You don’t need to be “liberal” or “conservative” to know ignorant morons when you see them.
While the rest of the sane world, including those who use and manufacture consumer tech products, chooses to conserve energy wherever they can — call it “saving green by going green” — there are those bitter people with an axe to grind against reason, science and good taste. They consider themselves patriots. I consider them willfully anti-intellectual dopes.
I’m speaking of the American truckers who are deliberately emitting large plumes of toxic smoke in the interest of… what? Showing how ignorant and bitter and mean-spirited they are? Wasting energy? Polluting the air? Just because you have the RIGHT to do something like that doesn’t mean you should.
It’s a trend now big enough to put a name to. Many Americans are rigging their trucks to intentionally emit large plumes of toxic smoke. It’s called “rolling coal,” and it’s meant as a political statement.
The truck owner rigs the diesel engine to emit large amounts of black soot. One truck owner labeled his vehicle “Prius repellant” and took a video as he aimed smoke at a car behind him…
For some, it’s a form of protest against environmentalism, striking back against efforts to lower carbon emissions and overall pollution. For others, it’s just for kicks.
There are entire countries on this earth who live in squalor, poverty, hunger. There are countries like Germany, which has committed to making the transition to alternative energy and which has become one of the world’s strongest economies as a result.
And then there’s America, where people are so privileged and pampered that they’ll deliberately waste energy and pollute the air to make some kind of deranged anti-science, anti-regulation political statement. Or, even worse, doing it just to be a jerk.
Any right-thinking, patriotic American, even if they disagree with climate science or federal regulations, should reject this cynical buffoonery.
My phone is now charged. I am going to unplug the charger. Like anyone who isn’t a bitter, sociopathic idiot would do.