Tuesday, August 28, 2007

EnvironMENTAL Katey Pooh

I have not been the dedicated blogger as of late. I’ve been doing a fair amount of travel for work, and have been having internet connectivity issues at home, so I haven’t had a lot of time to blog. I’m waiting for someone to meet me to fix my work computer, so I have a couple of minutes and thought I’d try to put together a blog post.

A lot has happened inside my little head the last couple of weeks. I have officially become incensed over the environment and I’m afraid that I’m going to grow out my armpit hair and join the Peace Corps and get some Birkenstocks. This all started when I watched Who Killed the Electric Car? I have enraged. Fuming. Crazy with emotion. MAD. Why do I live in a country (or a world for that matter) that puts business decisions over ethical and environmental concerns? Why do we think that it is ok? Why do we invent technology and then destroy it because people will lose jobs and fat-cat CEOs will lose millions (and still be rich)? Why do we let certain Middle Eastern countries that I will soon be traveling to, control the prices of oil and other resources simply because we have political and business agreements with them to do so? ARGH! I’m so frustrated and I don’t know what I can do about it. I watched An Inconvenient Truth, and I feel about Al Gore, the same way I feel about Michael Moore; just tell whole truths and I’ll respect you a lot more. Let me explain. I think that both of them add their little twist to it to make it more exciting and entertaining. The truth is scary enough for intelligent individuals to decipher, so stop insulting me and just give me the facts. Is there anyone out there who wants to give the facts? Even my precious Robin Meade, who I profess my undying love to, sways the news with her own opinions sometime. Ok, back to An Inconvenient Truth. We all have total control over our environment. In the products we purchase, in the way we recycle, in our usage of resources. It can be difficult. It can be expensive, but it is SOOOOO worth it. I’ll probably start spouting more of this stuff in the future, but I want to do some research on it before I start “Michael Mooring”. I’ve also been looking at some info on the Green Party. Yeah, that’s right, little Conservative Katey Pooh is changing her ways. But the Green Party isn’t going to win any elections anytime soon so I’ll have to find an appropriate CANDIDATE-not party, to support. I believe that we should support whomever the Nation chooses as a President (that includes Dubya and Bill “Lies” Clinton) but I think we should demand better candidates and understand a little bit more about the fundraising process. Get me those Birkenstocks!

I don’t want to go on about this now, but I want a person to know that it is on my mind and it’s something that is really swaying a lot of my thoughts and decisions lately. I am once again seriously considering the purchase of a Prius, though I’d prefer we just have the electric car technology that already exists.

The take-home here: Patty, Sarah and Lindsay: I assume that you’re proud of my non-Republican ways that I’m coming into. I just want my children and grandchildren to have a place to live that isn’t run by sheiks in that country that I can’t mention because I’ll be traveling there.

Other than politics, I have a lot of things I’d like to blog about, including my new Calphalon pots that I purchased, and the cottage that is just the cutest thing ever!


Patty said...

Welcome to the blue side...I must say I ADORE my green party, but alas we can't get the backing so I have to deal with the hypocrisy of blue in order to do SOME sort of good.

I'd much rather be green than blue though, but we do what we can to fight the good fight.

As far as Michael Moore goes...yeah. Bless him for good intentions though. He definitely spotlights situations that NEED looking at. Never let it be said that filmmakers are not melodramatic.

I think I'm moving away from politicking in general, but rather all politicians should fear my pen. I'm tired of my politicians not doing what was promised and lo and behold. I am collecting names. I am learning who my alderman, congressman, mayor, governor, senators names and addresses. The president...I can't do anything but vote for the least of the evils presented to me. I CAN control whether my alderman gets relected by gathering my neighbors together...oh this is getting too long. You get the point.

You know I had to cut down on my shower time...oh it sucks, but I would like to keep the vegetation around a little while longer. We do what we can.

Sarah said...

I would be so uber jealous if you got a Prius! Of course, I never really drive anymore, so a car would be a tad on the extravagant side, but the prius is just so damn cute...

Evan said...

"Why do I live in a country (or a world for that matter) that puts business decisions over ethical and environmental concerns? Why do we think that it is ok?"

Because you can't just look at one small segment of the so-called environmental devastation upon which human existence is built and crusade against it. There are a million reasons why business decisions are put above all other decisions and that is simply because money talks and bullshit walks, and worrying about things like CO2 emissions when their impacts are not generally accepted scientific fact enough to constitute environmental science law, is bullshit.

You need money to pay your bills. So do the people who work at oil companies. So do the people who own oil and oil infrastructure stocks.

The only inconvenient truth about the enviroment is the fact that our bleeding heart, fatalistic worries that all the flowers are going to die don't pay the bills or put food in your stomach. And you can't start slicing away parts of the economy - especially one its pillars, chiefly the transportation industry, which enables human beings to, you know, get from point A to point B - without devastating the rest of it.

Tear it all down, or none of it. Since you, and everyone else, is unwilling to become Amish, you'll go on burning oil and some of you will whine about electric cars, but, as I've said, money talks and bullshit walks.

And this entire debate, dearest Kate, is bullshit. Show me the money.

*I am not a fat-cat CEO. I am a working stiff just like you.