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Stop global warming! Stop…walking?

File under "when doing the math complicates everything" (cross-referenced with "everyone needs to just simmer down"):
Walking does more than driving to cause global warming, a leading environmentalist has calculated….

The Times, 4 August 2007: "Walking to the shops ‘damages planet more than going by car’


Ha! That was great. People are so weird.

They forgot to add steel studs in homebuilding places a bigger strain on the environment than wood studs. The energy to produce these far outweighs any loss of trees which, btw, are a renewable resource.
Somewhat unsurprising and rather amusing, but .. they talk about meat and milk, but ignore vegetarianism. (They do say that it would be 'too modest a change', but they don't actually give numbers.) So now I'm curious...although admittedly not enough to actually go research it. :)
Looks like I'm a pretty good friend to the earth afterall.
Man. I guess the ony thing left to do is start killing each other off at an even faster rate. Do it for the trees!!!
I did think that the 'shattering great green myths' at the bottom was interesting.
My father-in-law told me a while back that paper towels are better than cloth towels for cleaning up in the kitchen because the cloth towels require washing, while the paper towels degrade.

And the most ridiculous thing, to me, is that we can't even be sure we ARE causing global warming. There's quite a good chance that it's just going through a normal cycle that has nothing to do with us. And if that's the case, people really are freaking out over nothing.
I have to admit that I only got about two paragraphs in before I gave up, but really. I could maybe see the point but it's not like most people are eating only to replace the calories they've burned off by walking somewhere. Obesity is a huge problem in this country and maybe other countries, so I don't see how advocating couch potato-esque lifestyles is going to help.

I'm just never going to go anywhere, ever. That'll solve the problem!

I feel dumber having read that article

Looks like the author of that article took the most superficial read possible of the research then presented only the sensationalist bits. Of course we shouldn't become couch potatoes and drive to the store. To assume (you know what happens when we assume, right?) that all of your calories come from beef and compare that to driving 3 miles to the store is ludicrous. If anything, the article makes an argument for eating less meat and eating foods produced as locally as possible (no more bananas from South America!). There is no doubt in the scientific community that humans contribute to global warming. We all have a responsibility to do whatever we can to ease our burden on the planet, even if all you can bring yourself to do right now is make small changes. (BTW, the fact that an opinion like that can be seen as radical is why we're in this predicament in the first place.)

Re: I feel dumber having read that article

Actually, according to the scientific community (the actual research articles - not the catch-phrases being tossed around), there is no such thing as global warming.

You can easily find a list of references (for both sides of the argument) in the appendix to Michael Crichton's book State of Fear. The book itself is a great story, and includes in the dialogue a lot of information about "global warming." I highly recommend it.