Let's face it, unless you are willing to make what are today some very radical, and difficult choices, if you're worried about your carbon footprint and other environmental impacts, you should live in the city, and the bigger the city the better. For 20 years, I got to work and back on the MBTA, and I walked to the hardware store, pharmacy, restaurants, and even the grocery store except for the weekly big haul, which required a 1 mile drive. The impecunious could walk to the laundromat.
Out here, downtown, which is 2 miles away, consists of a quasi-old-fashioned country general store where you can get soda, sandwiches, auto fuses, and fishing gear among other odds and ends, a 1-woman post office, and 2 churches. It's 8 miles to an even half-decent grocery store and I don't even know about a decent restaurant. The commute to my job is 45 miles, and any jobs that are closer aren't going to pay for this house, unless WalMart has changed its pay structure.
This is a farm town and we obviously need farms and farmers, but of the 1,500 or so people who live here I doubt more than 100 are farmers or their dependents. Mostly it's a bedroom community for retirees or professionals who just like being here. So I ain't lying. It's an indulgence that I happen to be able to afford.
To my credit, I invested considerable money, as part of this deal, in preserving wilderness including stopping development of 35 acres which is now state forest. I am also doing some hobby farming which I hope to gradually develop into something more real, and making sustainable use of my abundant biomass for space heat. Nevertheless, since I've been spending time here I've been doing a lot more driving, and that's got to cancel out the good stuff.
What do people think about the ethics of my choices? How can I do better?