Guest Writer, Sociology Prof.

Around here, there are hundreds, perhaps thousands, of folks who, in good faith, and perhaps in honest naïvité, are doing all they can to safeguard the environment by buying electric cars and actively lobbying governments to pass legislation as well as actively trying to persuade car makers to make more fuel efficient cars. Also to equip their roofs at home with solar panels, etc. To advocate for wind generated electricity as well as by the action of ocean waves. And so it goes, on and on with good intentions. A lawyer and long time member of ACLU-SC is a strong advocate of legislation that allows corporations to do “carbon-trading,” that is to go ahead and continue their polluting operations by purchasing the unused rights of others to discharge a certain amount of pollutants into the environment.

All of that reminds of Albert Schweitzer on Naïvité:
“There are two kinds of naivité: one which is not yet aware of all the problems and has not yet knocked at all the doors of knowledge; and another, a higher kind, which is the result of philosophy having looked into all problems, having sought counsel in all the spheres of knowledge, and then having come to see that we cannot explain anything but have to follow convictions whose inherent value appeals to us in an irresistible way. (Christianity and the Religions of the World, p. 71f.)”

While some ordinary folks gamely try to do a little clean up, they seem totally unaware of the fact that there are both government and corporate giants who, seemingly unbeknownst to ordinary folks, massively obviate the miniscule results of painful conservation efforts by ordinary folks.

It appears to me that maybe, just maybe, the additive sum of all globally distributed do-it-yourself do-gooder efforts to save the earth by reducing their own personal carbon-foot print, put together, and multiplied ten fold, still are merely a puny sum in comparison to what powerful corporations and governments can do in a single day.

Take for example, as only just one example, what the government of Iceland and Alcoa corporation have been doing.

ALCOA is on track to build a massive heat-generating smelter on top of the polar ice cap ! ! !

It is undoubtedly a good idea to worry about our carbon foot print and to attempt to reduce that.

However, is that not simply a distraction from the profoundly serious effects of using massive amounts of electricity generated by perfectly green, non-carbon, means as the source of energy to power-up a massive heat generator that melts the polar ice cap, which raises ocean levels, floods major parts of the earth (Los Angeles included), and alters forever the nature of life on earth?

I have yet to meet a “green activist” who grasps the seriousness of what ALCOA and others are doing in perfect compliance with carbon-trading (the palliative that governments have ingeniously thrown at green activists). Even more distracted are Icelanders, who, with even more profound innocence, are concerned about the loss of beautiful vistas; not about the destruction of space-ship earth.

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