I am REALLY starting to hate the word “green”

Posted: April 28, 2008 in Just "Why?"

All the “green” rhetoric has really increased in the last couple of weeks.

I am down with taking care of the environment, but sheesh! Do we have to hear about it at every turn?

While it may be easy to lay most of the blame on greedy marketing firms, I don’t see folks who legitimately preach the green gospel not trying to stop it.

Random articles from around the net–

Alternative fuels aren’t solving Phoenix’s air-pollution problem, and it’s doubtful that they will anytime soon

By Ray Stern

phoenixnewtimes.com

A few years ago, the city of Phoenix owned about 1,400 light trucks and cars that can run on compressed natural gas as part of its effort to reduce dependence on gasoline and help clean the air. Now it has cut back to 1,073 such vehicles. And over the next several years, the city will shed most — if not all — of its remaining light-duty natural-gas vehicles.

For now, the replacements burn standard gasoline.

As the fleet shrinks, much of the decade-old $13 million in infrastructure for these vehicles will slowly be rendered useless. Burly compressors for the natural gas and maintenance equipment will be sold off.

The trend is affecting government fleets all over the Valley, as well as private vehicles. A look at the state Motor Vehicle Division’s license plate statistics shows that the number of alternative-fuel vehicles in the state — in spite of the so-called green movement — is going down.

[…]

Eight years ago, Arizona showed the rest of the country just how ludicrous alternative-fuel subsidies could get. The state promised to pay residents about half of the cost of a new vehicle (most were SUVs loaded with options) if the buyer converted the vehicle to run partly on natural gas or propane. The vehicle didn’t actually have to use the fuel, mind you. Many buyers installed only a token four-gallon natural-gas tank to get the subsidy, with no intention (or any practical way) of actually using the fuel.

People even got some vehicles for free.

A flat subsidy of $30,000 was paid for heavier pickup trucks, like Ford F-450s, even though, without options, the trucks retailed for less than $30,000. One loophole allowed buyers to collect the subsidy and immediately sell the vehicles out of state for profit. Another failed to effectively limit how many people could get a subsidy.

Accountants had mistakenly informed state lawmakers that the program would cost the state $10 million at most. But by the time Arizona lawmakers killed the program in late 2000, qualified state residents had applied for about $800 million in subsidies. (more…)

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While Sarah Fenske (also a writer for the Phoenix New Times) does believe in the premise of man-created global warming, she is at least willing to be honest about the whole green wave in her piece “We’re all destroying the earth, and buying an organic handbag ain’t gonna help“.

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Britons tired of green issues news

AOL News

Many Britons are suffering from “eco-fatigue”, with more than a quarter tired of the attention green issues are receiving, according to a new survey.

An ICM report for the Ideal Home Show also found nearly a quarter of people (23%) admitted they were bored of “eco news” and nearly a fifth (18%) exaggerated their environmental behaviour because it is fashionable.

>>(Hahahahah! This is EXACTLY why I do not believe most polls that suggest Americans overwhelmingly are fully converted on this issue.)<<

Back to the article

While more than half (57%) believed a difference could be made to the environment if everyone did their bit, nearly four fifths of those questioned (78%) think not everybody is making the effort.

But people rated their own green performance quite highly, with 83% saying they acted in an environmentally friendly way, the research found. (more…)

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Comments
  1. MIB says:

    As for the first article, it’s hard for alternative fuels to have much of an impact when they’re not being used. The second article demonstrates people are often deceptive and/or lazy with regards to ‘green’ behavior.

    By no measure do I score close to perfect when it comes to changing my habits to be more ecological. I’m pretty good about recycling paper & plastic; I’ve installed CFLs, low-flow toilets, and other energy-efficient appliances, and I use public transportation (subway & LNG-powered buses) as often as possible during the week. There’s so much more we all could (and probably should) do to improve the environment, but the dramatic changes probably won’t come about without an equally serious campaign informing people to the urgency.

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