Environment: are the behaviors of wealthy people to blame for global warming ?

Wealthy people in America tend towards high-consumption lifestyles.

Take for example personal transportation vs. public transportation. In both Atlanta and Chicago I have seen that only a small percentage of wealthy people will ride the trains, and nearly zero percent of wealthy people will ride the buses. The buses are nearly exclusively lower class ( of course probably any of these bus riders would opt for a car if they were in a financial position to do so ) .

Certainly there are some convenience/inconvenience-based reasons for wealthy people choosing personal transportation over public, but I suppose that there are some ill psychology-based reasons as well such as pride and a sense of entitlement; and of course many will suggest that there are safety-based reasons too.

But the end result is a road system clogged with single-occupant vehicles, each using a lot of energy to simply move one person from place A –> B.

I think in terms of a natural order ratio of energy consumption / task completed, and I bet that wealthy Americans are far exceeding the natural order equilibrium benchmark thereof.

However, lower class people ( well, those that use public transportation ) use considerably less energy in their commutes.

INTERESTING: in Europe even the classiest of brief-case carrying snoots will ride public buses without any sense of self-degradation.

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One response

  1. Oh, please. Could you get past the white guilt and go for the logic? Buses and trains don’t go to white neighborhoods. They go from downtown areas to areas of high-density population and back again.

    At one time I lived where I could use the bus, and I did so, despite being eaten alive by mosquitoes and having no shelter in which to wait. But mostly, to use the bus or the train, it takes two or three times as much time and covers two or three times as many miles, because you have to abide by the crazy, crazy patterns of bus & train lines.

    Do you not understand that the “public transit” is not meant for white people, although white people are intended to support these things via taxes? Public transit is, like most things provided by the giver-ment, intended to collect votes for Democratic politicians.

    You want to blame somebody? Use your head, man.

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