I really shouldn't write nasty things about people, but that's the only explanation for what she said on CNN tonight.
Q: As far as conservation, what are the trends you are seeing?
A: I'm hoping that consumers will see through the rhetoric about consuming less, demanding less, as faulty. It is not a given that consuming less will be good for our economy or for our personal freedom. It is not even established for our environment that we [should] deprive ourselves of gasoline for our personal mobility as well our commerce. And to suppose that it is good to do that, and pretend that we have consensus and put our heads together to deprive ourselves of this great product that makes the country go around, commercially and individually, I think is flawed. I'm hoping consumers and voters will see through that and be able to ignore some of the most extreme suggestions.
and on and on and on. Excuse me, but at $3 and up a gallon, I don't have the unlimited resources to spend to fill up my car every day; never mind the environmental and health damage done by heavy gasoline use.
Trilby Lundbert has surveyed gas prices across the United States since the 1950s, when she founded The Lundberg Survey. She is the source when the media needs information about oil and gasoline retail marketing and trends.
Rather than spending money locally or even spending our cash on something worthwhile, she wants everybody to continue sending their dollars to overseas producers for the product that we'll just spew from our tailpipes, no matter the cost. Yes, gasoline enables tremendous mobility and has fueled worldwide economic growth. It's a tremendously valuable substance that should be managed, not destroyed and used up with wanton abandon.
If you say something to yourself often enough you *can* shut down rational thinking. Lots of people "don't think" just like this. It's a lot more comfortable and as long as you only hang around people who agree, you feel good. Smoking crack helps too. What a complete bimbette Trilby Lundberg is. Hope she googles her name in a fit of pique :)
I don't know about you, but I am just glad that my "extremist views that have now achieved mainstream acceptance." Seriously, does anyone (besides Ms. Lundberg) really believe that even the act of dicussing conservation is somehow un-American. How dumb can you get? She should be ashamed.
I also don't think the exponential increase in car ownership wordwide is lifting the majority of people "out of a backward, poor way of life" as she decribes. If anything, it is just furthering the growing division between rich and poor in developing countries.
I did a little digging, and it turns out Trilby did not found Lundberg Survey Inc. Her father Dan Lundberg started the company, and her brother Jan Lundberg took over when he died. After Jan left the company, she took over. Jan has since become an outspoken environmentalist, and has battled with his sister over custody of their aging mother. He describes her sister as "a servant of major oil companies" and accuses her of "yank[ing] a home out from under family members by supporting the liquidation of the property." No word on her consumption of combustible cocaine derivatives though.
Dinky Hocker, wow -- umm, yeah, that reference was entirely intentional!
Chameleon: I was vaguely aware of some nastiness between Trilby and the rest of her family and I had wondered what the relationship was between Jan (a man, pronounced "Jon" or "Yawn" -- think Jan Hammer) and Trilby. I guess I should have suspected that Trilby didn't found LSI by herself in the 50s -- she looks to be about 60 years old.