While NBC preaches Green and urges you to cut back, they burn the midnight oil.
I have just finished reading James Lovelock’s The Revenge of Gaia.
Lovelock is the British scientist who formulated the Gaia Theory almost 40 years ago – that the earth is a single, living organism. Recently, Lovelock ran a rather disturbing piece in The Guardian, entitled, “Enjoy Life While You Can”
The basic premise of Lovelock’s article is that Global Warming is very far along, and that we as a society lack the willpower necessary to do what we would have to do to offset its impact. Writes Lovelock:
“It’s just too late for it,” he says. “Perhaps if we’d gone along routes like that in 1967, it might have helped. But we don’t have time. All these standard green things, like sustainable development, I think these are just words that mean nothing. I get an awful lot of people coming to me saying you can’t say that, because it gives us nothing to do. I say on the contrary, it gives us an immense amount to do. Just not the kinds of things you want to do.”
Lovelock believes that most of the ‘change the lightbulb’ stuff is just there to make us feel better. It has little to no real impact. Writes Lovelock:
What would Lovelock do now, I ask, if he were me? He smiles and says: “Enjoy life while you can. Because if you’re lucky it’s going to be 20 years before it hits the fan.
Today was Earth Day, and all week, NBC is celebrating Earth Week with its NBC GREEN IS UNIVERSAL.
NBC’s programming is filled with tips on how to “save the Earth”, things like “increasing the efficiency of your car by removing excess junk from the trunk”. No kidding.
I live next to Rockefeller Center. My living room looks down on the Rockefeller Center Plaza, where every morning I can watch Al Roker and the Today Show out my window. I took the photo above at 1:00 AM last night. You are looking at 30 Rock, the NBC building. As you can see, the lights are blazing at 1AM, even though, most assuredly, there is almost no one working there. The building is ablaze and bathed in light every night. I can practically read by the NBC-light in my living room.
How much electricity do you think is being consumed to light the building?
How many thousands of tons of coal are being burned up to light up the building?
Isn’t this the height of hypocrisy?
How can Matt and Al and Meredith and Brian and the rest of them go through the endless and tiresome scripts about changing lightbulbs or taking public transportation or any of the other crap that they are peddling with so much faux concern as their building continues to burn the midnight oil for no one at all and an empty building.
If they cared so much for NBC Green is Universal (catchy!), they should start by at least turning out the lights when everyone has left the building.
But they don’t.
And that is why James Lovelock is right.
It IS all over.
So enjoy the next twenty years. Light up the skies.
Then, as Dr. Lovelock puts it, the s#@t hits the fan.
Lovelock believes that of the 7 billion people on earth, 6.5 billion will die. The only inhabitable land will be a small circle of land surrounding what is today the Arctic Ocean, but what will be a kind of last Mediterranean. The rest of the planet will be an uninhabitable desert.
Well, at least there won’t be that many locations for “Where In The World Is Matt Lauer”. There is some bright side. And while we’re on the subject, what do you think Matt’s Carbon Footprint for that segment is?
Oh yes… remember to reuse those plastic bags.