The "Green" Power Boat that ate the Earth
Now how stupid is this: Earthrace makes this claim with a straight face; its goal is "to set a new world record for a powerboat to circumnavigate the globe, running 100% renewable biodiesel fuel, and with a net zero carbon footprint."
I am all in favor of most competition and the idea of setting world/local/what-have-you records which may serve as inspiration to us all, but to claim that this otherwise wasteful project is somehow green takes the cake. Oh I might be missing something, it's also a proselytizing mission: "The crew [will] meet local people, ... most of all connect with people about the need to get renewable fuels into our energy mix and to inspire them to do something themselves to minmise[sic] their impact on the environment."
Now that makes it all sane.
Green Fashion Forward Duds
The NY Times has an article on Green Fashion: "FutureFashion, an initiative pioneered by Earth Pledge and sponsored by Barneys New York and others, is bringing eco-conscious clothes to a well-heeled audience."
And well-heeled it is. Clothes selling for over a $1,000 and looking like something the cat dragged in might be OK for the super-well-heeled to wear once to a bash, but are hardly going to change the eco-consciousness of the vast majority, or persuade them to look for the same. Does a disservice to the entire concept of green-ing of clothes, which is quite valid and necessary.
Pollan to the Fore Again
In an article in today's NY Times magazine (on green issues, with the requisite ads for super-expensive "green" things including McMansions,) writer Michael Pollan (of the excellent Second Nature, and The Omnivore's Dilemma) criticizes "people buying carbon offsets to atone for their Tahoes and Durangos." He advocates a "different (simpler) life-style,") but acknowledges the difficulty of selling that idea, so instead we change our light-bulbs for CFLs and look towards ethanol as a substitute for gasoline. He pushes a small idea---growing your own food (he calls it "the proverbial free lunch",) as a start.
He also makes the good but should-be-obvious point that personal changes can only go so far. We need legislation fast to make any long-lasting and deep changes.
Increase in the gas tax for a start, anyone?