And yet despite their love of steampunk, maker faires, and their fixation with charmingly impractical objects made possible in a world of abundance... their intellect shows them to be otherwise useless in confronting climate change and raw materials depletion, which will essentially destroy their world. You'd think they'd be out there reforesting and turning lawns and urban blight into gardens, or perhaps considering a degree in chemistry, nuclear science, or materials science, so they could try to find and improve upon ways to
reduce our dependency on coal-based energy, but I guess that's not very cool.
Meanwhile, Mr. Burns quietly labors at his calling, providing Springfield with a plentiful supply of clean energy, leaving Springfield's air pristine, so that little Ralph Wiggums doesn't need an inhaler. Sure, nuclear pollutes... but Mr. Burns is buying Springfield time to get their act together in so many other ways, from more efficient buildings, to solar, to wind, etc.
Mr. Burns has done his part of the job. The rest is up to you, Springfield.
Which is a reasonable explanation for hipster 'before it was cool' stuff as well. If what you really like is enjoying stuff without having to listen to hype about it every time you turn on the radio, then of course you have to keep on the move. Not because you're all about being cooler than thou, but because freedom from marketing is a constantly vanishing resource.
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