Green Eggs and Spam. | Parisienne Farmgirl

Green Eggs and Spam.

Ok, this is just a random post.
Or perhaps I should give a random rant warning?But I am hanging out down on the farm with those horrid turbines flashing on the horizon and I was researching grants for organic gardening… just some ideas rolling around in my mind and I LOVE googling & researching stuff…
The ruined horizon.
At least this was spared.
Well, I stumbled upon some “Carbon Footprint” test and decided to take it.
Can you believe I would waste my time doing that???
(BTW, If you are new, It’s a standing joke on this website that IĀ always say, if I am making a Carbon Footprint can it at least be in the shape of a Louboutin?)
Anyhoo, I took this ridiculous test. And the whole time I was thinking, well, I can’t be that bad, it can’t take “that” many earths to support my lifestyle. For Pete’s sake, I turn on like two lights a day, hate air conditioning unless it’s horribly humid and I can’t sleep, I drive less than 50 miles a week average, grow some of my own food, shop the farmers market… and not because I give a rats you-know-what about my “carbon footprint” but just because. And not that you asked but we don’t even flush the dang toilet at night!

The test asked me if I ever take the bus and I answered “no.” It asked me if I ever take the train and I answered “no” – two strikes against me apparently. But look, not everyone lives downtown and rides their bike everywhere and has a need for public transportation. That is such crap. We’re not all D.I.N.K.S. living in Seattle! There are hundreds of thousands of us out here just living simple, very modest lives. We drag our recycle bins out each week but we DO procreate and drive Suburbans!

Insert scary organ, cliffhanger scene music here!

That “scientific” test tried to shame me by saying it takes 3.9 Earth’s to support my “lifestyle” – um, I stay home with my hair in a knot pour la plupart, I would not call that much of a “lifestyle.”
It just kind of ticked me off and I wanted to share. Not all of us who eat organic, use a clothes line and keep the lights down worship at the alter of Al Bore. (And don’t even get me started on how many MILLIONS that putz is gonna make if Cap -n- Trade Tax goes thru!) We don’t all think we are going to run out of oil in the next ten minutes and we aren’t willing to sacrifice the American Economy (or what’s left of it) for the sake of only pursuing renewable energy.
I don’t want to be lumped in with the wind turbine, over population loons. I simply want an uncomplicated life, not so much running around and good food.
There is just so much hypocrisy in the green movement I want nothing to do with it. Organic, fine.
I’ll take my food without a side of chemicals, thank you.
Green, I don’t think so.
You’ll never convince me that these “researchers” aren’t blasting their air conditioning at the Universities while they are trying to figure out how to save the planet and flying in big jets to their stupid summits to do the same. And you will never convince me that man is causing the earth to warm. That just seems so narcissistic to me.
I am rambling here. But the whole thing is getting a little old.
We should be good stewards of the Earth, not worship it.
It’s just out of control, look at that crazy environmentalist they had to take down this week – he thought babies were evil! And Jack Kevorcian gets applause from Hollywood this week, too?
Sick.

Sorry, that stupid test just irritated me. Thought I’d share.

Bon Weekend and Happy Labor Day! I am off to Home Depot to buy some of those eeeeeeeeeeeevil, energy sucking light bulbs for all my chandeliers before they make them illegal! Those toxic, dangerous curly-Q things they are going to force on us in the next year or two just won’t look near as chic! I promise some great recipes and photographs next week but ’til then, hope you “enjoyed” the rant!

31 thoughts on “Green Eggs and Spam.”

  1. I’m a fan of yours and appreciate your rants…so, this one definitely didn’t scare me away. However, I would like to weigh in on something…without the pursuit of renewable energy right now, I’d be living in a cardboard box with my two kids. My income is low and my ex-husband who is an engineer has been hit hard with unemployment over the past 6 yrs. because he is more experienced and educated (i.e. more expensive to keep when a newbie out of college could be had for 1/2 his salary!).

    Long story, short…he has been working successfully over a year on wind energy and actually has been able to support us still because of it.

    With the economy in the woes it has been in (sorry, have to say this, longer than Obama’s been in office for some of us – I loved George Bush, btw, both as our president and my one-time governor:), having me ex working is such a relief for me…even if what he does ruins the view every once in awhile.

  2. Thank you, thank you, thank YOU! I so agree. A “good steward” yes, afraid to “live” no. I believe that the God who created this earth will sustain life here as long as HE chooses.

    Off to Twitter your post…now there go all my followers! šŸ™‚

  3. French at Heart-
    Thank you for your comment – No, I don’t live in Seattle I guess what I was trying to say is it seems there is this “ideal” for the Green Movement. And to be funny I would sum it up as DINKS who recycle for a religion and live in Seattle – greenest and most liberal of cities.

    Tina,
    I am glad I did not scare you off šŸ™‚ My point about renewable energy was that when people go crazy and act like we should not pursue anything else I can’t stand that. Obviously we need to pursue it but at the same time I would hollar “Drill Baby!” As someone who’s hubby went about 18 months with very little to NO work (and I am at home with 3 little ones) I know the stress that unemployment can bring so I am pleased that your hubby is working!!! But I do have to be honest and say I hate those Turbines, as someone who loves the land and nature I can’t back down from the fact that I have concerns about their affect on nature and the aesthetic look of our beautiful rural communities.
    But again, I remember sobbing over the stress of no income so I consider you blessed so I suppose it’s a catch 22. Thank you SO much for reading and commenting!

  4. My light bill was $610.00 last month…I have never taken a train, nor a bus (I would be a hobo if I got on a train and the bus would be Greyhound)……..So I guess that makes me the opposite of green….BUT I grow over 1000 pecan trees…..which in turn helps clean the air & provides a food source……I cant stand the word GREEN!!!!!!!! I want to punch GREEN people! Your making me rant…so I will just say….have a nice Labor Day!! LOL!!

  5. A perfect rant…of course, we expect no less from you! This is all soooooooo true, from the ruined views (turbines on a mountain top were my first horrifying experience with them!), to the slanted, “trick question” carbon footprint quiz. Shoot, I drive 70 miles a day to work. Should I quit my job? (Hubby can walk to his work!). So, maybe we should divorce? live in separate houses? It’s nuts! All nuts. And I’m not using those stupid squiggly light twists until I run out of all the others and all my candles have been burned down to nubs.

  6. I agree with Deb about those stupid squiggly light bulbs. I thought I was being so ‘green’ to buy them at 3X the price of the others. But they burn out just as fast, it seems and they look stupid in a chandelier. Plus lamp shades don’t fit on them straight. Don’t get me started.
    Love your blog.
    Donna

  7. I can’t help but sob for all the trees that lost their lives for the production of Al Bore’s book (s)…
    We have 100,000 trees on our farm. I’ll bet you could “hide” the turbines with a nice row of them strategically placed.

  8. I am just SO happy someone else can rant and not just me. Ordinary common sense should prevail in our everyday lives. But I’ve discovered not all people have common sense. However, I do agree with T. Boone Pickins of the Pickins Plan. He’s another Texan with a good idea. xx’s

  9. Hee, hee…..when I saw the blog title “Green Eggs and Spam” I thought I was going to get a great recipe for Spam—-NOT THAT I EVER EAT IT, mind you. I actually went and bought some the other day because my kids and I are studying
    Hawaii for homeschool and I know they LOVE spam there. I was going to try and make something with it but didn’t know what.

    So far as the whole “green movement” goes, I agree that it shouldn’t be a religion–there are definitely other things we should concern ourselves with as well.

    Heck, I live “out in the country” here in AZ and I love it. Although telephone wires and a lot of modern day technology has gotten in the way of me taking several great sunset and sunrise pictures!!!

    We should definitely be stewards of the earth.

  10. Thank goodness this was just a rant! I saw the title and actually thought you were going to post a recipe with Spam! Don’t scare me like that.

    In response to the rant though, I do feel for those whose families are supported by the work they do on turbine fields, power plants and such. However, how many jobs could be established if we went back to localized farming. If all food was produced close to home that would provide hundreds, wait actually, thousands of jobs for people which would provide fresh local food, meat, dairy, vegtables and such to the community. Oh no, instead let’s mass produce and truck in everything. Yeah that’s really workin’ for us now isn’t it?

  11. Loved the post and completely agree.

    Yes–those mercury-filled lightbulbs–I haven’t bought any since I found out how dangerous they are (everyone has to leave the house if one breaks, except the person who will be cleaning it up~and endangering themselves)!!

  12. We tried those horrid light bulbs…they made me sooo sick. I made my husband throw them out.
    At home we do our very best for mother earth.
    Don’t get me started on Al Gore or all the granola heads here on the island…bunch of hypocrits.

  13. I’m afraid to take my footprint:( lovely images nonetheless.! I would be happy to answer your photoshop questions if I can and you can feel free to mail me at
    alm66@ymail.com
    glad you enjoyed my post those deer oh my goodness could they have been anything else at that moment but GOD?, mom passed away last tuesday evening. I’m just coming out the other side now:( it is hard, but I will make it.

  14. There was a very good article I read recently at passionatehomemaking.com which asked the question ‘Can green living become an idol?’. We would both be in agreement on the answer I think Ang!
    I do believe our country is further down the ‘green path’ than yours and it’s scary, goes way beyond removing the old light bulbs from shelves and giving households a recycling bin system.

  15. I’m a fairley new reader and you did not scare me. I believe God has this earth under control. All is going according to his plan. I do what I can to not be wasteful. I don’t have a nice light fixture but oh wow those bulbs would totally ruin the appeal! Rant on, I enjoyed it!

  16. I just read a few of your earlier “rants” and as a like- minded farm gal, who doesn’t get to rant on her blog, I feel the distinct need to FOLLOW. I gotta catch up! GREAT!

  17. I LOVE it when you rant!! I agree with you 100%.

    I took the bus – in Southern California no less – for more than 8 years, in order to save for a car. It was awful; I will NEVER do anything like that again. If Al Bore and his elitist friends truly believed what they preach, THEY would be riding the bus, instead of travelling in limousines & private jets.

  18. This might make you feel a little better…the turbines that my ex works on are located in remote areas on the Hawaiian islands…not even in an area where most people live nor in an area where development will likely occur either….at least he isn’t participating in the harming of anyone’s view…and thanks for understanding! I love your rants and your blog!:)

  19. I think the biggest problem I have with the green movement is that they use fear with the warmer climate to scare people into their beliefs. Um, the last ice age that began around 20,000 years ago? By definition we are still in it, but yes, we’re bound to have warmer years. I’ve been to the “green” movement things in D.C.–some of these people are crazy and uninformed.

    For myself, we share a car because it seemed the financial and responsible thing to do (because I don’t really need my own at this point). We eat local, organic produce and we’re hunting down more local organic meats and cheeses. It won’t stop me from getting my Brie from France, though. I take the train occasionally, but the bus, never been on one in my life. And the part about the light bulbs had be giggling. We have the newer light bulbs throughout the house, but they suck as dining room lighting. Our solution has been candlelight dinners thanks to our beeswax tapers!

  20. Right there with you. I don’t think our politicians are too concerned as they are flying all over the place and back and forth for a day or so. I feel like there is a lot of “do as I say not as I do” in Washington.

  21. i just have to comment here…i *loved* this post!! thank you!!
    you know growing up on the farm and raising cattle {very responsible i might add} we are never left alone about how we are damaging the land…it should ALL be wilderness so we can sit and stare at it and worship it…ugh…
    if you and your family DEPENDS on the land {and really who’s doesn’t?!?} aren’t you going to do everything you can to make sure it is taken care of??! i am a 6th generation steward of this amazing prairie…

    hugs,
    kristin

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