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October 09, 2009

Pilate washed his hands. If he had washed his old black heart he would have been all right.

Pious hypocrites amongst the environmentally correct? You could knock me over with a feather. Welcome to Annexia; land of high moral credentials and where low moral expectations are considered a virtue (via The Register).

Just being around green products can make us behave more altruistically, a new study to be published in a forthcoming issue of Psychological Science has found.

But buying those same products can have the opposite effect. Researchers found that buying green can lead people into less altruistic behaviour, and even make them more likely to steal and lie than after buying conventional products. Buying products that claim to be made with low environmental impact can set up “moral credentials” in people’s minds that give license to selfish or questionable behavior.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at October 9, 2009 06:48 AM

Comments

Anyone who has ever talked to a typical Prius owner--especially in Cali--would not be surprised in the slightest--about either conclusion.

Posted by: virgil xenophon [TypeKey Profile Page] at October 9, 2009 08:06 PM