Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Dear Treehugger, Please Fire Lloyd Alter

I don't want to blame treehugger for the recent barrage of nonsensical crap content on the site - most of it seems to come from this one guy, Lloyd Alter. Who the bleep is Lloyd Alter and why does he post so much stupid crap?

First - He goes off on bottled water for school kids..uhh..isn't it better than soda or 'juice drinks' made mostly from corn syrup and 'natural flavors' (more on that above). What are kids supposed to drink with their lunch? Have you ever tasted the water that comes out of most school water fountains? Try seeing the forest for the trees.
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Second - He gives credence to the notion that the farts and burps of Bullwinkle and the rest of the moose population are heavily responsible for global warming. This is almost as stupid as the walking is worse than driving argument. Maybe you're right Lloyd, lets kill all the mooses(sic)!

Even stupider are these bunch of words from the article -
...A moose emits as much greenhouse gas in a year as a car driving 13,000 kilometers. ::Spiegel
Which is a real shame, because Tim Haab quotes Bullwinkle, who was a serious environmentalist...

Let me politely point out that Bullwinkle is a cartoon drawn and written by a human, not a real moose, and your shame connection is just dumb. Get on the cluetrain.
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Third - He champions a USB powered greenhouse that is really cool for growing marigolds. Do you really need a greenhouse to grow marigolds on your desk? At 9 inches tall, this stupid hunk of plastic is a bit small to grow anything worthwhile - like a tomato. For a guy whose bio includes, "Lloyd became convinced that we just use too much of everything- too much space, too much land, too much food, too much fuel, too much money, and that the key to sustainability is to simply use less. And, the key to happily using less is to design things better.", why the fark would he want a USB powered greenhouse? I think Lloyd uses too much breath. Not to mention the greenhouse comes with tons of crap in plastic bags, artificial soil and software to remind you to water it.
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And finally - He is the fool who suggested that crushing soda cans with a frog shaped thingie might encourage kids to step on frogs. While I think this device is stupid, I think his analysis is even stupider.
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Please fire him, he's ruining your site.

3 comments:

Katie said...

I agree wholeheartedly. Every time I read an article on that site, I can tell immediately if it's by Lloyd Alter or not without looking at the author. His articles make the site look unprofessional. Many of his articles are so strongly biased that he does not even address any other side. No one can look at the site as serious journalism, even though other authors often post interesting, thoughtful articles. He is ruining Treehugger's credentials.

Mr. Reasonably Green said...

Thanks for that Katie. I knew I couldn't be the only one who felt this way. It is a shame treehugger lets him drag them so far down.

Alex said...

Sorry, I totally disagree. I think Lloyd is a very good writer, one of Treehugger's best, who knows what he's talking about and picks some very interesting subjects (particularly architectural) for postings. Treehugger wouldn't be the same without him.