Think Green only if you’re seen?

Simple Green Recycle Logo clip art  From Daily Caller:

The research concludes that when people purchase an electric car or install rooftop solar, that decision is often heavily motivated by a desire to appear trendy and fashionable to their peers, which researchers dub as “conspicuous conservation.” Economists previously calculated that car dealerships and manufacturers can charge an extra $7,000 for a Prius, a hybrid car, because of social status bonuses. That’s quite a bit considering the hybrid car starts at $24,200.

“Every era produces hucksters trying to sell snake oil,” Myron Ebell, director of the Center for Energy and Environment at the libertarian Competitive Enterprise Institute who did not take part in the study, told The Daily Caller News Foundation. “But the particular type of flimflam being peddled varies from era to era. For ours, it’s labeling products green and environmentally sustainable.” More.

File:A small cup of coffee.JPGPsych research of this type is generally worth what one pays for it (nothing unless you sponsored the research in order to influence public policy; then, if it is believed, it can pay big).

That said, there are only so many lectures most folk can stand from upper crust: Two-car families blathering about how all the rest of us should all save the environment by following the hundred-mile diet or vegan living or something.

Sure, it’s a fun fad for the upper crust; they could afford a winter home in Fruitopia if they really wanted one. The rest of the city… in the dead of winter, where inanimate nature allows life forms to know that it always wins in the end… ?

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  • Green energy a scam?

    Sure. That’s what they said about the Electric Corset.

    • ”Economists previously calculated that car dealerships and manufacturers can charge an extra $7,000 for a Prius, a hybrid car, because of social status bonuses. That’s quite a bit considering the hybrid car starts at $24,200.” I call BS.

      My Prius cost $20,500 new. Yes, it was an end of the year close out.

      But I bought it because it gets great milage (always 50+ mpg on the highway), and they last a long time (300K in taxi service).

      All I want to do is save money? I’m sorry it is also green. But I bought it to save money. Get over it.

      And why do so many have a problem with people who try to be green?

      • ntt1

        Because in many cases it is one outward manifestation of deep seated facistic tendencies

        • Paranoia takes a toll.

          I ignore them. The good news; ignoring them, irritates them. They want to be in control.