Planet Green a 'Waste of Energy'

New network turns Earth into "lifestyle accessory"
By Drew Nelles,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 12, 2008 6:10 PM CDT

(Newser) – Our era of eco-chic has borne bitter fruit: Watching the new cable network Planet Green is “an unforgivable waste of energy,” writes Troy Patterson in Slate. The Discovery Channel spinoff reduces environmentalism to a status symbol and bludgeons the viewer with inane condescension. “Eco-tainment” is king, with shows "designed to provide you with lines to pick up chicks at the farmers market."

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As for "great little tips," one program suggests you green your workout routine by doing pull-ups on a tree limb. The network doesn't even succeed in its green-is-the-new-black mandate: After watching Planet Green's worst program—Alter Eco with Adrien Grenier of Entourage—Patterson concludes: “I for one want to go out and kill a dolphin.” (Read more environment stories.)

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