June 14, 2009
I saw this comment from Gail on Climate Progress and had to laugh:
I have 3 daughters who are well cognizant of the threats of climate change because they hear my wails of outrage rather frequently.
It’s not that they give little thought to it, I think. It is that they have concluded that they are so screwed, that they want to enjoy what opportunities are left open to them before the s**t really hits the fan.
For instance, one daughter is going this summer to tour the Grand Canyon and from there to climb Mount Kilimanjaro. When I pointed out to her that flying is deleterious to the environment, she insisted that she wants to see the snows before they disappear.
So it’s obviously not that she is under any delusion that flying isn’t bad, or that the climate is going to stabilize.
It seems she wants to live while she can because she recognizes that there is already a predetermined limit programmed from past emissions locked into the pipeline, never mind business as usual, so, why not?
I totes love this reasoning. My kids care but WTF the planet is screwed so my kids are going to party like it’s Sixteen Ninety Nine. I’m betting that my “carbon footprint” is much less than Gail’s little fucking traveler. And why go to the Grand Canyon first? That shit isn’t going away any time soon.