A Tale of Two Protests

From this morning:

Environmental protests on the rise

By Sandy Bauers, Philadelphia Inquirer Staff Writer

The morning of Aug. 24, Judy Wicks put her driver’s license and $100 cash in her pocket. She wore no jewelry.

Now, she was ready to be arrested. So many would join her that she needed to be unencumbered, so she wouldn’t hold up the processing line. Wicks, former owner of the White Dog Cafe in Philadelphia, and 1,251 others — including a dozen or more from this area — were arrested during a two-week action in front of the White House to protest the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, which would carry oil from Canada’s tar sands to the Gulf of Mexico.

Organizers termed it “the largest environmental civil disobedience in decades.”

Experts predict more such protests. They say the nation is entering an era of environmental civil disobedience rivaling that of the 1970s.

It may also signal a larger discontent. Since Oct. 6, Occupy Philadelphia, an offshoot of the Occupy Wall Street movement largely focused on what it sees as corporate greed, has been occupying City Hall.

In the environmental realm, frustrations have long been more focused.

In recent months, eight activists climbed the smoke stack at Chicago’s Fisk coal plant and painted “quit coal” in 10-foot-high letters on it.

More at the link. Unfortunately, the Inquirer’s website did not carry the picture accompanying the article, on page A-12. It shows protesters in front of the White House, with a big banner which reads Shut Down the Tar Sands.

I found this story rather amusing, when considered with the Overly Wet Snuggies protests by the bottom 1%. Those liberals are complaining that there are no jobs for them — and they must not have jobs, if they can camp out and protest on work days — and whining about “corporate greed,” while the other liberal protesters want to shut down a large project which would create more jobs.

The environmentalist whackos want to shut down the tar sands pipeline, which would mean that the United States would have to import more oil from foreign suppliers, sending more of the rewards for our productivity overseas, removing it from our economy, and making Americans poorer. They want to stop the use of coal to generate electricity, though there is no other practical source of electric power available on a large scale other than nuclear power, which does not consume fossil fuels. While I’m sure that they’d love to see everything powered by solar and wind power, those sources are incapable of providing the vast amounts of electricity our modern society requires.

And electricity is certainly something that the Overly Wet Snuggies protesters are consuming. They are using the internet, they are using cell phones, they are using all sorts of electronic devices — all provided, at every decreasing costs, by those wicked and hated corporations — to keep in touch, to amuse themselves, and to organize their protests.

It really would be interesting if the various groups of our friends on the left actually understood economics, actually understood what they were doing. They are wearing clothes manufactured by corporations, traveling to protests in vehicles manufactured by corporations and powered by fossil fuels, eating food brought to them by corporations — and trucked there by vehicles burning diesel fuel — consuming electricity to keep all of their gadgets running, and supported by the welfare checks that those of us who do work for private businesses and corporations are paying for with our taxes.

Yet they want to end the use of the fuel which provides the electricity they use, and kill the corporations which produce all of the things they are using and wearing and eating.

I guess that we really could just trash it all, and go back to an eighteenth century lifestyle . . . and we could all die at 45, see a significant percentage of our children die young, succumb to diseases that modern medicine has virtually wiped out, and scratch the earth for a subsistence lifestyle.

Or they could actually grow the [insert vulgar slang term for sexual intercourse here] up and realize that they are protesting against themselves, protesting against the consumers of the things that corporations provide.

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  1. Speaking of EnvironMENTALists

    Solar Panels Don’t Work. And No One Knows.
    By Ray Burgess

    Published: October 7, 2011

    Solar panels do not work that well. Often far below expectations.

    And few know it. Not the owners who depend on power. Not the bankers who finance it. Not the brokers who insure it.

    For more news and information on the rapidly evolving energy industry, please sign up for the AOL Energy newsletter. Connect with the authors and editors of AOL Energy on our LinkedIn Group.

    And not the government agencies who subsidize it.

    There I said it: The nasty little secret of the solar business. And I said it right at a time when we who believe in solar are under public scrutiny like never before.

    But if we who love solar and alternative energy do not put our house in order, those who believe solar is some kind of government-funded shell-game will do it for us. This would be a disaster for our country.

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