Driving Green and Staying Cheap

Get where you are going without the environmentally depleting effects typically associated with a commute with these green driving tips.

  • Almost half of the average American's carbon footprint (44.3 percent) comes from driving or flying.
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  • “We Can All Live Green” by Jennifer Noonan offers tips to bring down every day costs, while also positively contributing to the environment.
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We Can All Live Green (St. Lynn’s, 2008), by Jennifer Noonan presents examples of your daily lives that puts stress on the environment, and offers green solutions to ensure that the environment and our wallets are being treated better. In this excerpt, Noonan addresses the expensive and harmful effects of driving frequently, combating the problem with suggestions to keep your costs lower and your carbon footprint smaller.

Getting Where You Need To Go

A set of wheels and personal freedom are synonymous images in American culture. We learn to love our “wheels” at an early age. Whether it’s a pair of roller skates, a skateboard or a bike as a child, or our city transportation system or the oh-so-memorable first vehicle as a teenager – we have all learned to love the ability to get where we need to go. And who can blame us? A set of wheels not only represents individual freedom, it represents good times, the promise of adventure.

So, the fact that we now hear that our adult wheels are playing a major role in the pain we feel in our wallets, as well as harming the environment, well…it’s downright upsetting. Our cars are our links to our independence. And our jobs. And now you tell me I’m destroying the planet because of the type of car I drive? Can my car’s carbon footprint really be that big?

Sorry, but the bad news is: Yes. The good news is there are no carbon footprint police coming to get you. But that is also bad news, because that means you can ignore – for just a while longer – the fact that your car is the single largest contributing factor to your carbon footprint.

Some average U.S. carbon footprints per person:

• Driving and Flying 44.3 percent
• Home Energy 36.2 percent
• Food and Diet 15.1 percent
• Recycling and Waste 4.4 percent
(Nature Conservancy)

9/21/2021 11:29:57 PM

Depending on the application electric cars are better or worse. The same is true for chain saws, mowers, pressure washer, etc. Electric is not going to replace combustion engines. Just provide an alternative. We still have horses.

9/20/2021 12:05:15 AM

IS this HOW you get rid of viewpoints that you don't like? Password doesn't work? I've been following ALL the "hoopla" of electric cars since they first appeared. They are NOT a "cure all"! I remember when it became known that IF you get your electricity from coal/oil plants, YOU contribute MORE carbon dioxide to the atmosphere from "electric refills", than if you used gasoline in the first place with a fuel efficient car. YOU really want to make the air cleaner??? Get rid of DIESEL cars! AS to the global warming "crisis", this planet has been warming since the END of the LAST AGE, except for the "Little Ice Age". AND, there will be NO significant improvement in Greenhouse gases as long as Communist China & India are still venting their pollutants into the air, water, & soil. These are the 2 BIGGEST polluters on the Planet, and the much vaunted "Paris Accords" do NO & have NOT required them to MEET any of the requirements that are costing Western Civilization so much money, time, & "enjoyment" of living. National Geographic in past year noted that VAST Majority of plastic in Oceans, the new "crisis", comes from 10 rivers WORLDWIDE: 8 rivers in Asia, & 2 rivers in Africa. HOW about some "aspersions" being cast where the PROBLEMS actually are?

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