A much-needed injection of intelligence

Boing Boing ran an article a couple of days ago about an interesting new gadget – a leather satchel with a solar panel on one side of it to charge all your gadgets.

A few commenters were distinctly underwhelmed. Sample quote: “any possible energy savings or efficiencies generated by the solar array are entirely eliminated by the wasteful process of energy-intensive animal rearing. That bag has a huge footprint it would need to fill before it becomes ‘carbon neutral’ again”.

Boing Boing webmaster – and sci-fi-author, and internet celebrity – Cory Doctorow posted a dead-on reply:

All the people reading this blog are digging coal with their spacebars, and living a lifestyle that is dozens of orders of magnitude more environmentally damanging that the majority of the world’s population.

The answer to that conundrum can’t be that we all live like Darfur refugees. It has to be that we develop better technology that permits more people to live better lives — and solar-charging bags are part of that technology.

A lot of greenies don’t seem to understand this.

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4 Responses to A much-needed injection of intelligence

  1. Zac says:

    I was just about to say…
    Hear hear!
    I’ve got something to add to what whats-his-face said. It may well have “a huge footprint”, but it isn’t really fair to compare this bag to no bag at all. A fairer comparison would be this bag vs a leather satchel that does not have a solar panel.

  2. Zac says:

    I was just going to say…
    Hear hear!
    I have something to add to what whats-his-face said. This bag may have a ‘huge footprint’, but it isn’t really fair to compare it to no bag at all. The fair comparison would be this bag vs a similar leather satchel without a solar panel.

  3. Zac says:

    Err.. I had a perfectly good reason to believe that my previous comment didn’t go through. Sorry for the double post. Delete if one if you like neatness.
    On a side note, I think I did pretty well at remembering what I wrote the first time with a 13min gap. I wonder if I also made a double comment on the other post I was looking at today…

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