Hey, don't blame me, I'm only reporting the findings from a Canadian psychological study - and since we are about to emulate their medical system, you'd better show some respect!
Anyway - what did we learn today? Apparently, that people buy "green" in order to excuse even more vile and foul interpersonal behavior:
Psychologists in Canada have revealed new research suggesting that people who become eco-conscious "green consumers" are "more likely to steal and lie" than others.
"Those lyin’, cheatin’ green consumers," begins the statement from the university. "Buying products that claim to be made with low environmental impact can set up 'moral credentials' in people’s minds that give license to selfish or questionable behavior."
From the study:
In line with the halo associated with green consumerism, people act more altruistically after mere exposure to green than conventional products. However, people act less altruistically and are more likely to cheat and steal after purchasing green products as opposed to conventional products... purchasing green products may produce the counterintuitive effect of licensing asocial and unethical behaviors by establishing moral credentials. Thus, green products do not necessarily make us better people.
So the next time you meet a greenie, keep one hand on your wallet. If you should shake their hands, count your fingers when you're done.
Keep this in mind the next time you hear Michelle Obama talk about eating organic, or the president talk about how we must "sacrifice" in order to "green" our economy.
Makes you wonder what they're really up to...
UPDATE: Case in point - Democratic Congressman, with a big hard-on for carbon taxes, drives a monster Yukon. But hey - he's working to save the enviornment by day! (while destroying it by night!)