Environmentalism is the political albatross of the twenty-first century, having so well and truly wrung itself around the neck of decision-making that it is invoked in the most improbable of policies. In the hands of professional activists and politicians, the heavy-handed repetition of environmentalist rhetoric has long since transcended any conceit it may once have had as a form of consciousness, however hippie-rigged in the first place, into a fashionable prejudice… a prejudice that gives politicians a stump for populist posturing, and an expedient springboard for reflexive assent of even the most specious campaigns at all levels of authority, even down to the level of municipality.
Even in the confines of a city hall that has long had a reputation as a theatre of glib nonsense, this might well be the most absurd collection of contentions ever raised there. Such preposterous premises and assertions would hardly warrant a glance let alone rebuttal anywhere else, but in the time-honoured prevaricating ways of London's council they were enough to at least send the matter back to city staff to "report back with options on how to restrict future growth of drive-throughs." But the contrived nature of environmental rhetoric is showed up in the confused mass of platitudes and non sequiturs that politicians feel compelled to accompany it with:
While debate at the earlier council committee level had focused on neighbourhood issues such as noise and traffic, Coun. David Winninger last night argued more is at stake— something of a global nature, the subject of the former U.S. vice-president's film, An Inconvenient Truth.
This is supposed to representative of something, but for the life of me I can't imagine what except either that Judy Bryant lives at a major commercial intersection or that she can walk at least as far as anyone else. Good or bad for her, but for $29,000 a year we could at least be paying her for some sort of argument.
"This kind of development is the antithesis of a creative city," Coun. Judy Bryant said. "I can walk from my house to five drive-throughs."