Impressed by Letterman's Top 10 lists for gaining popularity, I thought I will come up with my top 10 list of myths about being green. The basis of this list is really just my knowledge and I invite comments from the readers -
10. My car is electric and hence, it is a green vehicle with no emissions - and where did the electricity come from? Not counting the distribution losses in electricity making to your car from the power plant, a lot of coal was burnt, a number of fish were captured behind dams to get the electricity to you.
9. BP's flower logo and green corporate color makes it a green friendly company - you know why it made it to this list better than I do.
8. I drive a Prius, this is best green car to drive - There is no car green enough. Think about the stone age (yes! those bull carts and bikes) for perfect green transportation means. If you are driving a Prius, it is mainly to satisfy your guilt emerging from the shallow knowledge of environment. Think about the lead in the batteries for an answer.
7. Today is St. Patricks Day, so , it is a polution free day - Of course, if you think everything painted green is environment friendly, you are the type most influenced by green car and big oil ads.
6. Coal Companies, Big Oil and Utility companies are the ones causing the environmental damage - NO it is not them, it is us! They are doing business as usual and managing their profits. You are one buying their stuff and asking for more.
5. I am a green friendly guy, I shouldn't worry about the oceans since they are blue - No comments.
4. Ethanol is the answer to America's green problems - Ethanol takes more energy and emissions to produce. Again, this is an example of fuel that helps you get rid of the guilt from shallow knowledge. This is a reason why our bread prices are going up.
3. I bought Solar Panels, so I am perfectly green - Why do they charge thousands of dollars for the cells ? The production is expensive and it takes fuel to produce those fancy looking greenators. No wonder, most of them never recover their cost in their lifetime. An advantage of buying the ones made in countries across the globe is that it pollutes their air and keeps ours green. But then there are Trade winds.
2. I live in Washington state, so my life is automatically very green - Sure enough, wait until a few years.
1. Let me drive my private Jet, you guys work on the green stuff - You get to live only once
As I said, reader comments are most welcome. I would like more ideas here.
I also liked this article though I believe that it has been edited to not make certain people unhappy.