Climate Change Hypocrisy

February 13, 2009

The letter made me feel good. Pacific Power reported that our household bought enough renewable energy in 2008 to prevent the release of 19,890 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions into the air. That’s the same as not driving 20,170 miles. We paid $125 more for electricity to participate in the utility’s Blue Sky program. But the letter’s effect soon faded.

We could and should have done much more to use less fossil fuel. Yes, my wife Suzame has become the intrepid bike rider, even in winter, and often takes the bus. I still drive more than necessary, especially with us living close to most things we need. And our 1920s Craftsman house badly needs more energy efficiency.

It’s sadly hypocritical considering how much I’ve read about global climate change and marveled at the planet’s infinitesimal response in the face of overwhelming evidence. I had tended to dismiss the more dire predictions, but the pace of change is accelerating. Doomsayers among climate scientists, such as James Lovelock, may be vindicated as prescient.

Instead of spending money on wind power and this house, maybe we should be looking at property in northern Canada.