I was indeed, asking for a guilt trip as I walked by the table outside one of those yuppie natural stores in Hillsdale, wearing my jacket from the Big Horn wind project last summer in Eastern Washington.
"Have you signed up for "green power" yet?"
"No!, it's all the same electrons, the wind farms are now the cheapest way to add to the grid and are going to be built anyways..."
"Not all electricity is created the same."
"Dude, we put in a 200kv substation and from there the wires tie in to the same grid as the coal plant in Boardman, and the dams.." unless theres some invisible wires I dont know about...
I forget the guys answer but he sent me on a pretty good guilt trip.
I view energy as a commodity. The more you use the more damage you do, and if you want to make a difference you either live in a small space, or wear a sweater.
Is the "green power" thing meaningful, or is it just to make you feel better about being a glutinous consumer?
I do see large scale wind projects as a good thing. I quit a good job just so I could go work on one for the summer (2006) and live in a tent in the middle of nowhere.
Furthermore I feel like these new "green" buildings, and the practice of wrapping houses up in tyvek and sealing them up tight isnt the best answer as it invites moisture problems... How you figure the energy costs of taking moldy sheetrock to the dump??? (Although a lot of this has to do with construction now following the money, not the seasons like in the past when they finished the outside of the building in the summer.)
So my question is. Am I just an old grouchy dinosaur?
By the way what is this "Carbon Neutral" stuff? I see an add from an SUV dealer saying their SUV's are "carbon neutral" for the first 50,000 miles. Someone explain to me how a 6000 pound fashion statement of an automobile equals a bicycle becuase someone wrote a check to save the whales? And then theres Al Bore's giant power bill.. Did you watch "Inconvienient Truth"? Al Bore in an airplane, Al Bore in a lincoln town car, Al Bore in a Helicopter, Al Bore in a sissor-lift. Dude, practice what you preach. ride a bicycle, walk, paddle a canoe, sail a sailboat in the next movie! ok the sissor lift was cool.
Somebody might be able to tell me how the "green power" thing is meaningful. Dont bother trying to explain the carbon-neutral thing unless you want me to publish my mad rant about the wasted energy involved in the internet infastructure.
Wheres the old-school turn-off the lights and put on your sweater conservation? Once I picked up my nephew at his green-certified grade school, and saw around a million pounds of automobiles that climbed up the hill to take kids home within a half mile. (walking distance) I dont remember ever going to grade school in a private automobile in the late 70's early 80's.
sorry for the long-winded post but I fear a painful surprise as energy becomes expensive rather than an easy slow transition to a sustainable lifestyle on the planet.