I was watching John Edwards the other day on Bill Maher and he made an important point. We are going to need to sacrifice. I know this seems like a bizarre concept in the country of excessive use, but I think it is an obvious concept. I know the Bush administration would lead you to believe that nothing is wrong in the world and we can all go out and blow money and live it up however we want, but where the hell do you think all of these global warming and environmental problems came from anyway? It wasn't from being conservative with what we do. So, the real question is, how much do we sacrifice?
I guess a better question would be, are people willing to sacrifice? I am not a die hard environmentalist by any means, but yes, I would sacrifice. Of course in New York, I feel like I do that anyway. I don't have a car or a large energy sucking house. The most extravagant thing I have is HBO and Showtime. Of course, maybe that is destroying the ozone for all I know.
But what about the so called, real Americans. You know, those big families who seem to be still doing okay. The ones with the big SUVs and the big houses that leave the lights on. As energy costs rise, for some reason these people don't even seem to want to sacrifice. Fuck the environment. Who the hell wants to spend that kind of money just so you can have more trouble parking. These are the people that I worry can't sacrifice. These are the people that seem willing to keep paying as the world falls apart.
I'm sure there is much more I can do in the way of bring reusable bags to the grocery, but how hard can it be for the full fledged gas guzzling, air conditioning blowing, big gulp drinking America to just cut back a little? A smaller car or better light bulbs. I mean, these are little things here, and I wonder. If just a few little things changed from everyone, what would be the impact. I stand by my own theory that if we just quit using so much gas they couldn't charge as much for it. Isn't that how economics work? But I don't know. I take the subway.