Lothar Scholz wrote:

>And i don't now what is the real benefit of your code ?
>ENV['foo'] is in my opinion much more readable. And i never count the
>time for typing my program. I write it once but read it many times.
>

If you like things much more readable and you never count the time for 
typing I would suggest this code:

THE_ENVIRONMENT_VARIABLES = ENV

:)