Earth Day

Is it Earth Day again? I was planning to be in DC on unrelated business today, but I’m just as glad I missed it this time. I was in the DC area a couple of years ago and found the Earth Day protesters to be loud, uninformed and a bit silly. And the mess they left behind afterward was ridiculous.

I don’t want to rehash The Topic for the moment. But I will say this. People who are legitimately concerned about the environment are not marching on the mall today or backing an ill-informed anti-corporate agenda. They are in labs and offices all over this country, inventing new sources of energy and new ways to do old things with less mess, less energy and better results. Don Boudreaux has an entire series called “Cleaned by Capitalism” detailing how the free market has made our world cleaner and healthier. Occasionally, some guidance is needed from government — companies weren’t going to stop using lead out of the goodness of their heart. But mostly this happens because we the consumer demand a cleaner world.

If you want to know the kind of world the collectivists would leave us, read up on the environmental disaster that was the Soviet Union — Chernobyl, the Mayak explosion, Lake Karachay, the Aral Sea, the entire western portion of the Czech Republic. Hell, look at China right now. Even the beloved welfare states of Europe, for all their faults and the billions they’ve burned on cap and trade, have refused to embrace the anti-capitalism, anti-corporate bandwagon.

If we ever develop an energy technology that can replace fossil fuels, we won’t need a government mandate to get billions to stampede to it. Cleaner cars and energy-efficient computers don’t need laws; they are already wildly popular. We the consumers do not object to a clean, sustainable planet; we love it. What we object to is a bunch of people who take it upon themselves to command and control society, thinking they have the knowledge and wisdom to guide us to a smarter greener future. They have been consistently foolishly ridiculously wrong again and again. And all the marches and protest signs in the world aren’t going to change that.

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  1. Mississippi Yankee

    Earth Day started April 22, 1970 On the 100th university of….
    Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov, better known by the name Lenin (April 22, 1870 – January 24, 1924)

    Hell of a coinkey-dink right?

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  2. Kimpost

    Earth Day started April 22, 1970 On the 100th university of….
    Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov, better known by the name Lenin (April 22, 1870 – January 24, 1924)

    Hell of a coinkey-dink right?

    Probably another example of ridiculous paranoia, yes. But who cares?


    OK, let’s say for the sake of argument that the original Earth Day organizers chose April 22 with the intention of honoring Lenin and linking environmentalism to communism, and that keeping Earth Day on April 22 is part of some communist agenda. So what? What effect is this theoretical link between Earth Day and Lenin and communism actually having? If nobody is getting that message, then what’s the problem?

    Some 20 million Americans turned out to celebrate the first Earth Day, which is often credited with passage of the Clean Air Act, creation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and many other important political gains and environmental safeguards. Since 1970, billions of people around the world have celebrated Earth Day and continue to do so each year. Are they all secretly paying homage to Lenin and his philosophy? Are they all communist dupes or, worse, what purveyors of this notion of a Lenin-Earth Day link like to call “watermelons” (green on the outside, red on the inside)?

    If people want to stand up for private-property rights and free enterprise, no problem. But they ought to find some way to do it without attacking the goals of the environmental movement or by claiming that Earth Day is a communist plot. It just makes them look silly.

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  3. balthazar

    LOL using 2 things CAA and EPA, that have been some of the main focuses of power grabs to illustrate the “good” that has come from earth day, classic.

    The EPA and CAA are DIRECTLY responsible for so much seizing of private citizen’s property and enacting freedom restricting regulations that you actually HELPED make the case.


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  4. Xetrov

    Interesting Tidbit.

    The Washington Post gave about the same amount of coverage to Sunday’s Earth Day festivities in the nation’s capital — as it did to January’s March for Life rally here in Washington.

    However the crowd sizes for the rallies were vastly different — despite cold and rainy conditions for both events.

    The Examiner reports organizer- Earth Day Networks expected tens of thousands of people to show up for a full roster of speakers and performers —

    Though the numbers were somewhere between 4 — and several hundred.

    Meanwhile — the pro-life rally did draw what several reporters described as tens of thousands of people — with The Washington Post estimating more than 17,000 participants on that day.

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  5. Mississippi Yankee

    Probably another example of ridiculous paranoia, yes. But who cares?

    Allinsky Rule #5 Ridicule your opponents position.

    Favorite tool of ‘watermelon’ people’… yanno, green on the outside red in the middle.

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