"Nothing is more wretched than the mind of a man, conscious of guilt"...Titus Maccius Plautus
Guilt is indeed a wretched thing. About 6 years ago, I thought buying a SUV was the cool thing to do. I was a moron then. (I probably am still). So I bought one. Mind you, I did not buy one of those mammoths. I bought a mini SUV, built on a sedan chassis, with just four cylinders and 146 HP. However mini it might be, a SUV is a SUV; fuel wasted is fuel wasted; global warming is global warming
Automobile emissions contribute to 25% of CO2 emissions in the US. A car produces about 9,000 lbs of CO2 every year.
Ever since I have gone green, my SUV has been a constant source of guilt.That is probably why I have fewer comparative miles on it. Compared to the national driving average, I drove the car about 30,000 miles less. On several occasions, I contemplated trading it in for a Toyota Prius. Good intensions aside, Prius is expensive, way over my current economic ability, has a 6 month wait period and thanks to the high demand, the dealers squeeze every dime of premium out of you. If I ever buy a new car, Prius will be the one. Then again... Time, Tide and Guilt waits for no one.
It was is by chance that I surfed an article on Karl Ulrich. He is a professor at University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business. He too was suffering from guilt driving his Ford pickup on weekends between Philadelphia and Vermont. This guilt led him to the idea of Kyoto for cars. A few brain storming sessions later (with his MBA students) , terraPass was born
The basic idea is for car drivers to offset the CO2 emissions of their cars for about $50 - 80 a year. No selling or modifying cars. The money is invested in clean air projects, renewable energy initiatives and finances projects that reduce industrial CO2 emissions. Till date terrapass claims to have saved 12,942,000 lbs of CO2
To me terrapass made and makes perfect sense. So... Sign up, I did. A little rid off guilt, I have. Waiting for my terrapass decals and happy, I am.
Quotes of the day
"Guilt: the gift that keeps on giving" ... Erma Bombeck
"We are almost always guilty of the hate we encounter" ...Vauvenargues
"Without the spice of guilt, sin cannot be fully savored"... Alexander Chase
"Every man is guilty of all the good he didn't do" ... Voltaire
"Things in law tend to be black and white. But we all know that some people are a little bit guilty, while other people are guilty as hell" ... Somebody
"Successful guilt is the bane of society"... Publilius Syrus