Something I've noticed is that many folks who would like to see the rest of us go without electricity, clean water, and transportation (especially teh EBIL Diesel trucks) have an idealized idea of how it is to oh, heat your house by wood or transport the myriad things that life in the country necessitates (and we're only nominally in the country--folks like my friend Chas are REALLY in the country).
We spent some time yesterday stacking wood--we moved about 2 1/2 tons by hand. And while we were sorting and stacking, it occurred to me that the urban dwellers who kvetch about everyone driving big trucks, or the rabid recyclers, or the other 'greener than thou' folks really have no idea about the sweat equity that is necessary to be truly green (and for us, it's being cheap rather than being green, although it's a nice side-effect). That said, it would be a lot harder for us to even do what we do without gas-powered implements, but we are well aware of the time-savings that those tools afford us.
Do they think that wood splits itself, that you can just start a fire anywhere and heat your house, that cooking using a wood stove is as easy as flipping a switch? Or maybe that dryads donate sufficient wood and supplies? I think that they are like the folks at Burning Man (not the naked guy, Roberta and Tam), but they go into the country for a weekend and 'rough it' and recycle the rest of the year and feel that they then can look down on the rest of us.
It's an annoyance.
2 weeks ago