Yesterday I spent the day with a group going around and looking at green and solar houses in my small town. For the size of the town, there are a lot of folks thinking about how to save energy in homes and I saw some interesting things. But I couldn’t help but think of one thing as we were in several of the homes: no one was talking about cost. And one of the homes, which was gorgeous and Leed certified, was most certainly extremely expensive to build. If we can’t make being green and saving energy affordable how do we have any hope of getting more people to do it? And then I thought about Butler’s Parables, and I worry that her vision of our future is very well where we may end up.