Phew, what a busy week it’s been for The Stop Global Warming Tour! With Gore keeping quiet (and potentially hatching Presidential ambitions), attention has focused on Sheryl Crow and Laurie David and the media have been having a great time. First up, we reported yesterday that Sheryl Crow urged students at a campus gathering to consider conserving toilet paper; as little as one square per sitting. It’s now been reported that Sheryl was joking about such measures. Here’s another interesting (and humorous) idea she had as well,
“I also like the idea of not using paper napkins, which happen to be made from virgin wood and represent the height of wastefulness. I have designed a clothing line that has what’s called a “dining sleeve.” The sleeve is detachable and can be replaced with another “dining sleeve,” after usage. The design will offer the “diner” the convenience of wiping his mouth on his sleeve rather than throwing out yet another barely used paper product. I think this idea could also translate quite well to those suffering with an annoying head cold.”
The problem with these jokes is that there are people out there who will take them seriously (like us) and those that will use this humor to twist and jab at the entire environmental movement. Humor often does not come across well in print. If you’ve got the spotlight, you’ve got to be careful. Though I seriously doubt anyone can come away unscathed these days from the media spin machine.
In other news, Ecorazzi favorite Sen. James M. Inhofe has challenged celebrity activists to reduce their carbon footprints to that of the average American by Earth Day 2008. From the article,
‘I simply believe that former Vice President Al Gore and his Hollywood friends who demand we change the way we live to avert this over-hyped ‘crisis’ not only talk the talk, but walk the walk,’ said the Senator. ‘How hard is it for these elitists to become as frugal in their energy consumption as the average American? I think the American public has a right to know they are being had.’
Right. Because all the money I’ve saved by making my home more energy efficient or by buying a car with higher mileage is some giant conspiracy. All of the efforts being promoted by environmentalists to save our natural resources, develop a sustainable economy, invest in renewable energy, and move away from foreign oil are all evil plots to enslave mankind. If I’m being duped, please explain where the downside lies?
Finally, thesmokinggun.com reported yesterday that Sheryl Crow’s tour requirements include “three tractor trailers, four buses and six cars for her entourage. She also insists on 12 bottles of Grolsch beer, six bottles of “local” beer and a bottle each of “good Australian Cabernet” and “good Merlot.” It was then revealed that these requests were from 10 years ago. We’re not sure if her tastes in wine have changed (and we sure as hell applaud the “local” approach), but we can say without much doubt that such an entourage of vehicles is probably a thing of the past.
But it makes for great spin.