Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Walking to the shops ‘damages planet more than going by car’

This is the headline of an article at Times Online. While the author does a pretty good job of making a point, this seems totally crazy. Is the author counting the energy used to make the oil drilling equipment, the energy expended by humans to get that oil out of the ground, the health benefits of walking to the shops and the energy expended in cleaning up oil spills in these numbers?

For example, a friend of mine drives an oil truck for EXXON and he told me of a gas station disaster where a driver burst a tank by putting too much gas in it, causing over 1 million dollars in environmental damage. How often does this happen? How can this be better than walking?

See you later, I am going out for a walk:)

read the article at Times Online

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