I wasn’t too thrilled a few months back when Conscious Choice gave generous marks to the city of Chicago on sustainability (“Grade inflation in transit world”). Now in the new In These Times — yet another can’t-skip periodical on my list — Michael Burgner reports that CC editor Charles Shaw has declined to provide the magazine’s 11-point sustainability evaluation system to a senior fellow at the Army Environmental Policy Institute. Said Shaw, “Why would I want to make the army a more efficient, sustainable killing machine?….They see that green is sexy and cool and that people don’t like oil corporations right now. They think they can dress themselves up with it.”
I take his point: a torture prison with a green roof isn’t something an American should be proud of. But did Shaw ever ask himself the same question about the corruption machine that is the city of Chicago under Richard M. Daley?