Lawsuits Need Sponsors Like the Planet Needs Saving

Why not? NASCAR cars are covered with sponsor stickers. For a cool $15 mill or so you can take the place of honor on the car’s hood.

AIG is paying nearly that much per year so their logo can flit around the pitch on 11 shirts every time Manchester United plays.

It’s high time that lawsuits, bastions of American democracy that they are, also be beneficiaries of lucrative sponsor money.

For example, Erin Brockovich’s suit against Pacific Gas and Electric could have been brought to us by Maidenform or Wonderbra. At least that’s the direction the movie (starring Julia Roberts) seemed to steer us toward.

Photo credit:  © 2000 – Universal Pictures, Inc.

A group of Hurricane Katrina survivors are suing Shell, ExxonMobile, BP and Chevron, among others for emitting greenhouse gases and thus supposedly “helping fuel global warming” and “boosting” said hurricane.

The sponsor for this suit should be the “weather is not climate” crowd who seizes upon every opportunity to point out that a heat wave or a particularly devastating hurricane is the result of anthropogenic global warming.

Yet, when the East Coast experiences severe blizzards and record snowfall, their Orwellian chant, “Weather and climate are not the same thing, two legs bad!” can be heard emanating from the lofty spires of their world of make-believe.

A world replete with flowers and bells and leprechauns. And magic frogs with funny little hats who cavort with Al “the magical man” Gore from Happy Land who lives carbon neutrally in a gumdrop house on lollipop lane.

Can’t have it both ways, hopefully the judge overseeing the Katrina lawsuit recognizes that.

What’s next, Haitians suing the Copenhagen summit for their inaction causing the earthquake that ravaged their nation?


“Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near…You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath? Produce fruit in keeping with repentance.”
— John the Baptist

While some may roll their eyes at the apparently outdated verbiage and tone of these words, it’s safe to say that some of these same folk will raise nary an objection to the following question:

What’s Your Biggest Eco Sin?

The whole sackcloth and ashes act over our “eco sin” is somewhat amusing to this blogger. The fruit produced from this repentance (i.e. carbon credits) is a flat out joke. What’s next self-flagellation with organic produce?

Yes, we ought to do our best to not squander resources and keep our streets and highways clear from debris. It drives me up the wall to see that people think their driveway needs watering, almost as much as smokers thoughtlessly flicking their namesakes out of their car windows.

No, I don’t think that the pavement-wetters and butt-flickers have committed some sort of “sin”. I do wonder if it has occurred to the more “eco-friendly” among us that from certain people’s perspective the most egregious “eco sin” we’ve all committed is well, being born. Have you an idea of how much of that noxious carbon dioxide one human being exhales in one lifetime?

Maybe the grossest “sin” hasn’t occurred to them because the act of repentance for that sin is not something that sane people are willing to really, really atone for.

Though that is not to say that some people whose sanity is suspect aren’t raising awareness (Click here for a most excellent write-up on “awareness” in general).


Forgive me Gaia for I have sinned