May 28, 2008
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - "Fred and Wilma Flintstone" were arrested as they approached the European Parliament on Monday to protest about the influence of the auto industry on proposals to curb carbon dioxide emissions from cars.Ok. So, in case you missed it. There are these people dressed up like cavemen, pushing some contraption around with their feet accusing the European car industry of being a dinosaur.The European car industry. Dinosaur. These are the people that bring us BMW, Porshe, Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz, and others. I can't think of anything further from being a dinosaur.
Six Greenpeace activists dressed as cavemen and traveling in a Flintstones-style vehicle were detained along with three others for public order offences, police said.
A stone tablet accusing car lobbyists of driving climate change was confiscated before it could be delivered to lawmakers, a Greenpeace spokeswoman said.
"Our activists and their zero-emission vehicle are raising the alarm about the influence this dinosaur industry exercises over EU climate policy," Greenpeace transport campaigner Melanie Francis said.
(Reporting by Pete Harrison)
But in a strange twist, the environmentalists, the people who would give up the success, health, happiness, luxury, and all around joyous living that modern engineering and technology have brought us for the sake of the planet are accusing the auto industry of being antiquated, old, backwards, and whatnot? The people who would condemn human beings to lives akin to that of cave people?
I almost can't comprehend how backward this is.
But as more and more countries, businesses, and individuals come to accept the "green" way of thinking as right, the more we can expect this sort of condemnation for technological progress. Green is becoming synonymous with modern instead of dirty and hippies. Environmentalism is seen as progressive instead of de-evolutionary. And continually we are admonished for pointing out the economic devastation that environmental legislation wreaks because such black-and-white thinking is seen as old and tired.
The greens are making appalling progress when it comes to spreading their ideas and they are succeeding in business alarmingly. Green cosmetics, green house paint, green clothes, green everything. Green thinking is certainly a sign of our times, but it's not a very good sign at all.
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