Listen to this 'Talk of the Nation' topic
It was interesting to see reactions to the Bali climate change conference last week; You had some people arguing that the meeting was the last best hope for finding some sort of solution, and other people criticizing the whole thing as a huge waste of energy (just calculate the carbon emissions of a flight from DC to Bali!). It's that kind of back and forth that drives Gerald Skoning nuts, and pushed him to vent that, "the 'Go Green' movement has laid a major guilt trip on all Americans.... Enough!" In an op-ed in the Chicago Tribune, he explained that of course he wants to help the environment... He recycles, and drives a fuel-efficient car... and STILL feels guilty because "greenies" tell him he should drive a hybrid! We hear that divorce is bad for the environment, that Hanukkah should be celebrated with one less candle to lessen the holiday's carbon footprint. Is all this guilt and fear what we need to get people to change their habits? Or as Gerald asks, does guilt just lead to paralysis and do no one any good?