For many years, environmentalists have been criticizing Americans for consuming too much. We were a wasteful “consumerist” society, and they wanted people to learn to live with less. The Obama administration is clearly sympathetic to viro ideology — his appointments and the cap-and-trade provisions in his budget proposal make that clear. But the administration is also telling us that the current economic crisis is caused in part by a lack of consumer spending — i.e. by people consuming less. In other words, consuming less is simultaneously a moral imperative and is contributing to a practical disaster.
I sense inconsistency. I wonder what Obama’s viro supporters think of the so-called stimulus package?