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Jet-setting pop stars no problem for Live Earth fans
The Drudge Report ^ | 7/7/07

Posted on 07/07/2007 10:13:52 PM PDT by peggybac

Rock fans on Saturday shrugged off criticism of Live Earth for booking jet-setting pop stars to preach action on climate change, insisting the worldwide concerts would have a positive impact. Acts at the London leg of the 24-hour music marathon, aimed at raising awareness of global warming and pressuring politicians to enact legislation, included Madonna, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Foo Fighters.

But critics have suggested the performers are in danger of appearing hypocritical as they preach about climate change to crowds while themselves leaving a massive carbon footprint with their flights around the world.

Fans in the crowd at Wembley Stadium were unperturbed, with 27-year-old Neil Hanafin telling AFP that, on balance, the concert was "more of a positive thing. Raising awareness is what this whole thing is about."

Sitting next to him, 21-year-old Leanne Clarke, agreed, adding that "without this, I don't think they can do it."

The pair, wearing Live earth bandanas, said they were "quite worried about the planet" and hoped the global concerts had a similar impact to the Live 8 concerts two years ago to boost Western aid to developing countries.

Organisers hope the gigs will "make climate change sexy", according to Steve Howard, the founder of the "We're In This Together" environmental campaign.

"We hopefully will capture their hearts and minds on climate change," he told AFP, speaking of the crowds packing out stadiums around the world, and the two billion people expected to be watching on television and over the Internet.

He conceded that "yes, there has been some pollution caused by flying people in."

"But that's what we needed to do -- it was a calculated investment to say, 'We need to do this because we need to grab two billion people' rather than just me going on stage and nobody watching."

Howard said the majority of acts at the London event were either already in the city for other performances, or in the area, thereby reducing the carbon emissions from their travel.

Live Earth organiser Al Gore, former US vice president turned green campaigner, answered criticism of Live Earth's stars in British newspaper The Independent on Saturday.

"We are in a transition time in history when the only way we can get to where we need to be is by starting from where we are," he said.

"If we simply spend our time criticising one another for where we are, that will further delay our departure for where we need to be."

Organisers of the London leg were trumpeting environmentally-friendly measures being taken at the concert.

All burger boxes at the north-west London venue have been made of sugar cane and reed pulp, making them fully biodegradable, and all grease from concession stands is to be converted into biodiesel.

Some 80 percent of the waste generated at the concert was also set to be recycled, and the use of light-emitting diodes (LEDs) on stage apparently led to a 50 percent reduction in energy used through lighting.

Electricity, meanwhile, was being supplied by biofuel generators, while the programmes for the London event were produced on recycled paper by a publisher using electricity garnered from renewable sources.

Elsewhere in the audience in London on Saturday, Jayme Fine, 32, said fans could take measures to compensate for the energy used at the concerts.

"People leaving their lights on at home when nobody's there is going to eat up electricity," he said.

"If we all just remember to shut those off, it's OK for us to have an event like this."


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KEYWORDS: algore; globalwarming; hypocrisy; liveearth; popculture
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"Live Earth organiser Al Gore, former US vice president turned green campaigner, answered criticism of Live Earth's stars in British newspaper The Independent on Saturday.

"We are in a transition time in history when the only way we can get to where we need to be is by starting from where we are," he said.

"If we simply spend our time criticising one another for where we are, that will further delay our departure for where we need to be." '

Heh?

1 posted on 07/07/2007 10:13:57 PM PDT by peggybac
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To: peggybac

Translation: “Do as I say, not as I do”


2 posted on 07/07/2007 10:16:37 PM PDT by stainlessbanner
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To: peggybac
Actions mean nothing.

It's the "feeling" that's important.
3 posted on 07/07/2007 10:18:47 PM PDT by Bratch (“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”)
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To: peggybac

I think once they realize how carbon credits will start raising the price of their cocaine due to the increase in transportation costs, the`ll start shutting the hell up about this Gorebull warming hoax.


4 posted on 07/07/2007 10:26:27 PM PDT by Screamname (On this date in history; Al Gore invents the Algorithm)
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To: Bratch

I was going to post something along those lines, but you beat me to it. I’ve always detested the “raise awareness” mantra. Its just another way to not actually have to do anything, except pat yourself on the back & feel smug.


5 posted on 07/07/2007 10:28:13 PM PDT by kb2614 (Hell hath no fury than a bureaucrat scorned)
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To: peggybac
I have some beautiful, biodegradable ocean front property in Arizona for sale.
6 posted on 07/07/2007 10:31:37 PM PDT by berdie
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To: peggybac

Did anybody tell Gore he is supposed to put the ethanol in his SUVs fuel tank, not his stomach?


7 posted on 07/07/2007 10:42:46 PM PDT by DakotaRed (Liberals don't rattle sabers, they wave white flags)
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To: peggybac

If you only watch one episode of South Park in your life...this is all you need...pretty much sums up how i feel about these feel good concerts... ;)

http://www.dailymotion.com/relevance/search/die+hippie/video/xm51s_die-hippie-die


8 posted on 07/07/2007 10:44:09 PM PDT by chasio649
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To: peggybac
Raising awareness is what this whole thing is about."

No, making people feel good about themselves is what this whole thing is about.

9 posted on 07/07/2007 10:47:41 PM PDT by denydenydeny (Expel the priest and you don't inaugurate the age of reason, you get the witch doctor--Paul Johnson)
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To: denydenydeny

No, making a fortune and grabbing new multinationalist-bureaucratic agency power under the GUISE of saving Mother Earth from the all-consuming Freepers and their ilk is what it’s really all about.


10 posted on 07/07/2007 10:55:43 PM PDT by The Spirit Of Allegiance (Public Employees: Honor Your Oaths! Defend the Constitution from Enemies--Foreign and Domestic!)
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To: DakotaRed
Did anybody tell Gore he is supposed to put the ethanol in his SUVs fuel tank, not his stomach?

ROTFLOL! He is starting to take on Teddy Kennedy proportions in his physique, isn't he?

11 posted on 07/07/2007 10:59:38 PM PDT by Tamar1973 (Riding the Korean Wave, one BYJ movie at a time! (http://www.byj.co.kr))
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To: DakotaRed

Toooooooooooo funny! LOLOLOLOL


12 posted on 07/07/2007 11:02:19 PM PDT by peggybac (Tolerance is the virtue of believing in nothing)
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To: peggybac

“People leaving their lights on at home when nobody’s there is going to eat up electricity,”

thanks, mom. do you see how this is not just about carbon emission? this absolutely is about control when you start to compare renewable sources of energy to global warming.

dont forget, when they make up this global warming endangerment, they also set the rules and get to decide who is worthy enough to quote unquote damage the environment. in this case all sorts of bands get to do donuts on the lawn of environmentalism, while im stuck here advised to use only one square of paper per visit.

by the way, crow, i wrap my arm up like a mummy everytime i have to go. thats not counting the half a roll i peel away just to start a roll.


13 posted on 07/07/2007 11:03:00 PM PDT by Disciplinemisanthropy (Dog Kills Cat, Self)
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To: peggybac
These smelly hippies don't give an ounce of bongwater's damn about "saving the Earth". This is a political posture you MUST take in order to be "in" with this crowd, and the drones are doing it.

If they were TRULY about what they say, they would shut down this "buying carbon credits" bull instantly. The whole idea is ludicrous--they're creating this "limit" for pollution, and buying the amount some people can use for their own use.

If they were really for reducing pollution, then they would demand ALL people stay below this invented limit. Al Gore or some bushman who doesn't own a car, EVERYONE has the same limit.

That would give Al Gore the opportunity to give MORE to the cause because he would have to sacrifice more.

But of course, he doesn't see it that way. He doesn't feel ALL of us should observe this limit on pollution--he can pay an indulgence and make MORE than his fair share of pollution because he's rich, and, well, he's a liberal democrat.

If these people were TRULY against pollution, they would stop with the flim-flam and simply pollute less. But they're not, so they follow an environmentalist who produces 20 times more pollution than the average American household.

That's the left for ya!

14 posted on 07/07/2007 11:03:49 PM PDT by Darkwolf377 (Bostonian, atheist, prolifer, free-speech zealot, pro-legal immigration anti-socialist dude.)
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To: peggybac

gore and nader - that’s the ticket!


15 posted on 07/07/2007 11:07:00 PM PDT by Memphis Moe
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To: peggybac
"We are in a transition time in history when the only way we can get to where we need to be is by starting from where we are," he said.

"If we simply spend our time criticising one another for where we are, that will further delay our departure for where we need to be."

ROTFL! And they call George W. Bush dumb?

Lord have mercy, I'm so glad algore wasn't elected President!!

16 posted on 07/07/2007 11:08:37 PM PDT by SuziQ
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To: peggybac
"We are in a transition time in history when the only way we can get to where we need to be is by starting from where we are,"

Algore in Wonderland. Lewis Carroll would be proud of the whimsy.

17 posted on 07/07/2007 11:18:58 PM PDT by blackbart.223 (I live in Northern Nevada. Reid doesn't represent me.)
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To: Screamname

For every idiot in the world, there needs to be a person of normal intelligence to compensate for the damage they do.

I suggest every idiot be made to purchase “stupid offsets”. The Gore family and all their religious followers would have to buy millions in S.O.’s practically every time they say something.


18 posted on 07/07/2007 11:22:14 PM PDT by SteveMcKing
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To: peggybac

Live Earth organiser Al Gore, former US vice president turned green campaigner, answered criticism of Live Earth’s stars in British newspaper The Independent on Saturday.

“We are in a transition time in history when the only way we can get to where we need to be is by starting from where we are,” he said.

“If we simply spend our time criticising one another for where we are, that will further delay our departure for where we need to be.”


I don’t even know what the heck that means! What an idiot.


19 posted on 07/07/2007 11:25:29 PM PDT by VirginiaMom
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To: Darkwolf377
If they were TRULY about what they say, they would shut down this "buying carbon credits" bull instantly. The whole idea is ludicrous--they're creating this "limit" for pollution, and buying the amount some people can use for their own use.

The Cathedrals to the dirt god will be built with the sale of carbon indulgences (and at the peasants' expense). Old concept, really.

Archbishop Gore's has decreed it thus.

How medieval.

20 posted on 07/07/2007 11:27:43 PM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly.)
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To: peggybac
Here I am deriding Al for his recent hypocrisy involving his son:

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WXVU4XOTjP8

21 posted on 07/07/2007 11:30:17 PM PDT by lmr (The answers to life don't involve complex solutions.)
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To: Memphis Moe
gore and nader - that’s the ticket!

From what I've read, Nader actually puts his money where his mouth is. He doesn't own a car and takes public transportation or rides a bike. Beyond that, I don't know what else, but at least he isn't annoying us with incessant, obnoxious bullying.

22 posted on 07/07/2007 11:30:21 PM PDT by kromike
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To: Smokin' Joe
Gore is leading a religion that worships Gaia.

Any questioning of his ways is as much an outrage as flushing a Koran, and will be dealt with with calls of "Nazi!" and "So you don't care about the environment?"

23 posted on 07/07/2007 11:31:19 PM PDT by Darkwolf377 (Bostonian, atheist, prolifer, free-speech zealot, pro-legal immigration anti-socialist dude.)
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To: SuziQ
"Lord have mercy, I'm so glad algore wasn't elected President!!"

I have news for you. He is going to take another crack at it. That's the point of "The Live Earth Concert".

24 posted on 07/07/2007 11:38:31 PM PDT by blackbart.223 (I live in Northern Nevada. Reid doesn't represent me.)
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To: Smokin' Joe

I explained the carbon credit sham by using “indulgences” sold by the church. Great analogy.


25 posted on 07/07/2007 11:48:05 PM PDT by stainlessbanner
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To: blackbart.223

Frankly I hope he does, and does so as an Independent! But even if he runs against Her Heinous and Obama on the Democrat ticket, it will just show up the moon-battiness of the Left, and that will only help the Republican nominee.


26 posted on 07/07/2007 11:52:46 PM PDT by SuziQ
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To: peggybac
"If we simply spend our time criticising one another for where we are, that will further delay our departure for where we need to be."

Gee Al .. where would that be .. a global tax on everyone who breathes??

Follow the money

27 posted on 07/07/2007 11:54:49 PM PDT by Mo1 ( http://www.gohunter08.com)
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To: Darkwolf377
I don't so much care if some bunch of neo-penitents wishes to roam the earth in sackcloth and ashes, mumbling prayers to the dirtgod and counting cadence by smacking themselves on the head with the environmentally-friendly equivalent of a plank.

I seriosly doubt the medieval version of it made as much of a disturbance in the villages compared to the disproportionate amount of attention this nonsense gets today, most of which I would wager is broadcast using conventional means of generating electricity, UN recycled paper, etc.

My serious misgivings come when the penitents want the rest of us to don sackcloth and ashes while they wear 'Brooks Brothers', and send us off barefoot while they ride in lavish carriages.

To continue the concept, though, they must be marginalized, because the Inquisition would not be pretty.

All over junk science.

Our enemies in the world must be laughing their a$$es off, I doubt they could have hatched such a plan.

Thank God that fool was not elected president.

28 posted on 07/08/2007 12:02:26 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly.)
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To: peggybac

All burger boxes

Burgers? They served burgers? It better have been tofu, because I’m sure Algore knows how environmentally unsound meat production is. From FAO.org titled “Livestock a Major Threat to Environment”:

Livestock now use 30 percent of the earth’s entire land surface, mostly permanent pasture but also including 33 percent of the global arable land used to producing feed for livestock, the report notes. As forests are cleared to create new pastures, it is a major driver of deforestation, especially in Latin America where, for example, some 70 percent of former forests in the Amazon have been turned over to grazing.


29 posted on 07/08/2007 12:04:53 AM PDT by Sapper26 (Quondo Omni Flunkus Moritati)
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To: Smokin' Joe
Thank God that fool was not elected president.

That people consider this egotistical big-mouthed muppet some kind of intellectual is really frightening.

30 posted on 07/08/2007 12:31:45 AM PDT by Darkwolf377 (Bostonian, atheist, prolifer, free-speech zealot, pro-legal immigration anti-socialist dude.)
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To: lmr
Here I am deriding Al for his recent hypocrisy involving his son:

LOL

31 posted on 07/08/2007 12:48:36 AM PDT by Half Vast Conspiracy (Can I cast the second stone?)
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To: peggybac

The Rolling Stones should announce their “acoustic and candles” tour, and see how many tickets they sell.


32 posted on 07/08/2007 1:26:37 AM PDT by HisKingdomWillAbolishSinDeath (Christ's Kingdom on Earth is the answer. What is your question?)
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To: peggybac

I think that what Al is telling us is that we can’t get there from here, unless we start from over there.

He’s leaving, on a jet plane, can only hope he won’t be back again...leaving on a jet plane....

I’ve got to stop this staying up until 4:30 in the morning.


33 posted on 07/08/2007 1:32:41 AM PDT by Tennessee_Bob ("Those who "abjure" violence can only do so because others are committing violence on their behalf.")
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To: kb2614

Heh. That reminds me of a DJ in the game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. Her station is a parody of the ‘90s alternative scene, and at the end of a Rage Against the Machine song, she says, “We do not believe your lies! We are protesting by bobbing our heads up and down, by being angry, and by not voting. We’re *really* going to make a difference!”


34 posted on 07/08/2007 1:33:49 AM PDT by Rastus
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To: stainlessbanner

No, its all about their carbon footprint and amount of pollution per dollar earned and such.


35 posted on 07/08/2007 1:36:54 AM PDT by LukeL (Never let the enemy pick the battle site. (Gen. George S. Patton))
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To: peggybac
Sorry if this offends my fellow FReepers but I am just inevbreited to say what needs to be said with out political correctness.

lISTENING TO bIG bLUE nOTE WITH tOBY kEITH http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zvmsHOnTZkM

Al Gore is just a to9tal usleless ass.

These Hypoctitres come and they go like pimples on a monkeys ass and are soon forgotten once they are scratched.

We need a leader in this country not a politician.

We need a Reagan and we need it now.

These Democrat politicians just absolutely make me sick at my stomach.

What a bunch of political pussyies these horrible candidates for office.

Come on people I beg of you please do not let these America haters take this beautiful country from those who love America for what it is, The Greatest Country On Gods Green Earth.

36 posted on 07/08/2007 2:54:22 AM PDT by OKIEDOC (Kalifornia, a red state wannabe. I don't take Ex Lax I just read the New York Times.)
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Jayme Fine, 32, said fans could take measures to compensate for the energy used at the concerts.

"People leaving their lights on at home when nobody's there is going to eat up electricity," he said.

Ah--Jayme has A Plan. But someone needs to tell him about the KWH consumption at algore's house.

Something tells me that the lights are Off at Jayme's house when he is home.

37 posted on 07/08/2007 3:12:32 AM PDT by elli1
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"We are in a transition time in history when the only way we can get to where we need to be is by starting from where we are," he said.

I was over here once, then decided to go over there. But to get there I had to start from here. Now I'm over there. but I want to get back here. So i need to start from there, which now is here, to get back here which is now there, unless of course I decide to go somewhere else and really wouldn't have a clue how to get there because I lost track of where I am now.

38 posted on 07/08/2007 3:20:52 AM PDT by JoeSixPack1 (Think not of today.)
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Let me just say that the concerts had absolutely no effect on me and will not change the way I live my life.

There.

39 posted on 07/08/2007 3:21:53 AM PDT by GiovannaNicoletta
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To: peggybac

The ruling socialist elite are always above the law, comrade. You simply need to accept that and be content as part of the proletariat. OR we can “re-educate” you. Your choice...


40 posted on 07/08/2007 3:38:42 AM PDT by Caipirabob (Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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"We are in a transition time in history when the only way we can
get to where we need to be is by starting from where we are," he said.

"If we simply spend our time criticising one another for where we are,
that will further delay our departure for where we need to be."

Heh?

______________________________________________________

This one is just to good to let go...LOL

41 posted on 07/08/2007 3:45:56 AM PDT by ThreePuttinDude ()... Live Earth = alGores "Woodstock" ....()
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To: peggybac
Doesn't matter if it's hypocritical. It's to make the fans feel good about doing something to save the earth, and to link the performers with the latest leftist fad.
42 posted on 07/08/2007 3:49:06 AM PDT by Leftism is Mentally Deranged (the left is loony)
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To: SuziQ

"If we keep up the double talk, we may be able to keep our do-nothing jobs!"

43 posted on 07/08/2007 3:52:41 AM PDT by metesky ("Brethren, leave us go amongst them." Rev. Capt. Samuel Johnston Clayton - Ward Bond- The Searchers)
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To: chasio649

WOW - watching the hippies was like reading DU. Really funny too!


44 posted on 07/08/2007 3:53:52 AM PDT by DanTheAdmin (It's true.)
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"People leaving their lights on at home when nobody's there is going to eat up electricity," he said.

hmmmm...al gore eats electricity all by himself...(the lights are on but nobody's home)

46 posted on 07/08/2007 4:16:04 AM PDT by scan58 (Diversity results in a collection of unconnected individuals.)
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To: scan58

bttt


47 posted on 07/08/2007 4:30:41 AM PDT by ConservativeMan55
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To: peggybac
"We had a concert to save the Earth....and stuff."


48 posted on 07/08/2007 4:37:14 AM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: kb2614
This concert is more than just raising awareness. It is the culmination of the entire Gore program to inflict intention neuroses on young people.

The quote about leaving lights on in an empty house is right in line with the Sheryl Crow admonition re one square of toilet paper.

This massive effort is telling the young kids and young adults, “YOU ARE JUST NOT UPSET ENOUGH”.

49 posted on 07/08/2007 5:28:02 AM PDT by ishabibble (ALL-AMERICAN INFIDEL)
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To: Darkwolf377
If these people were TRULY against pollution, they would stop with the flim-flam and simply pollute less.

I wonder if anybody did a survey of what kinds of cars were in the parking lots at these concerts? My bet would be they were chock full of gas guzzling SUV's or old smoking VW buses.....

50 posted on 07/08/2007 5:44:26 AM PDT by Thermalseeker (Made in China: Treat those three words like a warning label)
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