from their smokestacks and they dumped all of their toxic waste right next to the raw sewage on the outgoing tide. I was certain that if I fell out of that boat, I could walk to shore on all the shit floating in the river. bq. Now, people run shad nets there and sell the fish and the roe. The river is clean. And more: bq. WE'RE ALL GONNA DIE! is their mantra, and I've got some news for them. Yeah. We're all gonna die. Life is built that way. But going back to living in caves and freezing to death in the dark is NOT the way to save the fucking planet. You want to save the planet? GET RICH, asswipe. bq. The reason that the good old USA has cleaner water, better air and more trees than it did when I was a boy IS NOT because of the environmental movement. It's because we have the wealth, time and inclination to spend on such a pursuit. You want to save the earth? Create wealth. Period. bq. The environmental movement seeks to destroy wealth. By doing so, if they ever have their way, environmentalists will sink civilization, but they'll also go a long way toward killing the planet. Money makes Mother Nature happy. With money, we can brush Gaia's flowing locks, wash her body with perfumed soap and treat her like a queen. bq. Without money, we shit in her rivers and drink the same water. Just look at the Third World. He does have a way with words...

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Charm School from Crumb Trail on April 25, 2004 4:13 PM

Acidman at Gut Rumbles - a personality blog wildly popular with some segments - was prompted by some of the rhetoric about the environment that has washed over the blogoshpere lately to unleash a rant: I despise environmentalists. [via Synthstuff] The... Read More


Since when do environmentalists want to live in caves. if it were not for the environmentalists the Savannah River would still be as bad as it was in 1960. Environmentalists cleaned up that river. Big business hurt the river far more than the raw sewage did because it discharged untreated wastes at a greater quantity that all the residents of Savannah combined. Further, it is doubtful whether the money makers on the river follow all the laws on the books to protect this natural resource (It is cheaper for them not to). History is filled with cases of money-makers in industry to cost-concious to protect the environment. These things do not change by themselves. Environmentalists step in. Environmentalists want to live like "rich people", they just see environmental destruction as an oversight, not a necessity. It seems that you are just not educated enough about environmentalists to ponder the subject thoughtfully.

Thanks for the notice. And I stand by every word I wrote.

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