I am in Denver sitting in a hotel as I ride out a storm. The picture to the right is a Shooting Star I found at Daniels Summit on US 40. The trip was a bit hurried, due to the weather.
I am traveling with Coco, and find myself tripling what I would usually spend on a trip to make sure the dog is happy. A bivy sack is good enough for a human, but I don't like having Coco wandering around at night barking at other campers; So, I've been staying in tents and hotels.
Staying in hotels brings up an puzzling issue. Every hotel I've stayed in the last several years has had a refrigerator. Both the cheap and expensive hotels are equipped with the fool things.
I've wondered why they do that. Refrigerators are expensive to operate and loud. My guess is that having a fridge in a room costs the hotel a buck a night. Add to that cost the taxes and need to maintain and clean the fridge. They probably charge me $2 for energy consumption I do not desire.
The reason I mention this is that a great deal of our individual energy consumption takes place beyound our personal choice. In this case, I have zero desire for a fridge (although I am paying for it). The energy consumption is built into the system.
It is the systemic energy consumption that really gets us.
Think of hundreds of thousands of fridges idling in empty hotel rooms. Our real problem is that we consume so much without thought. The challenge of our day is not in elimating luxury, but in finding a way to match the luxury with our desire.