Saturday, September 13, 2008

A Good Question on Green

Richard asks the question everyone should ask: If you drive everywhere are you still green? (Even in a Prius) What do you all think?


Chase said...

As someone who rides the bus and bike whenever possible -- and who is also sometimes quite self-righteous about it -- I have to say "no."

But seriously, no. Not if you have other options.

Michael said...

Practically no US resident is "green", due to our lifestyle being so much more intensive on the environment than in other countries.

That being said, I wouldn't want to live a truly "green" existence.

Jonathan Horak said...

Ditto Chase. I bike/walk/bus everywhere. If I'd known my wife would move to London (with me in Austin for a while until I join her — that is, if she stays) we would not have bought a new car in 2006. I use it so infrequently, in fact, that I was actually chastised by the dealer for not turning the engine over occasionally.

Duncan Watson said...

I want 8.5 years without a car in the US and my wife only recently broke down and got one. I bike to work or bus in bad weather.

I do believe we should do what we can to reduce our use of the automobile.

Anonymous said...

Location is one thing along with the nature of your travel like have to transport a lot of gear.

Other than that not really green.

Anonymous said...

Of course they are.

Fundamentally, Prius drivers are paying a premium to support a new technology so that it can become more affordable in the future. It's not perfect, but its undoubtedly green ... but of course, you can be greener if you use public transportation (and dont eat meat, dry your clothes on a drying rack ...)