OK then let's revisit your comment.
Originally Posted by mlfun
Spoken like a true patriot. Only the good ole USA is allow to f*ck up the environment
with our gas guzzlers, McMansions (yeah, old mcbarns count too ala reduce our carbon footprint Al) in the middle of nowhere, car collections and the garages to hold them, fancy green yards, shopping frenzies every other month, exploit cheap labor etc.
OK the "gas guzzlers would be environmental. What is your concern with them. I personally find that technology is limiting their impact as time goes by and newer, more efficient cars replace them. They are a niche market in the emerging transportation world, especially when you look at the Worldwide implications. China and India, two of the biggest polluters [and China being the subject of this original discussion are already moving toward both cleaner, more efficient vehicles AND embracing new technologies - unlike us who prefers to drill our way out of this.
Now McMansions are a double edged sword. While they are usually too large for needs, with the average just over 4000 sqft of living space now, they are also environmentally friendly with much more efficient appliances, HVAC units, insulation and footprint.
Car Collections and the garages that house them. I can only use mine as an example. The garage uses 9 CFL lights on the inside and two on the outside. It has graywater for cleanup and tools are to be charged with solar [as soon as I get my ass up on the roof to install the new panels]. As for the cars, parked, they as a group drive less than 5000 miles a year. All are in perfect tune and are at optimum performance. [And the tires have the correct inflation].
Fancy green yards, shopping frenzies and cheap labor are economic issues, not environmental. Does that more comprehensively address your previous post?