Monday, August 18, 2008

Country Homes

Lloyd Alter asks an important question:

"Can a big house in the country be green?"

He suggests that the answer is no, but begrudgingly I think. On the other happy, I am happy to scream no at the top of my voice. Living in the country and working in the city is a dead idea. I suppose a few people will be able to afford it. And some of those people will make their house as green as possible. But their carbon impact will still be enormous and their behavior irresponsible. Sorry, this part of the American Dream is dead. Living in the city is not only the future, it is also the present. Despite the daily separation from the land, it is going to be increasingly hard for environmentalists to not argue for cities as the place of environmentally responsible living.