published Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

Best of Bennett: The Environmentalist

Please note: Cartoonist Clay Bennett is on vacation. Here is one of his best works.

about Clay Bennett...

The son of a career army officer, Bennett led a nomadic life, attending ten different schools before graduating in 1980 from the University of North Alabama with degrees in Art and History. After brief stints as a staff artist at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and the Fayetteville (NC) Times, he went on to serve as the editorial cartoonist for the St. Petersburg Times (1981-1994) and The Christian Science Monitor (1997-2007), before joining the staff of the ...

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onetinsoldier said...

Chris Christie has eaten a protester??

October 26, 2011 at 12:33 a.m.
John_Proctor said...

Nah, the consumption figure in the cartoon is too thin to pass for Christie. Needs to add about 100 pounds to pass for "His Lardness."

October 26, 2011 at 12:39 a.m.
BigRidgePatriot said...

It looks like the Wart must be one of those that thinks if Americans would just lower our standard of living the world could pack on another 4-6 billion people. Just keep voting for Democrats and establishment Republicans and that is exactly what we will get.

October 26, 2011 at 8:20 a.m.
carlB said...

BigRidgePatriot, "the world (could)is going to pack on another 4-6 billion people" whether we like it or not. What is your interputation of lowering the "standard of living"?

October 26, 2011 at 8:43 a.m.
acerigger said...

In case no-one has noticed,America's "standard of living" is being lowered every day that the party of NO keeps up their obstructionist tactics.

October 26, 2011 at 9:23 a.m.
hewhoasks said...

Amen, acerigger. If lowering the standard of living of the rest of us isn't one of their actual goals it might as well be. (One of their goals they only discuss in private.)

October 26, 2011 at 9:34 a.m.
MTJohn said...

acerigger said...In case no-one has noticed,America's "standard of living" is being lowered every day that the party of NO keeps up their obstructionist tactics.

It is also lowered every day by the party of NO's approach to regulation.

October 26, 2011 at 9:38 a.m.
moon4kat said...

BRP, what's your plan for preventing over-population of the planet? More costly, dirty wars?

October 26, 2011 at 9:45 a.m.
rolando said...

Ah, moon4bat, so you are one of those who would make the US into the world's policeman.

We tried that and it didn't work out so well. In any case, we are incapable of assuming that role today since our entire war machine depends on critical products made in China.

On top of that, the US is doing its part to stop overpopulation already; our current population growth, excluding illegal aliens and their get, is below the replacement level at about 1.7 children per couple, if memory serves.

Hence, our heritage is effectively dying out...which pleases the more perverse in our population. You can see the changes being wrought all around you even today.

October 26, 2011 at 10:14 a.m.
moon4kat said...

rolando . . . you are so wrong about that! How in the world did you reach your conclusion based on my comment. Weird!

October 26, 2011 at 11:58 a.m.
acerigger said...

moon4kat said...

BRP, what's your plan for preventing over-population of the planet? More costly, dirty wars?

rolando said...

Ah, moon4bat, so you are one of those who would make the US into the world's policeman.

How did you come up with THAT Rolando?

October 26, 2011 at noon
shifarobe said...


October 26, 2011 at 12:47 p.m.
ITguy said...

Would someone please explain why protecting the environment is viewed as 'STUPID HIPPIE CRAP'?

Perhaps you can also explain why it is conservatives who are opposed to conserving our planet.

October 26, 2011 at 1:03 p.m.
tderng said...

ahh c'mon shifarobe,don't sugar coat it.Tell us what you really think!

October 26, 2011 at 1:57 p.m.
acerigger said...

You don't have to shout shifarobe!

October 26, 2011 at 2:51 p.m.
rolando said...

This one has got to be posted, off-topic or not...

October 26, 2011 at 5:50 p.m.
hambone said...

People now days want to close the EPA. It has gone full circle.

There's not enough voters around that remember what it was like before the EPA.

October 26, 2011 at 5:50 p.m.
rolando said...

...your plan for preventing over-population of the planet? More costly, dirty wars?

It came from right there, ace.

She implied we should do something to "prevent world over-population" making the US the world population-control czar. Her suggestion of one way to do it is also right there.

Sarcasm can come back and bite, huh?

Have a nice day.

October 26, 2011 at 5:53 p.m.
rolando said...

There's not enough voters around that remember what it was like before the EPA.

For one thing, hambone [and just one] we were a thriving, creditor-nation, where everything in the world was manufactured -- not just consumed -- we had jobs...and a great future for our children.

October 26, 2011 at 6:02 p.m.
Salsa said...

Hey look! Its Al Gore!

October 26, 2011 at 6:10 p.m.
EaTn said...

Around 1970 I was working for one of the larger chemical companies in the SE. The govt began a push to cleanup air and water emissions. The local rumors were that these regulations would result in layoffs and a decline of the business. Fast forward 40 years and several more EPA regulations later, the area around the plant has healthier air and water and the company has very much prospered with a record profit quarter last year.

October 26, 2011 at 6:28 p.m.
AndrewLohr said...

I guess tin soldier and Mr Proctor, the first two posters, are big fans of Mike Huckabee, who lost 100 pounds? Notice how these compassionate liberals exude love. Wonder what their heights and weights are? (I'm around 5'8" and 175 pounds).

October 26, 2011 at 6:30 p.m.
aidehua said...

Can't believe that Mr. Bennett doesn't blame the GOP for our nation's over consumption. Fair play? Nah, that couldn't be! Once a hack, always a hack.

October 26, 2011 at 7:10 p.m.
tderng said...

EaTn...regulations can be a good thing,however,over-regulation can destroy corporations and jobs.In my opinion the E.P.A. now has become an almost radical organization deciding which industries succeed and forcing others to fail.I can remember in my youth when the smog in Chattanooga caused alerts to be a regular thing.The air is now cleaner but most of the industry that made Chattanooga a growing,thriving city has left.We now have,instead,a job industry of low paying service and tourism.Most of the high paying industrial jobs are gone.

October 26, 2011 at 7:16 p.m.
fairmon said...

ITguy said.....

Perhaps you can also explain why it is conservatives who are opposed to conserving our planet.

I'm not saying they are or are not concerned but I haven't seen any regulation they want to end that would be harmful. I am sure you have some examples?

The consumption issue may be more about what than how much. We need more demand for U.S. made products. The number of U.S. millionaires is down by 39% from 2008. We should be able to double that number and really reduce conumption. Just think how wonderful it will be when we are all equally impoverished. We must have income equality come hell or high water.

October 26, 2011 at 8:18 p.m.
DarkSky said...

Consume! Consume! Consume! Buy a bunch of crap you really don't need just to keep up with your neighbors. Raise your standard of living by buying a new cell phone, new car, and new wardrobe every year. Strip and pollute the planet for our grandchildren to clean up.

I remember the smog here in Chattanooga. You couldn't see downtown from Signal Mtn because of the pollution. There were days you couldn't see Red Bank from Signal Mtn.

tderng, of course the industrial jobs left. They went oversea where it's cheaper and no regulation. We need to regulate them because those industries have already proved that they don't care at all about the people or environment. If you don't agree, please go swimming in the Chattanooga Creek close to where Wheland Foundry used to be. The signs along the Tn river warn you not to eat the fish.

October 26, 2011 at 8:31 p.m.
Momus said...

Hunter's  licensing fees go to conservation of wildlife lands which is ok by Conservatives, but if a liberal wants to protect those same lands it's 'stupid hippie crap'.  Fascinating.

October 26, 2011 at 9:52 p.m.
moon4kat said...

rolando, you inferred what you wanted to think I said. What I implied was nothing like what you came up with. (I'm going to trust that you know the difference between an inference and an implication.)

October 26, 2011 at 10:07 p.m.
hambone said...

So, Rolo. Should we go back to the founderies under a open shed. Open hearth furnaces bealching smoke into the air and the runoff from chemical plants going into the rivers?

October 26, 2011 at 10:36 p.m.
DarkSky said...

Harp3339, here's a Wall St. Journal report for you.June 22,2011

"If further proof were needed of the two-speed recovery–the rich and the rest–now comes news that America has a record number of millionaires. According to the annual World Wealth Report from Merill Lynch and Capgemini, the U.S. had 3.1 million millionaires in 2010, up from 2.86 million in 2009. The latest figure tops the pre-crisis peak of three million. Merrill and Capgemini define millionaires as individuals with $1 million or more in investible assets, not including primary home, collectibles, consumables and consumer durables. The wealth held by these millionaires also hit a record. North American millionaires had a combined wealth of $11.6 trillion, up from $10.7 trillion in 2009. The number of Americans with $30 million is still slightly below the pre-crisis peak. In 2010 there were 40,000 North Americans with $30 million or more, up from 36,000 in 2009. Why are millionaires doing so much better than everyone else? Financial markets. Remember, the rich depend on financial markets (which have rebounded) while the rest of America depends on jobs and homes for wealth–both of which remain in a slump. According to the report, global equity markets rose 18% in 2010. Since the wealthy have a larger share of their fortunes in stocks, they would have benefited most."

October 26, 2011 at 10:36 p.m.
rolando said...

See tderng's response above, hambone. He said it all.

I grew up in 1940s and 1950s Los Angeles when backyard incinerators were still used to burn trash, oil wells and refineries were unrestrained; coke [the steel using kind] was burned in open ovens, etc. Ozone was everywhere [no freon worries, then.] Cars were unfiltered, etc. The EPA did not exist. Lockheed Aircraft in Burbank was taking off -- their abandoned land is unsellable even today at any price due to toxic pollution that wasn't even suspected in those days. Most summer days, eyes burned and watered due to the smog.

Then along came California Legislature; they stopped all that in Los Angeles County. It took 5 years to begin working but it did. They put no one out of work; the living standard didn't drop; animals died, not people. Within fairly short order, businesses, factories, etc were voluntarily complying; they all recognized the need...they just didn't want to be the one leading the pack.

Then along came the EPA and the preference of animal life over humankind -- the snail darter is only one of many examples. It stopped the irrigation of hundreds of thousands of acres of prime farmland in Central Calif because some insect was dying out upstream for lack of water or something. It prevents a landowner from using his land as he pleases...they even issued a warning/cease-and-desist order to a Mr Beaver up north for building an unlicensed dam across a stream [yes, it happened].

The EPA has become an albatross around our necks; all things start out good -- labor unions, for instance -- and end up doing great evil to those who needed them -- again, labor unions, the EPA, Depts of Ed, Justice, Energy, et al.


October 26, 2011 at 11:31 p.m.
SCOTTYM said...

Sorry V.P.Gore, that shirt still isn't going to fit.

October 27, 2011 at 12:03 a.m.
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