Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Nuttier than a fruitcake

Ok, this is one more example of the lunacy that these "global warming" weird-o's will display. Now Elizabeth Edwards, wife of "the Breck Girl", John Edwards, is saying she will give up tangerines unless they are grown locally to help "stop Blowhard Smarming". She will "sacrifice" not eating tangerines if they are transported in by trucks or trains I guess. However, I bet she will substitute tangerines with Fruit cake. This is from Ben Smith's blog over at Politico.com

The politics of global warming got very concrete, and oddly difficult,

In a meeting with local environmentalists in the coastal town of McClellanville today, where Elizabeth Edwards raised in passing the importance of relying on locally-grown fruit.
"We've been moving back to 'buy local,'" Mrs. Edwards said, outlining a trade policy that "acknowledges the carbon footprint" of transporting fruit.

"I live in North Carolina. I'll probably never eat a tangerine again," she said, speaking of a time when the fruit is reaches the price that it "needs" to be.

Edwards had talked about "sacrifice," at the meeting, but Elizabeth's suggestion illustrated just how difficult it is to sell the specifics of sacrifice.

Asked about her comment immediately after the event, Edwards avoided the question twice, then said he isn't sure.
"Would I add to the price of food?" he asked. "I'd have to think about that."

UPDATE: Just to be clear, he's not talking about a food tax. The basic point is that any plan that imposes new costs on carbon emissions is going to make anything that's transported long distances with fossil fuels cost more. It is, in a way, a moment of clarity in this debate.


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