Green Sin Week – your personal guide to penance

Mocking Lent, Good Friday, and Easter observed by millions, the eco website “Grist” this week showed the link between all things green and religion, by making a “virtual confession booth” for those who have sinned against Gaia.

Apparently, there’s been lots of green sinning going on during the last week of Lent, leading up to Easter. Why, I’m sinning just using electricity for my PC to write this.

First NBC-Universal Networks and NBC News aligned themselves with Gaia by turning “bug” logos green this week on all of their channels, in deference to the green goddess Gaia. Even the famous color peacock logo got the treatment. Of course they’ve been doing that for a few years so that isn’t much news.

What is news however, is that one anchor was moved (perhaps by Grist) to actually confess “green sins” live on the air. Watch the video below and see what happened when I entered my own sins against Gaia.

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I’d like confess my sins. I drive a Chevy Tahoe…I often turn the water on in the shower, then I walk downstairs…I throw those bottles away without recycling…Those are my eco-sins. I’m confessing them to you because tomorrow is Earth Day

Given that I’ve been feeling less than holy myself this week, I decided to confess what many consider to be my biggest sin, writing about climate change and its associated failures. This is what I got after entering my “sin”:

Hmm, I’ve been called a lot of things, but never a “voracious parasite”. Funny thing is, we already have reusable grocery bags, animal friendly shampoo, and some weird twisty bulbs in our household. I even went the extra mile and put in LED fixtures.

I decided maybe my sin of running WUWT was just too complex for the sinning model they programmed into their database. After all, most of the images, charts, and graphs we post transcend religion and venture into the nether world of fact.

So I decided to ask myself: what is my most basic sin? If I were to equate to myself and Gaia of what was described as “original sin” of Adam and Eve, captured by Michelangelo below, what would it be?

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Michelangelo's painting of the sin of Adam and Eve (the Fall of Man) from the Sistene Chapel

In terms of Gaia and its inquisitors enforcers protectors, what would constitute “original sin”? It was a tough question. I pondered it awhile. I made some tea using some fossil fuel powered electricity and contemplated my sins of consumption perpetrated globally by the Lipton company and Pacific Gas and Electric. Then it hit me, like a bolt out of the green!

I had it, the basic most pure truth when it comes to sin against Gaia. I entered it into the GSS (the “Grist Sin System”) and here is what it told me:

Quite a screed for the original sin of “I exist”, at least self flagellation wasn’t needed.

If you wish to have a look at the GSS, you can try it yourself here. Many of the sins entered seem to be mocking Gaia though. Here’s a few that I noted:

04.24.2011 – I love horsepower more than I love the environment.

04.24.2011 – I wasted 30 seconds of my time looking at this website. Useless, but indicative of your entire stand on this issue.

04.24.2011 – I justify eating watermelon all year long by telling myself it’s always in season somewhere in the world.

04.24.2011 – I secretly like to hear reports that global warming isn’t real because it increases my sense of reality.

04.24.2011 – I know global warming is fake, but refuse to tell anyone because it upsets them so. Try it yourself. See what happens.

04.24.2011 – At the beach, I pee in the ocean like its my job.

04.24.2011 – I don’t buy organic because that shit’s expensive.

I urge readers to confess, and to also post confessions here at WUWT.

In related news, my local newspaper, the Chico Enterprise Record, seems to be “fed up” with all things green that are encapsulated as commandments mandates from the summit. They published this editorial during Earth week, a few excerpts of which I’ve posted below:

Our view: People will do what’s good for the Earth without the heavy hand of government regulation.

We’re doing what’s good for the Earth, because it’s also good for us. When good Earth-friendly products are available, Americans will embrace them.

But that’s not enough, apparently. In less than three years, you won’t have any alternative to the CFL, except for LED lights and whatever new-fangled thing comes down the pike by then. Because by January 2014, a federal ban on the incandescents will be complete. The ban started phasing in on Jan. 1 in California, which always likes to be first, followed by other states next January.

That’s the other thing that has changed since the first Earth Day. No one can deny we as a nation are more aware and more responsible. The simple fact that everyone recycles, which was a downright bizarre practice in 1970, may be the best indication of how far we’ve come.

But we’ve also seen the growth of a faction intoxicated by environmentalism. And when they reach the halls of power, they push their causes with arrogance, justifying it as the defense of Mother Earth. They know more than us, and don’t give us any credit.

So we end up with laws that tell us what to do —even as in the case of the CFLs, gas-efficient vehicles and recycling mandates —when it really isn’t necessary. We’re smart enough to do what’s good for us.

Perhaps we need a website for Greens to confess sins against humanity.

Oh, and when you click on the Grist “Still feeling Guilty?” link, you discover there’s a “Deep Throat follow the money moment” and you are urged to buy indulgences:

Was it ever about anything else?

h/t to for posting in Tips and Notes

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April 24, 2011 5:11 pm

Good stuff

Jeff Alberts
April 24, 2011 5:15 pm

Millions believe in CAGW and we mock that all the time. Why should any other religion be sacrosanct?

April 24, 2011 5:16 pm

My sin to Gaia:
Today I took my girlfriend out to eat. Afterwards when we walked back to the car we made out for about 5 minutes WITH THE ENGINE IDLING.
OMG I’m so NOT sorry!

Bob Newhart
April 24, 2011 5:22 pm

I’d like to see Al Gore confess his sins. Then, followed by a list of others let’s cleanse the globe. If they don’t confess, let’s burn them at the stake. /sarc

April 24, 2011 5:31 pm

Our greatest sin is that most of us used to be Warmists. If only we resisted sooner. 🙁
Today, my lunch was cooked using coal. No joke. My local environment just loves all that extra co2 and is still lush and tropical green.

April 24, 2011 5:32 pm

Man, I love air miles!
BTW, Branson would have to spend months in the confessional, even then he’d be given no penance just eternal damnation for mega hypocrisy.

April 24, 2011 5:41 pm

Ralph says:
April 24, 2011 at 5:16 pm
My sin to Gaia:
Today I took my girlfriend out to eat. Afterwards when we walked back to the car we made out for about 5 minutes WITH THE ENGINE IDLING.
Being able to admit that it took only five minutes is probably another reason to add to Willis’ list of reasons for anonymity !!!!
Now these are some serious sinners Ralph (I was just joking around BTW). This link was posted on another thread (two even, maybe), but might be even more appropriate for this thread, if you haven’t already seen it:

April 24, 2011 5:49 pm

I make components for heavy excavators.
(Oh my gosh! I’m goin’ straight? to eco-hell. I just know it!)

April 24, 2011 5:58 pm

So does that make today Gristmas?

April 24, 2011 6:01 pm

A dear friend of mine, being a Texan and all (like me), took pity on me – I live in xxx-Forsaken California, where decent barbecue is non-existent. My friend paid for some honest-to-goodness Texas Barbecue, cooked over wood charcoal (smoky as it can be) in a VERY slow manner (8 to 12 hours is the norm), from an authentic Texas BBQ house of stellar reputation. Then, she paid for the perfectly-cooked meats (and various sauces, too!) to be quick-frozen (I’m pretty sure that used a LOT of electricity, some of it generated by coal and natural gas). After freezing, it was packed into an ice chest made of styrofoam, and insulated with styrofoam “peanuts,” all of which were made from petroleum via a petrochemical plant. Then, the entire assemblage was shipped by air freight to my front door, arriving within 24 hours of being taken sizzling off the grill near Austin, Texas. I’m pretty sure the package was delivered by truck at some point, very likely powered by diesel fuel, also a product of a petroleum refinery.
I then partook of this heavenly, delicious repast in the company of good friends, having first thawed the various meats and brought them up to proper temperature on my own charcoal-fired BBQ pit.
So, after having written all this, am I the least bit contrite, sorry, or otherwise bothered by having a wonderful friend in Texas who looks after me here in xxx-Forsaken California?
Not at all. In fact, our university alumni association does exactly the same thing every August, as a fundraiser event. We import (by air freight from Texas) a couple of hundred pounds of the BBQ with sides and sauces and condiments, including a few large tubs of frozen Blue Bell ice cream – only the Homemade Vanilla flavor, of course!
So, sorry, AGW warmistas and Gaia lovers, ain’t no contrition here. No need for confession, either. Y’all can eat all the tofu-burgers you like, and chase it with arugula salad flavored with raspberry vineagrette with some sort of herbal infusion. All grown organically and locally, of course.
I’m having another plate of BBQ. Dang, that stuff is good….

April 24, 2011 6:04 pm

And to Barb, if you’re reading WUWT, thanks again, hon. The BBQ was Excellent, as always. But, you knew that!

Brad R
April 24, 2011 6:05 pm

My first sin was too long for the text input box, so this is what I finally submitted:
“I exhale the noxious pollutant CO2, and I have not yet slit my own throat to remove this vile burden from dear, sweet, Mother Gaia.”
I got the prayer to St. Nino.

April 24, 2011 6:05 pm

If their website is typical, each click requires enough server activity to burn a 100-watt bulb for one hour. Whole lotta sinning right there in the confessional!

Bennett Dawson
April 24, 2011 6:06 pm

Thanks for he great Sunday evening read. I worked for the News and Review back in the mid-eighties. It was, and I don’t doubt it remains, a high class paper. Living in the foothills above Chico was an excellent phase of my life. Memories of Sierra Nevada on tap (in a reggae-ish taco joint) on a day when it’s 110 degrees outside are as clear as day, and cherished.
You grew up in a wonderful place where minds like yours can flourish.

April 24, 2011 6:16 pm

“Was it ever about anything else?”
Well said.

Rob Dawg
April 24, 2011 6:20 pm

Before the crock grows you will deny CAGW three times. CO2 has risen!

April 24, 2011 6:24 pm

Thanx for posting that great Iowahawk link. Made my day!
Happy Earth Week!

April 24, 2011 6:27 pm

You could start using Macs. That would turn you into a liberal, city-dwelling vegetarian who thinks that all people are like him. Obviously all necessary steps to bring down CO2 emissions, especially the last one (useful when introducing the rationing).
Think different:

April 24, 2011 6:29 pm

Dear Gaia, my mother.
I confess unto thee my sins most grievous. Verily I declare that I leave my vehicle’s engine running in the summer so that I may use the air conditioner. Yea I realize that my sin is the moral equivalent of the perpetual motion machine. My sin is so heinous because my engine is causing global warming which causes me to use that invention as evil as Belial himself to make the air more comfortable which causes even more global warming and the cycle repeats. Verily I also declare that I enjoy watching events on Satan’s box while leaving my lights on to protect my precious eyes. For that I am sorry. Please forgive me.
I confess my evil sin in the name of the Mother Earth, the name of many Sons who show us our evil ways, and the Holy Ghost who accept my many required tithes. I thank thee for giving me a clean conscience.
So there you have it. What more proof do you need? You have sin, which to them is having the audacity to live a better life. You have prophets, who are the people who tell us about our evil ways and how we must repent now. You have Messiahs, who are the people and institutions who take our simony (the most appropriate word) and cleanse us from sin. You have God, except the title is Mother Earth and the name is Gaia. You have heretics, which are us because we dare question the prophets and refuse to pay our simony to the Messiahs. You have a Devil, which are evil corporations who are demonize by the prophets and Messiah; this includes Big Oil. You have faith, which requires you to believe the prophets. Now you have redemption, thanks to this confessional. The only element really missing from this religion is the afterlife or eternal salvation.

April 24, 2011 6:30 pm

Anthony, I too have peed into the ocean! Theoretically my pee warms the ocean, a little. But the ocean is so vast that my contribution has no effect on its overall temperature or the global sea-level. I often use this analogy to help my AGW friends understand the effect of humanly released CO2 on the global climate.
I do not, however, regard peeing in the ocean as a sin! Same for release of CO2 into the atmosphere, which I do regularly. On the other hand, peeing into a swimming pool is a form of local pollution, and definitely a sin!

April 24, 2011 6:40 pm

Well, I’d like to say that I paid my respects to Earth Day by going to the drag races. Nothing like 3,000+ horsepower to inspire reverence.

April 24, 2011 6:43 pm

There’s quote a few funny satirical confessions at that site. I posted a few here:
My favorite:

I lit a polar bear on fire

April 24, 2011 6:45 pm

I ate Mexican food for lunch, and I really am sorry. Hmm my dog just left the room …. I wonder why?

April 24, 2011 6:47 pm

Jimbo says:
April 24, 2011 at 5:31 pm
Our greatest sin is that most of us used to be Warmists. If only we resisted sooner. 🙁
Today, my lunch was cooked using coal. No joke. My local environment just loves all that extra co2 and is still lush and tropical green.

April 24, 2011 6:49 pm

By the way Anthony, a few quote that you noted as satirical are actually generated by the site itself. If you click on the “generate sin” button, you get a few different options. Four of those you quoted are actually suggestions from the site itself. I went through and copied all of them, here they are:

I use plastic grocery bags because paper sucks and bringing my own cloth bags sucks even worse.

I secretly like to hear reports that global warming isn’t real because it decreases my guilt level.

I don’t buy recycled paper because it seems dirty.

I justify eating watermelon all year long by telling myself it’s always in season somewhere in the world.

I don’t have a compost pile because it grosses me out.

I fill my recycle garbage can full of trash and then put a layer of cardboard on the top to hide it.

I think littering is ok as long as it’s something small.

I love horsepower more than I love the environment.

I drink bottled water because it makes me feel fancy.

I don’t buy organic because that shit’s expensive.

I pretend to not know what a carbon footprint is.

I refuse to read that new book or watch that new documentary about how jacked up our food supply is because I don’t want to know.

I dress my passenger seat in a jacket and hat and then use the carpool lane.

I want to clip bike commuters who slow down traffic with my side mirrors.

If they tried to make themselves look more foolish, I don’t think they could.

April 24, 2011 6:50 pm

I confessed my sin wherein I beat baby seals to death with the bumper of a 1966 GTO.
You can also have fun by signing up with fake email addresses, like

April 24, 2011 6:54 pm

I love telling people it’s impossible to waste water, and then listening to their irrational response. I then explain the hydrological cycle, ask them ‘does a river waste water’, and finally explain that we don’t run low on water because we take long showers but because it doesn’t rain for a while. They either get it or they don’t.

April 24, 2011 6:56 pm

I noticed that the semi-illiterate writers of prayers wrote I “knowest that thou are pissed” instead of “I know that thou art pissed”.

April 24, 2011 6:56 pm

My sin: I went shopping for a polar bear rug. Mea culpa, mea culpa,
mea maxima culpa.

Howling Winds
April 24, 2011 7:27 pm

I guess that makes you the Devil in the greenies holy scripture? You are my favorite devil!

Howling Winds
April 24, 2011 7:32 pm

When I was a kid in South Carolina, say 12 years old, I discovered that if I put fire ants from one mound into a different mound, they would fight to the death. I would even bring in battalions from other mounds. Sometimes I would set the ants upon termites. I’m glad I got that off of my chest.

R. Shearer
April 24, 2011 7:35 pm

I used toilet paper, then I flushed it.

April 24, 2011 7:48 pm

To celebrate Earth Day, I drove my turbocharged Cadillac more than 750 miles enjoying the beauty of Northern Michigan and the budding greenery of Ohio in early spring. (Unfortunately, its still winter in Michigan.) The only sin was the $150 worth of gas it took because Obama won’t allow drilling for oil and EPA won’t allow the construction of new refineries.

April 24, 2011 7:53 pm

My biggest sin: I confess that I believe that Gaia is nothing but a creepy pagan god. I personally believe in the real thing.
A lesser sin, I guess is that I don’t recycle anything but aluminum and paper/cardboard. It is simply STUPID from an environmental/ecological/gaia/economic/whatever/standpoint to recycle anything else; because YOU AND I are just subsidizing the subsidized (with my taxes) greenf–ks who are processing the other wastes. Landfills make much more sense, since we at least get methane from them, with which we can generate electricity!

Michael in Sydney
April 24, 2011 8:00 pm

My sin is most grevious and probably the most troubling to your converts because it means I am demonstrably insane and beyond redemption; I worship your creator rather than you, the creation.
However do I receive an indulgence as I did not have children which apparently is the MOST grevious sin?

April 24, 2011 8:07 pm

Those spirochete light bulbs have got to go.

April 24, 2011 8:26 pm

Well, instead of confessing stuff, I would rather take the opportunity to PRAY that
God grants the majority of voting folks the wisdom to wake up and understand simply that the necessities of life includes ENERGY, in addition to food, clothing, and shelter. There are forces among us (maybe even the pagan Gaia??) who would try to diminish this important resource for some esoteric demon-driven reason. CAGW is a demonic construct, IMHO.

April 24, 2011 8:27 pm

I find that site pretty disgusting actually. It seems to be presented in a humorous way but there are plenty of delusional people who are very serious about its message. Easy to laugh at it but it really isn’t much of a joke.

chris y
April 24, 2011 8:29 pm

I fed clubbed baby seals to fatten up several polar bears before slaughtering them to make several tea cozies and a throw rug.

April 24, 2011 8:36 pm

I ate a range-fed steak I cooked on the propane grill. Darn 5 gallons lasts for years at the rate I barbecue. Alas, the CO2 got away, and I am to blame.
I tried to bust down the tires on my Honda, but ran out of oomph, so I am going to commit another GAIA sin by visiting the garage this week.
And, grievous of all, we drove up to the lake to see it 93% full of GAIAs AGW water and gobs of snow smeared all over the Trinity Alps. There, we snapped pictures of the splendor using batteries charged off the power generated by evil ungreen hydro.
I’ll never catch up.

Andy G
April 24, 2011 8:39 pm

Isn’t it so often the way with religions, that those most in sin ask the rest to repent.
If they truly believe in Gaia, they should not be trying to sufficate the world’s plant.
Plants need CO2 to breath and live, but have been on starvation rations for a millenium.

Jim Clarke
April 24, 2011 8:54 pm

I once wore a t-shirt that said “Nuke the baby seals for Jesus!” I was protesting protesters. Gaia herself told me the shirt was pretty funny, but that was after a few beers. I wonder what the Grist people are drinking?
Thanks for the great column, Anthony. Gaia and I are glad you exist!

Don Horne
April 24, 2011 8:58 pm

I don’t need NO stinkin’ penitence !~! ..eleventy.. !~!~!

April 24, 2011 9:04 pm

I carry planet-saver grocery bags in my car, but only remember to take them in the store 4 times out of 10.
I stop to think how unusual it is that this new trend of large, transparent plastic containers for spinach, lettuce and other salads has appeared in N. California fairly recently …
….. and then buy them anyway.

April 24, 2011 9:07 pm

Deadman says:
April 24, 2011 at 6:56 pm
I noticed that the semi-illiterate writers of prayers wrote I “knowest that thou are pissed” instead of “I know that thou art pissed”.
In general defense of writers everywhere, watch where you are pissing!
Is a semi-literate prayer worth less than a literate prayer??

Lew Skannen
April 24, 2011 9:10 pm

When I took my flame thrower to the local park for a test run I drove out there in my SUV.
I could have used my Prius.
It was thoughtless of me…

April 24, 2011 9:18 pm

My confession:
I made a reservation to attend
Let’s see you guys equal that! 🙂

April 24, 2011 9:26 pm

Tomorrow, I will drive 10 miles, by myself, to my favorite Mexican restaurant. After returning home, I produce much gas and release to the atmosphere.

CRS, Dr.P.H.
April 24, 2011 9:28 pm

Bless me, Father, for I have sinned…..I farted in church, releasing a dreaded greenhouse gas with a greenhouse-gas equivalent of 21 CO2e!!
[100-Year Time Horizon]

Cecil Coupe
April 24, 2011 9:31 pm

I wonder if this an attempt by Grist is get a shout out from Sean Hannity in an attempt to improve Grist’s relevance. Some Catholics don’t like it when less faithful make up new saints for humor. That’s Hannity bait for sure. Grist should have a Saint Mohammed’s Radio cartoon card if they want to explore unintended consequences.

April 24, 2011 9:32 pm

Andy G says:
April 24, 2011 at 8:39 pm
Eureka! You have found it.
Save the Planet? No, for Earth is fully capable of existing with or without life.
Save the Plants. Yes, that’s it.
How could anyone sleep at night knowing that the Fossil Fuels they failed to burn means that, somewhere nearby, a poor starving plant has to go to bed hungry.
Don’t be a CO2 BioScrooge.
Remember, only YOU can prevent Flora suffocation.

April 24, 2011 9:38 pm

I refuse to believe that this is anything but satire. And bloody good satire too.

April 24, 2011 9:49 pm

I enjoy humor, give me a good science blog to read while listening to a comedian playing in the back ground then that’s a good start to the day for me.
I also understand the dreadful form of humor coming from greenies propagandists which I find particularly interesting, it comes from a very dark place of ignorance and misanthropy, the darkest category and form of humor which I don’t find amusing, what I do like about this category of humor is the Fail factor and the comical critique it receives.
I see the sinister promotion of our daily lives as being a sinful activity against some sort of mother nature fairy as a very dim and unimaginative form of ridicule…

April 24, 2011 10:00 pm

Happy Easter everyone.
There is no need to ask forgiveness.
All is forgiven.

April 24, 2011 10:12 pm

Oh, how delightful! I took this opportunity to engage in a little satirical art. Some of it in bad taste, but then that happens with art sometimes. In this case, I wanted to juxtapose conventional sin against eco-sin; allowing them to contrast with each other to better understand their relative value …
“I cheated on my wife with that young girl from the office. I left the engine running the whole time we fornicated in the back seat.”
For this, I got:
“Prayer to St.Niño
“O Chancellor of the Climate, I fear that I’ve helped provoke thy mighty wrath and now our fragile ecosystem is on a turbo-charged bullet train heading for FUBAR City. I pray there’s a way to throw on the emergency brakes, before our icecaps turn to Slurpees, and we run out of letters in the alphabet to name new hurricanes. I knowest that thou are pissed as evident by thy frequent and fierce weather tantrums. From this day forward I pledge to do everything in my power to make you happy, o Maestro of Meteorology, before you do us all dinosaur style.
Okay, that’s somewhat appropriate. Let’s try another!
“When I robbed the grocer, I had him put all the money in a plastic bag. I feel bad; I should have stolen a cloth bag and told him to use it.”
And received another Prayer to St. Nino. How disappointing.
Alright then, let’s go for the big one:
“I killed my sixth whore today and burned the body in a gas-soaked rug. Bleach cleaned up the blood. I weep for the harm I did to the planet.”
For penance, I was offered the:
“Prayer to St. Sprocket
“O glorious commodore of the commute, armed only with the bulge in your calves and biker shorts, you wage daily war against your formidable foes’ oil dependency, pollution, traffic, and global warming. O how I’ve yearned to join your spandex-clad congregation in the fight for good, but alas my ever-expanding ego and ass have gotten in the way. I solemnly swear this day to dig my bicycle out from under the mountainous pile of Christmas decorations in the garage and at long last follow you full speed into battle. And if it shall rain or snow or I’m just feeling particularly lazy, I promise to take the train or bus, leaving my colossal canyonero in park where it belongs.
Which would be a delightfully easy out for murder if I had anything against prostitutes. They’re only trying to earn a living … why the hate, greenies?

Al Gored
April 24, 2011 10:28 pm

I read a heretical blog called Wattsupwiththat. It contains unauthorized thoughts. It causes me to lose faith in The Holy Consensus.
I want to stop thinking but I can’t. Would more TV help?

David Falkner
April 24, 2011 10:37 pm

I should be offended. Honestly, though, I just don’t care. I mean, really, what’s the point? It’s sick. It’s disgusting. And to be perfectly honest, above all it is sad. I won’t debate the theology of confession here, but I will say that mocking it in such a way wouldn’t be tolerated if a different faith were involved.
Aside from that point, I’d love to hear Gore’s confession. He invented the internet that keeps millions of computers on. That must weigh heavily.

April 24, 2011 11:13 pm

Please forgive me, Mother Earth, for I regularly read WUWT, Climate Audit and other “denier” websites
I don’t deny climate change, I know climate changes

April 24, 2011 11:17 pm

Psion says:
April 24, 2011 at 10:12 pm
What’s not to like?

charles nelson
April 24, 2011 11:19 pm

The ‘Original’ Sin?
Breathing of course!

April 24, 2011 11:19 pm

There’s a funny line in their source code:

<script src="/javascripts/predefined_sins.js" type="text/javascript"></script> 

So our sins are scripted. 🙂

April 24, 2011 11:22 pm

I confess, I am a gadget freak and obviously killing mother Gaia because of it.
I have not just one, but two smart phones (Blackberry and DriodX) that I carry 24/7.
At work office, I have two desktop computers (4 monitors), two laptop computer (3 extra monitors), and 14 servers.
At my home office, I have seven laptop computers (always on), 3 desktop computers (always on), four servers (always on), two 24″ monitors (always on), four 22″ monitors (mostly on), two 19″ monitors (sometimes on).
For family stuff we have four 32″ flat screen TV’s (almost always on), one 56″ flat screen TV (sometimes on), three Kindles, three printers, one Wii, one Playstation 3, and various other minor gadgets, dodad’s and gizmo’s. Not to mention the GPS’s for the four automobiles.
Forgive me Gaia, for I have sinned. I am expecting the gadget green police to show at my door any moment to take me away.

April 25, 2011 12:10 am

Funny thing is that all those people who keep telling me AGW is a real problem all live very opulent, consumptive lives, and all the “Tweenie Greenies” casting messages of do0m and gloom seem to enjoy visiting their relatives who live on the other side of the world!!

P.G. Sharrow
April 25, 2011 12:13 am

Hell is where ECOs will be when they find out Gaia does not exist and if all of them were gathered together in one small spot, they are not even a very small zit on the earths backside. What a waste of effort these people are. pg

April 25, 2011 12:40 am

I am hopeless, my SUV has two bumper stickers that I will not remove:
“Strip mining prevents forest fires”
“Earth First! We will mine the other planets later.”

April 25, 2011 12:50 am

Wow, just up on that site is
I’ve manipulated,skewed deleted and hidden data from prying eyes lest anyone discover how flawed AGW theory is. P Jones”

Mr Green Genes
April 25, 2011 12:56 am

If all these “sins” actually increase CO2 levels in the atmosphere, can you keep doing them please? I retired last Autumn and have just started growing my own vegetables. My little veg. patch needs all the help it can get.
Sin for Gaia!!! 😉

April 25, 2011 1:11 am

I’ll be tooling around the Lake District in my Freelander today. I’ll repent of my “sin” after a couple of cold ones at my local later tonight. I probably won’t be very polite.

April 25, 2011 1:58 am

The religious twist is simply what we have known about the deep rooted greenies and tree hugger types for years. Sad, but there it is…..
As I have said on many occasion, I have no problem with genuine green ‘promotion’, it is good common sense to avoid waste and save resources (and I believe almost everyone agrees with that basic principle? Even say, those who do like their rare or expensive imported foods – I am sure they would be really p*ssed off if they knew that only 10% of what was farmed or prepared was actually reaching their table and the other 90% was wasted? – if for no other reason than that they are paying for something they are not actually getting!) – but the religious fervour and dogmatic indoctrination of the general public is completely unnecessary – and this has probably caused a reactionary backlash with most folk – to the point where many just cannot be ars*d anymore?

Another Ian
April 25, 2011 2:13 am

[snip . . fun , but not for this blog thanks . . kb mod]

April 25, 2011 2:16 am

We are Earth…

Joe Lalonde
April 25, 2011 2:39 am

Don’t play with me man!
I’ve had my mother-in-law with me for the last six weeks…

April 25, 2011 3:06 am

Ooooh, I made it to the WUWT Top Seven Sins, with a non-scripted one of my own. I must go back and file this new sin. It looks deadly.

April 25, 2011 3:25 am

Forgive me Father, for I have sinned.
I purchased organic food, knowing full-well that it has a higher carbon footprint than efficiently mass-cultivated name-brand food. In my infinitely selfish desire to feed my family with produce that’s not covered in pesticide and meat that’s not cured with carcinogens, I have instead contributed to the destruction of Earth.

April 25, 2011 3:31 am

I got the same prayer as you got for existing, Anthony, for confessing this: “I refuse to feel guilty for just living a good life that is, nevertheless, full of human mistakes”

April 25, 2011 3:33 am

David Falkner says:
April 24, 2011 at 10:37 pm
I should be offended. Honestly, though, I just don’t care. I mean, really, what’s the point? It’s sick. It’s disgusting. And to be perfectly honest, above all it is sad. I won’t debate the theology of confession here, but I will say that mocking it in such a way wouldn’t be tolerated if a different faith were involved.
I trust you’re taking the piss? That’s the whole problem with faith: it makes people intolerant

April 25, 2011 3:49 am

Way too fascinating to see a group of people normally comfortable in their chic atheism, literally and figuratively get religion.

April 25, 2011 3:55 am

Crikey – I didn’t know I was that big a sinner!
Typing in ‘I am old’, I received prayers to St Gorge, Sprocket and Umbra …
D’ye think I should go and kill meself now?

April 25, 2011 4:06 am

CRS, Dr.P.H. says:
April 24, 2011 at 9:28 pm
Flora the Flower was singing “Food around the corner for me, Halleluia brother” at that remark.

Bruce Cobb
April 25, 2011 4:15 am

Confession only works if you Believe. We “deniers” are all doomed to going straight to Eco-H-e- double-hockey sticks. Our only chance of eco- salvation is to accept Gore as our Lard and savior.

Pamela Gray
April 25, 2011 4:51 am

If eco-hell is filled with CO2 (especially the liquid kind) and $#@^%$ warm days and nights, I’m so there.

April 25, 2011 5:14 am

DEEBEE says:
April 25, 2011 at 3:49 am
“Way too fascinating to see a group of people normally comfortable in their chic atheism, literally and figuratively get religion.”
Under their atheism something surprising shines through:
“Where does the religious moralising tone come from? It can be traced back to Chapter 3 of the Book of Genesis.
Man was born into Eden in a state of grace, but has damaged his environment and now must repent and pay for his sins. ”
found on
So, the Gaia/AGW cult is very much a very primitive religion.

April 25, 2011 5:28 am

DirkH says:
April 24, 2011 at 6:27 pm
You could start using Macs. That would turn you into a liberal, city-dwelling vegetarian who thinks that all people are like him. . .

Hey, I’ve used Macs since 1987, and I ain’t no stinkin’ liberal!
Neither is Rush. We use Macs ‘cuz they’re better than Windoze PCs. And my 27″ Core i7 iMac with the 2TB HD is a wonder to behold!
And, BTW, one of my cars is a full-size 1998 Chevy Express Van (conversion by Glaval) with a 350 V8 that gets a respectable 14 mpg on the highway. Drill, baby, drill!
/Mr Lynn

Hans E
April 25, 2011 5:46 am

I tried
“My electricity comes from a nuclear power plant. I eat Genetically Modified food.”
Apparently only the second one is important…
The result: “Prayer to St. Gorge…
O defender of the delish, you and only you understand my all-consuming urge to stuff my tapioca hole with a cornucopia of preservatives, endangered species, and anything containing corn syrup. I know there’s a more prudent way to eat. I pray for the wisdom in replacing my diet of pressurized sprayable cheese byproduct and Chilean Sea Bass with local bounty, in-season fare, and happy chickens. O grant me guidance in exercising sound judgment and restraint with my food before my choices render our land a vast void of factory farms, monocrops, and Twinkies.

April 25, 2011 6:24 am

“stuff my tapioca hole”

Henry chance
April 25, 2011 6:29 am

The green halo effect.
There was a test where people purchased lets say a shopping bag of ego products, green shamppo and after doing that, they engaged in mor lying and maladaptive deeds. They had purchased goodness.
Green dragon is a religion. Progressive and other words apply.

Dave Springer
April 25, 2011 6:34 am

“what is my most basic sin?”
Breathing. Or possibly eating which is the enabler for breathing. It’s gotta be one of those two.

April 25, 2011 7:06 am

I am the ultimate sinner. I am a skeptic when it comes to man’s destruction of the Earth.
The AGW believers will forgive anything (including owning mansions, driving in SUV’s, flying private plans, not recycling, etc) as long as you admit man is the cause. Look at Al Gore. He just bought a mansion near the ocean, flies in private planes, owns a huge house boat (complete with jet skies), and uses 10 times the energy the average American does, yet the AGW believers worship him almost as much as they worship Gaia. Why? Because he believes in Climate Change.

Bill Junga
April 25, 2011 7:24 am

Just as Jimmy Carter sinned by lusting in his heart, I desire to throw all AGW alarmists down an active volcano while chanting “Drill, Baby, Drill!”

April 25, 2011 7:27 am

My sin… “I reproduced two more fossil fuel loving kids.”

April 25, 2011 7:27 am

There’s more to life than “The Law” and more and more I’m getting so miffed and ticked off at how “The Law” is letting some really sleezy wildlife out and about and stink up the country. The more the roaches, rats, and maggots consume the less reason there is to stick around, or sit quietly-by and do nothing. “The Law” is not what founded this country, indeed, utter contempt for “The Law” then and the option of destroying it and rewriting it, is what founded this country. Lawmakers, Judges, and Lawyers would be well served to re-read some history books and leave their law books on the shelf.
What brought this on? This article’s target (Grist) was just one of those little next to the last straws. Notice I didn’t break. But the strain of sitting by and just watching is definitely getting to one of my breaking points. Yes, I’m what some call Old. That has a lot to do with it, I know. I’ve sure seen better in and from the good ol’ USofA; and the worst people in it. For what it’s worth, if there’s a charity that supports these kids that develope computer viruses to go out and slip their tar-and-feather magic into sites like “Grist”, I’m sure in the “Giving” Mood and would love to make a contribution right now.
You don’t have a Good Country by passing a law, it takes Good People with real character and strong principles and common sense to make a Good Country; not some damn “Law”. “Grist” is the tip of the dung heap, there’s a lot more underneath.

April 25, 2011 7:27 am

Mr Lynn says:
April 25, 2011 at 5:28 am
“DirkH says:
April 24, 2011 at 6:27 pm
You could start using Macs. That would turn you into a liberal, city-dwelling vegetarian who thinks that all people are like him. . .
Hey, I’ve used Macs since 1987, and I ain’t no stinkin’ liberal!”
😉 Just wanted to test how fast i get a reaction. Hey, i’m a PC user and i like Chianti best.

April 25, 2011 8:36 am

Here is another sin…. I think, therefore I am a skeptic.

April 25, 2011 8:51 am

R. Shearer says:
April 24, 2011 at 7:35 pm
I used toilet paper, then I flushed it.

Did you use at least both sides before flushing, as a proper green would?
As to all this “original sin” stuff:
I just wish Adam and Eve were Chinese. In that case they would have eaten the snake instead of the apple and we would have been spared all these “original sin” attempts at mind control through the ages.

April 25, 2011 9:13 am
April 25, 2011 9:56 am

KLA says:
April 25, 2011 at 8:51 am
“Did you use at least both sides before flushing, as a proper green would?”
No, Greens burn their toilet paper and sometimes start huge fires which they then blame on global warming.

Martin Brumby
April 25, 2011 11:58 am

I suggest the following link (posted by a troll a few days ago) as particularly revealing:-
You really only need to look at the heading for this article:-
“Climate meddling dates back 8,000 years
Cutting down trees put carbon in the atmosphere long before the industrial revolution”
By (the eponymous) Alexandra Witze April 23rd, 2011
So that’s the hyperthermalist’s take on 8,000 years of human civilization (as revealed by their shiny new “computer simulation”.)
“Climate meddling.”
That pretty much sums them up.

April 25, 2011 12:56 pm

St Nino is a real saint, and she’s a woman. A.K.A. St Nina, Equal-to-the-Apostles, Enlightener of Georgia.

April 25, 2011 2:28 pm

Our Mother who art in Gaia
Bellowed be thy name
Thy policy come
Thy emission cuts be done
On Earth as it is in the trophosphere
Give us this day our regular eco airhead
And forgive all our permit fiddling
And lead us not into twice CO2
For thine is the fashion
The media story
For ever and ever …
You mean this shmuck is eternal?
Someone get me counselling …

April 25, 2011 3:14 pm

Al Gored says: “I want to stop thinking but I can’t. Would more TV help?”
Yes. But World of Warcraft will do the same thing, and has no commercials.

April 25, 2011 3:19 pm

Jeff Alberts says:
April 24, 2011 at 5:15 pm
Millions believe in CAGW and we mock that all the time. Why should any other religion be sacrosanct?
Well, the answer, I suppose, is that any and all atheists are free to behave in any way they wish. By which I mean that in their view there is nothing which obliges anybody to behave in any particular way. They may have personal preferences as to how they themselves wish to behave but there is nothing which says that anybody has a duty to behave in a particular way. So that means that an atheist may decide that he is totally free to mock anything he wants to mock. He cannot decide that he has a duty to mock or not to mock. It is just a matter of personal preference.

Andy G
April 25, 2011 3:38 pm

@Alba “By which I mean that in their view there is nothing which obliges anybody to behave in any particular way”
But this is EXACTLY what the Green Religion is all about, forcing people to act in the way they wish them to (either by force or by calls to guilt). This is the tenet of ALL extreme religions (and has been throughout history), they are right and everybody must do as they say.

April 25, 2011 4:04 pm

Dear Anthony:
As a favour to him and everyone, is there anypossible chance you might drop a quick line to Lubos over at THE REFERENCE FRAME?
As a techno peasant, I have tried and thrice failed to make it through the comment process in order to comment on Lubos Motl’s article on this same subject of GRIST’s soft version of alarmism and fund solicitation.
Apparently he actually thinks GRIST is an eco prank site.
This is what I wrote to him, but I have been unable to post it:
As a fellow eco-sceptic I felt it only fair to alert those who thought GRIST was or is a joke.
GRIST is NOT an eco prankster site at all, it never has been. GRIST is a cloying, revolting, eco-panhandler site, a greenie website which has always been deadly earnest.
GRIST is as appocaholic as the best of them, with a preachy approach which is nothing if not nauseating.
GRIST makes sure its gravy train supports the concept of climate change as a grave threat to all who breathe.
GRIST may well thinks it is being cute and eco-clever by making more gentle fun of what it believes in earnest, to be eco sins, and has taken a slightly different approach than 10:10:10. But make no mistake here, it is every bit as misanthropic, in a passive aggressive way. This GRIST site has one agenda only. It is soliciting funds from this pious link. Check out Anthony Watts to verify further.

Joshua Corning
April 25, 2011 4:17 pm

I seem to recall how well paying indulgences to wash away sins went over for the Catholic Church…
Does Grist somehow think the results will be different this time around?
Maybe they are simply lampooning themselves. I find it really hard for people to be that stupid.

April 25, 2011 5:31 pm

I’m raising three coal-sucking, meat-eating, right-thinking children. They eat a lot. Six gallons of milk a week. Drive one of them to school and back every day. The other two are ferried about by two different carbon reliant buses. I go to the grocery store three or four times a week. Then there’s ballet, Boy Scouts, Girls Scouts, rugby (matches are an hour away), and swim team. And I just drove to see the relatives, 1020 miles each way.
God Bless America.

April 25, 2011 5:32 pm

Is it just me, or does St Umbra have a pretty nice set [snip] under that roomy robe? Does noticing this mean I should make a confession?

Robert Hagedorn
April 25, 2011 5:58 pm

Ever wonder what Adam and Eve actually did? Do a search: The First Scandal. Then click twice.

Pamela Gray
April 25, 2011 6:23 pm

I could do the green thing and wait for the huge recycling truck to rumble by my ranch, pick up the recycle stuff, which then drives all the way to the rural recycling bins, which are then picked up by a bigger truck to send to some metro-central huge recycling center hundreds of miles away for further processing.
Instead, sin of sins, I burn the crap out of it in my burn barrel not 10 yards from my back porch. The ash gets dumped either in the dumpster or spread nearby. My dumpster gets dumped maybe once every three months, or maybe every 6 months. My neighbors are so good at this that they don’t even bother with a dumpster. In fact, I’m the only reason why the truck comes by at all. So that means if I really get into this sinning thing, the huge garbage truck would have no reason to rumble down to our neck of the woods at all.
Uhhhh…tell me again how recycling is greener than using a burn barrel??????

Chris F
April 25, 2011 6:29 pm

My confession. “By not driving as much as I should I’m starving mother nature of beneficial carbon dioxide. I promise to do better from now on.”
There sure are lots of skeptics confessing over there.

Andy G
April 25, 2011 7:32 pm

@Rodski “Is it just me, or does St Umbra have a pretty nice set [snip] under that roomy robe?”
Being a greenie, I’d say probably no bra, or nickers. Hey, I can imagine, can’t I, surely that is not a sin ::-)

Paul Milligan
April 25, 2011 8:26 pm

Well, earlier today the link was unresponsive and now there seems to be a “bad gateway” error so
I’m guessing our ability to confess our eco-sins has followed the Map of Climate Refugees
down the memory hole.

Jeff in Calgary
April 26, 2011 7:07 am

I was a little cheesed off on Good Friday to see Google had one of those custom logos for earth day. HELLO; it is Good Friday! Celebrating a communist holiday on Good Friday will get you sent to real hell, not just the funny Gaia hell.

April 26, 2011 8:39 am

007 says:
April 24, 2011 at 6:54 pm (Edit)
Yes it’s the “water thing” that I find so amusing right now.
I can see that some enterprising folk have discovered a new niche for guilt and funding but really the question should be . . .
Where has the water gone then?
Far too many ignorant people let others do their thinking for them. Just for perspective , 7 billion people make up a quarter of a cubic kilometer of water while the oceans are 1.3 BILLION cubic kilometers in volume.
Water, the hydrological cycle , is well understood yet some people think we are “using up” the water.
Give me strength.

April 26, 2011 11:40 am

I love how they always speak about a “fragile ecosystem”. The same ecosystem on the same planet survived asteroid impacts with a power that mankind can’t even remotely replicate. Life always survived, except when nature itself decided to off 80% of all life.
I’ve not sinned against Gaia, cause Gaia is my bi… you know what.

Mike Bromley the Kurd
April 26, 2011 9:38 pm

I’m over here in Iraqi Kurdistan. Flew first class. I’m looking for Oil. It means that I’m in the employ of Big Oil. (well, actually “Little Oil”), so I am biased, and biased, and, well, biased. Maybe Biassssssssssssssssssssed, spoken like Gollum, hissing. The mudloggers instruments give me a continual reading of CO2. My own personal Mauna Loa. I try to trasin people to use garbage cans. Recycling, though, is perhaps a long way off. And then, I’ll do it all again, in 56 days.

April 26, 2011 10:07 pm

I think you have this about right. To exist is apparently a sin to the Malthus based eco-marxists that intend to grind humanity into the dust and then sacrifice them on the alter of the weather gods (much as south american indians did thousands of years ago).
I am unsure though that your disdain should be extended to all religions. There are some religions that actually respect and value individuals, no matter where they come from and no matter what their status. That surely is a good thing in the face of the determined effort of the green movement to expunge all individuality and to turn humanity into mere drones that feed the collective.

April 27, 2011 12:41 pm

I’m chuckling at BenfromMO’s bumper sticker “Strip mining prevents forest fires.”, as the forest ministry of the B.C. government started promoting fire-break swaths near towns, after another bad fire season.
“Gosh”, I said, “I thought that used to be called “clear-cut logging”.

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