Ah, "no excuse for accepting the status quo" is much better than the "no excuses for driving a car" that my brain interpolated from the first post. And you are right, there is no excuse for glibly accepting the status quo.
Still, though, I cannot phase out MY cars until there IS public transportation. Can't be done. Couldn't get to work. Couldn't get the kids to daycare. Couldn't get to the store.
Thanks for the clarification on the first part. Metaphors only carry so far and your clear description of the terms without the book metaphor were helpful.
"In 2006, the fund received $447.8 million, but they could only figure out what to do with $301.2 million, the so-called âoeobligated balance.â In other words, they had a âoesignificant unobligated balanceâ of $146.6 million. At 8 cents per page for a PACER Document, they could give away 1.8 billion pages of documents to the public and still have all the money they need to pay for their computers."
See question/answer #9 in the Recycling FAQ for a nice graph and a source of that quote: http://pacer.resource.org/recycling.html