- Think about all the things you don't know. Can you build a house? Can you engineer DNA? Etc.
- Consider that others may come from a much worse background than you and may not have had the same opportunities or training.
- Purposely associate yourself with non tech people on a regular basis before you're too far gone
I'll admit that there are a lot of people who really don't NEED an SUV. But I think that's a hard judgement to make. I really don't NEED an SUV. I don't even NEED a car. I could quit my job, live in a homeless shelter, and draw unemployment. In that case, there's very little I'd need. But I don't WANT to do that. And that's not a viable way for our society to survive. I can afford to drive my Jeep for now and it's been very helpful in many ways. I'm not generally speaking very wasteful. I save paper by doing things electronically. I save gas by burning wood fires. I conserve electricity, etc. I just don't think we should pick on the "SUV" crowd. They sell well for a reason. Perhaps we should be finding ways of making more efficient or even electric SUV & light trucks. That's what a majority of Americans seem to want, especially in more rural areas.
Anyway, thanks for the discussion.
Also, think of all the negatives of fighting this perceivedly harmful warming. One, the poor will become poorer because they won't be able to afford the latest fuel efficient cars, furnaces, etc. We just recently purchased a "new" (used) car and found that it was manufactured to meet california emissions standards, though we do not live in California nor was it manufactured there. Because of this, a simple $50 oxygen sensor that needs replacing is now going to cost $150. On top of that, it has not 1 but 2 catalytic converters, which are another expensive part to replace. Then think about the benefits of global warming. Warmer weather means a longer growing season, which could be a boon to agritculture in 3rd world countries. Also, more people die from cold each year than from heat, so a warmer planet could mean less deaths due to temperature.
Of course, these are assuming the warming doesn't eventually result in some sort of catastrophe, but I think the evidence for this is very shaky at best. Don't believe everything the media is spitting out currently. I think this whole catastrophe theory is a very politically motivated issue with a little bit of science behind it.