I’ve often thought the same thing articulated in this blog. I live in a place where it seems that driving a Prius to shop at Whole Foods is all many people do in the interest of ‘sustainability.’ While it’s great to drive a Prius if you have to drive, better yet to leave it home and walk or bike.
By Dom Nozzi
James Howard Kunstler has made the point that we should “not give a fuck” whether a person drives an SUV or a Toyota subcompact. That over reliance on either worsens everyone’s life. That lifestyle decisions matter far more. That technology, as conservatives like to claim, won’t save us.
Is Kunstler right?
Let’s consider two households:
Household/Lifestyle A lives in a historic, town center neighborhood and works at a job about a mile from the neighborhood.
Household/Lifestyle B lives in a remote suburb and works at a job several miles away.
Household B commutes about 10 miles per day and drives 8 miles per day for errands. Household A commutes about 2 miles per day and drives about 2 miles per day for errands.
Gas consumption implications:
1. Let’s be generous and assume that Household B owns a super gas miser that gets 30 mpg in city driving.
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