Saturday, November 5, 2011

Global climate change and cars

An article in Friday's paper noted "CO2 takes 'monster' jump". The US Energy Department figured that just within the past year, between 2009 and 2010, the world pumped 6 percent more carbon dioxide into the air.  That is an emission of 564 million more tons of carbon dioxide, which is greater than all but the three largest nations emissions of of greenhouse gases (China, US, and India). This article further indicated these emissions are even greater than the previous worse case scenarios, which predict temperatures increasing between 4 and ll degrees Fahrenheit by century's end.

Seems this news was only worthy of Section A, page 9 of the StarTribune.  What was the headline for Friday's paper you might ask... "City keeps cash from owners of auctioned cars."  So, once again, it seems cars are more important than our climate. If you are wealthy enough, the solution to climate change may simply be to purchase a car with air conditioning, and let the rest of the world deal with the sweltering heat, and wild climate fluctuation. And by all means, keep your car out of the impound lot.

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