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Originally posted by markjenn
I think we could virtually immediately reduce fossil fuel use by about 50% with almost no reduction in the quality of our lifes. Mark
I agree. If everyone drove a hybrid or turbo-diesel that got 40+ mpg instead of 20 (or whatever the current average is) and installed the new low-consumption light bulbs in their homes, we'd probably cut oil consumption by nearly half. That doubles the life of proven crude oil reserves and cuts gas emissions proportionally. Forget about "green" vs. other idealogies -- its just simply smart to minimize waste, wherever you find it.

While we're at it, I also think the amount of consumer packaging that we throw away (particularly plastics) is sickening, like that generated by the "wholesome, healthy" trend of drinking bottled water. Perhaps its been too long since the last Depression; we've largely forgotten about the basis virtue of frugality.
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