Since today is Earth Day, here are a couple of uplifting quotes you can print out and post on your fridge.
"Environmentalists think living in a cave, living in a mud hut-living in a backward way-is acceptable. Well, I don't think poverty is acceptable. And I think it's very sad to see this environmental gang romanticize poverty. They all love to fly, they love to have washing machines and iPads, they love all that stuff yet they preach a creed-a religion-of 'simplicity,' a simplicity that they never embrace in their own lives. I don't understand why they don't all move permanently to the rain forest. They visit the rain forest, but they're all happy to go back to Vancouver and Berkley, and to the iPad, and cold beer, and air conditioning, and all the nice fun that brings, including the wonderful longevity."-Ann McElhinney, producer and film director.
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"Earth is nothing but raw materials-of which we've tapped only a minuscule fraction of a infinitesimal portion-and the rest of the universe is nothing but a whole lot more. Petroleum used to be just goo you didn't want to get on your feet or crops; now man uses it to fuel industrial civilization, to make heart valves, to manufacture Kindles, and so on. Sand used to be good for nothing but sunbathing and sandcastles; now man uses it to make eyeglasses and fiber optic cables. Uranium used to be just a toxic metal you'd want nothing to do with; now man uses it to create inexpensive electricity and terrorist-killing bombs. And on and on. There is no telling what uses man will discover for other raw materials in the future. . . .
"The only thing we need to sustain is the freedom to act on our judgment-which includes the freedom to use our property as we see fit. As long as we are free, we can keep the lights on and continue figuring out how to make them cheaper and brighter." -Craig Biddle, editor of The Objective Standard.