I once worked with a guy who said that he felt entitled to use all the Styrofoam coffee cups he pleased as long as he never procreated. His theory being that the ecological impact of adding another human being to the planet was far greater than any casual careless polution he was likely to produce on his own. At the time, that seemed like a keen bit of rationalization for being environmentally insensitive. However, I’ve since screwed that plan up a couple of times over.
However, I just stumbled on this graphic that shows that owning a dog has a way bigger footprint than driving an SUV. Therefore, I can rationalize driving my big honkin’ truck as long as I keep my house puppy-free. So far, so good. And for good measure, I’m staying clear of hamsters too. That ought to cover my use of plastic shopping bags.