OK, It’s Just a Test

by Einar Du Rietz

Next Target for Dr Killjoy

Sometimes I feel that most forms of climate hysteria are, if not religious, at least more a matter of some personal gratification found in strange life styles.

This morning I read another interview in www.svd.se with a girl who ventured to move in together with her family in a form of carbon neutral or “climate smart” house and adjust her life for a lengthy period to cut carbon dioxide emissions (or “foot prints”, as it’s sometimes called), and be environmentally friendly in general. I presume there are a lot of strange experiments like this going on around the world, but even trying to apply a friendly, alarmist perspective, I often find it hard to grasp the logic, or the real intentions.

She complains that the toughest sacrifice has been not being able to fly. Well at least that excludes all the people who have to fly for personal or professional reasons. But more importantly, what’s the point in not taking that trip to London? The flight will leave anyhow, with or without you. Or is it a matter of boycotting all airline companies out of business? Guess it must be. Also know that would have devastating effects on both economy and safety.

Abstaining from steak, is another popular climate gimmick. But it’s while the cow is walking around that it emmits those so called climate gases. Once it’s on your plate, it’s only food. Or is the idea that all cattle should be exterminated? Once again, quite devastating effects, especially for the other environmental pet project, biodiversity.

The most recent target is snacks and candy. This is not about the climate anymore, it’s an experiment – Stanley Milgram style – to see how far ordinary decent people are willing to go in self sacrifice and pure stupidity if you scare them with enough phony science.

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About the Author: Einar Du Rietz

Einar Du Rietz is a journalist and communications consultant based in Europe. He has authored several environmental reports for the Electrolux Group and written many blogs for the Center for the New Europe at CNE Environment.