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How's Your Carbon Footprint?


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Every time I get in the car, I try to ask myself "Is this trip necessary?" If I'm on my way to work, to pick up the kids, or to get a Dilly Bar from Dairy Queen, the answer is always "Yes!" But I am sure I could do better in bunching up chores and conserving. Having grown up in Southern California where idle drives up and down Pacific Coast Highway were almost a rite of passage it's not easy to think of the car as something other than a personal escape vehicle whenever I want. But, I do hate paying $3.00 a gallon for gasoline. I wonder if my wanting to cut back has more to do with personal penuriousness than with any carbon footprint responsibility.

It's like that French diet book that suggests that we should eat what we want, just eat smaller portions. Yea, right. If something is really good, It's just about impossible to push myself away from the table. The "save half for later" mentality is just as hard to incorporate as the "do I really need to go to the store?" dilemma.

I'll have to do more pondering on the subject. Perhaps over a Dilly Bar on the drive home tonight.

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Grant Nielsen

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