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For Enviro-nuts and other liberals
Tue Aug 2, 2011 12:12pm

I shamelessly copied this from an EMail sent to me


The Green Thing--You have to Love This.

In the line at the store, the cashier told an older woman that she should bring her own grocery bags because plastic bags weren't good for the environment.

The woman apologized to him and explained, "We didn't have the green thing back in my day."

The clerk responded, "That's our problem today. Your generation did not care enough to save our environment." He was right -- our generation didn't have the green thing in its day.

Back then, we returned milk bottles, soda bottles and beer bottles to the store. The store sent them back to the plant to be washed and sterilized and refilled, so it could use the same bottles over and over. So they really were recycled.

But we didn't have the green thing back in our day.

We walked up stairs, because we didn't have an escalator in every store and office building. We walked to the grocery store and didn't climb into a 300-horsepower machine every time we had to go two blocks.

But she was right. We didn't have the green thing in our day.

Back then, we washed the baby's diapers because we didn't have the throw-away kind. We dried clothes on a line, not in an energy-gobbling machine burning up 220 volts -- wind and solar power really did dry the clothes. Kids got hand-me-down clothes from their brothers or sisters, not always brand-new clothing.

But that old lady is right - we didn't have the green thing back in our day.

Back then, we had one TV, or radio, in the house -- not a TV in every room. And the TV had a small screen the size of a handkerchief (remember them?), not a screen the size of the state of Montana. In the kitchen, we blended and stirred by hand because we didn't have electric machines to do everything for us. When we packaged a fragile item to send in the mail, we used a wadded up old newspaper to cushion it, not Styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap.

Back then, we didn't fire up an engine and burn gasoline just to cut the lawn; we used a push mower that ran on human power. We exercised by working so we didn't need to go to a health club to run on treadmills that operate on electricity. But she's right -

We didn't have the green thing back then.

When out away from home, we drank from a water fountain fountain when we were thirsty instead of using a cup or a plastic bottle every time we had a drink of water (everybody had a fountain, and the water was free).

We refilled writing pens with ink instead of buying a new pen, and we replaced the razor blades in a razor instead of throwing away the whole razor just because the blade got dull.

But we didn't have the green thing back then.

Back then, people took the streetcar or a bus and kids rode their bikes to school or walked instead of turning their moms into a 24-hour taxi service. We had one electrical outlet in a room, not an entire bank of sockets to power a dozen appliances. And we didn't need a computerized gadget to receive a signal beamed from satellites 2,000 miles out in space in order to find the nearest pizza joint.

But isn't it sad the current generation laments how wasteful we old folks were just because we didn't have the green thing back then?

Please forward this on to another selfish old person who needs a lesson in conservation from a smart-ass young person.

    • the gulf of mexico oil spill & fukushima nuclear accidents....they are just an warning signs of even bigger man-made disasters about to come.
      • Classic cases for futue text booksLewis, Fri Aug 5 8:56pm
        When we're awash in a sea of oil on the mainland, there's no need to drill so far beneath the ocean. And - what would we have done if the oil spill was by a rig belonging to China, or some other... more
        • *cough* as we knowmatthew, Sun Aug 7 1:03pm
          3 mile deep oil wells & nuclear reactors did not grow out of the ground on their own..... someone with an unusually large something made them and fyi, that nuclear incident in japan is all hushed up... more
          • I can well believe that.Lewis, Sun Aug 7 3:56pm
            We shouldn't be drilling that deep until all other inventories are exhausted - and that won't be for a century or so. We have more oil in America, accessible from dry land, than is beneath the sands... more
            • i think oil will be over far soonermatthew, Sun Aug 14 1:21pm
              because of 5 billion people in asia, africa, south ameria all buying cars & suvs. and btw, oil shale is very expensive to process.
              • For decades it was not economical to collect our vast reserve of oil from our sands with the available technology back then. With the latest technology it became cheaper and faster to extract that... more
                • Oil shale already viable.Lewis, Fri Aug 19 8:15am
                  They're doing it now in the Eagle-Ford formation, in which my wife has a very small financial interest. It's simple: Oil and water don't mix - so water is forced into the shale, the oil floats to the ... more
              • Of course it is.Lewis, Mon Aug 15 8:19am
                And yet the processing of it is very profitable (it's called "fracking" - water under pressure is squirted down the well, and the oil/water mixture is the separated. Not real hard to do, because oil... more
            • Off shore drilling is cheaperMike, Sun Aug 7 10:05pm
              No mineral rights contracts to buy. No pipeline to lay. Drilling platforms are mobile. Tankers don't need to navigate extra distances to fill up. Those capped off wells are most likely tapped out... more
              • and its also very dangerousmatthew, Sun Aug 14 1:24pm
                luckily the pressure of the oil well in mexico was low and the weather calm, else they might have not been able to cap it.....and u can imagine a few hundred billion barrels spewing out into the... more
                • Gentlemen, a WOOD fire is dangerousLewis, Wed Aug 17 7:14am
                  The native bush people in Australia have so frequently set the bush ablaze that the place has gotten used to it - in fact, there are trees that will not germinate unless they ARE exposed to fire. If... more
                • That is trueMike, Tue Aug 16 11:04pm
                  But the oil companies don't care about the environment. They are in it for profit and they must remain competitive with the many others that are drilling off shore.
                • I sometimes wonder about thatLewis, Mon Aug 15 8:12am
                  Oil isn't made and then inflicted on nature by man; it's a natural substance, and nature knows how to deal with it. There are many places on earth where oil spurts up, without any wells having been... more
                  • Yes, nature does deal with itMike, Tue Aug 16 11:32pm
                    It's really a matter of balance. Oil does seep on it's own from below and is eventually dispersed and eaten up. However, a full blown large well that is emptied into the ocean in a short amount of... more
              • BTW, Mike -Lewis, Sun Aug 7 10:39pm
                Most oil doesn't travel in pipelines (although a lot does). Some of it is carried by over-the-road transport trucks, and some by railroad tanker cars. Ocean-going tankers have a problem navigating... more
                • It dpends on the location of the wellMike, Wed Aug 17 12:17am
                  Pipelines are the most efficient. The point is that you need transport this oil to the freighter from the well, where as you don't need to with off-shore wells.
                  • You don't have to put it in a freighterLewis, Wed Aug 17 7:31am
                    You put it in railway tank cars - @ 50 or 60 per train - and haul it overland. As we now do. Put it in a ship and it's very, very close to the water - so that a storm or other adverse action can sink ... more
              • By no means.Lewis, Sun Aug 7 10:33pm
                Once the oil reaches shore from the off-shore rig, then you still have the same problem with pipelines and other transport. Wells tapped out? Sorry - I know something about that. My wife's family (a... more
                • Re: By no means.Mike, Wed Aug 17 12:00am
                  Of course you need transport for land distribution, but you don't need any other transport other than the freighter itself to fill up off-shore. It fills up right at the source. Oil from on-shore... more
                • It's all about liberal beaurocracyLewis, Mon Aug 8 9:35am
                  Liberals love excessive regulation, and the oil business if a prime example thereof. You have permits for EXPLORATION, and then permits for pumping. In 1985, or there about, an oil company tracked us ... more
        • *cough* as we knowmatthew, Sun Aug 7 1:02pm
          3 mile deep oil wells & nuclear reactors did not grow out of the ground on their own..... someone with an unusually large something. and fyi, that nuclear incident in japan is all hushed up in... more
      • TrueLewis, Thu Aug 4 8:30am
        Do you suppose that primal man, using newly-discovered, high-tech thing called "fire", ever set the woods ablaze?
        • case u have forgottenmatthew, Sun Aug 7 12:57pm
          the so called esteemed "primal man" had an unusually large brain.
          • Yes -Lewis, Sun Aug 7 3:59pm
            Created as a human, he had a human-sized brain with a virtual unlimited learning capacity - he just hadn't yet done the learning.
            • u know humans cant create matter, mass, energy, space, time, plants, stars, life etc, etc ? at the most they re-arranged some matter eg. making buildings, cars, planes and other toys of... more
              • Oh, all sorts of things.Lewis, Mon Aug 15 7:57am
                Like, for instance, shelter of some sort is nice when it's raining, snowing, or hailing. And a fire is nice when it's cold. And a set of wheels on a cart make carrying the firewood a lot easier. And... more
            • BTW, Matthew -Lewis, Sun Aug 7 10:36pm
              Had any luck yet, finding that human who's any where near having used all of his knowledge storage capacity? How about the drowned polar bear?
              • actually, much of the brain deals withmatthew, Sun Aug 14 1:36pm
                controlling the body functions, only it grows over a certain limit does it start to think abstract thoughts & logic...which causes the whole problem.
                • YepLewis, Tue Aug 16 8:17am
                  It was designed and built that way. The original human brain had virtual unlimited learning capacity.
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