This is kinda long but its kinda funny and very true : 20 Questions to ask an "Environmentalist" By Norm Lenhart Senior Editor - Off-Road.com I know!!! Lets play "20 Questions" with the environmentalists! Make a copy of these questions, print it out, and carry it in your OHV, bring it to land use meetings etc. The next time you are confronted with an enviro-zealot determined to shut you out of public lands, ask him / her the following questions. In no particular order 1. Do you purchase or use any of the following:. newspapers, magazines, writing paper, books, or computer paper ? I'll let you in on a little secret....all these are made from trees!!!! If you do, It's pretty hypocritical to condemn and fight against an industry that your actions fully support. 2. Toilet paper ? Why on earth do you do such a thing ? There are plenty of leaves to be found. Bring them to work with you. Rake them into a container (of a type not derived from "the extraction industry", or man made materials) and keep them handy in corporate bathrooms. Perhaps you should bring the toilet paper to a recycling center. After all, you only used it once, at least I hope you did. Other options include use as art supplies. For example, replacing the traditional paper mache' in a piñata with your used toilet paper. It is of course, the environmentally friendly thing to do. 3. Are you aware that the Sierra Club contributes directly to the promotion of logging in the USA and across the world? It's true ! A multi million dollar organization like the SC goes through reams of paper on a daily basis through regular office use alone. Then of course, there are the calendars, booklets, pamphlets, books etc., which not only requires the taking of timber to produce (and lets not forget the resultant pollution which accompanies it), but requires the use of toxic chemicals and in their manufacture as well (inks, developer etc). 4. The Sierra Club, SUWA and others have access to a variety of "tree free" papers that would literally save millions of trees a year, yet refuse to use them. Why? 5. Do you own any leather goods? Purses, wallets, shoes, boots, luggage, furniture? No ? You use "MAN MADE" materials? Gore Tex ? Vinyl ? Synthetic blends ? Shame on you hypocrite! You contribute to environmental destruction one way or another. 6. Your home. Was it built with wood? Do you own wooden furniture? How is your home plumbed? Metal pipe (from the "extraction industry", or PVC (plastic) pipe? Did you build it that way? Did you know it when you bough it? If not, what are you doing to replace these items / structures with environmentally friendly substitutes? 7. Are you an "Activist" ? Have you spiked trees, causing them to grow in an altered state ? Free clue...Trees don't require spiking for "natural development". Have you checked the dirt you pour into heavy equipment tanks for any live worms bugs, or microscopic life? If you can attempt to close land based on a certain type of creature living there, you had better not be killing any yourselves. 8. What methods do you use to spread your mistruth, lie, propaganda and deceit? Paper (trees)? TV (electricity from fossil fuel, nuclear, or hydro) generating plants, radio (same) Computer (see below)? 9. The internet is a wonderful thing, allowing environmentalists to band together and close land to all the evil off-roaders, miners, loggers, farmers etc. But wait! A computer is made of, or uses in it's manufacture.... plastic silicon metal rubber lead toxic chemicals petroleum radiation glass paint inks dyes ...and a host of other environmentally damaging materials. Lets not forget that running it requires electricity which comes from power sources as listed above. Internet using environmentalists increase load on the phone system, causing more lines to be run across "environmentally sensitive" areas, under ground (disturbing the "microbiotic biodiversity"), or under lakes and oceans (exposing sea life - fish, plankton etc. to unknown dangers, and disturbing their natural habitat.) It would seem that an "internet environmentalist" is a contradiction in terms. Will you please help lessen the internet's impact on the planet, environmentalists, and cancel your accounts now? 10. Are you showering with commercially made soaps and shampoos ? Traitor! You poison the very water you seek to save, and kill billions of microscopic life forms (endangered life forms?) in the process. Do you use deodorant ? Even "Tom's of Maine products come in PAPER containers (see Sierra Club wastefulness above).'Tis' far better knave, to stink of sweat than to stink of of hypocrisy ! 11. How are you brushing those teeth after a long hard day of saving forests and deserts ? Damn sand gets into everything you know. I genuinely hope that you aren't using commercial toothbrushes. They are plastic, and we've already covered that. The paste itself is a virtual font of death to the environment. Fluoride and all that other earth-shattering stuff kills! . Better the stink of rotting teeth than the stink of hypocrisy ! 12. How are you washing your clothes? Washing machines made of metal and rubber that use electricity? What about a dryer? Do you use commercially made detergent? where is the waste water going? is it treated before it leaves your home? 13. Do you currently drive or ride in a motor vehicle of ANY type? If you don't walk everywhere you go, you contribute to the earth's demise! Bicycles are a no-no .Those rubber tires are environmentally costly to make, and they live forever in landfills. The paint on the frames is highly toxic, both in application and as it flakes off along the roads and trails. Oh, and while your walking, remember. No rubber or synthetic shoes. Every little bit helps ! 14. Do you eat with only your hands? Cups, plates, and other cooking / eating utensils are either plastic (not good) metal (caused environmental damage in their manufacture and extraction) paper based (trees), or a form of pottery (clay based and just how did those kilns get heated anyway ? Where did the clay come from?) Of course there are wooden ones available, but you don't want to hurt a tree to accommodate your "human" needs now do you ? 15. Do you eat all your food raw? How do you cook it? Electricity generated from nuclear, coal, or (God forbid!) HYDRO stations? Are you cooking with gas extracted from "mother earth", and releasing CO2 into the atmosphere? 16. Do you eat only "naturally grown foods"? By purchasing "normal" food, you contribute to the agricultural industry's use of pesticides, genetically altered produce & livestock and fertilizer. Then there's the packaging of those foods. plastics, papers, metals, waxes and a host more all come from mother earth.. Hey! those farmers use internal combustion engines and electricity generated by fossil fuels! Have you stopped to consider how much you could do for the planet if you would just stop eating? No, one person can't do much, but if enough of you got together and refrained from food consumption, imagine the impact!!! 17. Do you own pets? According to the animal rights creed, animals were meant to be wild. Are you feeding them commercially made food? You know, the kind that causes pollution, or requires extraction to produce, ship, package and obtain? Have you been respectful of the animals rights? Do you let it out every time it goes to the door? Even at 3 am? I'd hate to think the animal is being "confined" by your humanistic behavior! 18. Population control in 3rd world countries, and here at home is a VERY big priority among the environmental elite, and their uninformed minions. However, we don't see them lining up for sterilization. Why is that? 19. Ask them, "Have YOU been sterilized? If you preach a smaller population, have you yourself shown responsibility and "gone under the knife"? Why not Hypocrite? 20. And Finally, ask "Are you somehow "superior" to the rest of humanity because of your environmental beliefs"?