"“The glaringly obvious thing that seems to escape all the heavy thinkers quenching themselves in human guilt is this: We are the only animal that uses fire to change our circumstance” (Letters, “We Burn Things,” Dec. 19-26). Yes. Glaringly obvious. We are also the only animals who harness the power of botox and crack cocaine to change our circumstance. Hell, maybe that does make us superior to other animals. Maybe, if you really squint, you can figure out some way in which those things have benefited our society too.
Outrageous, right? I’m comparing the use of “fire” to elective exposure of a deadly disease and substance abuse. Isn’t it also absurd to compare the mild, and dare I say grossly unambitious, potential regulation of CO2 emissions to the implementation of an Amish state? Oh wait, even the Amish use fire. My goodness, what conspiracy is about to pass through our anarchist Legislature? At this rate, we’ll all be draped in bleeding bear skins, hunting our foodsicles with forks!
Bush withdrew support for Kyoto more than five years ago. The United States has not ratified the signature and, on the contrary, has made it expressly clear that our administration does not intend to ratify it. Kyoto is also not a cave-treaty. Can anyone honestly find me a reason why we shouldn’t invest in wind and solar power? With exception of your gas stations, every convenience you mentioned could be maintained with an electrical source that is not dependent on fossil fuels. We could use electric vehicles to accomplish the task if you’re going to be pedantic. …
Posted by Elizabeth Chism