Malibu Babs: Snapshots Of An Eco-hypocrite

People who live in 10,000-square-foot oceanfront
mansions shouldn`t throw stones.

That hasn`t stopped Barbra Streisand from

her fellow Californians about their energy
use (“We must make concrete changes in our lifestyles
to help solve this energy crisis…try to

line dry
clothes]…only run your dishwasher
when it is fully loaded…”
) and

President Bush`s environmental policies (“Bush
has discouraged energy conservation every step of the
way–suing California for passing a law requiring more
fuel-efficient vehicles and even proposing a tax cut for
SUV owners!”

Now, this multiple home-owning, custom-built
SUV-riding, California coastline-hogging diva has lobbed
a $50 million lawsuit at an eco-activist who posted
photos of her massive estate on the Internet.

Malibu Babs says the litigation is about protecting
her privacy. She claims that the aerial pictures, posted
by Kenneth Adelman,
violate anti-paparazzi laws and “provide a roadmap
into her residence.”

But Adelman`s site does not list Streisand`s address,
nor do the photos contain the star`s image. Adelman and
his wife are wealthy environmental do-gooder types who
created a website to document erosion along the
California coastline for scientists and land-use
researchers. The photos of Streisand`s home are just a
few among the 12,000 in his online archive. "He`s not
doing this for profit, or stalking anyone,"

Adelman`s lawyer Richard Kendall told the

Los Angeles Times.
"He is engaged in a
public-interest effort to document the entire coast to
preserve it from degradation. He`s not about to carve
out exceptions for celebrities who don`t want to be
identified as owning coastal land."

Moreover, as the editors of The Smoking Gun website,
which has

Streisand`s lawsuit filed under seal last
week, point out, maps and images documenting the
location of the entertainer`s property are publicly
available elsewhere on the websites of Mapquest, the Los
Angeles Office of the Assessor, and the U.S. Geological
Survey. Streisand has yet to sue them.

The clear detailing in

Adelman`s photos,
taken with a Nikon digital camera,
is causing Streisand “considerable anxiety” about
stalkers and undesirables, according to the lawsuit. 
She`s mad that the snapshots show “the positioning of
her parasols and deck chairs,”
and the location of
her windows and French doors.  (Well, there goes the
exclusive at-home shoot with InStyle magazine, whose
readers were just dying to know whether Malibu Babs`
chaises face east or west!)

Adelman`s website is dedicated to depicting “truth in
pictures,” and it`s why Streisand is so intent on
squashing him. What really must bother Streisand is that
anyone can now click on the Internet photos to see her
six environmentally incorrect chimneys and
chlorine-guzzling swimming pool. It`s what the photos of
Streisand`s mansion don`t show – no windmill-powered
generators, no electric cars, no “Small is Beautiful”
lawn ornaments, no hemp curtains in the windows of her
eight bedrooms and 11 bathrooms, no

Scaasi evening gowns
hanging outside to dry on
clotheslines that should be strung between her precious
parasols—that expose the truth of her eco-hypocrisy

If Streisand hadn`t been such an environmental
nosybody herself, she might have used this incident to
highlight the unfair bureaucratic meddling of the
California Coastal Commission and its supporters—who
have harassed and abused law-abiding private property
owners in the name of environmental protection for

And if Streisand had been less sanctimonious about
energy waste, she might have been able to make an issue
of Adelman`s own false green piety in this matter. To
take his aerial coastline photos, he flies in a
gas-hungry, smog-producing

Robinson R44,
four-seat helicopter—which, Adelman
admits, “gets about 13mpg, approximately the same as
most SUVs on the road today.”

“We`re aware that we burn fossil fuels operating
our helicopter, and sincerely believe that the
environmental good that will come from this project far
outweighs the bad,”
Adelman says. For exposing
Barbra Streisand`s true colors—not eco-green, but

yellow—the project is well worth a little
global warming.

As for Malibu Babs, if she is truly committed to
reducing hot air and conserving resources, she can take
two simple steps: Stop eco-preaching and put your
lawyers back in their cages

Michelle Malkin [email
her] is author of

Invasion: How America Still Welcomes Terrorists,
Criminals, and Other Foreign Menaces to Our Shores

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