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Bono Discovers Sustainable Development Isnít Sustainable
Newsbusters ^ | 5/20/2009 | Phelim McAlee

Posted on 05/20/2009 10:08:24 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

The big problem with renewable energy is that it just doesn’t renew itself. The sun does not shine enough and the wind doesn’t blow enough to power the towns, cities, factories, hospitals and schools that make our lives so livable. No environmentalist would ever allow their child to be treated in a hospital fully powered by “renewables”. They would not take the risk that the wind might stop whilst their baby was on the operating table. They would insist that the hospital and the life support systems had a fossil fuel powered back-up.

And so it is with “sustainable development”. It just isn’t sustainable. At least it does not sustain a lifestyle that those who promote it would consider acceptable for themselves. But of course that is the key. Renewable energy and sustainable development are for “other people”. Even though environmentalists come from societies and very often families that became rich because of their use of non-renewable energy and unsustainable development they will not allow these opportunities to be extended to the poor in the developing world.

Environmentalists come from wealthy societies and families who cut down forests and burned coal and oil to make their families and societies healthy and prosperous. But, nowadays, for the poor in Africa and Asia and even middle America their path out of poverty must be “sustainable.” No fossil fuels or factories for them. But what this really means is sustainable poverty. It is a system that condemns people to a lifetime of drudgery and subsistence farming because modernity and industrialisation is “unsustainable.”

Which brings me to Bono, the lead singer of rock band U2 and more lately a campaigner for sustainable development in Africa, Asia and south America.

In 2005 Bono and his wife Ali Hewson set up Edun a clothing range that was going to prove there is a different way to end poverty. It was going to be a non-corporate and of course “sustainable”.

At he time MSNBC said it would be “clothing with a conscience”. Vogue magazine said Edun was going to “flip capitalism on its head”.

But now it seems that Bono has now discovered that big companies with their big carbon footprints are useful if you want to keep paying the wages and produce the goods and sell them. Last week the rock star announced he has sold out to LVMH, the worlds largest luxury goods company. Announcing the deal Bono all but admitted that his touchy feely version of capitalism and development just didn’t work. Selling out to LVMH was a great deal, said Bono, and would “bring greater and longer-term stability to our manufacturers and the communities they support”.

In other words my Clooneyesc view of business is plain wrong and I now have to admit that I can’t pay the workers salaries without a proper business running the company. They, with their international marketing skills and economies of scale will make the business truly sustainable – that is – they will ensure that the workers have work and a salary every week and for years to come.

It is an admission that capitalism works and is the only way to ensure a better future for some of the world’s poorest people. And now Bono’s clothes with a conscience will be marketed and sold by a company that also sells Louis Vuitton, Donna Karan and Givenchy. LVMH’s also make and sell the delightfully unsustainable Moët & Chandon, Dom Pérignon and Veuve Clicquot. It also makes and sells parfum Christian Dior and Givenchy and luxury jewellery and watches such as TAG Heurer, Christian Dior and De Beers Diamond Jewellers.

Neither side felt it necessary to say how much Bono got for selling half the company to LVMH. Edun has, in the past, made much of the company’s transparency. However it seems that the transparency only extends to poking our noses into what the workers earn. Bono and his wife are exempt from such questions. But good luck to them. It is really not important to know how much money they have.

But it is important for them to stop keeping people in poverty in the name of sustainability. We used our resources – we burned coal and oil and chopped down our forests. We drove our cars and flew our planes. We have used capitalism to conquer disease and poverty and as a consequence our children are the best-educated and healthiest in history.

But it seems that now some of these children want to stop the poorest on the planet from having what we have. Bono loves sustainable development but only for other people. U2’s latest album was recorded in separate sessions in France, the UK, Morocco, the US and Dublin. The band is now going on a worldwide tour to promote it.

This is not “sustainable” but it is necessary to keep people in work and to keep Bono’s bank balance healthy. And this is a good thing. U2 will provide employment for hundreds if not thousands through selling the album and going on tour. But it is being done the old fashioned way – through unsustainable but wealth creating capitalism.

If it is good enough for Bono and his band of Irish multi-millionaires then it should be good enough for the poorest on the planet.

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Co-written with Ann McElhinney and originally published on May 20 at Andrew Breitbart's Big Hollywood blog.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Foreign Affairs; Philosophy
KEYWORDS: bobo; development; sustainable; u2

1 posted on 05/20/2009 10:08:25 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

I guess boner isn’t as boneheaded as he appears at first.


2 posted on 05/20/2009 10:11:41 AM PDT by MIchaelTArchangel
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To: SeekAndFind; 537cant be wrong; Aeronaut; bassmaner; Bella_Bru; Big Guy and Rusty 99; Brian Allen; ..

He should marry Yoko and take on her last name.
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Bono Lennon


3 posted on 05/20/2009 10:23:32 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (If you like the Dept. of Motor Vehicles, the IRS, and the Post Office, you'll love govt Health Care)
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To: SeekAndFind

Duh! Everyone with a brain knows it’s just a way to get government more involved or otherwise funnel money to liberals.


4 posted on 05/20/2009 10:28:14 AM PDT by demshateGod (The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Never cared for U2 anyway, even before I learned what a pompous ass Bono is.


5 posted on 05/20/2009 10:29:00 AM PDT by NRA1995 (I'd be embarrased to be driving a Yaris....)
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To: SeekAndFind
More from the culture of the touchy-feey, image conscious. Youth always know better....even when the youth is a 50yo rock star.
6 posted on 05/20/2009 10:31:43 AM PDT by FourPeas (Obama: King Ahab wannabe)
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To: windcliff

ping


7 posted on 05/20/2009 10:34:48 AM PDT by stylecouncilor (The black man is keeping me down!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Nuclear Power stations should be built and yesterday.


8 posted on 05/20/2009 10:39:57 AM PDT by SoldierDad (Proud Dad of a U.S. Army Infantry Soldier presently instructing at Ft. Benning.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Bono is as good an economist as I am a singer!


9 posted on 05/20/2009 10:42:39 AM PDT by pogo101
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To: a fool in paradise

I think Bono Ono would sound better.


10 posted on 05/20/2009 10:50:15 AM PDT by BubbaBasher ("Liberty will not long survive the total extinction of morals" - Sam Adams)
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To: SeekAndFind
Folks, no one expects any one energy source to be the one and only. Sure wind stops and the sun goes down or behind a cloud, and tides turn and waves stop and coal plants and nuclear plants shut down every time there is a mechanical problem or it is time for their periodic overhaul.

Overhauling a coal or nuclear plant, required periodically by law at least for nuclear plants, can shut them down for months on end, and often does. A crack in a pipe or a failed weld can shut them down with no warning for months of overhaul, inspection and rescertification.

This is why we are using many forms of energy and flowing it all into the grid. Wind and solar, ocean and river currents, waves and tides. Now we are starting to build plants that take our garbage and sewer sludge, farm manures and factory wastes and gassify it into a synthetic gas for generating electricity that feeds the grid. These waste materials can also be made into crude oil and refined into gasoline and diesel fuel, farm fertilizers and industrial chemicals by the thousands.

All these efforts and resources are building factories and employing hundreds of thousands of Americans today in good paying technical jobs. The millions of dollars in taxes from these energy plants and their suppliers build schools and communities all across America, and it all comes from buying made in America goods and services.

We need to support Made in America energy, not fight it.

larry

11 posted on 05/20/2009 10:58:13 AM PDT by larry hagedon (born and raised and retired in Iowa.)
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To: SeekAndFind
No environmentalist would ever allow their child to be treated in a hospital fully powered by “renewables”. They would not take the risk that the wind might stop whilst their baby was on the operating table. They would insist that the hospital and the life support systems had a fossil fuel powered back-up.

Okay then, here's a solution to that. And I offer it for free to the Obama administration and to the democrats.

The backup power system, in a hospital or in any other critical service, can be people. People power. Specifically, pedal power. So, if a the primary power system goes out, the pedal power can be started up almost immediately.

There would always have to be, on-site, a number of people ready to go on a moments notice. They would have to be on the "ready" position on some sort of pedal power which can be converted to electricity.

That "system" would be another great way for Obama and the democrats to claim a lot of "renewal" jobs creation. Imagine if all hospitals had a crew of perhaps 20, 30 or 40 people on staff whose only job would be to pedal for power. Multiply that by perhaps some 10,000 hospitals and clinics and you end up with between 200,000 to 400,000 new jobs for the hospital system alone.

If pedal and rowing power was good enough for the Vikings, then it should be good enough for renewal energy jobs. The only problem with that would be the pollution from body odor and the heavy breathing which would cause huge amounts of CO2. But, hey, they could ignore the CO2 and just concentrate of the "jobs creation" part.
12 posted on 05/20/2009 11:08:10 AM PDT by adorno (Where is Branch 4?)
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To: a fool in paradise

Why not just use his whole name — bonobo


13 posted on 05/20/2009 11:10:41 AM PDT by Old Professer (The critic writes with rapier pen, dips it twice, then writes again.)
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To: SeekAndFind
Bono is a big mouthed tightwad.

And will someone P-L-E-A-S-E give him some shampoo as a present. His head is a mobile Petri Dish. God only knows what's living in his hair.

The cure for cancer may be growing in one of those greasy clumps.

14 posted on 05/20/2009 11:15:44 AM PDT by Condor51 (The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits)
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To: Old Professer
Why not just use his whole name — bonobo

Bonobo...

that sounds appropriate enough.

Those tre the chimps in the jungle who use sex all the time to solve all their conflicts. They have sex without "thinking" of the consequences.

Bono and liberals and socialists only do what feels good without thinking of the consequences.
15 posted on 05/20/2009 11:15:50 AM PDT by adorno (Where is Branch 4?)
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To: SeekAndFind
Someone should send Bono a copy of Atlas Shrugged. He wasn't before, but he's probably ready for it now.
16 posted on 05/20/2009 11:23:29 AM PDT by GBA
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To: larry hagedon

That’s just bunk. Ask Bono.


17 posted on 05/20/2009 11:29:12 AM PDT by Balding_Eagle (Willful ignorance is a dangerous attitude.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Environmentalists are textbook hypocrits. They ALL proclaim “Do as I say, NOT as I do!” (see Algore and Leonardo DiCaprio, Babs Streisand, Prince Charlie, et al).


18 posted on 05/20/2009 11:29:42 AM PDT by DustyMoment (FloriDUH - proud inventors of pregnant/hanging chads and judicide!!)
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To: a fool in paradise
..it would be better with her maiden name...

Bono Ono

19 posted on 05/20/2009 11:40:01 AM PDT by Fedupwithit (This is it? This has where "progress" has taken us?)
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To: a fool in paradise

Don’t worry, at least one FReeper got your joke (me).


20 posted on 05/20/2009 1:21:29 PM PDT by AuH2ORepublican (Fred Thompson appears human-sized because he is actually standing a million miles away.)
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To: Fedupwithit

I prefer Yoko Bono :)


21 posted on 05/20/2009 1:56:39 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind
our children are the best-educated

Wonder what country Plegm McAlee's children live in...

22 posted on 05/20/2009 3:32:45 PM PDT by patriciaruth (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1993905/posts)
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To: SeekAndFind
Some years ago when my electric company enclosed a brochure to support a startup of a solar power plant I wistfully looked at it for a while.

Howbeit since I'm already very GREEN in my personal environmental efforts plus I dont have enough left-over GREENBACKS after paying my bills and the fact that the solar plant would be in the other side of my state made me think it was all a political ploy.

On further thinking over the years it very plain to me that the huge drawback that practically all these GREEN energy have in common are: 1) they are almost 100% vulnerable to the weather 2) since they are mostly exposed to the environment they pose as a huge target for any would be terrorist attack, 3) they do not produce energy 100% of the time (see reason 1), 4) the cost per kilowatt is 2-20x more expensive than the proven existing oil & coal burning technologies.

23 posted on 05/20/2009 6:55:22 PM PDT by prophetic (God, let 0Bama and his evil plans for this country fail & let him be utterly disgraced like HAMAN!!)
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To: SeekAndFind

“Live and Learn” Mr. Bono.. “Live & Learn”


24 posted on 05/20/2009 8:08:37 PM PDT by VideoDoctor
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