I had forgotten how much of an environmentalist this guy is. It figures he lives in Vermont, where all slow foods, farmer's market, east coast environmentalists live. But he brings up very good points about how our modern economy is built off of abundant access to fossil fuels and that eventually these will run out, so the increasing growth of ours and the world's economies are not sustainable. More importantly, he says that the increase in the amount of stuff that we have don't necessarily make us happier. Well….I don't know about not having a new car and that being a good thing….I know a shiny new van with heated seats and dvd players in the headrests for the kids and wi-fi accessibility would make me real happy about now…gas powered or not.