This carbon impact survey hosted by MSN and sponsored by Phillips and Chevy has been floating around the Objectivist blogosphere of late. The survey asks questions like what kind of car you drive and how many airplane flights you take a year, and then computes how many tons of carbon dioxide you generate per year. The page also includes a link to "Conservation International," just one of the thousands of pro-green groups that exist and whose board of directors includes individuals such as Intel co-founder Gordon Moore, actor Harrison Ford, Queen Noor of Jordan, former Starbucks CEO Orin Smith, Rob Walton of Wal-Mart, and media mogul Barry Diller.
One clearly gets the sense that the pro-industry and technology side of the debate is getting absolutely creamed by the greens. I mean after all, why is Chevy giving even one cent of support to the green lobby? Why isn't there a survey that examines survey-takers support for regulations that will lead to the downright roll-back of industrial civilization? After all, global warming is a phantom menace, but government intervention in the economy is an actual, well-established threat to human prosperity and happiness.
I think it is time to resurrect CAC's Campaign in Defense of Industry and Technology. The question that I have is how are Objectivists going to earn enough support to be able to achieve anything worthwhile? Consider the floor open to discussion and debate.