Dec 18 2006

Concerns about the world getting warmer, the people thought they were just being rewarded

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According to the weather report, today’s high in Washington was an incredibly pleasant 73 degrees. IT WAS 73 DEGREES IN MID-DECEMBER. I’m used to winter temperatures in the 70s, considering I grew up in PALM SPRINGS, CA, but 73 degrees in mid-December in Washington-effin-DC? Global warming, FTW!
There is a fun little flash tool on An Inconvenient Truth’s website that lets you calculate the amount of carbon dioxide you produce each year. Here’s mine:

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I calculated this using the time period December 1, 2005 – December 1, 2006. Since I only bought the XTerra in October, I obviously haven’t put a lot of miles on it, so I took my odometer reading from the truck and added on a bit more mileage to account for any December 05 driving (when I was last behind the wheel).
What really puts me into the “larger than average” category is all the flying I have done over the past year. But really, what can you do about that? How the hell else am I supposed to get to Yerevan, San Diego, or Houston?

My friend Liz told me that she recently saw Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth” and thought of me driving around in my XTerra while images of melting glaciers played on the screen. Rather than admonishing me for my choice of vehicle, you should be thanking me for flying everywhere and buying a vehicle that gets 17MPG. Admit it, you love this 70 degree weather in December. I’m just doing my part to ensure that DC will soon have a winter climate equivalent to that of Palm Springs! I always was an altruist at heart.

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5 Responses to Concerns about the world getting warmer, the people thought they were just being rewarded

  1. From El Capitan:

    Did anyone calculate Al Gore’s Carbon Dioxide output flying around the world to promote his flick? He could have done it all using You Tube.

    Posted on December 19, 2006 at 4:22 pm #
  2. From Lindsay:

    I’m sure he rode his bike everywhere…or used a sailboat to cross the Atlantic ;)

    Posted on December 19, 2006 at 7:33 pm #
  3. From Cincysundevil:

    I’m afraid to use this calculator for fear it might confirm I’m a huge gaseous body spewing out inordinate amounts of fumes.

    Posted on December 20, 2006 at 4:16 pm #
  4. From Liz:

    Don’t forget all the dead polar bears!!!

    Posted on December 20, 2006 at 5:50 pm #
  5. From Lindsay:

    Cincy, come on man, just do it
    And yeah, Liz, the CGI polar bear that swam around endlessly looking for an iceberg or whatever in An Inconvenient Truth was thoroughly depressing. RIP, polar bears

    Posted on December 20, 2006 at 6:42 pm #

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