Cadfael wrote: nonyuppie wrote:
Cadfael wrote:If each and every one of us cut our carbon footprint by half it wouldn't make all that much difference
Who is using the rest (if not each and every one of us)? Don't say "corporations". They produce what we consume.
It IS the corporations. They could produce what we consume and
keep the footprint much lower, but that would mean lower profits. So they don't.
Okay it's also our government and and an extremely wasteful, inefficient, crumbling infrastructure, but our government has been in bed with the corporations for so long that we can't change one without changing the other.
I'm torn on this one. Isn't there some shared responsibility between consumers and producers? Ned would probably have you burning your old tires in your backyard just to piss off your liberal neighbors, but isn't there something in the middle where we bear a certain amount of responsibility for our choices? I own two cars, despite being a single dude. A Prius for the gas mileage and a Suburu for the snow. But couldn't I just put up with the snow in my Prius to reduce my footprint? Granted, I wouldn't be the ultimate latte slurping liberal who owns two of the most commie-socialist cars on the market, but hurricanes would clearly be less severe if I stuck to the Prius. Right?
I try to be a good boy. I try to do what's best for the economy and the environment, but I can't really blame corporate America for producing what I'm willing to buy. Government could certainly encourage me to drive my Prius in the winter by making gasoline $8/gallon, but the pendulum is swinging and gas prices affect the economy... not just my own, but everyone's.
Do we pass laws that make us richer or do we pass laws that help future generations? The answer seems obvious, but if you pass THOSE laws you lose elections. And you can't really ask consumers and government to get on the same page. Consumers will do whatever is cheapest, including burning tires in their backyard. And corporations will do whatever consumers want, including burning tires in their backyard.
So we're at an impasse. Consumers do whatever is cheapest, regardless of deeper moral considerations, and corporations do whatever sells, regardless of deeper moral considerations. So we share the blame. Don't we?