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Posted By jharkin,
Oct 6, 2012 at 9:13 AM
LOL Per carboy?
Hey, Bill Nye the Science Guy! I miss him.
2 bubbles per second times 1 year = 4 kg CO2.
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.
+1 Nice avatar. Bill was the commencement speaker at my college graduation. Good guy.
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:
he also took over leading Sagans old org: The Planetary Society....and does a lot of advocacy!
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.
Did a before & after (before burning wood & with a much longer commute than I have now)
Also my car predates their US database & still gets >45mpg highway - can I get some credits for that!!
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.
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>"
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 T. Looks goofy.
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.
Im getting 17 Tons per person . 6 Person HH
NO flights last year but at times we go halfway around the world.