Happy Earth Day

April 22nd, 2008 in Editorials, News, Random Thoughts

Earth Day Hummer

I couldn’t help but take this picture at lunch today.

  1. BTW, Yes… this is the same Hummer that doesn’t fit in the parking garage :)

  2. Hi Matt, if you had to choose from 2 broad strategies to protect the environment, which would be most likely to succeed, conservation or technology?

  3. @Bob – That is a really good question. I think I would lean towards conservation. I see technology almost as a band-aid to our problems; conservation seems to get more at the root. It still takes energy/resources to make technology, sometimes more:

    “As Matt Power notes in this month’s issue of Wired, hybrids get great gas mileage but it takes 113 million BTUs of energy to make a Toyota Prius. Because there are about 113,000 BTUs of energy in a gallon of gasoline, the Prius has consumed the equivalent of 1,000 gallons of gasoline before it reaches the showroom. Think of it as a carbon debt — one you won’t pay off until the Prius has turned over 46,000 miles or so.” – http://tinyurl.com/5jwkuu

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