There seems to be an elephant in the room when talking about the enviroment,air pollution,CO2, dependance on oil
Original post made by GGRick, Charleston Gardens, on Feb 20, 2007
There is a lot of talk about pollution, global warming and dependance on foeign oil, but no one or almost no one is talking about an obvious problem and rather straight-forward solutions to this problem. The subject or elephant is "COMMUTERS" and the vast amout of gasoline they use. There are probably 60,000 commuters coming to Palo Alto every work day. I would guess the average round trip milage is about 100 miles each. At an average of 10 miles per gallon in commuter stop and go traffic. That would be 10gallons x 60,000 cars or 600,000 gallons per day. Even if it was 1/2 this it would be 1,500,000 gallons per week. Carpooling could cut this dramatically. I read about the gas burned by leaf blowers and lawnmowers and chuckle. Are people that out of touch with reality. The other solution is to reduce dramatically the housing to jobs ratio. A dramatic increase in housing would be required and/or move the jobs/companies to where the people live.