Green City

I Drive a Hybrid, I'm as Green as Anybody

By Ryan McGreal
Published October 22, 2007

While North Carolina struggles through the worst drought in its history, The News & Observer reports that Duke University and UNC-Chapel Hill continue to water their football fields regularly.

Make that their astroturf football fields.

Citing field hockey regulations that require colleges to saturate their fields before practices and games, officials from the colleges explained that it has been shown to reduce the incidence of player injuries.

Worth the price of admissions is this quote from Beth Bozman, the field hockey coach at Duke, who commiserates with outraged passers-by:

"I drive a hybrid, and I recycle," Bozman said. "I'm as green as anybody. I understand."

Not that the schools have any intention of changing their policies as the state runs down its 69 day supply of fresh water.

The mind absolutely boggles.

Ryan McGreal, the editor of Raise the Hammer, lives in Hamilton with his family and works as a programmer, writer and consultant. Ryan volunteers with Hamilton Light Rail, a citizen group dedicated to bringing light rail transit to Hamilton. Ryan wrote a city affairs column in Hamilton Magazine, and several of his articles have been published in the Hamilton Spectator. His articles have also been published in The Walrus, HuffPost and Behind the Numbers. He maintains a personal website, has been known to share passing thoughts on Twitter and Facebook, and posts the occasional cat photo on Instagram.


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By peter (anonymous) | Posted October 22, 2007 at 15:43:38

green consumerism. you gotta love it!

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By lorne (registered) - website | Posted October 22, 2007 at 20:16:18

The United States - the semi-friendly retarded giant to the south

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By Dennis B (anonymous) | Posted October 23, 2007 at 11:37:28

No doubt about it, lorne...

Down here we strive to attain that perfect balance between stupidity and outright stupidity.

We only hope there are enough (prescription) drugs left to make collapse into energy descent as memorable as our last shopping experience at the Wal-mart.

How could anybody wanna live anywhere else?

By the way, is there enough free space left in Canada for about, oh, 20 or 30 million confederate-types when they get real thirsty? If we could only get em outta here,... heh.

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By Leisha (anonymous) | Posted January 25, 2008 at 19:09:58

It just goes to show you that athletics is big business in the US. Another form of corporate welfare.

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