Cars By The Numbers

Environmental Defense – March 20, 2007

This is an easy article since it should have no controversy.  It is simply a list of statistics regarding automobiles.  Since many people think that we should cut back on auto emissions to reverse global warming, this should be an interesting read.

  • 232 million – Number of registered vehicles in the U.S.
  • 600 gallons – Average amount of gasoline consumed by one U.S. car each year.
  • 12,000 pounds – Amount of carbon dioxide emitted from one U.S. car each year.
  • 240 – Number of trees needed to absorb the 12,000 pounds of carbon dioxide emitted from one U.S. car each year.


Myths, Lies, and Downright Stupidity

Yesterday, I told everyone about a special 20/20 episode that is coming up where John Stossel is going to discuss global warming. Here is reference to his book “Myths, Lies, and Downright Stupidity.” I think it is excellent.

I hope you enjoy this read and make sure that you watch Mr. Stossel’s program on 20/20!


What Kind of World Do You Want

This is a slight departure from my usual posts as I am not reviewing an existing article. In this case, I want to publicize a video that several children from my local school system put out. The video is based on the challenge by the pop group, Five For Fighting, and is based on their single “World”. The challenge was to create videos that show what the world should be. The children in one of the 5th grade classes did a very imaginative and cute video and I encourage all of you to watch the video. Please watch the entire video because, evidently, the donation does not occur unless you finish the video.


Global Warming: It’s All In Your Head

CBS News – February 22, 2007
This opinion column deals not so much about the causes or truths of global warming but rather the way people deal with the situation. The article discusses that we have not evolved to react to a slow moving danger but rather we evolved to react to swift dangers. The obvious conclusion here is that we either ignore slow moving dangers or we react to them as if they are soon to be upon us. This explains the hysteria of some and the willingness to ‘wait and see’ of others.

…as much as you would like to think that your opinions on the risks and realities of climate change are based entirely on your rational and purely objective assessments of scientific evidence, they aren’t. They are shaped by primordial human brain wiring and anthropological patterns of behavior.


Asteroids, global warming & planning for catastrophic risk

Harry Clarke – February 20, 2007

This is an interesting blog entry. The article discusses the costs of preventing a catastrophic danger. It starts out with a discussion regarding a theoretical asteroid hit that might happen in 3 decades but then starts to deal with the costs of avoidance of preventing global warming.

What the entry does not explore is the concept of lost opportunity cost. If the global economy spends 1 trillion dollars preventing or reversing global warming, what could we have done with that money and was it as good of an investment. To continue that thought, what good would occur if we only spent half of that money? Would that be enough to do 90% of the 1 trillion? Difficult issues, I grant you, but issues that must be discussed.


Gore may get doctorate

The Minnesota Daily – February 19, 2007

This article discusses that the University of Minnesota is planning on giving former Vice President Al Gore a honorary doctorate in climatology. I won’t bother to make any comments.

University President Bob Bruininks spilled the beans at the February Board of Regents meeting, saying that “two of our colleges are working with Vice President Gore to provide, we hope, an honorary doctorate.”

“He’s in the news and is a legitimate expert on a pressing issue of global concern, climate change, so this level of interest is understandable,” Wolter said. “However, no plans have been set and it’s unlikely that would occur this spring.”