Prius-Driving, Cigarette-Smoking, Littering Environmentalists

I was driving on my way to work yesterday behind a blue Prius. I don’t always make judgments against Prius drivers—perhaps they just want to save on gas money as I did when I considered getting one last year—but this one had an Obama 2012 sticker on it and some other sticker about hiking.

I’m not naive and I like profiling people. A person who bought into the promises of President Obama a second time and who enjoys nature? This woman was an environmentalist, without a doubt.

As I was stopped behind her at a light, I could see from the occasional cancer clouds coming from her cracked window that she was smoking a cigarette.

If you want to smoke, that’s fine. But if you’re an environmentalist who believes that humans are causing global warming and that this will lead to catastrophic natural events in the near or distant future, spelling the destruction of the planet and its people, I reserve the right to judge you, especially since environmentalists are among the Left’s most judgmental people toward those who don’t do what they say with regard to going “green.”

Why on Earth would a believer in global warming be smoking? Why are they putting not only their awful carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, but all the toxins contained in all their smoked cigarettes?

“But it’s such a miniscule amount of smoke in the grand scheme of things. The atmosphere is vast and the smoke will dilute into near-nothingness up there.”

Yes, I’ve heard that same argument from people who litter. “What’s one candy wrapper thrown onto the ground?” Imagine if everybody subscribed to that way of thinking. The Left’s green utopia would never come to fruition.

Now, it may be the case that the driver of this Prius is currently trying to kick the habit. But if she is, isn’t it safe to assume it’s not a very earnest effort? The world is going to end because of “greenhouse gases” and that’s not a strong enough incentive never to even look at another cigarette, let alone smoke one?

Then the woman tossed the cigarette out her window.

“Hey,” she probably thought, her cigarette landing in a dirty-white coagulation of dozens of other cigarettes on the side of the road, dropped there by like-minded smokers, “it’s just one cigarette.”