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Monday, November 30, 2009

I'm Trying to be Ecologically Responsible, but I Can't Afford It.

Honest. When I bought my Toyota Corolla more than 200,000 miles ago, I wanted a Prius, but it was 1/3 more than the Corolla. And now Toyota has reworked the Prius, and fully loaded it comes in at about $34,000.

I wanted to put solar panels on my house about five years ago. I think BP, working through Home Depot, wanted 20 grand. The federal rebate made no real difference at that price level.

And did you ever compare the price of organically grown produce with the regular stuff at the supermarket?

I'm trying, honest.


  • I can't afford a Prius either. I think the cash for clunkers allowed the purchase of vehicles that got between 4 and 10 mpg (combined) better mileage then current vehicles starting as low as 18 mpg. It was designed more to up new car sales than to help the environment. My contribution, well, my current vehicle gets 30 mpg or better. When possible I buy from local farms.

    It's the little things we do that can keep us from being discouraged and/or indifferent. Things like using compact fluorescent bulbs, walking when possible, combining errands, retiring the plastic bags, recycling waste, conserving water, and the like.

    I certainly could do more although solar is not economically practical and wind kills birds - we need some technological breakthroughs and unfortunately we need them pretty quickly. Till then, every little bit helps.

    By Blogger kobe2, At November 30, 2009 2:56 PM  

  • Well I have to say that it's all a hoax to me. While we should be careful that we don't waste too much, there's a limit. The earth is not going to run out of resources. Should you use paper instead of plastic? Yes, but let's admit it's going too far. And don't even get me started on global warming. I'm not buying any of this.

    By Anonymous "WHO I AM", At December 4, 2009 12:52 PM  

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