Cheat-Seeking Missles

Thursday, July 05, 2007

Live Earth To Hasten Dead Earth?

Al Gore's global rock concert, Live Earth is just a couple days away! There's Al announcing the event. We have to assume this is the best frame of Al they were able to find. Ouch.

If you sign up for Live Earth, you'll have their seven-point pledge waved in front of you, including:
• To take personal action to help solve the climate crisis by reducing my own CO2 pollution as much as I can and offsetting the rest to become “carbon neutral;”
Perhaps the best first step to achieve this pledge-point would be having nothing to do with Live Earth, which is the biggest pile of hypocrisy-fueled, carbon-generated, burning electrons I've seen in my lifetime.

Oh, sure, there's that other pledge-point:
• To fight for a moratorium on the construction of any new generating facility that burns coal without the capacity to safely trap and store the CO2;
But until those expensive plants are built, where's the juice for all those amps and mixing boxes and loudspeakers and lights and mikes going to come from? Especially for the performers performing here? Get out your gas masks, my Chinese friends.

(And while we're on the subject, do you really want to sign on to that pledge-point until you know the impact it will have on poor, third-world countries that need more power if they're ever going to get a healthy economy?)

And the 100 performers in 8 concert venues are just the beginning of the nightmare. More bragging from founder Kevin Wall:
Our message will reach all 7 continents with 8 official concerts, special broadcast events broadcast worldwide on TV, radio and the Internet. We’ve produced a collection of films, PSAs, and even an official Live Earth companion book. This massive multimedia platform will be the foundation for a movement that drives us to the tipping point.”
Tipping into oblivion, into a Live Earth world of books, TV, radio, films, all burning electricity by the mega-giga-watt. The power plants they hate probably put on extra shifts so Wall can feel good about himself as he monitors the loading of T-shirts, CDs, books and other money-makers into the cargo holds of a line of jets cued up to burn aviation fuel all the way to the concert venues.

Oh, and a warning: Brace yourself! Cameron Diaz (who never apologized to the president for predicting that rape would basically become legal if he was elected) will be making more preposterous, "never have to say you're sorry" pronouncements about global warming on Live Earth PSAs.

Perhaps I'm just negative, an alarmist. After all, Live Earth tells us we are not to worry about all this, because, as its Web site brags:
Live Earth will implement new Green Event Guidelines. All Live Earth venues will be designed and constructed by a team of sustainability engineers who will address the environmental and energy management challenges of each concert site, as well as the operations of sponsors, partners and other Live Earth affiliates. Each venue will not only be designed to maintain a minimum environmental impact, but will showcase the latest state-of-the-art energy efficiency, on-site power generation, and sustainable facilities management practices.
It sounds nice, but here's something I guarantee: Live Earth will NOT publish the amount of kilowatts they burned during this event. Never, ever. Because it will be enough to fuel hundreds of homes for hundreds of months. All for what? So Greenies can feel good and think they're moving forward when they're really just part of the problem.

That is, after all, what Greenies are good at.

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