That’s the title of Bill McKibbon’s article in the new Rolling Stone, the one with Justin Bieber on the cover. I mention Justin Bieber being on the cover because the contrast between the terrifying urgency of global warming and the ascendency of yet another pop star is emblematic of the problem.
As long as they keep putting new pop stars on the cover of the magazine, no one will believe that we really need to pay attention to the boring article about numbers and politics. No one will think we really need to make changes to our lifestyle and culture and values. As long as the left is more worked up about Chick-fil-A than they are about AGW, no one will think global warming is more important than a gay wedding, which isn’t really very important in the scheme of things, now is it? But as long as the Left is so tied up in blatant contradiction about what matters, then the Right can feel justified fueling up their powerboats and running their air conditioners as much as they want. These aren’t unrelated things, gay literally means “carefree” and gay culture is notoriously consumption-oriented (maybe there are more green vegan gays and lesbians these days than there used to be, but the image is still more Queer Eye For The Straight Guy and disco and decadence than farming and walking instead of hailing a taxi.)
Another way AGW and SSM are related is the Koch Brothers and other big Libertarian PACs. The people supporting gay marriage on the left need to think about why they are in the same bed as the Koch Brothers and danfromwaltham and Eric Dondero. That’s a lot of gross dudes in your bed.
If we are serious about global warming, we have to prove it by making some major political concessions and lifestyle concessions, before expecting anyone who doesn’t even care about Global Warming to make any.