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Environmental Defense – Cars By The Numbers

Posted by telecommatt on March 21, 2007

Environmental Defense – Cars By The Numbers

Cars By The Numbers
Statistics on automobiles and their global warming contribution

Posted on: 03/20/2007

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Automobile emissions account for more than 20 percent of U.S. global warming emissions each year. Car companies could do more and it’s time that they do. Check out our facts about cars and global warming and then take action.

232 million Number of registered vehicles in the U.S. That’s almost one per person!

600 gallons Average amount of gasoline consumed by one U.S. car each year.

12000 pounds Amount of carbon dioxide emitted from one U.S. car each year.

240 Number of trees needed to absorb the 12,000 pounds of carbon dioxide emitted from one U.S. car each year.

2.7 trillion Number of miles U.S. cars and light trucks traveled in 2004. That’s the equivalent of taking 10 million trips to the moon.

5% Percent U.S. population is of the world population.

30% Percent of world’s automobiles in the United States.

45% Percent that the United States contributes to the world’s automotive carbon dioxide emissions.

4 Number of car companies that support a national cap on global warming pollution. They are Ford, General Motors, DaimlerChrysler and Toyota.

0 Number of bills passed by Congress to cut global warming pollution.

I hadn’t planned on posting today, but this was in my email this morning. I have to say, I’m a huge fan of getting gasoline off the roads. Sitting on a bus on the way to work, I can look down and count all the cars with just one person in them. And all the people in cars that were purchased within the last few years. It’s easy to forget that people in developing countries, countries whose carbon output is growing steadily as they try to catch up to the US and EU standards of living, don’t have as many options when they put cars on the roads. Emission standards aren’t a priority when you don’t know where breakfast is coming from. My point is that we who have the option of buying more efficient cars, also have a responsibility to do so and to encourage manufacturers to make their products more accessible and affordable. Hybrid fuel systems should be like automatic locks. You know, people look at you funny if you don’t have them? So, anyway, go sign this petition. Send it to five of your friends. Seriously.

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