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Park And Ride

It sounds like a conclusion that only the politically funded think tanks covered by Faux News could come up with.  But a researched in California has come up with the hypothesis that parks are actually bad for the environment.  At least, parks in dry-air climates.

Amy Townsend-Small measured how much pollution is created by the equipment that maintains the park and found that it produces ten times as much CO2 as the grass absorbs (the gas engines on leaf blowers and lawn mowers aren't regulated for emissions.  From a green standpoint, you'll make less of a mess if you burn a tire).  Even running the sprinkles is a huge carbon footprint.

When political correctness collides with hard math....

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mornblade
Jan. 26th, 2010 02:26 pm (UTC)
What if they use electric mowers and leaf blowers (and lots of extension cords)? Maybe if they built storage facilities with tanks that held collected rainwater to be used to irrigate the park?

Or maybe the environmentalists can shut the hell up and enjoy life for a change.
sinetimore
Jan. 27th, 2010 12:23 am (UTC)
RE: Electic mowers and blowers
First thing I thought of, first thing I rejected. Not because it wouldn't work, but because detractors would say, well, they have to be charged somehow, probably at a power plant fueled by coal or gas! (Remember, not a lot of nukes in the US.) So your reasoning is sound, but you are up against a sturdy opponent here....
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