Short-sighted people in power

By Steve Outing

So often in these (unfortunately) conservative-dominated times I read stuff that makes my blood boil. Like this bit of utter stupidity from a press release from the Competitive Enterprise Institute, an oil industry-funded group about to thrust upon the American populace an ad campaign designed to cast doubt on the scientific consensus about global warming:

“‘The campaign to limit carbon dioxide emissions is the single most important regulatory issue today,’ says Marlo Lewis, a CEI senior fellow in environmental policy. ‘It is nothing short of an attempt to suppress energy use, which in turn would be economically devastating — all to avert an alleged catastrophe whose scientific basis is dubious.'”

This ranks right up there with former White House press secretary Ari Fleischer’s absurd statement in a 2001 press conference about U.S. energy use:

“The American way of life is a blessed one. And we have a bounty of resources in this country. What we need to do is make certain that we’re able to get those resources in an efficient way, in a way that also emphasizes protecting the environment and conservation, into the hands of consumers so they can make the choices that they want to make as they live their lives day to day.”

Conservation is a wrong to these people. The stupidity of their thinking is amazing.

Author: Steve Outing Steve Outing is a Boulder, Colorado-based media futurist, digital-news innovator, consultant, journalist, and educator. ... Need assistance with media-company future strategy? Get in touch with Steve!