Dan AkstThank God for Earth Day: another occasion for affluent white Americans to feel good about themselves by enacting some pointless environmental ritual. Perhaps we can all drive to the festivities in our hulking SUVs. Can you blame me for being cynical? Every dinner party I attend is marked by pious denunciations of greed and excess, yet all the guests have multiple cars, multiple homes, and a tendency to break out in hives if they don't take a planet-warming plane flight once a month or so. Recently an acquaintance of mine, at such a gathering, condemned the horrors of Hummers …
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Daniel Akst is a writer in New York's Hudson Valley, where he's working on a book about the problem of self-control.