Daily Wisdom

November 11, 2010

Green and Mean

We've all heard that phrase "Lean and Mean". It is descriptive of an organization, typically a company, that is not overstaffed and perhaps a bit understaffed. It is "lean" because there is no extra fat to cut out. Cutting anyone from the organization would mean cutting into "muscle". In other words, it would be painful and counter-productive. The word "mean" implies aggressiveness. The organization is ready to do battle in the marketplace where it operates. The phrase exudes efficiency and competitiveness.

You might be forgiven then, if you thought that's where I was headed with this article. Perhaps the phrase "Green and Mean" conjures up visions, like a slick TV commercial, of efficient "green" companies that boast of: using solar panels or wind turbines, making their product from recycled materials, or reducing CO2 emissions more than their competitors. But you would be wrong. Nothing could be further from the truth.

"Green" companies are not more efficient than others. In fact, they are often less efficient. Electric power generated from "green" renewable sources generally costs more than that made from fossil fuels. Solar panels don't make electricity very well when it gets dark or when they are covered with snow. The inverters they use to convert electricity from DC into AC require maintenance, and sometimes they need replacement before the installation has paid for itself. Wind turbines don't make electricity when the wind stops blowing. In fact, the big wind turbines actually consume power to keep them running, because stopping and starting those suckers is hard on the gears.

And companies that introduce "green" programs spend time, effort and money on something other than making their intended product or streamlining the services they offer. Companies that make their products from recycled materials generally face problems and costs that another company which uses new raw materials will not have to deal with. "Green" chemicals typically cost more and may not work as well as the standard garden variety. So there is nothing inherently efficient or competitive about "green" companies whatsoever. For the cynics, going "green" is nothing more than a marketing ploy. For the believers, it is an effort to do something "noble".

No, when the phrase "Green and Mean" came into my head I was thinking about the fact that some environmentalists have a tendency to be downright mean. I was thinking about Al Gore, who has no qualms about forcing his propaganda slide show onto young school children so they can have nightmares about ocean levels rising and drowning them while they sleep in their beds. And all so he can make millions of dollars on some phony carbon credit trading scheme.

No, I was thinking about the people who make TV commercials that show polar bears falling from airplanes, or the end of the world as we know it, or teachers exploding students that are less than enthusiastic about the green agenda. I was thinking about eco-terrorist groups like the Earth Liberation Front (ELF) who burn down or blow up homes, offices, laboratories, and vehicles in the name of the environment. I was thinking about people like Paul Watson and the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society (SSCS) who go around attacking commercial fishing vessels. I was thinking about the animal rights activists who care more about fish and birds than they do about human beings. And I was thinking about those environmentalists who could dare contemplate the extermination of millions of humans because, in their view, humanity is a disease that infects the planet.

The Bible teaches us that man was made in the image and likeness of God (Genesis 1:26-27, 5:1). It says that the Creator made man "little less than God" (Psalm 8:5). It says that we were made by God to "have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth" (Genesis 1:26). God told mankind to "Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it" (Genesis 1:28).

And that is what mankind has done. We have been fruitful and multiplied. We have been subduing the earth, one small step at a time. We have tamed animals. We have tamed the land and made it grow crops. We have tamed the rivers and the tides. We have tamed the elements by building homes that are warm in winter and cool in summer. We have tamed travel by building vehicles that take us across town, across the ocean, around the globe, and even into outer space. We have explored the depths of the sea. We have tamed long distances with communication devices. We have tamed diseases. We have tamed ignorance through education. We have tamed weather to the extent that we can predict most of it days in advance. We have tamed the energy of the atom through nuclear power.

God has blessed mankind with abundance. He has given us plants and animals for food. He has given us water to drink. He has given us stones to build with. He has given us minerals and metals to fashion implements. He has given us gas and oil for fuels. And He has given us intelligence to mold and manipulate the world around us, in order to make it a better place in which to live. We have used what God has given us and obeyed His will to subdue the earth. Yes, we should not pollute the earth, but we have even made great strides to reduce pollution.

But now, after all this progress, the environmentalists would have us abandon our Creator and worship His creation instead. They would have us worship the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea, and the plants of the field. These environmentalists are tyrants that would make the earth into a god and mankind into slaves that serve it. They make humanity meaningless and nature preeminent. You can be put in jail for killing a baby eagle, but not for killing a baby human that survives an abortion procedure. You must protect the life of a tiny fish on the endangered species list, but it's acceptable to assist in the suicide of a living human being.

Although mankind has progressed over the centuries, there remains at least one earthly obstacle that man has not subdued, and that is tyranny. In order for freedom and liberty to flourish, tyranny must be abolished. Tyranny is the mountain we must scale, the ocean we must cross, the disease we must cure, the enemy we must defeat. Tyranny comes in many forms, and radical environmentalism is just one of them.


At 11/11/2010 11:44 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well said. How many of these greenies would give up their life styles their electronic gadgets their entertainment and go live in a cave like the animals they worship? They claim they are just evolved differently than the animals. They claim all species should have equal rights so why should they be allowed to use intelligence to enhance their life styles? Its not fair you meanies! DebB

At 11/11/2010 12:43 PM , Blogger Beerme said...

Very well said, my friend!

At 11/11/2010 5:17 PM , Blogger Hawkeye® said...

Excellent point! They love the fruits of man's efforts to subdue the earth, but they despise man himself. What a bunch of idiots. Say Hi to Radar for me.

(:D) Best regards...

At 11/11/2010 5:18 PM , Blogger Hawkeye® said...

Thanks. Hope all is well with you and yours.

(:D) Best regards...

At 11/11/2010 9:57 PM , Blogger Barb said...

All the meaness of the Greenies is for a much bigger payoff than Making themselves feel good. Just Follow the Money.They passed the law about the light bulbs. I thought "Not Me" and bought a case of GE bulbs. Y'know how you used to have to change bulbs about once a year ,or less? Well start keeping track. Most of my GE bulbs last less than 3 months .We got our wiring checked ,Nothing there,we tried turning off the lights every time we left a room . If anything they seem to burn out quicker. We tried leaving them on .Well, Haha ,jokes on us. these bulbs aren't made to last. So when the "Deadline "comes,we will be forced to buy the curly bulbs full of Mercury,and we're not to worry if "The bulbs smoke and make a popping noise".
but don't despair,there is a new LED bulb coming out that is problem free ....except they cost about $50.00 a bulb!!!

At 11/11/2010 10:00 PM , Blogger Barb said...

Oh, God bless all our wonderful Military Heroes ,serving and Retired.We love you . Without you I wouldn't be able to sit our here and worry about light bulbs.

At 11/12/2010 3:58 AM , Blogger camojack said...

I'm planning to go "green" when I retire, largely because of my anticipated "mean"* circumstances...relatively speaking, that is. ;-)

*Mean as an adjective, indicating inferior status...

At 11/12/2010 8:40 AM , Blogger Hawkeye® said...

I use those curly bulbs in places where the color rendition doesn't matter so much (cellar, garage, bedrooms). The standard bulbs are still preferred in the bathrooms, and in the eating areas. We want our food and face to look good.

(:D) Best regards...

At 11/12/2010 8:42 AM , Blogger Hawkeye® said...

Sounds like a great plan. Good luck with that.

(:D) Best regards...

At 11/23/2010 7:42 PM , Blogger radar said...

Hope you have a job now?

Notice the CCX shutting down? Nary a peep from the normal media outlets but Anthropic Global Warming is losing steam as the actual science fails to support it. In fact, some warming would be beneficial to the planet as a whole so it would be great to have longer growing seasons available farther north.

I think they should drop Al Gore on the EPA, thus ridding us of a primary source of hot air and one of the primary hindrances to the economy and job growth, which is the anti-business and anti-energy policies of this President!

At 11/23/2010 7:50 PM , Blogger Hawkeye® said...

Nope. Still unemployed [thanks to the Obama stimulus].

(:D) Best regards...

At 11/26/2010 1:54 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

You actually blame the "Obama Stimulus" on being unemployed? Wow, just wow. Do you believe anything told to you by Glen Beck, Rush Limbaugh, etc. etc. Tell me, Hawk, do you think maybe you blame him because he's black?

Also, this "Anthropic Global Warming is losing steam as the actual science fails to support it" is a flat out lie. Nice try "Radar". I think your instrumentation might be a little off there buddy.

At 11/26/2010 2:42 PM , Blogger Hawkeye® said...

You said: "You actually blame the "Obama Stimulus" on being unemployed? Wow, just wow. Do you believe anything told to you by Glen Beck, Rush Limbaugh, etc. etc. Tell me, Hawk, do you think maybe you blame him because he's black?"

No (whoever you are). I do not actually blame the Obama Stimulus [per se] for being unemployed. I was merely suggesting [tongue-in-cheek mind you] that Obama's Stimulus has done nothing to help me.

For the record, I have worked continuously for 34 uninterrupted years of my life [until Obama came into office]. I even worked a few years (part-time) prior to that while I went to high school and college.

I have never seen the economy as bad as it is now during my lifetime. But hey... I'm only 58 years old. My parents went through the Great Depression and I guess it was worse then. They are still alive [Thanks be to God], and I don't think they've ever seen anything this bad (since then).

Say what you will, but Obama has been in charge of the economy now for almost 2 years. Frankly, he hasn't done 'Jack Stuff' (if you know what I mean).

But as to his race, let's get this straight. I don't like Obama because of his policies... not because of his skin color. I have NOT A SINGLE THING against black people. Ask my former black secretary. Ask the dozen or so black men I hired to work for me. I had probably the best EEO hiring record in my company, which also included women, the disabled, and people of color other than blacks. I am proud to say that one of the black men I hired said: "He doesn't have a prejudiced bone in his body." I can only be honored and humbled that he said so.

As for Global Warming, give it up. It's a hoax, pure and simple. Between Al Gore's "inconvenient lies", and the IPCC's "inconvenient falsehoods", and NASA's "inconvenient data manipulation", and EPA's "inconvenient truth suppression", and the CRU's "inconvenient e-mails", it all adds up to bogus buffoonery.

At 11/30/2010 2:35 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

On the whole global warming thing, honestly, this is a tough issue to tackle, with a lot of misinformation going around. I just feel that you haven't looked into the issue deeply enough if you continue to deny that man made global warming is a fact. I mean you cite "inconvenient emails" as if those emails actually support your position.


Read up on the money behind your side of the movement, specifically the Koch brother's involvement. There is much more money in it for those scientists that deny than those that simply agree with the scientific consensus.

At 11/30/2010 3:09 PM , Blogger Hawkeye® said...

Those inconvenient e-mails DO support my position. See here...


You said: "Read up on the money behind your side of the movement, specifically the Koch brother's involvement. There is much more money in it for those scientists that deny than those that simply agree with the scientific consensus."

Wrong on all 3 counts:

1) "Your side" has lots more money to gain from global warming alarmism...


2) There is much more money in it for those scientists that AGREE with global warming...


3) There is no "scientific consensus"...





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