NY Times on How the Green Grinch is Stealing Christmas

What is with the Times today? The evils of wind power in the travel section and then calling Aunt Betty the New Grinch for daring to suggest green Christmas presents.

"Frivolity versus severity. Materialism versus sacrifice. Welcome to the "green" holidays..... in recent years, a new figure has joined the celebration, to complicate the proceedings even further: the green evangelist of the family — the impassioned activist bent on eradicating the wasteful materialism of the holidays.

Otherwise known, at least to sceptical traditionalists, as the new Grinch."The article goes on to quote a certain Resident Scholar:

Still, to some ears, the call for less excessive consumption during the holidays sounds almost un-American.
"The point of the holidays for many people is the joy people get in giving," said Kenneth P. Green, a resident scholar on environmental issues at the American Enterprise Institute. Environmentalists who scold their families are simply making "ritualistic gestures that won't solve the problem," he said.

The American Enterprise Institute, according to the Guardian, was called out in February for " offering scientists and economists $10,000 each, "to undermine the IPCC report. ." AEI visiting scholar Kenneth Green made the $10,000 offer "to scientists in Britain, the US and elsewhere," in a letter describing the IPCC as "resistant to reasonable criticism and dissent." They noted also that AEI "has received more than $1.6m from ExxonMobil, and more than 20 of its staff have worked as consultants to the Bush administration. Lee Raymond, a former head of ExxonMobil, is the vice-chairman of AEI's board of trustees."

That's who the Times calls a reputable source on the subject of Christmas ritual.

The article continues with some tips for dealing with your family, but generally implies that going green for Christmas is divisive, preachy and even like "throwing whiskey on a fire." The tone of the entire article was tilted towards how difficult and controversial such a change might be; when one woman is quoted saying

"I'm really looking forward to simplifying and not having to go to all the malls to buy 10 Christmas presents," Ms. Bach said. "I think it's going to be a relief."

The Times responds with:

It remains to be seen if that view will ever come to prevail among the most vocal champions of conspicuous yuletide consumption: children.

It then proceeds to describe how you must prepare them by essentially reading bedtime stories about how Santa's home at the North Pole is melted by global warming.- even when the author Alex Williams is making suggestions, he is making environmentalists sound like overzealous brainwashers. It is appalling from start to finish.

I think I may cancel my Times subscription and go back to the Wall Street Journal; it is making more sense these days. ::New York Times

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