To sum up, four out of five scientists interviewed do make efforts to minimize their emissions - everything from ditching the dryer for the clothesline to converting their VW to an electric vehicle. The fifth, whose job it is to oversee "a global network of observatories where greenhouse gases are measured," drives a Ford 5-150 that gets a whopping 8-mpg. He'll allow he feels a "twinge of guilt" when he turns the key but says, "When you look at the big picture, these individual actions are doing practically nothing. ... It's like peeing in the ocean. It makes you feel good, but it doesn't affect the ocean at all."
I once knew a political science professor who didn't vote based on pretty much the same rationale; what was one man's vote stacked up against all that money and influence in politics? I understood his attitude and I adopted it myself for a while. Eventually, I came to think it was lame.
How about you? What do you think?