Like many Americans, Doug Fine enjoys his creature comforts, but he also knows full well that they’ve to this point kept him addicted to oil. So he wonders: Is it possible to keep his Netflix and his car, his Wi-Fi and his subwoofers, and still reduce his carbon footprint?
In an attempt to find out, Fine ups and moves to a remote ranch in New Mexico where (to the amusement of 90th generation locals) he brazenly vows to grow his own food, use sunlight to power his world, and drive on restaurant grease. Never mind that he’s never raised so much as a chicken or a bean. Or that he has no mechanical or electrical skills.
Whether he’s installing Japanese solar panels, defending the goats he found on Craigslist against coyotes, or co-opting waste oil from the local Chinese restaurant to try and fill the new “veggie oil” tank in his ROAT (short for Ridiculously Oversized American Truck), Fine’s extraordinary undertaking makes one thing clear: It is easy being green, provided your solar panels don’t electrocute you, your goats don’t outsmart you, and your vegetable oil-powered truck exhaust doesn’t give you the munchies (it smells like Kung Pao chicken). In fact, Doug’s journey uncovers a slew of surprising facts about alternative energy, organic and locally grown food, and climate change.
Both a hilarious romp and an inspiring call to action, the international bestseller Farewell, My Subaru makes a profound statement about trading today’s instant gratifications for a deeper, more enduring kind of satisfaction.