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Greener Posturers - Hacking through the biodegradable, zero-carbon, ecochic overhype. Answered

Here's a fun article from the New York Magazine.
http://nymag.com/news/features/33157/

Let's see: Green is the new black. Green is the new red, white, and blue. And green is the new green, or at least a new means of getting people to plunk down more of it. To some, the "green consumer" is an oxymoron (they might even drop the "oxy"). The real solution, they say, is to consume less. While there's some truth to this, a Walden-or-bust approach seems ill-suited to our present culture. Greed and vanity are alive and well; if they can be enlisted in the fight to save the planet, who are we to turn them away? With green-hype alert levels recently upgraded to orange, skepticism is warranted; here, our fictional sparring partners examine some well-intentioned products that mainly serve the buyers' self-esteem, and others that have unsuspected depths.

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NachoMahma

12 years ago

. And it seems to me that once you figure in the pesticides and fertilizers (very energy intensive) to grow the corn, ethanol ain't such a good idea, either.

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gmoonNachoMahma

Reply 11 years ago

Ethanol--good.

Ethanol from corn in the USA--not good. Several alternative crops yield much more ethanol per acre than corn.

An symbiotic relationship between US farmers and the government (farm subsidies) enables them to continue to grow corn, which has many uses (human food, animal feed, etc.) When the surplus is shifted to ethanol, the price goes up, and the subsidies remain. Why shift to a higher-yield crop when the government is paying you extra to grow corn?

You can't really blame the farmers, since corn has so many uses--there's always a market.

All because, essentially, the US government doesn't have an energy policy.

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fungus amungus

12 years ago

I'm glad they talked about that spinning washer thing. I was looking into it as a way to survive between laundromat trips, but it looked like it was too much hassle as compared to sink washing. There's such a good point there, though. Why buy new stuff that makes you eco when you could just do without? There's so much green bling going around it's ridiculous. Like a Voltaic backpack that costs $230? Screw that.

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HamO

12 years ago

Yeah, who's idea was it to put food in our cars to run on?