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Carbon footprint game

Post in 'The Green Room' started by jharkin, Oct 6, 2012.

  1. begreen

    begreen Mooderator Staff Member

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    LOL Per carboy?

    Hey, Bill Nye the Science Guy! I miss him.

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  2. woodgeek

    woodgeek Minister of Fire

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    2 bubbles per second times 1 year = 4 kg CO2.
  3. SmokeyTheBear

    SmokeyTheBear Minister of Fire

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    See CO2 is the gas of and for life all the greenies have things ass backwards

    House 2.78 metric tons of CO2
    Flights 0.00 metric tons of CO2
    Car 2.99 metric tons of CO2
    Motorbike 0.00 metric tons of CO2
    Bus & Rail 0.00 metric tons of CO2
    Secondary 1.99 metric tons of CO2

    For a supposed total of 7.76 for 2 people.
  4. jharkin

    jharkin Minister of Fire

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    +1 Nice avatar. Bill was the commencement speaker at my college graduation. Good guy.
  5. begreen

    begreen Mooderator Staff Member

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    Bill's a very cool scientist with a good sense of humor. He was introduced on a local TV program called Almost Live and had some funny acts, some with science and some just local spoofs.My kids grew up with these shows and adored Bill Nye. We even have a book signed by him.

    Here he is as "SpeedWalker" -
    And he did some cool science experiments too:
  6. woodgeek

    woodgeek Minister of Fire

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    he also took over leading Sagans old org: The Planetary Society....and does a lot of advocacy!
  7. Joful

    Joful Minister of Fire

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    2 adults and 1 toddler in the household, using previous 12 months billing:

    Electric: 18,266 kWh = 10.48 metric tons
    Heating Oil: 1400 gal. = 16.01 metric tons
    Propane: 170 gal. = 0.98 metric tons
    Wood: 3 cords ~ 4 tons pellets = 0.31 metric tons

    After that, I hit the "Flights>" button to go to the next page, and the site crashed! Time for bed now... but I beat jharkin on electric and heating oil usage alone. >>
  8. ailanthus

    ailanthus Feeling the Heat

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    Did a before & after (before burning wood & with a much longer commute than I have now)
    Before 14.5
    After 6.6.

    Also my car predates their US database & still gets >45mpg highway - can I get some credits for that!!
  9. Circus

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    There are major oversights. example: I own four vehicles. Need determines which one I drive. If I was limited to just one, it would have to be the 10 mpg PU because it's needed 1% of the time. 99% of the time I drive my >35mpg spitfire or olds. That penalized me 4 tons.
    I don't recycle either, everything gets repaired or reused. Haven't bought a car in 25 years, and that was given to me.
    People don't realize, until recently photovoltaics never recouped the energy it took to make them. Plastic bottles never recouped the diesel it took to pick em up. Corn alcohol, don't get me started.
  10. jharkin

    jharkin Minister of Fire

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    No doubt its got a lot of limitations... which is why I made it a toung-in-cheek game ;)


    As you rightly note this is the false economy of tearing down and throwing out existing stuff to build new "efficiency" stuff, It would be cool for the calculator to account for that. I'd also love it to be able to account that my house was built before fossil fuels where used, so even if its ongoing energy use is higher than average, the embodied energy of construction is much lower than new construction.



    Photovoltaic is getting there, its one of those things that I think we have to subsidize to give it a fighting chance. Corn alcohol, I agree completely - a total energy negative (or at best neutral) waste right now

    As far as plastic bottles, yes using them in the first place is wasteful, but the diesel fuel argument I often get from folks who cant be bothered to sort and recycle them. To which I always ask " well what happens when you throw them in the trash?" "Oh well the trash truck comes and.... ohhh... <blank stare>"
  11. Circus

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    I've been filling them with water and stacking them against the wall. The thermal mass evens out the temperature swings of my SHAir. The large surface area helps with the low ::DTT. Looks goofy.
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  12. mfglickman

    mfglickman Minister of Fire

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    My house hit 10 tons before even getting to the cars and groceries/clothing section. Rut roh. And I call myself a Green Party member...(ducking)...at least my house is most definitely....recycled.
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    Seasoned Oak Minister of Fire

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    Im getting 17 Tons per person . 6 Person HH
    NO flights last year but at times we go halfway around the world.

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