Supreme Court of Iceland Halts Road Project Over Environmental Impact on... Elves

"Elf advocates have joined forces with environmentalists "


Environmentalism is backed by science. Right?

This is what happens when you let crazy people, who claim to be speaking in the name of Science, but are just luddites, control where you can build.

Elf advocates have joined forces with environmentalists to urge the Icelandic Road and Coastal Commission and local authorities to abandon a highway project building a direct route from the Alftanes peninsula, where the president has a home, to the Reykjavik suburb of Gardabaer. They fear disturbing elf habitat and claim the area is particularly important because it contains an elf church.

The project has been halted until the Supreme Court of Iceland rules on a case brought by a group known as Friends of Lava, who cite both the environmental and the cultural impact — including the impact on elves — of the road project. The group has regularly brought hundreds of people out to block the bulldozers.

They occur so often that the road and coastal administration has come up with a stock media response for elf inquiries, which states that "issues have been settled by delaying the construction project at a certain point while the elves living there have supposedly moved on."

So their answer is to treat environmentalists like the little children that they mentally are. Maybe we can start using this answer for environmentalists at home.

Yes, the polar bears were really sad because they heard that the ice was melting. But now a wizard waved his magic wand and it isn't anymore so they're happy.

Although many of the Friends of Lava are motivated primarily by environmental concerns, they see the elf issue as part of a wider concern for the history and culture of a very unique landscape.

Andri Snaer Magnason, a well-known environmentalist, said his major concern was that the road would cut the lava field in two, among other things, destroying nesting sites.

"Some feel that the elf thing is a bit annoying," said Magnason, adding that personally he was not sure they existed. However, he added, "I got married in a church with a god just as invisible as the elves, so what might seem irrational is actually quite common" with Icelanders.

Environmentalists. They're just hippies with doctorates.

But remember, we have to turn out lives upside down because the elf-lovers believe that the planet is heating up or cooling down or something because of cow flatulence.

It's science. Just like the elves.