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Response to Finishline42 (Reply #5)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 02:00 PM

6. That's a good point

and mine is that it's important to always keep an eye on the end result.

It's very easy to slip backwards if you don't take a critical eye toward everything that's labeled "green". For example: companies that encourage consumption of products which are supposed to prevent it, like shopping bags made from recycled plastic, drinking bottles, etc. I know people who have closets full of both, don't use them, and occasionally buy more because of a vague feeling that just buying them helps. Or carbon offsets - paying some company to plant trees in the Amazon so you can take a long plane trip guilt-free. Almost always scams which lead to more consumption than ever.

In the US we have an extremely cavalier attitude toward consumption which most societies find abhorrent. As a nation our biggest percentage drop in carbon output happened in 2008, and it happened not because of some technology breakthrough but when the economy went south and people just stopped driving as much.

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