17 Jun '11, 12pm

Your Dollar-Draining, Energy-Sucking, Carbon-Polluting Cable TV Habit

Your Dollar-Draining, Energy-Sucking, Carbon-Polluting Cable TV Habit

When we say that markets aren't working the way they should, which is true, it seems to me that part of the reason is because we blame the consumer: "Your Dollar-Draining, Energy-Sucking, Carbon-Polluting Cable TV Habit" What if instead the title of this piece were "The Insidious, Destructive, Costly, Theft of YOUR Household Budget by a Utility and Cable Television Industry Conspiracy...!" Yes, over the top, and inflammatory, but no more so than your headline. It is just that consumers aren't going to hit you with a lawsuit for blaming them for something that someone else caused, whereas industry will sue you for blame them for something they DID cause...

Full article: http://www.greenbiz.com/blog/2011/06/17/your-dollar-drain...

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