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AUTOMOBILE ADDICTS

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. . . . . . . .THERE ARE APPROXIMATELY ONE BILLION PEOPLE ON THIS PLANET EARTH WHO ARE ADDICTED TO THE MOTOR VEHICLE. . . .ADDICTION ..IS WHEN SOME ONE HAS A DEPENDENCY. . .AND . . IT . . IS ANALAGOUS TO A MEDICAL CONDITION. . . . . ..IN THE CASE OF AUTOMOBILES . . . THE DEPENDENCY . .IS ..CAUSING . .SIDE EFFECTS . . .THAT . . .SLOWLY . .BUT SURELY . . WILL . .DESTROY . .THE EARTH.

MORE OIL BILLIONAIRES

. . . . . .Shell's first-quarter profit rises 25 percent on record oil prices . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .BIG OIL COMPANIES ARE CASHING IN BIG PROFITS AS THE PRICE OF OIL GOES UP . . .25% ..PROFIT . .FOR SHELL OIL IN THE FIRST QUARTER OF 2008 . . . .THE AMAZING THING ABOUT THIS IS THAT . .THE GOVERNMENTS . .SEEM . . .SPINELESS..WHEN IT COMES TO CONFRONTING BIG OIL . . . .PERHAPS . ..THE OIL COMPANIES . .ARE MORE POWERFUL THAN THE GOVERNMENT . ..MY SOLUTION WOULD BE FOR A REDUCTION OF THE PERCENTAGE OF THE PRICE OF GAS TO THESE COMPANIES .. . .CANADA AND USA . .HAVE THE LOWEST TAXES IN THE WORLD ON GASOLINE . . . .CONTRARY , ,TO POPULAR BELIEF . . . IN THE U.K. . . .TAXES AMOUNT TO ALMOST 50 % WHILE IN NORTH AMERICA ITS AROUND 5 TO 10 PERCENT TAX.

TRAFFIC CONGESTION

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. . . . .THIS CARTOON NEEDS NO TEXT.(click on picture to enlarge)

HILLARY ON URBAN SPRAWL

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. . .THIS BLOG WANTS TO KNOW WHAT HILLARY HAS TO SAY ABOUT URBAN SPRAWL . . . .HER COMMENT SHOULD BE INTERESTING SINCE HER FORMER EMPLOYER . . . .WALMART . . . IS RESPONSIBLE FOR CONTRIBUTING TO URBAN SPRAWL . . .BIG . .TIME . . . . .IN CASE SOME . .QUESTIONS RE MEANING OF "URBAN SPRAWL" SHOULD ARISE . . . IT IS SIMPLY TO . . .CONSTRUCT . . .HUGE . . SHOPPING CENTERS . . .WITH . . PARKING FOR 1000'S OF CARS . . . .THE "BAIT" IS LOW PRICES . . .BUT THE RESULT . .IS DESTRUCTION OF LOCAL SMALL BUSINESS . .AND . .DESTRUCTION OF GREEN SPACE AND ENVIRONMENT . . .INCREASE IN AUTOMOBILE DEPENDANCE AND DECREASE .IN COMMUNITY . .LIFE STYLE . . .AND INCREASE OF . .CAR TRAFFIC . .AND TAX SUPPORTED UTILITY CONSTRUCTION .

obama on urban sprawl

THIS BLOG IS WANTING TO KNOW WHAT THE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES THINK ABOUT "URBAN SPRAWL" . . . US ELECTION CAMPAIGN

TOP POLLUTERS (GUESS WHO ?)

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Gas-guzzling vehicles are one of the key factors behind the notorious environmental record of Canadians, who are among the highest per capita polluters in the world, according to figures made public yesterday by Statistics Canada.
Each Canadian produces an average of 23 tonnes of carbon dioxide-equivalent emissions per year, trailing people in the U.S., who create an average of 24.4 tonnes of emissions per year, and Australians, with an average of 27.7 tonnes of emissions per year, according to the federal statistical agency.
An average car produces about five tonnes of CO2 emissions in a year, according to the report, Human Activity and the Environment, which was issued to coincide with Earth Day.



It found that the production and individual consumption of energy were the main sources of Canada's high per capita emissions.
Although some developing countries, such as India and China, are among the biggest polluters overall, the per capita emissions of those countrie…

BIGGEST TREE IN TORONTO ?

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. . . .ON THIS WORLD WIDE EARTH DAY,ITS ONLY FITTING THAT ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT SYMBOLS OF THE LIVING PLANET EARTH BE DISPLAYED,HENCE THIS PHOTO OF A HUGE TREE ON A STREET IN TORONTO,CANADA.(click on image for a much larger picture)

CLIMATE CRISIS IGNORED

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. . . . . . . . . "The press has been asking the presidential candidates hundreds of questions on a range of issues, but seldom asks about the greatest threat to our planet: the climate crisis. I want to know how the next President -- Democrat, Republican or Independent -- is going to address this critical issue. Don't you?Please ASK THIS QUESTION to the key media outlets. Together we can ensure this topic gets the attention it deserves.A League of Conservation Voters study found that ABC's George Stephanopoulos asked presidential candidates more than 767 questions -- only 5 of which were related to global warming. CNN's Wolf Blitzer asked more than 402 questions -- only 5 were about global warming. Sadly, other political commentators and reporters have shown a similar disregard for this key issue." . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .ALL THE BALLYHO ABOUT THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION SIDESTEPS REAL PRACTICAL SOLUTIONS TO THE CLIMATE CRISIS WHICH IS UPON US. . . . .MORE…

EUROPE WEDDING

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^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ Paris, International — We bring news of one of the biggest weddings of the year, between French President Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
A lavish affair, the bride will be escorted down the aisle by the German car industry, which has provided a very dirty dowry for the happy couple. But, as France and Germany look set to get into bed together, we’re sad to say we won’t be hearing the pitter-patter of tiny feet any time soon.Instead, we’ll hear the continued roaring and revving of climate-crashing, gas-guzzling car engines. The wedding – which will cost EU citizens dearly and be held at the expense of planet Earth - will take place on 9 June during the Franco-German Blaesheim Summit. The happy couple will share the top table with the transport sector, they will be celebrating and dancing long into the night. An exquisite wedding cake has been baked, although nobody outside of France or Germany can expect to be offered a slice. And remember … that won’t…

DIRTY CAR DEALS

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Dirty car deals, climate destruction on wheels.

Germany and France are trying to cut a backroom dirty deal on car CO2 emissions. Both countries are attempting to weaken European legislation which would help their car companies escape their climate commitments. ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ REMEMBER . . . . . .THIS . . . .6.3 . . .POUNDS . . .OF . .GASOLINE . . . .PLUS . . .COMBUSTION . . .. EQUALS . . . . . . . . .20 . . . .POUNDS . . .OF . . . .CO2 . . . .( source-EPA)

CORN FOR FUEL ?

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. . . .ONE PICTURE IS WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS . . . . . . click on the picture for a bigger image.

STREETLIGHTS - NECESSARY(?)

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. . . . . . .NOW.THAT EARTH HOUR IS OVER . . .I . . WONDER . .IF . .ITS . .TIME . .TO . .RECONSIDER . .SOME . .OF . .OUR . .PRIORITIES . . .SOME . .OF . .THE . . PICTURES . .FROM . .EARTH . .HOUR . .EVENTS. .FROM. .SYDNEY . .AND . .TORONTO . . .SHOW . .THAT . .THERE . .WAS . .A . .HUGE . .WASTE . .OF . .UN . .NECESSARY . .STREET . .LIGHTING. . . .ALL . . CARS . .HAVE . .HEADLIGHTS . .SO . .WHY . .IS . IT . .NECESSARY . . TO . . .HAVE . .STREETS. . .LIT . .UP . .WHEN . .MOST . .PEOPLE . .ARE . .SLEEPING ?? . . .IS . . THIS. . A . .MAKE . .WORK . .PROJECT . .FOR . .CERTAIN . .TRADES . .PEOPLE . . AT . .THE .. .PERIL . . OF . .THE . .WHOLE . .PLANET ?? . . . THE . .ABOVE . .PICTURE . .IS . .FROM..A. .NUCLEAR . .REACTOR . .UNDER . . .CONSTRUCTION. . .NO . .DOUBT . . TO . .SUPPLY . .ELECTRIC . .POWER . . FOR... . STREETLIGHTS . . AND . .OTHER . .THINGS.
. . ..JUST . . . FOR . . FUN . . .COUNT . .THE . .NUMBER . .OF . .STREET . .LIGHTS . .IN . .YOUR . .AREA . . .THEN . .MULTIP…

GAL(GASOLINE)=20 POUNDS(CO2)

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. . . . . . . . .IN MY PREVIOUS POST ON MARCH 31 THERE IS AN EXPLANATION OF HOW THE CALCULATION IN THE TITLE IS DERIVED . .. . .THIS . .IS . .SOURCED FROM THE USA (EPA) GOVERNMENT WEBSITE,BUT IS ALSO AVAILABLE FROM OTHER SOURCES. . . . . .. . . . . .. . . .PLEASE NOTE THAT THERE WILL BE A SLIGHT DISCREPENCY BETWEEN THE USA AND CANADIAN FIGURES.SINCE IN CANADA IMPERIAL GALLONS ARE BIGGER THAN THE US GALLON . . . . .SO . .IN CANADA . . THE . .CARBON DIOXIDE FROM A GALLON OF GAS WILL BE EVEN HIGHER THAN THE USA FIGURES. . . .THESE . . .FIGURES . ..ARE . . .THE RESULT OF COMBUSTION OF A GALLON OF GASOLINE .