June 1st, 1965 – Tom Lehrer sings “Pollution”

Tom Lehrer, genius, at a nightclub in San Francisco, singing this –

And, bless him, 27 years later, George Herbert Walker Bush at the Rio Earth Summit intones “We cannot permit the extreme in the environmental movement to shut down the United States.  We cannot shut down the lives of many Americans by going extreme on the environment.”

(quoted in the Guardian, 1 June 1992.)

Which compares nicely with what his son’s spokesman Ari Fleischer once said (May 7th 2001) about the US way of life being blessed.

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