So first, let me share with you my plans for Earth day, especially with that agent of change that is global warming at the top of the list on save-the-planetdouchery . I would drive a gas-guzzler around all day, but I can't afford the gas. If I could lay my hands on a bunch of old aerosol cans or unleash tanks of old freon from air conditioners, I would. But I'm going to have to go really basic today:
Simple, right? I've got plenty of cardboard and wood set aside for fires in the evening, but today, I'm going to find some plastics, some styrofoam, and even, if I can find one, a RUBBER TIRE. I'm going to get me a big-assed carbon footprint on a budget, if only for one day.
Here's my point though. Earth Day is a load of manatee shit. It was created, supposedly, to highlight things we could do for the Earth to make it a better place. In reality, common sense will tell us what is good for the world we live in. Cars that burn less fuel are good. Cleaner rivers are good. Less garbage in the dump, more recycling is good. Less pollution in general is good. And despite cries from the turbo-hippiholics we are one of the cleanest countries in the world, especially considering where we came from.
So I will, in my life, take steps to make my hometown and my part of the state a better place to live. If everybody, out of pure self-interest does this, we will continue to make things cleaner and better. But this obsession with government regulation to "make things better" will only hurt us in the long run. I'd give you a link, but there are way too many bloggers that have been covering this one to choose from. Although it looks like most of the conservative ones are paying attention to Pennsylvania today.
So which will it be: Common sense or the government yoke?