Radio/TV shouting head Glenn Beck has apparently taken a break from hunting illegal immigrants and giving wedgies to Mooooslims so he can make fun of the Democrats' efforts to have a "green" convention. The Democrats apparently bought 70 million tons' worth of carbon offsets (a scam which I could rant about a lot if I wanted to - suffice it to say that carbon offsets and renewable energy credits are waaaaay too cheap to actually provide a financial incentive for wind/solar power producers to increase capacity by the amount you're theoretically offsetting - okay rant over). Beck, who bears a disturbing resemblance to my cousin Steve, wants his listeners to use up as much carbon as they can in order to offset the offsets.
It's a funny stunt, and I recognize the humor value in it. It kinda made me chuckle a little bit. But on a serious note, does Beck really think that conservation is such a risible idea? I don't care what you think about global warming - I'm not sure how conserving resources and using less oil could possibly be a bad thing. And I'm not sure what is accomplished by encouraging people to use up more oil and throw away more crap. (Lay aside the fact that if Beck wants to generate 70M tons of carbon, he'll be more than offsetting the offsets, for the reason I cited earlier.) Satire usually has a point it's trying to make. Beck's clearly being satirical - but to what end? Is he trying to tell us conservation is bad? If he's trying to tell us that conservation's not as important as Democrats make it out to be, that's fine, but he's not making his point well. Really, he just comes off less like a clever satirist and more like a spiteful schoolyard bully. Which is par for the course for Beck, really.