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About a week ago (sorry, I’ve been busy with less important things) I admitted right here that I was no economist. Nor do I play one on TV. That didn’t stop me from putting forth an economic argument that cheap gas is bad for the human race in general even if it’s good for you in particular.
Lo and behold, someone who actually IS an economist wrote to further my argument.
Or refute it. Remember, I’m not an economist. Anyway, they cited a New York Times article – yeah, I’m name-dropping here; I might even mention the Washington Post if it garners more visibility – that stated sometimes it’s better for the environment to drive. Get this:
“If you walk 1.5 miles, [economist] Mr. Goodall calculates, and replace those calories by drinking about a cup of milk, the greenhouse emissions connected with that milk (like methane from the dairy farm and carbon dioxide from the delivery truck) are just about equal to the emissions from a typical car making the same trip. And if there were two of you making the trip, then the car would definitely be the more planet-friendly way to go.”
So if you want to be green, and do it on the cheap while gas is so low, do what the New York Times tells you: Be a contrarian and drive!