We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
The Green fanatics tend to be irrational or, at best, factually ignorant. From Mead:
Too many greens take their science a la carte. Where scientific research tells greens things they like to hear, greens get all self righteous about “science deniers.” But whenever some poor scientist somewhere attacks a cherished green shibboleth, hordes of vicious and bitter green activists hurl angry accusations about the corruption of the scientific process by corporate interests.
We need solutions grounded in our best understanding of science, and we need to put those into practice. We need fracking, just like we need nuclear, just like we need GMOs. And we need an environmental movement that is realistic, balanced, and committed to the needs of human beings.
So: to save the planet, beat the greens.
"To save the planet"? I hope they are being a bit ironic there, and do not really believe that they will do that.
Mead is a good man and one of the few reasonable liberals that are not also leftists but he has accepted the anthropomorphic global climate change meme as a given. It seeps into all of his climate related writing. He only admonishes the outrageous greens but doesn't actually examine the underlying claims that he also subscribes to.
I know a few of the committed lefty green activists. They have one thing in common that is really scary. They want it their way, they don't want it the way conservatives or even the common person does, they want it THEIR way. Because of this they would rather the whole thing collapsed and humanity disappeared then not get THEIR way. They don't want to compromise, they cannot conceive of a capitalist society or even a democratic society that would fit their preconceived notions of what should be. They want complete and absolute rule over the environment, the economy and mankind.
There is consistency in the greenie denial of science, once you understand their true motivation is NOT to create a planet on which the current (or an expanding) population can survive but to cull the human race to some miniscule number.
The entire movement is at its core anti-human, geared towards mass slaughter of the human race (all except themselves of course, they're the "guardians of the planet" and therefore exempt from extermination).
Once you realise that, everything else falls into place and their anti-nuclear, anti-GMO, anti-everything-that-improves-the-human-condition stance becomes fully understandable and exposed for what it is.
Given their apparent practical usefulness, do they plan to keep a few peasants around to do the necessary dirty work or do they plan to eventually succumb to their own ineptitude due to starvation, cold, or disease?
Don't give the greenies the credit to have thought that far. Stranded on Gilligan's Island they 'd oppose everything the professor came up with to improve their lot.
They're hypocrytes of the worst kind.
they might keep some slaves around, who knows. I seriously doubt their knowledge of where food comes from stretches beyond "drive to the supermarket, fill cart, pay at the counter" without a thought as to how that stuff gets to the supermarket.
Ditto with electricity and fuel. It's just there. They are against power stations and oil drilling, but they never think about what'd happen if those oil tankers no longer run, those powerstations stop producing.
Years ago PETA here ran a campaign along the slogan that "if you insist on eating meat, get it at the supermarket so no animals are killed for it", which I think is typical.