“Greenest Person Alive?”

It is dangerous to let the public behind the scenes. They are easily disillusioned and then they are angry with you, for it was the illusion they loved.
~W. Somerset Maugham

This is definitely the kid of shit I come to expect from the Huffington Post.

So Ed Begley, Jr. is “possibly the greenest person alive?”

In my never-very-humble opinion, the greenest person alive is probably some poor bloke living in a third world country…not green because they want to be, but green because they don’t have the money to be anything else. And while many people in the so-called third world are causing environmental harm, it’s probably a lot easier to correct than the shit we’re doing. The stuff they’re doing that’s not so easy to correct is generally our fault, anyway (ie, companies “recycling” computers by shipping them to poor countries where they get the copper pulled out and the rest scrapped). But I digress.

Mr. Begley’s only the greenest person alive if you’re into the trendy, consumptive green.

An electric car, really? I’m still wondering if those are more environmentally friendly than their oil-dependent counterparts. It’s gotta have fuel, somehow, and much of this country’s electricity is generated by not environmentally friendly sources. So yes, I lump electric vehicles in with the hybrids…over-hyped badges of affluence that really don’t mean much in the long run.

The bicycle’s a nice touch, though.

And then he goes and mentions carbon offsets. Fuck you and your carbon offsets. It’s not like they actually do anything. And by the way, his house is 1,500 square feet…pretty small for a “celebrity,” although substantially larger than it should be for him and his wife (I’m assuming they share the house, and with no one else). Supposedly the house is powered off of solar, which makes no sense if he really owns…

…an electricity-generating bicycle that toasts bread. What. the. fuck. I think my ancient conventional toaster is more environmentally friendly. That’s a waste of a bicycle, right there. Why own a device this infernally stupid if your house is solar powered, anyway?

He even has his very own line of “natural” cleaners. If he was the greenest man alive, he’d just tell us all to use baking soda and vinegar instead.

And his tips for eco-friendly travel? “…turn off the lights, A/C, and TV when you’re not in your hotel room, and us[e] only one towel and the same sheets for your entire stay (if it’s less than a week).”

Oh, please.

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6 Responses to ““Greenest Person Alive?””

  1. Dargon Says:

    For the record, my understanding is electric cars are considerably more green than hybrids or gas cars. The fossil fuel usage by the powerplant to provide the electricity to charge an electric car is considerably less than the fossil fuel usage in a hybrid or gas car.

    That being said, pretty much in agreement.

  2. This is an article written in and about Toronto, but it certainly applies in the US as well.

    An Electric Car Upswing Would Crash The Grid

    “If you connect about 10 per cent of the homes on any given street with an electric car, the electricity system fails,”Anthony Haines, chief executive of Toronto Hydro, told an audience at Ryerson University earlier this year. “It basically can’t handle that load.”

    • That’s an excellent article!

    • Dargon Says:

      This is quite unsurprising. Many of the green alternate fuel sources are indeed greener on the small scale, but the infrastructure to support it on a large scale just isn’t there.

  3. I read “carbon offsets” in that article and it made me giggle. I couldn’t take anything even remotely seriously after that.

    • I’m pretty much the same way. Once I hear those magic words, you’d really have to pull a stunt to impress me after that.

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