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  1. You know that star chamber where all of the corporate CEOs and RNC leadership meet over cigars and brandy to compare their best Dishonest John imitations (nyah hah hah)?

    The social democrats meet in the room across the hall.

    These work week cut ideas seem cute but misguided. The theory seems to run: less time at work -> less economic activity -> less consumption/pollution. Are the workers supposed to go into cryogenic tubes during their off days?

  2. Obviously, I’m being sarcastic, but one does have to wonder some times. “Green living” seems to be “live like Europeans, painted in green.” The problem for the greens is that this sort of crap makes me take them less seriously when they scream, “but its science!”

    Stuff like this makes me think that the folks at Grist are only interested in changing the way we live to suit their preferences, and they’re only parenthetically concerned about the environment. Green is just a veneer to make their preferences look more moral.

  3. I suppose. I hadn’t heard of them before you linked over there. The readership doesn’t seem especially high, based on the comment numbers attached to the posts.

    I have a passing familiarity with “green living.” It seems to be: “Waste less, travel less if you can help it, generate less trash, use fewer disposable objects, eat less meat.” In the long run, it’s supposed to mean a greater awareness of where your goods come from and where they go after you’re done with them, and more responsible choices based on this awareness.

    Glancing over Grist’s latest posts, I only saw one that explicitly discussed Europe, and a few that mentioned Europe as part of some other subject. I’m not sure where you got the “Wouldn’t you like to be a Green Euro Too?” sentiment. Link?

  4. Social democrats are the majority party through-out Europe. Examples: France has a short work-week law, so it must be good. Micheal Moore’s movies are constantly comparing U.S. (wrong!) to Europe (right!). Signing the Kyoto treaty is what every civilized nation did (they did in Europe) despite the fact its an abject failure in terms of actually reducing green house gas emissions.

    I’m not sure what makes a social democrat’s agenda the “right” one and I’m not sure why American Greens more often than not associate themselves with it. The issues seem tangential to me.

  5. Greener grass syndrome? (no pun intended)

    Here’s a hypothesis:
    -Western Europe is culturally very similar to the US. American greens can imagine living in Europe with a similar quality of life. Their perceptions of daily European life may or may not be accurate.
    -For better or worse, Western Europe has a progressive agenda on environmental issues compared to the US. Tighter pollution regulations, higher fuel taxes, more comprehensive recycling provisions, etc. Example: the EU enacted a ban on lead, mercury, and cadmium in electronics effective in July 2006. US manufacturers scrambled to convert their production processes to meet these standards.
    -For better or worse, greens have been at odds with the US federal government during this administration. Kyoto might not have amounted to anything, but the US has been belligerent on every proposal since then. Up until about a year ago, the formal US position was that greenhouse gases needed much more research before any action should be taken.
    -Domestically, the federal government is still belligerent on environmental issues. Look at the recent case between California and the EPA over proposed auto emission standards.

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