April is Earth Month and last Friday was Earth Day, but we should be concerned about our planet 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The resources we use so capriciously may not be so readily available to our children and what we do today matters. It really matters.
But tell that to a lot of people and they will tell you it's all mumbo jumbo and environmentalists are a bunch of tree-hugging hippies who don't know their left from their right. Well, they are wrong. And it's scary.
Global warming has become an increasingly hot button (pun intended) issue for world leaders. The warnings from the scientific community are becoming louder, as more and more research points to rising dangers from the ongoing buildup of human-related greenhouse gases, which are produced mainly by the burning of fossil fuels and forests.
But hey! No biggie right? Here are 17 of the dumbest things politicians, CEOS, celebrities, and others have said about our environment in the last couple decades:
1. "Al Gore's not going to be rounding up Jews and exterminating them. It is the same tactic, however. The goal is different. The goal is globalization ... And you must silence all dissenting voices. That's what Hitler did. That's what Al Gore, the U.N., and everybody on the global warming bandwagon [are doing]." ~ Glenn Beck
2. "We're seeing the reality of a lot of the North Pole starting to evaporate, and we could get to a tipping point. Because if it evaporates to a certain point -- they have lanes now where ships can go that couldn't ever sail through before. And if it gets to a point where it evaporates too much, there's a lot of tundra that's being held down by that ice cap." ~ Henry Waxman
3. “A changing environment will affect Alaska more than any other state, because of our location. I’m not one though who would attribute it to being man-made.” ~ Sarah Palin
4. "On average, global warming is not going to harm the developing world." ~ Bjorn Lomborg
5. "The whole [global warming] thing is created to destroy America's free enterprise system and our economic stability." ~ Jerry Falwell
6. "Global warming -- at least the modern nightmare vision -- is a myth. I am sure of it and so are a growing number of scientists. But what is really worrying is that the world's politicians and policy makers are not." ~ David Bellamy
7. "Some of the scientists, I believe, haven't they been changing their opinion a little bit on global warming? There's a lot of differing opinions and before we react I think it's best to have the full accounting, full understanding of what's taking place." ~ George W Bush
8. "We will double our emissions in the next five years because we are doubling our traffic. But if preserving the environment means stopping poor people flying so only the rich can fly, then screw it." ~ Michael O'Leary, Fomer CEO of Ryanair
9. "We want to annoy the f*ckers whenever we can. The best thing we can do with environmentalists is shoot them. These headbangers want to make air travel the preserve of the rich. They are Luddites marching us back to the 18th century." ~ Michael O'Leary
10. "Trees cause more pollution than automobiles do." ~ Ronald Reagan
11. "Natural gas is hemispheric. I like to call it hemispheric in nature because it is a product that we can find in our neighborhoods." ~ George W. Bush
12. "It isn't pollution that's harming the environment. It's the impurities in our air and water that are doing it.” ~ Dan Quayle
13. "I propose a limitation be put on how many sqares [sic] of toilet paper can be used in any one sitting. Now, I don't want to rob any law-abiding American of his or her God-given rights, but I think we are an industrious enough people that we can make it work with only one square per restroom visit, except, of course, on those pesky occasions where 2 to 3 could be required." ~ Sheryl Crow
14. "Carbon dioxide is portrayed as harmful. But there isn't even one study that can be produced that shows that carbon dioxide is a harmful gas.'' ~ Rep. Michelle Bachmann
15. "I know the human being and fish can coexist peacefully." ~ George W. Bush
16. "There are some monuments where the land is so widespread, they just encompass as much as possible. And the integral part of the -- the precious part, so to speak -- I guess all land is precious, but the part that the people uniformly would not want to spoil, will not be despoiled. But there are parts of the monument lands where we can explore without affecting the overall environment." ~ George W. Bush
Do these terrify you, too?
Image via FlyingSinger/Flickr