As you know, I’m a die-hard environmentalist. I also believe that Thomas Jefferson spake the truth when he said “all Men are created equal. And I also believe it’s true that ol’ TJ owned slaves around that same time.
No lingering cognitive dissonance there, most of us have worked through these historical demons of American history and have come to terms with what was wrong in that picture.
But back to the environmentalism: Sheryl Crow and Laurie David, who Professor Ann Althouse keenly points out (I was LOL, ROFL, however you say it, at her lovely characterization of the situation) were obnoxious and indignant when Karl Rove failed to bow to their fame and beauty, have more flaws in their campaign to promote environmentalism than a lowly industrial diamond.
Professor Bainbridge quotes Gregg Easterbrook on the cognitive dissonance between Laurie David’s frequent travel in chartered Gulfstream jets and her nasty words (appropriately, I agree, but then I don’t travel in a Gulfstream) for owners of SUVs. Easterbrook writes:
I did a few quick calculations. The mid-sized Gulfstream G200 model can carry about 2,100 gallons of jet fuel, which is made from petroleum, and would burn around 1,200 to 1,500 gallons flying from New York to Los Angeles, depending on wind speed and how many passengers were aboard. A Hummer driven 15,000 miles, the average put on a car per year, would burn around 1,250 gallons of gasoline. So for Laurie David to take one cross-country flight in a Gulfstream is the same, in terms of Persian-Gulf dependence and greenhouse-gas emissions, as if she drove a Hummer for an entire year. But then, conservation is what other people should do.
Why can’t these people practice what they preach? Why?