Is it hypocritical for people who believe that the use of petroleum will destroy the earth to drive or to ride in petroleum-powered automobiles and airplanes? To buy food from supermarkets and books from Amazon or Barnes & Noble if these retailers are supplied by trucks fueled with petroleum? To accept, in the midst of a heart attack, a ride to the hospital in a petroleum-powered ambulance? I actually don’t think so. I accuse such people not of hypocrisy but of obliviousness to the enormous benefits of modernity.
I love my students … but principles of macroeconomics classes are filled with obliviates.