Archive for July, 2011

Savoring the Irony

I recently bought an e-Bike (Currie Technologies iZIP Hybrid Via Mezza), mainly for trips to the grocery store. There are some serious hills between me and the grocery store, and I’m not up to tackling them with a full load of groceries.

It may be a cheatercycle, but especially on hot days like today, it’s very nice to be able to take advantage of the cooling breeze you get while you’re pedaling without having to pedal so hard you’re overheated anyway. If an electric motor gets me to take the bike when I would have been tempted to get into the car, it’s a good thing.

I couldn’t resist riding it to the DMV today to register my car. How’s that for irony? Of course it would be better if I could get by without the car at all, but I live a bit to rural for that.

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Poster Boy For Unintended Consequences: Rewarding Green with Air Miles

Tyler Hamilton writes about the use of Air Miles to encourage green behavior in Canada. Although the AirMiles.ca website has a section where the miles can be redeemed for eco-friendly products, most people use Air Miles for free plane trips.

Does that strike anyone else as odd?

To me, it sounds like saying “If you recycle, buy green electricity, and change your lightbulbs, I’ll help you get a free plane flight, which could easily erase the gains from your green behavior change.”

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