I believe I’ve mentioned before how the Left has absolutely no sense of humor. Apparently, that extends to waste-of-time hypotheticals like “what would happen to the Earth if superheroes were real?”
The Washington Post, funny enough, actually has published TWO articles regarding superheroes in real life. One of the articles talks about the cost of commuting if the heroes didn’t have powers but still went everywhere they went in their recent film adaptations (although that kinda defeats the purpose of them being called “superheroes” if they have no powers).
But we’ll be focusing on the second of these articles. The one that actually would blame superheroes for causing damage to Earth by simply EXISTING! Yep, it’s not enough that they blame humanity for climate change. They also have to blame superheroes in this hypothetical.
The article is titled: “Superheroes might save the world, but they’d totally wreck the environment”.
The author of the article talks about some research done by Miles Traer, a Stanford University geologist, and two of his colleagues.
“Traer and two colleagues have calculated the carbon footprint for nine heroes from the comic book canon – and realized that Earth might be better off if they stopped trying to save it,” reads the article.
Yeah, it’s better for the world to be under the control of the Legion of Doom than for the superheroes to supposedly damage the Earth fighting the supervillains, I guess.
“Barbara Gordon, the computer wizard also known as Oracle (or more commonly known: Batgirl), is by far the worst offender: Even if her servers ran on a combination of clean energy sources – nuclear, hydroelectric, solar, wind and geothermal – running them would still release more than 1.3 billion pounds of carbon dioxide per year.”
“But Gordon’s DC Comics associates are hardly better. To run at the speed of light, the Flash would need to consume [around 60 billion] calories per second – the rough equivalent of a 12-foot tall hamburger every week. That adds up to nearly 90 million pounds of carbon dioxide per year. Meanwhile, flying alone would require Batman to burn the fossil fuel equivalent of 344 plane rides from New York to San Francisco.”
Look, I won’t waste my time debating these figures. I’m not a comic book nerd and so I can’t really debate these with facts and information that I usually present with other topics. But I’m not here to do that. This article isn’t about debating the logic (or lack thereof) of the “realistic” consequences of having these superheroes. This article is about demonstrating just how dull and lacking in any sense of humor the Left is.
Aside from flat out wasting your time calculating how much Batman screws the Earth with his Batmobile, this also takes all the fun away from a hero such as Batman.
Almost all kids (mostly boys) play superheroes. I used to own a Batman costume when I was younger and would often play with my best friend who would play another version of Batman. I wasn’t exactly worried about the implications of using the Batmobile or the Batplane (is that what it’s called?) would have on the Earth. I wouldn’t imagine myself using these vehicles and having them run on corn or something more “eco-friendly”.
So thinking about these implications not only are a waste of time, but they also make Batman and other superheroes less fun.
I look at these superheroes as sources of entertainment. I don’t rack my brain thinking about just how much damage they do to the environment. I think of the Flash as a guy that runs very, very fast. Not as someone who needs to eat a king’s feast worth of food to function.
But the Left, being the massive killers of fun that they are, can’t help but to waste their time saying that these heroes would quickly kill the Earth. Not just that, but they even make suggestions. Of the Flash, they say that “by going vegetarian, the Flash could reduce his emissions from 90 million pounds of carbon dioxide to just 3 million.” Of Batman: “If Bruce Wayne stopped spending money on Batman gear, he could pay for carbon offsets for the entire population of downtown Chicago.”
And here’s possibly the most Leftist part of the entire article: “The implied message: If a masked vigilante with too much money and a shortage of good judgment can redeem himself, you can, too.”
THERE IT IS! There’s the Leftist message this article was missing! Not only did they make these heroes less fun, but they also point the blame to real people. First, there’s no such thing as an individual having “too much money”. But of course, being a Leftist, this writer is insanely jealous of A FICTIONAL BEING and believe he shouldn’t have the money that he has.
Second, I love how she (the writer of the article is a woman) also believes we have to redeem ourselves of anything to do with the climate. How very Leftist of her.
She just has to remind you that you have “a hand in destroying the planet and have done next to nothing to redeem yourself of this horrendous crime against nature.”
But it’s not just the writer of the article that points the blame to people. The researcher does as well.
“’In learning how to make this better’ – Traer points to a circle on his poster (yes, they made a poster of this joke of a research work) illustrating the carbon footprint of the Flash’s hamburger-based diet – ‘we can learn how to make this better’ – he points to a much smaller circle representing the footprint of an average American: 44,093 pounds of carbon dioxide per year.”
I just love how the scientist attempts to justify the work put into this research by saying if we learn how to make the Flash more eco-friendly, we can learn how to make ourselves more eco-friendly.
Mr. Scientist, make no mistake, this research is a massive waste of time that only takes the fun out of superheroes. No one honestly cares that Batman would essentially destroy the planet with his fuel consumption if he were real. I think people would honestly be more excited if there was a real-life Batman.
And let’s not forget that there’s really no bigger enemy of the planet than the Left. May I remind you that Obama made a climate change video while aboard Air Force One? May I remind you that “eco-friendly” Leonardo DiCaprio and Al Gore have MASSIVE carbon footprints themselves? The funny thing about that is that the Left even EXCUSES them because they’re climate change advocates… kinda like they excused Harvey Weinstein for 30 years of sexual assault because he was a feminist activist and Democrat Party donor.
If the Left wants to point the finger at anyone, it should be themselves. If they want people to start living a certain way, they themselves should be living the lifestyle they demand we have.
It’s part of the reason I don’t consider people like Bernie Sanders and just about everyone on the Left to be true socialists. They preach about socialism yet they live like the very capitalists they claim to hate.
Bernie Sanders is an “open socialist” who constantly tells us we have to be like Venezuela while at the same time he is the proud owner of FOUR HOMES! He’s not a socialist, he’s a hypocritical moron with no knowledge of economics. A socialist in ideology only and not in practice.
The point is that these people may make claims all day long, but they are in fact more responsible for “destroying the Earth”, as they say, than the average American. If they truly want Americans to live a certain way, they have to begin with themselves.
Bernie Sanders clearly has “too much money”, so he should sell, or better yet, donate, three of his homes to people in need. Nancy Pelosi clearly has “too much money” since she has to pay SIX mortgages, the cheapest of which is a mortgage of at least $250,000, according to Red State. The Clintons clearly have “too much money” since they have amassed around $240 million since leaving the White House in 2001, according to Forbes.
All of them Leftists in thought and capitalists in practice (in personal finance, at least).
Yet another example of Leftist hypocrisy, wouldn’t you agree?
“Do you suppose, O man – you who judge those who practice such things and yet do them yourself – that you will escape the judgment of God?”
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